Back in October, two extremely hot phones came on the market practically unnoticed. Mostly, this was due to the fact that one was on T-Mobile (Amaze 4G) and the other was released on AT&T at the same time as the iPhone 4S was released. Despite their poor entrances, both devices have a lot to offer, and might still be two of the top Android smartphones on the market today.
Although neither device will have a screen like other rumored devices, if your looking for a new phone, rumors might just not cut it for you if you need a device now. In that case, take a look at the spec sheet below and meet me at the bottom for a full-on comparison.
HTC Amaze 4G
Moto Atrix 2
|Device type||Smart phone||Smart phone|
|OS||Android (2.3.4)||Android (2.3.4)|
|Dimensions||5.12 x 2.58 x 0.46 (130 x 65.6 x 11.8 mm)||4.96 x 2.59 x 0.40 (126 x 66 x 10 mm)|
|Weight||6.10 oz (173 g)||5.18 oz (147 g)|
|Side Keys||Right: Volume control, Camera shutter, Other|
|Physical size||4.30 inches||4.30 inches|
|Resolution||540 x 960 pixels||540 x 960 pixels|
|Pixel density||240.00 ppi|
|Colors||16 777 216|
|Touchscreen||Capacitive, Multi-touch||Capacitive, Multi-touch|
|Features||Light sensor, Proximity sensor||Light sensor, Proximity sensor|
|Talk time||6.00 hours||8.50 hours|
|Stand-by time||264 hours||382 hours|
|Capacity||1730 mAh||1785 mAh|
|Type||Li – Ion||Li – Ion|
|Processor||Dual core, 1500 MHz, Qualcomm APQ8060||Dual core, 1000 MHz, TI OMAP4430|
|Graphics processor||Yes||PowerVR SGX 540|
|System memory||1024 MB RAM||1024 MB RAM|
|Built-in storage||16384 MB||8192 MB|
|Slot Type||microSD, microSDHC||microSD, microSDHC|
|Maximum card size||32 GB||32 GB|
|Camera||8 megapixels, Immobile||8 megapixels, Immobile|
|Features||Auto focus||Auto focus, White balance, Effects, Scenes|
|1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)|
|Features||Video calling||Video calling|
|Front-facing camera||2 megapixels||0.3 megapixels VGA|
|Filter by||Album, Artist, Playlists|
|Features||Album art cover, Background playback|
|Supported formats||MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, MIDI||MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, AMR, MIDI|
|Supported formats||MPEG4, H.263, H.264|
|Streaming||Audio, Video||Audio, Video|
|Supports||HTML, Flash||HTML, HTML5, XHTML, Flash|
|Built-in online services support||Facebook, YouTube (upload), Picasa, Twitter||Facebook, Twitter|
|GSM||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
|UMTS||850, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz||850, 1900, 2100 MHz|
|Data||HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE||HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, UMTS, HSUPA, EDGE|
|Satellite system||GPS||GPS, A-GPS|
|Phonebook||Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID||Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID|
|Organizer||Calendar, Alarm, Calculator||Calendar, Alarm, Document viewer, Calculator|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input||SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input|
|Yes||IMAP, POP3, SMTP|
|Instant Messaging||Google Talk||Google Talk|
|OTA Software updates||Yes|
|Games||Need for Speed Shift|
|Profiles||Headset (HSP), Handsfree (HFP), Generic Access (GAP), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b, g, n, a||802.11 b, g, n|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Features||Mass storage device, USB charging||Mass storage device, USB charging|
|Other||NFC, Computer sync, OTA sync||DLNA, Computer sync, OTA sync|
|Notifications||Music ringtones, Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone||Service lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones, Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass||Accelerometer, Compass|
|Hearing aid compatibility||M3, T3||M3, T3|
|Other||Voice recording||Voice dialing, Voice recording, TTY/TDD|
|Officially announced||26 Sep 2011||11 Oct 2011|
Display: Both devices pack 4.3 inch screens with 540 x 960 pixel resolutions. Therefore, this category is a complete wash. Although these screens are clearly not up to par with that of the Galaxy Nexus, you surely will not be too upset with 240 pixels per inch, right?
Operating System: Both will be running Gingerbread out of the box. However, with Ice Cream Sandwich coming up, both devices should be getting the update in early 2012. In fact, HTC has announced that the Amaze 4G will most definitely be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update in the earlier months of 2012.
Design: Despite having the same screen size, the Amaze 4G is slightly bulkier. It is .16″ taller, .06″ wider, and nearly an ounce heavier than the Atrix 2.
Battery: Despite being a good all around phone, the Amaze 4G is completely lacking in the battery category. It’s 1735 mAh battery will only last you 6 hours of talk time. On the other hand, the Atrix 2 will still only get you 8.5 hours. Although the Atrix 2 has a better battery life, phone such as the Droid Bionic boast talk times of up to 10 hours.
Hardware: If your wondering why a mere 55 mAh is causing a 2 1/2 hour talk time difference, it is because of the difference in hardware. The Amaze 4G packs a mean 1.5 gHz Dual-Core processor whereas the Atrix 2 will only get you a 1 gHz Dual-Core. In addition, HTC has upped the ante in storage by giving the Amaze 4G 16 GB of internal and up to 32 GB of external storage. On the other hand, Atrix 2 customers can look forward to the bare minimum of 8 GB internal storage and the same 32 GB of external.
Camera: In the department of camera’s, you are going to be looking at similar specifications with two small differences. Both pack 8mp rear-shooters and 1080p video capture. However, the Amaze 4G will have an additional LED flasher (compared the the Atrix 2′s 1) and a 2 MP front-facing camera vs. the Atrix 2′s 0.3 MP VGA, and HTC has made substantial progress in the software powering their camera’s of late, so you can expect the Amaze to take better pictures in harder to shoot situations.
Like most phone comparisons, it should come down to your carrier. The Amaze 4G is on T-Mobile ($259.99), and the Atrix 2 is an AT&T phone ($99.99). If you are searching for a new carrier and can get a new contract, the Atrix 2 is much cheaper and has a better battery. However, you would be missing out on things like an extra 0.5 gHz, extra LED flash, and extra 8 GB of internal storage. Whether or not these “extras” mean anything to you should be the deciding factor. Are the “extras” really worth another $150?