HTC Amaze 4G Smartphone Review

Posted: January 20, 2012
HTC Amaze 4G Smartphone Review

The HTC Amaze 4G from T-Mobile offers the most advanced camera on a smartphone with its 1080p HD video recording, SmartShot to create the perfect photo and more. Candace Bailey and Kevin Pereira review the Amaze to see how well these camera features work out.

What You Need To Know

  • The HTC Amaze is about 5" long and measures less than 0.5" thick.
  • The smartphone weighs only 6.1 ounces.
  • The design includes dedicated buttons on the side and an HDMI output but you'll need an adapter.
  • The HTC Amaze has 16GB of internal memory and a micro SD slot that's upgradeable to 32 GB.
  • The phone has a 4.3" HD LCD touchscreen with a 540x960 resolution, which is not as bright compared to other phones and you notice the pixilation.
  • The screen is definitely not as crisp as the iPhone or Samsung's Super AMOLED screens.
  • The Amaze runs on Android's Gingerbread with a Snapdragon processor and two 1.5 GHz CPUs inside.
  • The touchscreen only has a bit of lag but you should be able to load and run multiple apps without a problem.
  • We should note that the battery life drained significantly when testing the phone with all the bells and whistles turned on.
  • The phone runs on T-Mobile's 4G network and the speed test results around the office gave us 9120 kbps DL and 957 UL.
  • The smartphone has an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front cameras.
  • Outdoors, the images look sharp but are a bit muted.
  • We noticed a touch of grain on indoor photos.
  • Overall, you can tell HTC wanted this phone to replace your point and shoot camera with this phone.
  • There are standard night, macro and auto features, along with "burst shot" that takes five photos in quick succession.
  • The SmartShot feature takes five photos of the same object and compiles the best attributes into one shot.
  • The phone also shoots 1080p video but we noticed a lot of digital noise when shooting outdoors.
  • Indoor footage looked soft and grainy.


  • $179 with a T-Mobile contract.


  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5.
  • The HTC Amaze is a relatively fast 4G Android phone. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The camera features are nice to have for a replacement point and shoot but not great.
  • Design-wise, we recommend that you spend a bit more money for a Galaxy S 2, which is another 4G phone that's slimmer, has a better display and better battery life.

Want something reviewed on Gadget Pr0n? Email us your suggestions to gadgetpron@g4tv.com.


Comments are Closed

  • neoxalucard

    That "haze" is usually from fingerprints on the camera lens. Clean you're damn lens!

    Posted: January 31, 2012 11:00 PM
  • neoxalucard

    That "haze" is usually from fingerprints on the camera lens. Clean you're damn lens!

    Posted: January 31, 2012 10:59 PM
  • applebook

    At least HTC didn't use Pentile Failtrix on this display like Motorola has been doing. Clearly, Samsung is delivering the most compelling Androids, and HTC has fallen well behind in the hardware department, though for development, HTC phones still have some of the best support from XDA Developers.

    Posted: January 21, 2012 8:34 PM
  • incubustable

    What no 3D? Why are people still buying phones that aren't in 3D????

    Posted: January 20, 2012 2:00 PM
  • Crimson_Apothecary

    After having the Galaxy S I wouldn't get the Galaxy S2 if my life depended on it. I went through 4 Galaxy S phones and every one of them had a problem. Why give the S 2 the chance to give me the same headaches? Haven't had any problems with the Amaze yet.

    Posted: January 20, 2012 1:31 PM