Enterprise Mobility: HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile: An Android Smartphone for Shutterbugs

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-10-18 Print this article Print
Amaze 4G

Amaze 4G

T-Mobile wants its new HTC Amaze 4G to attract those smartphone users who double as serious shutterbugs and want 4G speeds.
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.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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