Oct 19 AT 7:25 PM Edgar Cervantes 23 Comments

HTC Amaze 4G hands-on and first impressions

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Everyone is still hyped about the recent announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. That does not mean there’s no room for some other powerhouse devices, though. The HTC Amaze 4G was released last week, and sure is a huge step up compared to most devices out there.

Overall, this device is fast and smooth with the amazing build quality we always expect from HTC. After using it for a day, there’s not much to complain about. Let’s take a look at the specs:

HTC Amaze 4G Specifications

  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0
  • 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD display (960×540)
  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM memory
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • 8 MP rear facing camera with face detection and HD 1080p video recording
  • 2 MP front-facing camera

Build quality

The first thing you’ll notice about the device is its great build quality, which is a trend with HTC devices. The device has a unibody aluminum shell, much like the Sensation. This gives the phone a very solid feel when held. Nothing feels loose. And though it might be much heavier than competing smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S II, the weight also gives it a sturdy feeling.

Performance and battery life

In the time I’ve been using the HTC Amaze 4G, I’ve found no issues with performance. Videos, games and all other normal tasks perform very well. That 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM sure do their job well. But does it come with a negative effect on the battery?

I have not had the device enough time to say exactly how good the battery life is, but it isn’t amazing. After being unplugged at 3:00 pm (fully charged), I used the device for about 7 hours until it died. The battery ran out on me at about 10:15 pm. This was under constant 4G connectivity and heavy use. Mainly to check e-mails (received and sent a total of about 40), Twitter, Facebook, Google Voice texting and about 1 hour of browsing (in total).

Display

This Super LCD qHD display is not bad at all, but it’s not as impressive as the HTC Sensation XL. Just like the Sensation XL, the viewing angles are impressive, but the colors are not as saturated and vibrant. The Amaze holds its own when it comes to use in direct sun light. The definition is also very good. Text is crisp in the browser, and pixelation is nearly impossible to see with the naked eye.

Data speeds

The device happens to be compatible with T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 network. This means that speeds are substantially higher, but not as impressive as we’d expect. Using SpeedTest.net’s app, the data speeds averaged about 10 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. There are areas of the city where it would go up to about 14 Mbps down and 1.5 Mbps up, while other areas would result in lower than 5 Mbps down and 0.7 Mbps up.

Generally speaking, though, the speeds are much higher — even comparable to Verizon’s 4g LTE network in my market (San Diego, CA). Verizon’s 4G network normally has down speeds of about 8-14 Mbps (in my area), with peaks of up to 20 Mbps and upload speeds of 2-4 Mbps.

Camera

HTC has been putting a lot of effort into improving its cameras, and this device is no exception. Its camera is much faster and has many options. If you like playing around with photography, this smartphone camera allows you to change ISO settings and boasts the following shooting modes:

  • SmartShot — Takes 5 photos and compiles the best parts to create one perfect shot.
  • BurstShot — Capture 5 consecutive shots with just one click, so you never miss the action.
  • SweepShot panorama — Take ultrawide shots then sweep in any direction.
  • ClearShot HDR — See crystal clear detail even when shooting in mixed or direct light.
  • Perfect Pics — Analyzes & scores your photos, then groups the best ones for easy sharing.
  • Night, Action, Macro and Portrait modes also included

I have not had time to play with the camera features very much. After taking a few shots (in auto mode), it does have a quick response and close to zero shutter lag (though not as fast as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus). Here are some pictures I took, one in the living room and the rest sitting in a vehicle going about 60 miles per hour (to test shutter speeds). You can be sure that we’ll be going into more detail about this in the full review. For now, check these out:

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Wrap-Up

The HTC Amaze 4G really is a great smartphone to have. Even if it might currently be overshadowed by the just-announced Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Still sporting Android 2.3.4, it’s unknown if this device will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. But the possibilities are pretty high.

HTC did mention that it was looking into ICS upgrade plans. This being one of the most current devices gives it great odds. Not to mention the fact that it does have NFC, and could take advantage Android Beam, Google Wallet and other features/services.

I will be writing a full review next week, so stay tuned. Also, check out the images posted below and let us know what you think of the HTC Amaze. Is anyone thinking of getting this device? Would you rather wait for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to come to T-Mobile (if it does)?

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Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • BiGMERF

    great review.. i spent some time with it and i was impressed to.. no lag and it feels like you acn throw it out the window go pick it up and make a call. amazingly solid

    • Edgar Cervantes

      This was just my first impressions. Full review is coming next week, lol. Did I make it too long? I actually like the device a lot too… Very solid….

      • Mr.WeeWee

        Yea i thought this was a review too lol. Its either this or galaxy nexus for me. I’ll wait and see

      • Tico4674

        Great lil first impression review, short and sweet. The amaze has an incredibly solid build. It’s probably the sturdiest phone I’ve ever had the pleasure of testing. It almost seems too heavy. I’m currently on the fence between tmo’s galaxy s2 and waiting for the nexus. Edgar, did you prefer the amaze over the sgs2?

        • Edgar Cervantes

          I have only used the Samsung Galaxy S II for shorter periods of time. Personally, I would get the Amaze 4G, due to the build quality. Both devices are incredibly smooth and very similar when it comes to specs, so the difference would be almost unnoticeable.

          They are good on their own aspects, physically. If you prefer light and thin, Samsung is definitely the way to go, though. Also, battery life is reported to be better on the Galaxy S II.

          Performance would be almost identical, so it all depends on your personal preference. I also would much rather have Sense than Touchwiz. So yea, I do prefer the Amaze over the Galaxy s II.

          • Tico4674

            Thanks Edgar. If I have to wait months for the GN I’ll have to reevaluate the sgs2 and amaze. I wouldn’t lose much not going with the nexus except for the massive screen, as long as the ics source drops in a timely fashion. CM9 running on the SGS2 or the amaze sounds like a win win to me.

  • Richard Yarrell

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    • ags29

      Loll.. Dude.. Seriously?

    • squiddy20

      1. “I have been seriously looking at another device to go along with my EVO 3D…”
      What’s wrong Dick, your “legendary” Evo not satisfying you enough? How sad. It’s not even 6 months old.
      2. “…cross over into enemy territory on Verizon”
      Only little childish you could make the “jump” to Verizon seem soooo overly dramatic. What’s sad/funny is that you see Verizon as an “enemy” instead of just another carrier. What the fuck did Verizon ever do to you to deserve the label “enemy”? Turn you down because you couldn’t afford their service? We both know you won’t get it though. Verizon’s too “overpriced” for your pockets and has too many “underspeced” devices for your liking.
      3. And you wonder why pretty much everyone hates you? You never shut up about Evo, HTC, Sprint, “evil” Verizon, Qualcomm, and other related topics. Even when an article has nothing to do with any of the above topics, you somehow (stupidly) find a way to worm it in there somehow. And then you come up with crap like this about your “perilous” journey into “enemy” Verizon’s territory. What a joke. Just another broken, repetitive record that everyone doesn’t want to listen to.

      • Richard Yarrell

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        • Richard Yarrell

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          • squiddy20

            1. This isn’t Twitter. The @username isn’t necessary. Unless you’re too stupid to follow your own train of thought so you need to remind yourself who you’re replying to?
            2.”…especially that CRAPPY BLOATWARE THEY SPECIALIZE IN” A) DUHH! What was your first clue Captain Obvious? The term “Nexus” in reference to anything Android pretty much is synonymous with “no bloatware” and “pure Google”. B) In case you’ve forgotten, Sprint is just as bad with bloatware. Sure, it’s great that you can remove *some* of the apps on newer phones, but not all.
            3.”Verizon will sell their soul for the best device…” Wrong again Dicky. Verizon *was* the only carrier to not have received a Nexus phone of any kind since the creation of Android OS. It was the only logical choice for a platform that is about “equality”, “openness”, and “fairness”.
            4. I’m so glad you’ll be needlessly paying at least $90/month with Sprint and at least $100/month with Verizon, not to mention the upfront cost of buying the phone. Even if you have the money, what a waste. Why don’t you use that money to get yourself a better education? Seems to me you’re in desperate need of some English courses.

        • squiddy20

          “which I know you don’t…” Hmmmm since you know absolutely nothing about me, no, you don’t know how “impeccable” my credit is or how much money I have. And you seriously call me “useless”? You can’t even make a logical argument. For shame.
          “If you need a loan for anything worth wild…”
          The word you were looking for is “worth while”. Shouldn’t the autocorrect on your “legendary” Evo 3D have caught that? My “useless” Samsung Moment would have.
          “but first try getting a job and a real life away from androidandme”
          1. I already have a job, but since you know nothing about me, you wouldn’t know that. 2. What do you define as a “real life”? I work, I go to school (college, mind you), I have a personal life outside of work and school. Pretty sure that meets the criteria for having “a life”. 3. Last time I checked, the US was a free country and the Internet was even more free. So no, I don’t have to do what you tell me. You’re nothing more than a joke if you think otherwise.

          By all means, keep on trying with your ridiculous rants. You’ll never win because you’re too stupid to make any logical sense.

          • Richard Yarrell

            Please you make me laugh all day long …total idiot….

          • squiddy20

            Hmmm, last I checked, I wasn’t the “idiot” who stated rooting is for “2 plus year old devices”. I wasn’t the “idiot” who said that Sprint’s voice and data networks were one in the same and that data could be used while in a call. I wasn’t the “idiot” who said that “all” bloatware apps on the Evo 3D could be removed, despite numerous sources saying otherwise. I wasn’t the “idiot” who vehemently insisted that the processor found int the Sensation was inferior to the same exact one found in the Evo 3D. Want me to continue? I have no problem showing how much of an “idiot” YOU are.
            Please, if you’re going to make an insult, at least TRY to make it sound correct. You’ve utterly failed in that regard.

        • snowbdr89

          @dick id have alot of money if i lived in my parents basement aswell!! But most of us dont live with mommy. Stupid

          • Richard Yarrell

            are you and that other guy shitty20 brothers?????? what a bunch trolls

          • squiddy20

            The fact that you are also commenting on this, several days after the fact mind you, only proves that you are in fact the troll. As you say it, “get a life”.

    • Jasonhunterx

      Its amazing how you can turn anything into a evo topic

  • uknowme

    Nice review, please wash your car.

  • Lee Action

    Anyone think this will come out on Sprint?

  • NeoJesus

    Will this phone book sync with cars that are bluetooth 2.x?

    So far, EVERY SINGLE new HTC phone has been crap, using the same broken blueZ bluetooth stack that has no backwards compatibility whatsoever.

    Can you guys please update your review and post these findings?

  • maclifer

    Thanks for the review and the pics. My wife and I have been on prepay’s for years (and I finally got a smartphone (low-end, LG Optimus V) earlier this year) but we needed something with better coverage. We decided to go with T-Mobile… and, without ever touching one, decided to each get an Amaze 4G (1 of each color)… now the WAIT… won’t take delivery until November 16th.

    I’m especially looking forward to her enjoyment of moving from a feature phone up to a full blown Android experience. She’s enjoyed using my 2.2 device and we’re a heavy Mac/iOS family, but the Amaze has just blown us away from all the positive press.

    Please pray that the gadget freak (yes, me) can wait patiently… ha ha.

  1. great review.. i spent some time with it and i was impressed to.. no lag and it feels like you acn throw it out the window go pick it up and make a call. amazingly solid

    • This was just my first impressions. Full review is coming next week, lol. Did I make it too long? I actually like the device a lot too… Very solid….

      • Mr.WeeWeeGuest 4 years ago

        Yea i thought this was a review too lol. Its either this or galaxy nexus for me. I’ll wait and see

      • Great lil first impression review, short and sweet. The amaze has an incredibly solid build. It’s probably the sturdiest phone I’ve ever had the pleasure of testing. It almost seems too heavy. I’m currently on the fence between tmo’s galaxy s2 and waiting for the nexus. Edgar, did you prefer the amaze over the sgs2?

        • I have only used the Samsung Galaxy S II for shorter periods of time. Personally, I would get the Amaze 4G, due to the build quality. Both devices are incredibly smooth and very similar when it comes to specs, so the difference would be almost unnoticeable.

          They are good on their own aspects, physically. If you prefer light and thin, Samsung is definitely the way to go, though. Also, battery life is reported to be better on the Galaxy S II.

          Performance would be almost identical, so it all depends on your personal preference. I also would much rather have Sense than Touchwiz. So yea, I do prefer the Amaze over the Galaxy s II.

          • Thanks Edgar. If I have to wait months for the GN I’ll have to reevaluate the sgs2 and amaze. I wouldn’t lose much not going with the nexus except for the massive screen, as long as the ics source drops in a timely fashion. CM9 running on the SGS2 or the amaze sounds like a win win to me.

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    • Loll.. Dude.. Seriously?

    • squiddy20Guest 4 years ago

      1. “I have been seriously looking at another device to go along with my EVO 3D…”
      What’s wrong Dick, your “legendary” Evo not satisfying you enough? How sad. It’s not even 6 months old.
      2. “…cross over into enemy territory on Verizon”
      Only little childish you could make the “jump” to Verizon seem soooo overly dramatic. What’s sad/funny is that you see Verizon as an “enemy” instead of just another carrier. What the fuck did Verizon ever do to you to deserve the label “enemy”? Turn you down because you couldn’t afford their service? We both know you won’t get it though. Verizon’s too “overpriced” for your pockets and has too many “underspeced” devices for your liking.
      3. And you wonder why pretty much everyone hates you? You never shut up about Evo, HTC, Sprint, “evil” Verizon, Qualcomm, and other related topics. Even when an article has nothing to do with any of the above topics, you somehow (stupidly) find a way to worm it in there somehow. And then you come up with crap like this about your “perilous” journey into “enemy” Verizon’s territory. What a joke. Just another broken, repetitive record that everyone doesn’t want to listen to.

      • Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

        • Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

          • squiddy20Guest 4 years ago

            1. This isn’t Twitter. The @username isn’t necessary. Unless you’re too stupid to follow your own train of thought so you need to remind yourself who you’re replying to?
            2.”…especially that CRAPPY BLOATWARE THEY SPECIALIZE IN” A) DUHH! What was your first clue Captain Obvious? The term “Nexus” in reference to anything Android pretty much is synonymous with “no bloatware” and “pure Google”. B) In case you’ve forgotten, Sprint is just as bad with bloatware. Sure, it’s great that you can remove *some* of the apps on newer phones, but not all.
            3.”Verizon will sell their soul for the best device…” Wrong again Dicky. Verizon *was* the only carrier to not have received a Nexus phone of any kind since the creation of Android OS. It was the only logical choice for a platform that is about “equality”, “openness”, and “fairness”.
            4. I’m so glad you’ll be needlessly paying at least $90/month with Sprint and at least $100/month with Verizon, not to mention the upfront cost of buying the phone. Even if you have the money, what a waste. Why don’t you use that money to get yourself a better education? Seems to me you’re in desperate need of some English courses.

        • squiddy20Guest 4 years ago

          “which I know you don’t…” Hmmmm since you know absolutely nothing about me, no, you don’t know how “impeccable” my credit is or how much money I have. And you seriously call me “useless”? You can’t even make a logical argument. For shame.
          “If you need a loan for anything worth wild…”
          The word you were looking for is “worth while”. Shouldn’t the autocorrect on your “legendary” Evo 3D have caught that? My “useless” Samsung Moment would have.
          “but first try getting a job and a real life away from androidandme”
          1. I already have a job, but since you know nothing about me, you wouldn’t know that. 2. What do you define as a “real life”? I work, I go to school (college, mind you), I have a personal life outside of work and school. Pretty sure that meets the criteria for having “a life”. 3. Last time I checked, the US was a free country and the Internet was even more free. So no, I don’t have to do what you tell me. You’re nothing more than a joke if you think otherwise.

          By all means, keep on trying with your ridiculous rants. You’ll never win because you’re too stupid to make any logical sense.

          • Richard YarrellGuest 4 years ago

            Please you make me laugh all day long …total idiot….

          • squiddy20Guest 4 years ago

            Hmmm, last I checked, I wasn’t the “idiot” who stated rooting is for “2 plus year old devices”. I wasn’t the “idiot” who said that Sprint’s voice and data networks were one in the same and that data could be used while in a call. I wasn’t the “idiot” who said that “all” bloatware apps on the Evo 3D could be removed, despite numerous sources saying otherwise. I wasn’t the “idiot” who vehemently insisted that the processor found int the Sensation was inferior to the same exact one found in the Evo 3D. Want me to continue? I have no problem showing how much of an “idiot” YOU are.
            Please, if you’re going to make an insult, at least TRY to make it sound correct. You’ve utterly failed in that regard.

        • snowbdr89Guest 4 years ago

          @dick id have alot of money if i lived in my parents basement aswell!! But most of us dont live with mommy. Stupid

          • Richard YarrellGuest 4 years ago

            are you and that other guy shitty20 brothers?????? what a bunch trolls

          • squiddy20Guest 4 years ago

            The fact that you are also commenting on this, several days after the fact mind you, only proves that you are in fact the troll. As you say it, “get a life”.

    • Its amazing how you can turn anything into a evo topic

  3. Nice review, please wash your car.

  4. Lee ActionGuest 4 years ago

    Anyone think this will come out on Sprint?

  5. Will this phone book sync with cars that are bluetooth 2.x?

    So far, EVERY SINGLE new HTC phone has been crap, using the same broken blueZ bluetooth stack that has no backwards compatibility whatsoever.

    Can you guys please update your review and post these findings?

  6. macliferGuest 4 years ago

    Thanks for the review and the pics. My wife and I have been on prepay’s for years (and I finally got a smartphone (low-end, LG Optimus V) earlier this year) but we needed something with better coverage. We decided to go with T-Mobile… and, without ever touching one, decided to each get an Amaze 4G (1 of each color)… now the WAIT… won’t take delivery until November 16th.

    I’m especially looking forward to her enjoyment of moving from a feature phone up to a full blown Android experience. She’s enjoyed using my 2.2 device and we’re a heavy Mac/iOS family, but the Amaze has just blown us away from all the positive press.

    Please pray that the gadget freak (yes, me) can wait patiently… ha ha.