Yesterday T-Mobile announced two new dual-core Android smartphones for its upgraded HSPA+42 network--the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze 4G. We were already pretty familiar with the Galaxy S II family at its kick-off event in New York, and we've also reviewed the unlocked version. The Amaze 4G, however, was new to us.
We were lucky enough to go hands-on with the Amaze at an event last night, and it turns out that the phone wasn't as "new" as T-Mobile would have led us to believe. In fact, the Amaze is very similar to the HTC Sensation 4G. Considering we gave that phone a CNET Editors' Choice Award, that's not at all a bad starting place.
Specs 'n' stuff Let's start with the specs. Like the Sensation 4G, the Amaze 4G has a 4.3-inch qHD SuperLCD touch-screen display. It's clear, bright, and pretty, and on its own, that's great. Hold it up next to any of those absolutely brilliant Samsung Galaxy S II phones, however, and it fades in comparison. Still, as I said, the screen definitely looks good regardless.
Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 is what's running under the Amaze 4G's hood. It's not the absolute most current version--that honor belongs to Android 2.3.5--but it's pretty darn fresh and fast. Speed is the name of HTC's game, and making the phone faster still is the 1.5 dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, a step up from the 1.2GHz processor on the Sensation 4G.… Read more