HTC Amaze vs iPhone 4S – Superphone Skirmish

by: Matthew SabatiniOctober 9, 2011

HTC’s latest Android Superphone – the HTC Amaze is, in our opinion, a bit of an unknown device, but it’s packing specs that demand it be taken very seriously. In this piece, we compare it to Apple’s latest – the iPhone 4S. Which one will come out on top?


Amaze 4G

After posing for a nice little press shot back in late September, the HTC Amaze 4G is now the star of a “Silent Video Walkthrough” created by the Youtube user Ktwist311. The voice-less video shows off both the hardware and the operating system. T-Mobile recently confirmed that the Amaze 4G will be running Gingerbread and have Sense 3.0. Now that the Amaze 4G has gone live on T-Mobile’s website, you can keep reading below for a full list of specifications.

iPhone 4S

Instead of doing our own overview, we think you would enjoy hearing it straight from Apple:

“The dual-core A5 chip delivers even more power. The 8MP camera with all-new optics also shoots 1080p HD video. And with Siri, iPhone 4S does what you ask. Talk about amazing.”

Spec-For-Spec Battle

PhoneiPhone 4SHTC Amaze 4G
OSiOS 5Gingerbread 2.3.4 and HTC Sense 3.0
ProcessorDual-Core A5 CipQualcomm Snapdragon S3 Dual-Core 1.5GHz
CarrierAT&T, Verizon, and SprintT-Mobile
Price On-Contract$199/16GB$259.99
Internal Storage16-64GB16GB
Display3.5″ Retina Display 960×6404.3″ S-LCD capacitive touchscreen 960×540
Camera8MP LED Flash8MP LED Flash
Video1080p HD1080p HD
Front Camera?Yes, 640×480Yes, 1600×1200
External Storage?NoYes, microSD
App Store?Yes, Est. 500,000+Yes, Est. 500,000+
4G Capable?NoYes
Weight137 grams (4.8 ounces)173 grams (6.1 ounces)
Height115.2 mm (4.49 inches)130.0 mm (5.07 inches)
Width58.6 mm (2.29 inches)65.6 mm (2.56 inches)
Depth9.3 mm (0.36 inches)11.8 mm (0.46 inches)
Release DateOctober 14, 2011October 2011
Battery1420 mAh1730 mAh

Pro’s and Con’s

Display: One of the big differences here is screen size. As you can tell from the specifications list, both companies go “all-out” in two completely different ways. On Apple’s side, the iPhone 4S has an amazing “Retina” screen resolution while the Amaze 4G has excellent resolution as well, and puts a massive screen in your hand. The winner in this category will come down to personal preference.

Operating System: Along with the release of the iPhone 4S, Apple introduced iOS5. With over “200 new features and 4 key updates”, Apple has produced a very nice new OS. From Android’s side, Ice Cream Sandwich is rumored to be announced on October 11th, just one day before the official release of iOS5. Although no information is clear yet, Ice Cream Sandwich has been caught on camera and you can watch the full video below.

Battery: Maybe not one of your biggest concerns, but the battery power behind these devices does show a difference. However, just because the Amaze 4G has a “better” battery in terms of mAh, Apple somehow finds a way to squeeze just as much juice out of their devices. Therefore, don’t look here for a big difference-maker.

4G: Apple showed that the iPhone 4S can get speeds up to 14.4mb/s – theoretically. However, due to the fact that those numbers are based off of HSDPA, US users will not be getting these speeds. Therefore, if you are in T-Mobile’s 4G coverage, this will be a huge deciding factor for you now that the iPhone still does not support 4G.

And the Winner Is…

Based on pure specifications, it looks like the HTC Amaze 4G will come out on top for one reason; 4G. However, keep in mind that if you are not a T-Mobile customer or if you are not under their 4G coverage, then you may want to take a look at what the iPhone 4S has in store with the other U.S. carriers.

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  • yes clearly HT amaze is the winner .

    • Darren Loke

      in terms of its sales?

      You gotta be kidding me…

      • Drew Nusser

        Head to head, I don’t think that any Android phone will beat an iPhone in sales. Does that mean that the iPhone is better? No. It’s the fact that the iPhone has nothing to compete with, while Android phones always have 9-10 phones with similar specs and capabilities. Another reason is the name. Since the iPhone was the first really good smartphone, that’s what uneducated people think of when they see any touch screen. I have had the Atrix for a few months, and already 5 or 6 people have said, “oh, you got an iPhone!?” I respond with “no, no, I got an Atrix – it’s on a more popular, less locked down OS and has twice the processing power of the iPhone. My two old iPhones are at my house. I gave one to my 2 year old and the other is being used as a door stop.”

        Don’t get me wrong, I think that the iPhone is a very good product, but iOS is definitely in 2nd place right now. It is good that iOS 5 is finally improving their notifications and multitasking though. Maybe they’ll even get widgets eventually.

        • Terencetanyi2007

          Widgets? Nah as an Android user widgets are really a big thing for me and I don’t want iPhone to have it. Plus wouldn’t the whole ios need an overhaul?

  • TomHolmes

    By what criteria do you classify the Apple 4S as a super-phone? It doesn’t have LTE and it has a tiny screen. Clearly, any phone that fails in two such critical areas has been mis-classified. The Droid 3 is better qualified to be a super-phone by virtue of its 4″ screen, along with the Droid X2, but nobody would consider classifying it them that way.

    If by “super” you mean “super big seller”, then I apologize for this comment as there is no doubt that plenty of iPhone lovers will buy the newest one. After all, all of their accessories will fit since the phone is physically indistinguishable from its predecessor. It would be helpful (to me at least) if you could indicate in the title of the article that you’re attempting to compare the super technical qualifications of one phone to the super popular qualification of another so that innocents will not accidentally read the article.

    A more interesting narrative would be how Apple has pushed the second-tier form-factor to near perfection with it’s moderate upgrade to the iPhone 4.

    For your convenience, here’s what top tier looks like:

    Dual core
    LTE network
    1GB DDR2 RAM or greater
    4″ or greater screen
    32GB or more between internal and external storage
    Current OS
    Available on one or more major carriers
    8GB camera, 1080p video @ 30+fps
    HDMI output, sdcard slot and removeable battery optional but highly recommended
    NFC will be on this list by year’s end

    You could probably get away without any one of those things except screen size and carrier availability. There is a market for sub 4″ screens but it’s a niche market. That’s a subjective statement, understood, but release a 4″+ iphone and see what happens.

    A super phone is a phone with few, if any compromises to the state-of-the-art. The 4S doesn’t qualify for the screen alone, but add to that the lack of LTE, even on carriers where it exists, and the two-year-old form factor, no HDMI, sdcard or removeable batter, plus no support for Flash in the OS, and you have a product that is obviously second tier.

    I’m very much an Android fan, for philosophical reasons, but I am very disappointed that Apple did not produce a dominant handset as we expected them to. There’s plenty of competition among the Android manufacturers, but there’s something about a credible source of competition from another OS that added an important dimension to innovation motivation, and that continues to fade with Apple’s me-too approach rather than the leap-frog we expected.


    • Anonymous

      The iPhone is not a, so called, super phone! That’s a moniker that applies to Android phones and not to the iPhone. The iPhone is a smartphone. That’s it. Many tech bloggers and news outlets predicted a larger display and new design among other things, for the new iPhone, but they were wrong. That wasn’t Apple’s intentions. The iPhone 4S is what Apple intended to release and that’s what they did. If some out there are disappointed and upset at this, then they should blame the press and bloggers.

      Sales are a good indicator of a phones success and acceptance among consumers, and so far the iPhone 4S has beaten the previous iPhone sales records for a new release. The pre order supply has run out in the US and some places internationally.

      Now, if you want to compare smart phones, then the iPhone 4S is the clear winner here based on the Siri voice assistance alone.

    • david tallon

      I would first like to take a second and agree that the improvement from iphone 4 to its 4S counterpart is a negligible upgrade in comparison to the hardware available in competing super-phones (making the 4s not really a superphone but just a smartphone).

      However, I take argument with a few of your pre-requisites for being a super phone.

      Why must it be a LTE network? Why not WI-MAX or HSPA+? It seems to me that any phone that complies with 4g speeds would qualify to me.

      Why must it have a screen larger than 4″? I think if the screen is Hi-Def and can function for its user in 99% of the aps available then the screen size is a non-issue and more of a personal preference.

      Why must it be available on more than one network? While I agree it would be nice if every phone was available on every network that is just a business thing and the truth is most phones only end up on one network. Especially super-phones. Again I see it a personal preference what network you use and the ability of a phone to perform on more than one network is pointless because I cant imagine any user having a contract with more than one network provider.



        • IphoneCalling

          Apple may not be the best phone here, but the bigger is better concept is rare in cellphone users. I work in a cellphone store and far more peopel come in for 3.5 in screen iPhones than for any large screen phone.
          Yes some people love the big screens, but those people are a distinct minority.
          Same with people who root phones for the best performance- minority.
          The problem with these online article is that most peopel who leave comments are tech savvy. Most iPhone users want a good out-of-box experience that is very easy to use.

  • sanjuS

    fuk dis fone!!! it luks awesum compare to ma fone! !! wer can i buy this?

    • well you should probably start paying for spelling classes first

  • Soonerpride2

    htc amaze all the way iphone always looks the same, htc better camera, better look (definetly), just cooler

  • HelloAmaze

    White Amaze 4G rockin ICS…this phone runs several times better, couldn’t be happier