Summary: With no iPhone to run the show, T-Mobile has three flagship phones, all very similar: the HTC Amaze 4G , HTC Sensation 4G , and Samsung Galaxy S II . Like the others, the $259.99-with-contract Amaze runs a skinned version of Android on a huge, gorgeous 4.3-inch screen using a crazy-fast 1.5GHz dual-core processor. HTC tried to differentiate its option a little, though, boasting that the Amaze has “the most advanced camera of any smartphone.
Pros: Stellar camera, Big, high-resolution screen, Fast performance
Cons: Large and heavy, Outdated software, Bad battery life
Summary: The HTC Amaze 4G is a beautifully designed and fast Android smartphone, with some advanced camera features, but don't go ditching your point-and-shoot camera just yet.
Pros: The HTC Amaze 4G features a premium chassis, a sharp Super LCD touch screen, and a dual-core processor. It's equipped with an 8-megapixel camera with a number of advanced shooting modes and settings. T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42 speeds were impressive.
Cons: The smartphone is heavy and expensive. The camera still struggled in low-light environments.
Conclusion: The battery life is not stellar, but everything else about the Amaze 4G is pretty great. While we’re not sure it’s actually worth $60 more than any other dual-core phone, the Amaze holds its own and excels when it comes to taking pictures and video. We hope that HTC updates this device to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) as soon as it’s available, but until then, the Amaze is a great choice for T-Mobile subscribers and highly comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S II.
Pros: Potent processor and hardware, Great camera, Extra recording button is odd, but useful, HTC promises quick Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgrade, HTC Sense is great for first-time smartphone users
Cons: Strange design, Mediocre battery life, 4.3-inch screen may be too large for some., LCD screen cannot match the color of AMOLED, Camera can get a little hyper
Excerpt: We've had the HTC Amaze4G in house for two weeks now, and T-Mobile's latest uber-phone is top notch. It's a large phone, somehow larger than the HTC Sensation 4G , though both have a 4.3" display. The Amaze has a dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU just like T-Mobile's version of the Samung Galaxy S II . It's got an excellent 8 megapixel camera with a backside illuminated sensor and f/2.2 lens for better low light shots. There's also HDR and burst mode.
Pros: High quality design and build, qHD display, HSPA+ 4G 42Mbps.
Looking to Amaze Customers - HTC Amaze 4G Reviewed
17 October 2011
Excerpt: T-Mobile has been on a streak releasing lots of powerful smartphones lately, which is a bit ironic considering the fact that they may no longer be around in a year. The Amaze 4G from HTC is yet another powerful release, but does it fall by the wayside...
Summary: The Amaze 4G is undoubtedly one of the best-looking Android phones around, and HTC and T-Mobile back up those good looks with a fast processor, a fantastic camera, and impressive 4G speeds (at least on the download). The ultra-premium design and instant access to the camera and camcorder with dedicated buttons will lure many T-Mobile customers to this device.
Pros: Most attractive Android phone yet, Fast dual-core speeds, Capable of fast 4G downloads, Sharp and powerful camera, Loud speaker
Cons: Relatively heavy, Inconsistent 4G speeds, Shorter battery life than T-Mobile's Galaxy S II, Expensive