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.
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 UpAs 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?