Enterprise Mobility: HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile: An Android Smartphone for Shutterbugs
HTC's Amaze 4G on T-Mobile wants to appeal to those who compulsively snap photos throughout the day, but who might want to abandon their point-and-shoot in favor of a smartphone capable of taking a quality image. To that end, the Amaze 4G packs a lot of power, in the form of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor with 1.5GHz dual-core CPUs, along with a significant camera package: The 8-megapixel rear camera, paired with a 2-megapixel front aperture, is capable of taking 1,080p high-definition video. Thanks to the backside illuminated sensor (in conjunction with the rest of the hardware), the camera snaps crisp images, although it wrestles a little bit with dimmer conditions. Unlike the Droid Bionic or other Android phones, which feature noticeable lag between clicking (or "clicking, if it's a virtual button) the shutter and actually snapping an image, the Amaze 4G's camera takes images almost instantly. In addition, the Amaze 4G packs the usual applications and functions of a smartphone running Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread). Thanks to that processor and 4G connection, applications download and open in a snap. However, that power also comes at a price: The phone becomes noticeably hot after an hour or two of heavy use, and the power drain is considerable. This is not a smartphone you can expect to last for a full day on a single charge. Start answering emails and shooting photos and downloading apps at 8 a.m., and chances are pretty good you'll need to hunt for an electrical plug by 1 p.m. For the review click here.