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Hands on: HTC Amaze...The best of the bunch
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Hands on: HTC Amaze…The best of the bunch

Out of the box it is obvious the HTC Amaze is a lot of phone. It is big with a 4.3″ screen and heavier than average at 173g (6.10z). Turn on this brute of a phone and get ready to be amazed by this latest offering from HTC.

The Amaze features a qHD (quarter high definition, 540-by-960 pixels) super LCD display. The display looks gorgeous with bold, yet natural colors, deep blacks, and bright whites. The viewing angle is as close to 180 degrees you are likely to get in any screen.

Powered by the  the 1.5Ghz Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S3 processor, along with 1GB RAM and the MDM8200 baseband the Amaze is a smooth performer. Apps open quiclly, transitions are smooth and scrolling is as smooth as butter. The Amaze is running Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 withSense 3.0, the latest version of HTC’s popular user interface..I personally think it is the best of the custom interfaces available. Some of the improvements: Upgraded notification screen which includes shortcuts to recently used apps, and Quick Settings which allows you to control popular features. The Lock Screen can be set to display, stocks, weather etc and quick access apps can be customized.

The Amaze is a good performer..voice quality is excellent in both directions download speeds are noticeably faster than most so-called 4G smartphones..this one supports Telus’ Dual-Cell HSPA+ technology, for a maximum throughput of 42Mbps..while download speeds are faster than others they are nowhere close to the theoretical speeds. And there is a price to pay for faster downloads and the big bright screen..you will barely get through a full day and evening of normal use on a battery charge..heavy users will need an extra battery or charger to get through the day.

Now to the cameras..the front facing 2MP camera provides good quality for video calls but the rear facing camera is quite something..you can probably forget about your point and shoot this camera is that good. HTC claims it is the best camera it has put in a phone and I agree.

It is an 8-megapixel camera and an HD camcorder that can shoot video in
up to 1080p. The camera has a backside illuminated sensor,  ideal for shooting in
low-light situations without need for a flash. The F2.2 lens is faster than most recent cameras, this means better low-light performance. The easy-to-use camera interface lets you pick from a variety of shooting modes, including Manual and Automatic modes. I love the dedicated camera and camcorder buttons for those sudden photo opportunities that pop up.

The Panorama mode is very cool. You press the shutter and move the camera from right-to-left, and the camera stitches together a panoramic image instantly. It is a lot of fun to play with and the photos look surprisingly good.

As far as I am concerned this is the best phone HTC has created so far..excellent features and design and well built too..it even has a NFC chip thus ready for payment systems down the road. This gorgeous phone would be my favourite it my hands weren’t so small..a 4.3″ screen makes it just a bit too big for my small hands and I end up squeezing the volume down button so end up missing phone calls. If you have average size hands then this is the phone you should get…I don’t think there is a better one out there right now.

Available from Telus for $99.99 with a three year contract..a steep $599.99 with no contract. It is $549 from Mobilicity.

 

 

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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