HTC Amaze 4G vs Samsung Galaxy S II

It seems that every week a new Android superphone is released, and last week it was the HTC Amaze 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II launching for T-Mobile. These two flagship devices pack the latest processors, 4G data speed, 8 megapixel cameras and large displays. One is thin and light as a feather, the other unapologetically big and bold. With lots of onboard memory and a helping of Gingerbread these devices are pretty similar on paper. So, which device is right for you? Come along with us as we explore these two beastly phones.


Thin, large, light, sleek. Samsung has crammed so much technology into the waif-like Galaxy S II that one can’t help but be amazed (no pun intended.) The phone is super thin at just 9.4mm yet sports a large 4.5” WVGA Super AMOLED display. The 8 megapixel camera is on the back and a minimalist set of buttons and ports ring the latest Galaxy flagship. The black monotony is only barely broken up with some dark chrome trim. For being such a large phone the Galaxy S II feels almost natural in your hands, with the soft touch battery door offering just enough grip and texture. It slides effortlessly into a front pocket, where it remains undetected until you feel it vibrate.

HTC Amaze 4G is quite the opposite. The Amaze is just as tall as the Galaxy S II and just a few mm narrower, but it is also more than 2mm thicker and weighs over an ounce and a quarter more. A sharp, beveled display and bright, faux aluminum accenting make the Amaze 4G stand out. HTC two upped Samsung by including not only a dedicated camera button, but also a dedicated camcorder button on the Amaze 4G. The rounded edges make the Amaze easy to hold, but wrap your fingers around too tight and the pronounced beveling of the display will cut into them. For as rough as its edges are, the 4.3” qHD Super LCD panel sure is easy on the eyes.

The 4.3” Amaze display has a higher PPI thanks to its qHD resolution, but Samsung’s larger 4.5” has the Super AMOLED Plus technology. Neither display will disappoint, but when you place them side by side it’s hard we found ourselves consistently drawn to the Super AMOLED panel. It is brighter and colors are more vivid (some would say to a fault,) but what really gets us is the deepness of the black. The lower resolution is unfortunate, and despite the 16 million color depth we still saw some banding which was not apparent on the Amaze 4G. This is nothing new for AMOLED panels, but whites are very blue which gives the Amaze’s Super LCD more natural reproduction most of the time. The Amaze has its own shortcomings though, such as being able to see pixels now and again.

With no disrespect to HTC, the Galaxy S II is a more attractive phone both to hold and use. There will no doubt be some of you out there who prefer the extra heft and solid built, but for the majority of you the Galaxy is the design to go with.



19. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

What I don't get is the review for the Amaze was a 9 and the GS2 was an 8.5.

17. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

I own the EVO 3D and it PIMP SLAPS THE SENSATION SILLY and destroyed the IPHONE 4S. I applaud HTC on the AMAZE 4G IT'S ANOTHER EVO 3D NO DOUBT. The best device that hasn't made it to market yet is going to be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with ice cream sandwich it will clearly blow away any device. Why try having an optimization of the entire operating system for dualcore devices that has never been done with gingerbread that's for sure... PURE GOOGLE ANDROID OPTIMIZED ON THE GALAXY NEXUS WILL BE BETTER THAN ANY OTHER HANDSET WITH ICE CREAM SANDWICH PLAIN AND SIMPLE. I WILL HAVE ICE BOTH THE EVO 3D AND GALAXY NEXUS NOTHING BUT THE BEST

18. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Excited much?

15. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

i just got the sensation 4g in june and i almost fell cheated... the amaze 4g and the gs2 look great!

8. Packer29

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

Another week another high spec Android Super Phone i am so glad i went back to IOS!

16. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

That is because you're an idiot. It is people like yourself that are scared of choice and options. You believe that having more than one option is something negative and you scurry away from it like a scared child running from the Boogeyman... You seem somewhat annoyed that each of the device that have been released at least 8 months ago have better and newer texh than your devie released 17 days ago??? Lol

20. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I love your comment sir!

7. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Samsung just needs to work on more original designs.

6. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Ok HTC you fixed the screen and maybe the camera, now you just have to knuckle down on this battery issue.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

in order for them to do that, they would have to drop those crappy S3 snapdragon chips off at the curb. They would also have to make Sense more battery friendly. This is the only galaxy2 that uses that crapdragon chip, and amazingly its the only one that gets crap battery life. thats not a coincidence.

4. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

yeah...and that's quite strange, what Despite of dual cores and gigs of ram, they still cannot compare to what Nokia and SE have done in camera department.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it has nothing to do with dual core, and everything to do with the fact that the N8 uses superior Karl Ziess camera optics over the pinholes that 99% of phones come with, including these 2.

2. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

surprisingly htc camera is better than samsung but still behind nokia and SE

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

actually, they said the opposite, the samsung camera was better over all as it was more consistant and worked properly. if you have to take 3 shots of everything to get one right, the camera sucks.

1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

These smartphones are no longer stealing the spotlight. I just can't wait for Google Galaxy Nexus Review Motorola DROID RAZR Review and finally: Galaxy Nexus vs Droid Razr!

3. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Damn that Razr I'm basically drooling by just merely looking at it. still it pains to live in the Philippines for I wont be seeing it being sold there.

5. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I think Motorola abandoned the Phil already. Very little moto phones. The Droid Razr with ICS will destroy any phone anytime.


Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

REALLY?? I doubt the RAZR can beat the SGS2 running ICS... and a qhd WTF??? It's a new age and it bring HD 720 not qhd


Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

SGS2 FTW!!!!

14. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

the razr and nexus aren't they only decent phones available

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