HTC Amaze, Black (T-Mobile)
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HTC Amaze, Black (T-Mobile)

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Product Features

  • 4.3-inch LCD display
  • Advanced 8-MP camera with Full HD 1080p video capture; 2-MP front camera for video chats; Wirelss-N Wi-Fi networking; 4G-enabled, Android-pwered smartphone with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 16 GB internal memory; microSD memroy expansion; Bluetooth 3.0; GPS navigation; personal and corporate e-mail; DLNA wireless streaming
  • Up to 6 hours of talk time, up to 264 hours (11 days) of standby time; released in October, 2011
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, wired stereo headset, quick start guide
  • 4G-enabled, Android-pwered smartphone with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD multi-touch display
  • Advanced 8-MP camera with Full HD 1080p video capture; 2-MP front camera for video chats; Wirelss-N Wi-Fi networking
  • 16 GB internal memory; microSD memroy expansion; Bluetooth 3.0; GPS navigation; personal and corporate e-mail; DLNA wireless streaming
  • Up to 6 hours of talk time, up to 264 hours (11 days) of standby time; released in October, 2011
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, wired stereo headset, quick start guide

Product Description

Product Description

Supporting a 4.3” qHD Super LCD display, dual core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, 8MP camera with 1080p recording, 16GB of internal memory, NFC and 42Mbps HSPA+ data all wrapped up under HTC’s Sense 3.0.

Featuring one of the most advanced cameras on any smartphone, the HTC Amaze 4G for T-Mobile comes equipped with an 8-megapixel camera and Full HD 1080p video recorder, a backside illuminated sensor for improved low light performance, zero shutter lag and a dual LED flash. It also sports a powerful dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor for fast image and video processing.

Capture the moment, and then connect
faster than home Internet on T-Mobile's
lightning-quick 4G network (view larger).
HTC Amaze 4G
At a Glance:

  • 3G/4G (HSPA+ 42) connectivity

  • Android 2.3 OS

  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor

  • 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD touchscreen

  • 16 GB memory + microSD expansion

  • 8-MP camera + Full HD 1080p video capture

  • GPS navigation

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi

  • Stereo Bluetooth

  • Personal/corporate e-mail
At a Glance

The HTC Amaze will be one of the first smartphones to take advantage of T-Mobile's faster 4G (HSPA+ 42) network technology, allowing you to browse the Web faster than on the average home Internet with average download speeds approaching 8 Mbps and peak speeds around 20 Mbps.

With a gorgeous 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD multi-touch display and support for T-Mobile TV, the HTC Amaze will keep you informed, connected and entertained. And with support for Near Field Communications (NFC), the HTC Amaze can read information from "smart" tags, or everyday objects that have NFC chips in them--from stickers and movie posters to t-shirts and even mobile payments (in the future).

Other features include a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats, 16 GB internal memory, microSD memory expansion to 32 GB, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, DLNA wireless streaming capabilities, HDMI output, GPS for navigation and location-based services, access to over 200,000 apps in the Android Market, streaming video from T-Mobile TV and downloaded movies from HTC Watch, and up to 6 hours of talk time (see full specifications below).

Capture the Moment... in a Flash

Easily capture memories and share them while on the go with the advanced camera capabilities of the HTC Amaze 4G, which offers 8-megapixel camera and Full HD 1080p video recorder. You can instantly capture quality photos and videos with a dedicated camera button and T-Mobile's first direct-to-camcorder button. Sharing photos is easy with one-touch access to post to Facebook, Picasa or Flickr--all at 4G speeds. And you'll enjoy video chats over Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity thanks to the front-facing 2-megapixel camera.

Camera features include:

  • Low-light performance with backside illuminated sensor and wide aperture lens (f/2.2).
  • Zero shutter lag via innovative software features that allow for an instantaneous shot at that precise moment.
  • SmartShot takes five photos and creates the best shot using clear faces with smiles and no blinking.
  • PerfectPics creates an album view by scoring and filtering your best photos to the surface.
  • SweepShot captures ultrawide panoramic shots in a single motion.
  • ClearShot HDR takes clear pictures in high-contrast lighting.
  • BurstShot captures five images in rapid succession.
  • Face Detection
  • Shake Detection
  • Additional shooting modes include auto, night, action, macro, portrait and manual.
  • Dedicated camera and camcorder buttons for one-touch access, even while the screen is off.

Vital Statistics

The HTC Amaze 4G weighs 5.11 ounces and measures 5.11 x 2.58 x 0.46 inches. Its 1730 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6 hours of talk time, and up to 264 hours (11 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, as well as T-Mobile's 3G/4G network (1700/2100 MHz; UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+ 42).

What's in the Box

HTC Amaze 4G handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, wired stereo headset, quick start guide

T-Mobile's Super-Fast 4G Mobile Broadband Network

T-Mobile's super-fast 4G network (HSPA+ 21) is getting even faster, doubling the speed with T-Mobile's lightning-quick 4G (HSPA+ 42) network technology. New smartphones that include this technology will now be able to browse the Web faster than on the average home Internet, as well as enjoy uninterrupted video streaming and quicker app downloads. T-Mobile's 4G (HSPA+ 42) network average download speeds approach 8 Mbps with peak speeds around 20 Mbps.

And T-Mobile's increased network speed capabilities will benefit its customers using 3G and 4G (HSPA+ 21) devices for data services, as the backward compatible network pushes the limits of 3G and 4G devices to achieve maximum speed performance.

As of October, 2011, T-Mobile's 4G (HSPA+ 42) network has been rolled out to more than 150 markets across the United States, and its 4G (HSPA+ 21) network is available in over 190 major metropolitan areas across the U.S.--covering 200 million people across the country. Network upgrades will continue rolling out through 2012.

Android Gingerbread Operating System

Android Gingerbread

The HTC Amaze 4G runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread) which features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.

Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

The onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The HTC Amaze 4G also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Google Integration
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination


  • Blazing fast 4G speeds on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network for up to 3 times faster than standard 3G networks, while allowing simultaneous voice and data capabilities (compatible with 3G networks where 4G is unavailable).
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals and includes stereo audio streaming.
  • Onboard GPS for navigation (using pre-loaded Google Maps) and location services
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)

Preloaded Apps

  • T-Mobile TV gives access to live and on-demand mobile HDTV.
  • HTC Watch offers the latest, premium movies and TV shows available for rent or purchase.
  • HTC Sync lets you autosync and backup photos, HD videos and music to your computer.
  • Slacker Radio delivers more than 150 genre stations and ability to create custom stations for free.
  • Zinio offers access to thousands of magazines on the go.
  • Pro Apps lets you access powerful productivity tools from anywhere.

Communications & Internet

  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Full HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as personal e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).


  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon S3) speeds up everything--from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
  • 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD multi-touch display (540 x 960 pixels, 16 million color depth)
  • HDMI port for video output to your HDTV or monitor (adapter and cable not included).
  • MicroUSB port
  • Digital compass
  • Dual microphones


  • 8-megapixel camera
  • Full HD 1080p video capture
  • 2-megapixel forward-facing camera for video chats and self portraits.


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, OGG, and WAV
  • Video player compatible with MP4, M4V, AVI, WMV, and 3GP.
  • DLNA capabilities allow you to stream movies, music, and photos from your smartphone to a compatible HDTV.
  • FM radio
  • SRS virtual surround sound wired for headphones.


  • 16 GB internal memory
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 1 GB of RAM

More Features

  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Hands-free speakerphone


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Most beautiful, highest-quality hardware on the market. You can tell HTC takes a lot of pride in this phone. It's stylized down to the 'Sense' user interface, surely the most impressive UI on any device.

Aside from obvious aesthetic appeal, 'Amaze' is a significant upgrade from the Sensation. HTC addressed most of my gripes w/ Sensation by giving Amaze a hardware camera button, more onboard memory, more RAM & more ghz. Multi-tasking is effortless. Amaze can run a number of memory-intensive programs without as much as hiccup, and does so with style. To put it bluntly, Amaze throws down the gauntlet.

The device also runs on T-Mobile's 42mbps 4G network, provided you live in one of T-Mobile's 4G regions. I do, and the service is no where near as consistent as their 3G service. The highest download speeds I've reached on SpeedTest is 4mbps download. Theoretically, it can reach much faster speeds & some tests on YouTube have reflected as much as 12. I'm less impressed w/T-Mobile's 4G, but that's no fault of HTC's.

As with any device, and impressive as the Amaze is, it comes w/a few disappointments. The ability to shoot in 1080p is a big deal and, as w/the Sensation, the audio recording quality is unacceptable. You can hear a sample by searching YouTube for (HTC Amaze 4G 1080p Camera Test| Booredatwork) or (HTC Amaze 4G 1080p HD Video Sample). HD looks, LD sound. The end result of the video is more important than style & process. So, if you're looking to take advantage of one of this phone's major selling points - recording in HD - this might not be the best device.

Secondly, although the screen in quarter HD, it's not quite as vivid, bright or impressive as some of it's competition.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Smartphone I've owned. November 7, 2011
My original review was for the white version of the Amaze, but I realized that won't help much when most searches on Amazon hit the black version.

HTC Amaze 4G Android Phone, White (T-Mobile)

Let me preface this review with my past phones. I've been thru 7 BlackBerrys in the last 6 years with Verizon. I recently switched from Verizon to T-Mobile as both my wife and I were constantly dropping calls in our home. I won't ever look back.

This phone is smoking fast. The UI is snappy and I've experienced 0 lag switching between programs even while streaming a movie over the 4G connection. I've downloaded and installed 10+ apps in the past few days including Netflix, a yahoo fantasy football app, a few games, a few social networking and chat apps as well as 3 different game emulators. I had 0 issues with installing any of the apps on this phone. When the 4G connection is active, webpages actually load faster than on my laptop over a local WiFi-n connection.

I've read reviews of HTC phones having issues with the quality of the speaker. I was able to use this phone in the middle of a very noisy state fair, surrounded by screaming kids, rides and other distractions without having to plug my other ear to hear the caller's voice. My friend later told me that he had no issues hearing me either. I find that the speakerphone works well, but the sound quality is better when I flip the phone over. My wife says I sound like I'm on a land line when I use the speakerphone, and the sound coming thru the speaker was not tin-cannish.

The screen is amazing. There's a handy app built into the phone that tells you what is draining the battery the most.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome phone - it DOES have 16 GB October 28, 2011
Extremely stylish and well built, probably one of the best looking phone I've ever had. Let me first stary by saying that it DOES have 16GB of memory. The user who complained about 16GB with 1 star himself has admitted it and I hope people do not get misguided by that inaccurate review. The phone has 9.75GB for pictures, movies, music and 2.2GB for apps and app data. 9.75 + 2.2 = ~12GB. The remaining goes for OS (1 GB), installed apps and space to execute apps (2 GB) and general cache (remaining), -->[...]

* Amazing build quality and most beautiful phone ever, great finish and feels really good in hands.
* Most advanced camera ever with features that would put a point-and-shoot digital camera to shame. The video quality is amazing and pretty smooth.
* Extremely fast, there's virtually no lag at all in running heavist of applications/games.
* Very vibrant, bright and highly responsive.
* Net speed is awesome with new HSPA+42 4G on T-Mobile.
* Pretty generous battery with 1760 mA

* The phone is ever so slightly heavier than other phones but to me, the premium material used maks up for it.
* The phone heats up slighly (no where near as bad as Motorola Atrix) with heavy use.
* Battery drainage is significant (although that's same with pretty much every single android smartphone out there).
* Camera is great but seems to take a little bit washed out pics in low light conditions which is not bad for a phone but with all the HYPE around it, I felt I'll throw my point-and-shoot away.

Overall, with $199 with 2 yr contract and no tax or s/h (from amazon or from wirefly); this is not a bad deal at all. I would say this phone definitely beats out Samsung Galaxy SII with it's style and features (and I found this much more pocket-friendly than Samsung Galaxy SII).

Bottom Line: Amaze is amazing. I'd say go for it, you will not regret!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Phone Ever
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Published on March 11, 2013 by Mr.Batman
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2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money
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Published on January 30, 2013 by Garrett Bess
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful with a few livable setbacks
I love this phone. I've had it for about five months now. It has an incredible camera, great slick feel, etc. Read more
Published on December 28, 2012 by Dylan W.
1.0 out of 5 stars Honest review of the HTC Amaze 4G
I purchased the HTC Amaze 4G back on May of this year, and was satisfied immensely... at first.

When I first purchased and used the phone, I was very pleasantly... Read more
Published on December 28, 2012 by Lisa Traverso
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS GARBAGE!!!
This is my first Android phone and it is a piece of garbage. The battery life is laughable at best. HALF the features on the phone will not work. Read more
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This phone, which is only about 1 year old, has never been current with Android. It is currently running 4.0 vs 4.2. Read more
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