The HTC Amaze 4G is the latest top of the line Android smartphone released by HTC. While it is an outstanding device can it compete against increasingly feature-rich top Android smartphones?
The Amaze, which is available on the T-Mobile network, features the same 4.3 inch touchscreen used on the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE. However, quite a few important specs have been improved on the Amaze and overall the new device serves up a more responsive satisfying experience.
For example, the Sensation has only 768 megabyte of RAM while the Amaze has an impressive 1 gigabyte of RAM. The Sensation has a VGA quality front camera while the Amaze has a far better amazing 2 megapixel front camera for video chats. Both devices are equipped with terrific eight megapixel cameras on the back with dual LED flashes. Both devices can shoot video in 1080 pixel high-definition.
Clearly The HTC Amaze 4G is an Improvement Over the Sensation
In addition, the Sensation has a 1.2-gigahertz dual-core processor compared to the Amaze 4G 1.5 gigahertz dual-core processor. As you might guess the 4G in HTC Amaze stands for T-Mobile’s 4G network while the Sensation runs on the 3G network.
The improved hardware and 4G speeds of the Amaze does result in a high performance device, faster and smoother operating than many top level Android phones. However, it seems not quite as fast as the Galaxy S II or Droid Bionic.
The Amaze stands out with fantastic camera features that HTC first used in the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide. These features include a night shooting mode, a mode for photographing fast-moving objects, a ClearShot HDR mode for taking color balanced pictures in bright daytime environments, a micro mode for capturing close range detailed images, and a SweepShot mode for photographing panoramic shots.
Many of the specs of the HTC Amaze 4G are competitive with those featured on other high-end rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Motorola Droid Bionic, and the newly released Apple iPhone 4S. So technically it would seem that, yes, the Amaze 4G can compete with top-of-the-line Android smartphones.
Higher Price Point May Hurt Amaze 4G Sales
The problem for HTC may be that the Amaze is priced at about $60 more than the competition. At $259.99 on a two-year contract the Amaze 4G competes against extremely capable Android phones that are priced at about $200 with similar contracts.
An additional challenge for the HTC Amaze 4G is that the smartphone field is becoming ever more competitive. Sometime next month Samsung’s Nexus running Ice Cream Sandwich and the Droid Razr are expected to be released.
The HTC Amaze is an extremely capable device but in a crowded field of outstanding smartphones it will likely have trouble truly standing out from the competition, especially when for some reason HTC is offering the Amaze at a higher price.
HTC Amaze 4G. Photo by HTC