Published on July 2nd, 2012 | by Haseeb Ahmed1
[Review] HTC Amaze 4G
HTC adds another one to there 4G line-up, HTC Amaze 4G just being launched in Pakistan will be sold at a estimated retail price of Rs. 41,000. Although we don’t see the point of buying a 4G phone in Pakistan because our network operators unfortunately don’t even support 3G at this point.
HTC Amaze 4G came in a standard HTC packaging. HTC Amaze 4G’s box includes the device itself, a standard black HTC handsfree, a microUSB(MHL) cable, an HTC charging adapter and a couple of handy manuals. Checkout the unboxing video below:
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
My first impression of the HTC Amaze 4G was — WOW! Its a Monster — but as I used the device for my daily driver for a few days I kind of got used to the size and heavy weight of the device. Despite its huge size & heavy weight, HTC Amaze 4G does feel great in hand and has a sturdy build.
Front: HTC Amaze 4G has a 4.3″ qHD S-LCD Display upfront with a lot of free space above and beneath it which is why the device has a huge size. Above the display is the speaker grill with a notification LED in it’s left corner. On the right of the grill is the 2MP front-facing camera while to the left of the grill is the proximity sensor and light sensor which are almost impossible to see.
Back: Near the top-left corner is the 8MP camera with Dual-LED flash just beneath it. A little below the top-right corner is the SRS Enhanced loud speaker grill. 3 microphones (1st on top of the Camera, 2nd on left of the camera, 3rd between camera and loud speaker grill) for noise cancellation and channelled voice recording.
Left: This side of the phone is pretty much empty. Only the new microUSB(MHL) v2.0 port is located a little below the top here.
Bottom: The button that opens up the back cover and the microphone for calls is located in the middle here.
Right: The volume rocker, a video recording button and a camera button are on this side of the phone.
Top: The power button and the 3.5mm Headphone jack is located on the top of the phone.
You can have a look at the “Hardware Tour” of the HTC Amaze 4G in this exclusive TelecomPk video:
SOFTWARE AND USER INTERFACE
HTC Amaze 4G runs the Google Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with HTC Sense v3.0 on top of it. An Android 4.x Ice-Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Amaze 4G is planned and is on its way. Nothing special about the software or the User Interface of HTC Amaze 4G, its pretty much same what all the high-end HTC devices get these days. A few photos of the UI and the software are given below and a video of the HTC Amaze 4G in action is just after the break.
PERFORMANCE & BENCHMARKS
While I was using HTC Amaze 4G as my daily driver I had no performance issues with the phone. The games ran fine, HTC Sense didn’t lag or halt during my use, browsing was lag-less but when you look at the benchmarks you feel really ashamed that the device under performs as compared to other devices on the market.
CAMERA AND VIDEO RECORDING
Below are a few sample pictures from the HTC Amaze 4G’s 8MP camera. Two un-edited sample videos (720p and 1080p) captured from the HTC Amaze 4G camera follow the images. In my opinion, HTC Amaze 4G has a camera that is not the best but still is better than a lot other 8MP Camera Phones on the market. You can have a look at the sample pictures & videos then decide for yourself.
- 4.3″ 16M-color capacitive LCD touchscreen of qHD resolution (540 x 960 pixels); Gorilla glass
- Android OS v2.3.4 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0
- 1.5 GHz dual Scorpion CPUs, Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chipset
- 1GB RAM and 16 GB built-in storage
- 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; face detection and geotagging; 2 camera buttons
- 1080p and 720p video recording @ 30fps
- Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
- GPS with A-GPS
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- microSD slot up to 32GB
- Accelerometer, proximity sensor and an auto-brightness sensor
- 2MP Front facing camera
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack (SRS enhancement)
- microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v3.0
- MHL TV-out (requires MHL-to-HDMI adapter)
- NFC connectivity with a dedicated app
- Active noise cancellation with a dedicated secondary mic
PROS & CONS
- Premium construction
- Not the best, but Good Camera
- Unique Design
- Heats up quickly
- Monstrous Size & Heavy Weight
- Low Benchmarks
Summary: HTC Amaze 4G is a good Camera Phone that can do your daily tasks as quick as any other phone, it can do your office work at a great pace too. When it comes to entertainment, HTC Amaze can easily run HD Videos for you or you can play games on your HTC Amaze without any hassles. The main problem is that in hot regions like Pakistan, HTC Amaze 4G is not suitable because it heats up too much and pretty quickly due to which it may eventually burnout someday and its a 4G phone so what's the use of buying it when your carrier doesn't even support 3G?