HTC Amaze 4G Review

Interface and Software:

HTC’s Sense 3.0 is in full effect on the Amaze 4G. We’ve seen this on a few devices now like the Sensation 4G and there is nothing new on the Amaze 4G. Not that it runs poorly on the Sensation or EVO 3D, but it is exceptionally smooth on the Amaze 4G thanks in part to the dual core 1.5GHz processor. HTC continues to lead the way with Android overlays, and HTC Sense is arguably the only skin that actually improves on the stock Android experience. We appreciate the included screenshot function (press power then home) and the new HTC keyboard supports trace writing so Swipe is not included.


There is plenty of storage space on the HTC Amaze 4G (over 2GB for app storage) but we still don’t appreciate the amount of bloatware. In fact, there are 16 pre-installed apps not including Adobe Reader, Flash and Facebook (which we’d imagine most people install anyway) or any of the HTC apps. Some of them are useful, like Polaris Office, but because they are not uninstallable you’re going to be stuck with apps like Slacker, Lookout Security, Zinio Reader and Highlight whether you want them or not.




Internet and Connectivity:

The HTC Amaze 4G runs on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network and is theoretically capable of speeds up to 42Mbps. In our testing we got anywhere from 3.5-10Mbps, with upload speeds a measly 100-600kbps. Wi-Fi a/b/g/n is also available for local connections, and the Amaze 4G can be turned into its own Wi-Fi hotspot for an extra charge. It uses the same HTC browser we’ve seen for a while now and really like. It is quick and fluid and supports all the gestures you’d expect.

The Amaze 4G is one of the few devices to support NFC (near field communication), the tech behind Google Wallet. Google Wallet, however, does not support the Amaze 4G. Like advanced QR codes, the tech can be used to get information like contact info, a URL or multimedia simply by placing your phone on an NFC tag. The theory is pretty cool, but adoption is going to determine its success. 

Other communication standards such as GPS and Bluetooth are aboard the Amaze 4G. Bluetooth is at version 3.0 with support for the HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, OPP, FTP, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC and HID profiles.



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33 Comments

34. DeeCunn

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Awful phone. DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!! The phone started off just going black and not being able to have signal from about 10-15 min. Now it is cutting off and cutting on. I have replaced the phone once and now expecting my second replacement for the exact same issue after only a month. I was told after the 3rd replacement they may "consider" giving me a different phone, really. Its ok for the customer to be inconvienced but they still expect your payment on the 1st.

33. daves1grldawn1

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

I have had this phone for a year. I HATE it. The camera sucks and isn't as good as it was said to be. When my screen blacks out the phone will disconnect from my wireless network. When I turn my phone back on it can take up to 30 mins before I have signal again. It will also drop calls even when I have signal and I will lost signal where I shouldn't. Do not buy this phone because it's more of a headache then anything.

32. Bxsplicer

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Great HTC phone... Yes but it has one major downfall, The bluetooth issues. Both the sensation and the Amaze have issues when it comes to bluetooth. It does not matter the brand of BT headset you get they snap crackle pop, drop calls, echo, voice dialing is a pain because it just won't call who you say to call and only when it feels lke it it gets it right. I miss my Evo w Sprint but not the pricey charges. To top it off after factory resets and all kinds of call to HTC, their waranty Department suggest that I send them the unit at my expense, if the problem is physical it could cost me from 80-340 dollars.( my unit is only a month old) but what will I use while they attempt to resolve the issue? Don't you have a spare phone lying around? Really? Send me your phone and deal with it until we maybe resolve your issue. HTC has dropped the ball on this one. It is rumored that the BT antenae placement is at the cause of all this. I will wait until I can replace it or maybe get a Rezound if it takes the sim card.

28. corona

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

And its the same S3 chip they're using as well, its just oc'd higher than the EVO and S4

27. corona

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Cpu isnt better than the one in the EVO3d, Sensation 4g, its just overclocked higher.

24. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

Hmm, definitely not worth $259 on contract. I'd rather the Sensation XE. It's smaller without sacrificing screen size and has Beats Audio which should please us audiophiles. Too bad it's not making it to this side of the pond D: Truth be told, I'd rather a Moto or a Samsung phone until HTC ditches the horrid Qualcomm S3 chips that can barely power TW4, much less HTC Sense. All the bump in GHz seems to have done is decrease battery life.

20. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

This phone was released way too soon. It's simply a "slightly" better Sensation. And the Sensation looks better in my opinion.

17. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

We've updated the review with additional samples taken in better weather conditions.

12. muyeco unregistered

where is the other guy. i dont trust this guy. many other reviews say htc amaze camera is great.

8. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

this fixes one of the 3 issues HTC phones face 1. Not great screens 2. Battery life 2. Camera performance This one fixed the screen problem which Is a good start. I was expecting a better camera though. Oh well, just have to wait for the Rezound 4G DAMN This thing sure ain't cheap either.

22. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I have a sensation and its camera is AMAZING! My mom has the my touch 4g slide made by htc and its even better! they are all way to expensive though

23. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

So do I the camera is ok at best. Indoor shots suck and outdoor shots are ok. Video is great but screen sunlight legibility could be better.

6. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

come on when is one of these coming to sprint? I don't want the EVO 3D and T Mobile already has 2 Sensations..

7. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

I hope you're posting this from your iPhone 4S, or you must already be bored with all it's "new" features.

9. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Why did you moderate this comment. Doesn't make sense! Is there favoritism or biasm involved here?

10. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I've noticed that too..

13. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

I didn't moderate it, I only replied. Dont know who reported.

19. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I'm sorry i meant the author of this article.

14. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Perhaps PA is now showing favoritism. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

18. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

Your post is trolling. If you continue posting this way (and getting moderated) you will get banned.

21. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

You know what, this is full of crap. I expected nothing less from PA, same ones who love taking subtle potshots in some of the tripe they call articles. Whatever happened to freedom of speech? It's a known fact that HTC phones are not exactly the "best" Android phones. Course, I'm sure your "sponsors" wouldn't like badmouthing, which is why my innocent comment was moderated.

25. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Honestly I'm starting to see this in PA. They were never like this before. Is there such a thing as an unbiased journalist?

26. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

Your comment was moderated because it is just trolling.

15. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Actually Android phones are so boringly repetitive.

16. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

well iphones are to think about it all they do is give small incremental improvements over the last iteration of their phone just like android does except androids os actually shows improvement over time unlike ios which has had extremely small changes over the last couple of years

11. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

if you hate android so much why do you constantly comment on android post?

29. GeekMovement unregistered

I guess he's interested in the latest technology just as we are interested in the specs of the latest iPhone and such, but his comments are rather worthless and meaningless, so I don't know why he bothers, but yes he is trolling. Freedom of speech? What kind of dumb reasoning? Each website has its own set of regulations and trolling seems to be out of it, so if he wants to make his own website that allows trolling, go ahead and he can start posting comments on every anti-android article he writes. -I'm glad that HTC has stuck around with sense 3.0 a little longer before moving all to 3.5. Personally I think I will miss 3.0. The design tends to be somewhat redundant with HTC with minor adjustments which is why I went with the Epic Touch, but nonetheless exciting to see new product from HTC.

4. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

On t-mobile website, it says that the phone has a maximum speed of 42 mbps.. and they are bragging it.. but down at the bottom, written in little fonts, it says 42 mbps not available everywhere.. what is that?

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Wasn't one of the major highlights of this phone its camera? Geez

2. daniyo

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

yea that made me lol

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Amaze 4G
  • Display 4.3 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1730 mAh
  • OS Android 4.0

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