Hands-On: HTC Amaze 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II 4G for T-Mobile
The HTC Amaze 4G is one of the most powerful and one of the fastest phones made by our friends over in Taiwan. It packs a raging 1.5GHz dual-core SnapDragon processor, and HSPA+ at 42Mbps. Add the 8-megapixel camera and qHD display, and you've got a winning combination.
It's a durned big phone. It is not nearly as svelte as the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G. The rounded edges and sides help make it feel comfortable to hold, but nothing can reduce the overall footprint and thicker waistline. It isn't all that heavy. There's a reason for that. There's noticeably more plastic in its design when compared to the nice aluminum materials we're used to seeing in HTC handsets. It doesn't feel cheap, but it doesn't feel as high-quality or high-end as some of HTC's older, more metallic models.
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There are no controls on the left side of the phone save for the microUSB port. The right side has all sorts of action going on. The volume toggle is closest to the top. It hs a typical HTC design in that it is thin and mushy under the thumb. Below it, you'll notice a dedicated video camera key, which will launch the video camera from sleep if pressed. Below that is a dedicated camera button, which launches the camera from sleep mode without necessitating the phone to be unlocked first.
Both buttons feel great, and the reduced time to open the camera thanks to the shortcuts is also great.
The power/lock button and 3.5mm headset jack are on top, as expected. The button felt fine.
The Amaze 4G runs Sense 3.0, which has been in the market for a while now. It offers tons of tools that make the device easier to use. The lock screen has shortcuts to a handful of apps, and the amount of customization that is pissuble with HTC's software tools is nearlly limitless.
T-Mobile spent the bulk of our time together discussing the Amaze 4G's camera, which is indeed impressive. The camera's tools and controls mirror that of the HTC myTouch 4G Slide — which is to say they offer a *lot*. Some of the neat camera features include HDR, burst shot, automatic panoramas (called Sweep Shot), face/smile detection, and others.
What impressed me most was the speed of the camera. It focuses and fires off shots extremely fast, and gets you back to taking pictures quickly.
As with the Galaxy S II 4G, we were unable to really test the 42Mbps HSPA+ speeds offered by the Amaze 4G, but T-Mobile bragged that they used the phone to download a 1.5GB move via 4G in about 10 minutes.
Review: HTC Amaze 4G
HTC continues its winning streak of killer devices for T-Mobile with the amazing Amaze 4G. It is one of the fastest phones available from T-Mobile and includes one of the best cameras that Phone Scoop has tested.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile
T-Mobile scores the best version of the Samsung Galaxy S II with its large display, faster processor, and zippier wireless data radio. But those aren't the only noteworthy features of this superlative smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S II Coming To AT&T, T-Mobile
AT&T and T-Mobile today announced that they will both be getting versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Confusingly, they will both bear the name "Galaxy S II", but will have different specs, including different screen sizes.
HTC Confirms Android 4.0 Headed to 16 Smartphones
HTC today published in a blog post a list of 16 smartphones that will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The devices include the Amaze 4G, Desire S, Desire HD, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G, Incredible S, Sensation, Sensation XL, Sensation 4G, Sensation XE, Raider, Rezound, Rhyme, Thunderbolt, and Vivid.
HTC Details Android 4.0 Roll-Out Plans
HTC today provided more details via its Facebook page on when it will update its existing smartphones to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The first batch includes the Sensation, Sensation 4G and Sensation XE by the end of March, with the Sensation XL soon after.
Samsung Galaxy S II / SGH-T989
4.5" display 480 x 800 pixels
Snapdragon S3 APQ8060 processor
1,850 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot, NFC, Headphone Jack (3.5mm)