Though the Amaze 4G has top shelf hardware through and through, there is definitely some emphasis on the camera and its “zero lag” shutter and 1080p recording capabilities. We can report that the shutter is quite impressive and there is virtually no lag. It is possibly the fastest shutter we’ve seen on a cell phone, which is impressive.
It was an overcast day when we snapped our sample shots and the Amaze 4G’s 8 megapixel camera did a good job of capturing the mood of the sky. Color reproduction is quite natural, but details aren't very good. The focus of the picture is almost always quite clear, but depth of field tripped up the Amaze 4G. Beyond that focal point things began to get blurry, even in closer shots such as the clovers near the pool of water. The macro mode had trouble focusing on the berries, even when we used the touch focus to try and adjust it.
The panorama mode however was quite easy to use and results are pretty good.
The dual LED flash was also quite impressive; we were able to light up our entire kitchen in the pitch black quite well. Unfortunately the picture quality was lacking. Even though the Amaze 4G has F2.2 lens and backside illuminated sensor, there is lots of noise in less than perfect lightning conditions.
Our samples from a day with better weather are definitely better looking.
Videos have never been a strong suit of HTC and it continues with the Amaze 4G. Despite 30fps 1080p capabilities, the video is muddy and generally unsmooth. Audio pickup is not exactly stellar either, especially in terms of quality. Now that HTC has taken care of the music side they should really start looking into a partnership with someone who knows what they’re doing in the camera field.
HTC Amaze 4G Sample Video:
HTC’s stock music player is a fine app. The Amaze 4G does not benefit from the recent Beats Audio acquisition, but it still sounded good to our ears with SRS enhancement and to be honest the no effects option may be better. When listening to the Beatles (who liked to use the left and right channels independently of each other) the SRS enhancement tended to blend the channels and bring them more to the front, whereas with no effects the experience is more true to the music. We didn’t have any issues playing our test videos, which looked quite nice on the qHD Super LCD display. Xvid played the best, with DivX and MPEG-4 having slight pixilation issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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