HTC Amaze 4G appears to be focused in the photo and video taking side as it seemingly encompasses the camera-centric offerings we’ve seen already with the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide. For starters, it features a backside illuminated 8-megapixel shooter with dual-LED flash in the rear, which is touted as offering zero shutter lag for those intent on snapping photos in the moment.
Moreover, it packs 1080p video capture to complement its already boastful camera-centric offerings. Besides all of the camera stuff, the HTC Amaze 4G is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor to deliver an amazing Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread experience. Not stopping there, it also features a 4.3” qHD Super LCD display, NFC capabilities, and 4G HSPA+ connectivity.
Let’s start with the specs. Like the Sensation 4G, the Amaze 4G has a 4.3-inch qHD SuperLCD touch-screen display. It’s clear, bright, and pretty, and on its own, that’s great. Hold it up next to any of those absolutely brilliant Samsung Galaxy S II phones, however, and it fades in comparison. Still, as I said, the screen definitely looks good regardless. Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 is what’s running under the Amaze 4G’s hood. It’s not the absolute most current version–that honor belongs to Android 2.3.5–but it’s pretty darn fresh and fast. Speed is the name of HTC’s game, and making the phone faster still is the 1.5 dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, a step up from the 1.2GHz processor on the Sensation 4G.
As usual for an HTC Android phone, the Amaze 4G comes with HTC Sense preinstalled, and it’s the most recent version 3.0. It remains attractive, fun, and easy to use, and is one of our favorite manufacturer customizations. While skins can be known to slow the upgrade cycle, Sense adds enough functionality that we enjoy having it around.
The Amaze 4G comes with several preloaded apps to take advantage of the phone’s speed and high-resolution screen, like T-Mobile TV and HTC Watch. While you can’t point your finger at it, the handset also supports NFC, or near-field communication, so you’ll be able to tap it to NFC terminals to make a mobile payment or exchange information.
Pricing and availability
The Amaze 4G costs $259.99 with a new, two-year contract and is available in stores starting October 12, but you can get it on T-Mobile’s Web site on October 10.
Mahesh (MGIT ECE 4th year)