Oct 27 AT 12:21 PM Edgar Cervantes 18 Comments

Call Quality

I’ve used this smartphone as my primary phone for the past week. Signal strength and call quality are not as great as my everyday device (HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon), but the call quality is not terrible. I could hear people clearly, and people reported the same on the other end.

As already mentioned, signal can be a bit spotty with T-Mobile. There are many areas where the bars drop and 4G signal falls. I only had one call dropped the whole time, though, and it was while going into quite a massive building. There does seem to be a slight background “buzz” from time to time, but it’s nothing that will annoy you.


Unlike many other devices, this one comes with 16 GB of internal storage space. The device is also compatible with microSD cards up to 32 GB, giving you a possible total of up to 48 GB of memory.

Of these 16 GB of internal memory, almost 10 GB are dedicated for files like music, pictures, videos, etc. The rest is used for apps, settings, contacts and other data.

We have been slowly making the jump to cloud services, but there are many of you who prefer using your data locally. This device will be able to cover most of your storage needs. If you are a cloud services user, simply ignore it and you’ll probably never see that low-storage notification.


The 4.3-inch screen makes this a great device for multimedia. Images and videos look great in this larger display. Many find the 4.3-inch size to be ideal; it’s big, but not too big to be uncomfortable to carry around.

If the size and definition of the device does not satisfy you, there are options for that. The Amaze 4G also has HDMI out if you’re willing to get the MHL adapter. You can take your HD videos to the living room big screen and share it with all your friends and family.

The device happens to come pre-loaded with T-Mobile TV, as well as HTC Watch, giving you a good variety of movies and shows to rent. There’s also the option to download Netflix (or any other third-party video streaming app), which also works great with this device.


HTC boasts this device as having one of the best cameras available for a phone. This device definitely comes packed with the best camera I have ever used on a phone. It has many features/modes, as well as manual options for the photographically savvy.

Its 8 MP camera can take great images, as well as 1080p videos. Its shutter speeds are not as great as they seem to be in the Galaxy Nexus, but this bad boy is still very fast. This device also has a 2 MP front-facing camera for all your video chat needs.

This is definitely one of the best camera phones available. To see a review of the HTC Amaze 4G’s camera, check out Nick’s article. This post goes into depth about all the camera specs and features.

Battery Life

Many times, great devices come with a downside – short battery life. This device is definitely not as bad as the HTC Thunderbolt, famous for its lackluster battery life, but there are better options out there.

After monitoring the battery life for a week, the device lasts about 8 hours under regular usage. This varies depending on your habits and situation, but you’ll definitely need to carry a charger around. The longest it stayed on was about 10.5 hours, the shortest was a little less than 5 hours (playing games and streaming a movie).

As mentioned, the battery life won’t be the best, but it’s not horrible, either. Depending on your usage habits, it might or might not get you through a working day.

Wrap Up

HTC Amaze 4G8 / 10
As already mentioned, this device is definitely one of the best around. Probably the best until next month’s devices show up. T-Mobile users who would rather not wait for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (or just don’t like it) should definitely consider this device. Its great build quality, feel, look and performance will definitely fulfill (and exceed) most users’ needs.

I can honestly say that it beats the best devices I’ve ever handled. It’s up there with the Samsung Galaxy S II. Personally, I think the solid feel and strong build quality makes this device better.

This may not be a huge improvement for those who are already using powerful devices. The software is definitely nothing new. In such cases, you might want to wait for an Ice Cream Sandwich device to pop up.

The HTC Amaze 4G is currently going for $259.99 under a 2-year contract, or $559.99 without a contract. Check out the images and let us know what you think. Is anyone thinking of signing up for it?

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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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  • triangle

    Nice review. Hopefully, this devices previews what will come with all of HTC’s new high end devices, particularly with regards to the camera. HTC seems to be taking photography and sound/audio (with Beats) very seriously.

  • http://www.d0wn.com fabien

    the fact that this phone is US only hurt a lot his popularity
    nobody in europe or asia ever heard of this phone ,

    the nexus is going to be international

    • CTown

      This is is just a HTC Sensation that supposedly can take full advantage of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network!

      • revs

        really becuz my sensation doesnt have a camera half as good nor does it have nfc chip
        or have 1.5 dual core and 1gig ram

  • trev186

    It can hold a 64 GB MICRO SDXC CARD. I am using one in my EVO 3D as a type this and my friend has one in his original Droid.

    When will you reviewers start mentioning this? I bought mine direct from Samsung

  • Ironzey

    Looks good. I wish the next nexus phone would come from HTC.

  • Black Kristos

    I was on the fence about this phone. I think it’s great that T-Mobile is finally getting high-end devices again. I love HTC and have been on T-Mobile for years, but I just can’t see myself staying with T-Mobile any longer. If they hadn’t killed the EM+ off contract plan, if the AT&T deal were not still looming, if there was any chance I’d get HSPA+ (I’d even take 14) in my area in the next year… Well, I’d stay. With all these, even if (when) T-Mobile get the Galaxy Nexus, that still wouldn’t be enough to get me to stay. Too little, too late T-Mobile.

  • R.S

    Thanks for reviewing the phone!

    Since I can no longer wait around (nor do I want to) for the Nexus, this phone is definitely one I’m considering. I’ve always preferred a phone that had a good weight to it than a really light phone. They just seem to be more rugged and less likely to break.

    I do wonder though, how soon before this phone gets pushed aside (and forgotten) for another phone very similar to it but with one or two minor differences.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Definitely the best review covered on this device. HTC has come a long way no question and this device as well as the upcoming Rezound on verizon will end the year as the top devices made by HTC. This places the current HTC EVO 3D and HTC SENSATION 4G second tier behind the above mentioned devices. The internal memory is the biggest plus in the device as well as the camera definitely a great device to have..

  • maclifer

    Thanks for the well-written, balanced, review. I see this as probably being the first HTC phone to get ICS in 2012 so i’ll be patient… of course, I still have to be patient for 20 days until my two Amaze’s arrive.

    On a new 2-yr contract, I was able to obtain these for $199.99 each from Amazon Wireless, so there are definitely better prices out there.

    Moving from an LG Optimus V and the other user is coming from an LG feature phone; this will make a great change. The camera and build quality are what sold us.

  • Clone Clooney

    Wow I’d love to get this phone.
    I’m currently able to get an update and really want a phone that will last 2+ years. I’m currently stuck with an Original MyTouch 3G and since the 2.2.1 update, my phone has been lagging really bad. The tough part is, in order to get a phone that can last 2+ years, I need money which is currently hard for me to get due to paying off college. I’m sure I’ll figure something out but it looks like I won’t be able to even touch this phone until it’s almost entirely outdated for another year or two.

  • treav

    imo this is the best phone in the world right now
    until galaxy nexus and its still a toss up
    this beats the galxy s2

  • Melissa

    I’d so snag this device if it was available for Sprint.

  • Jeremy

    As the owner of this phone, it’s a good review. It’s an amazing phone! Much better than my Galaxy S. I would have considered the SII, if it wasn’t a Samsung. After so many issues with many Galaxy S phones, and their lack of ability to push updates to the USA, I’m done with Samsung. The screen is nice. Even though it’s 4.3″, it’s a true 16:9 ratio, so it’s still a little skinnier, than say, the EVO’s 4.3″. Amazing phone that I will for sure hold onto for two years.

  • JMcCain

    Did you guys test the Bluetooth 3.0 to see if it would phonebook sync to older bluetooth 2.x cars?

  • sunny_j

    what i don’t understand is, that xl has an s-lcd screen, amaze also has an s–lcd screen, but what is so great about the colors or the quality of the xl screen, i’ve readd several reviews now, and eveyone is saying that the xl panel is better? why is that? is it true? is it made from a newer technology?

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  • syncdram

    This is the very first smart phone our family has purchased. For first timers the only downside we see is battery life. Other than this i do believe we got very lucky with our first smart phone. I would highly recommend this phone to all.