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HTC Amaze 4G Review

HTC Amaze 4G

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Camera interface - HTC Amaze 4G Review
Camera interface - HTC Amaze 4G Review
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. 

Outdoor samples
Outdoor samples
Outdoor samples
Outdoor samples
Outdoor samples
Outdoor samples
Panoramas - HTC Amaze 4G Review
Panoramas - HTC Amaze 4G Review

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. 

Strong light - Indoor samples - HTC Amaze 4G Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - HTC Amaze 4G Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC Amaze 4G Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - HTC Amaze 4G Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness


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:




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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.

Music player - HTC Amaze 4G Review
Music player - HTC Amaze 4G Review
Music player - HTC Amaze 4G Review


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HTC Amaze 4G

HTC Amaze 4G

OS: Android 4.0 2.3.4
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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) S-LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.12 x 2.58 x 0.46 inches
(130 x 65.6 x 11.8 mm)
6.10 oz  (173 g)
Battery1730 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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