UPDATE: This preliminary review was written after just a day or so with this smartphone. A more in-depth version based on long-term testing is now available:
The HTC Amaze is the latest HSPA+ Android phone from T-Mobile. It runs Android 2.3.4 on a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and features a 4.3-inch super LCD touchscreen display and two cameras, an 8 megapixel on the back and a 2 megapixel camera on the front for videoconferencing on the go.
It's available now from T-Mobile for $260 with a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year service contract.
This is a preliminary review based on just a few days with the Amaze; a full review is forthcoming.
BUILD & DESIGN
The HTC Amaze is comparable in size to some of the other new phones that have just hit the market, though it's a little narrower than the Samsung Galaxy S II. But it does have quite a bit of style, especially if you get the white version. The front is dominated by the large (and very sharp) touchscreen display. There's no physical keyboard here, so you'll be typing on the screen.
Turn the phone over and you'll find that the back has cool silver accents -- it's definitely not the same old smartphone in terms of design. The back is a bit too smooth for my taste though, and the Amaze seems a little "slippery" in the hand.
The HTC Amaze runs Android 2.3.4 on a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and it seems really fast in initial testing. There's 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and if you need more space you can plug in a microSD expansion card of up to 48GB in capacity.
All of the usual HTC Sense goodness is here; those extra touches make the phone more enjoyable to use in the long term and will be covered in the full review. There are also plenty of preloaded extras such as Polaris Office, FM Radio and Slacker for music, Qik video chat, and several carrier-specific apps.
The most important feature is the camera, since the Amaze is being marketed as a photographer's phone. It has a dual LED flash which should be helpful in low light situations, and there are several shooting modes and options from which to choose. The camera has performed well in initial testing, but further evaluation is required before the question of whether it can replace a standalone camera can be answered.
I've only been using the HTC Amaze $G for a few days so far, but my impressions are very positive. It looks cool, the screen is bright and sharp, it's fast, and the camera takes really nice shots. I've still got several tests to run, including benchmarks and network speed testing, so stay tuned for a full review here at Brighthand.
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