One of HTC’s hard-hitting powerhouse phones, the HTC Vivid and HTC Amaze 4G, are the company’s frontline field marshals in the ongoing smartphone battle.  With two phones likely to dominate the market, at this juncture we’ll take a closer inspection on what distinguishing and advantageous features each one has over the other.

Display and Design

Announced just recently, the HTC Vivid features a much larger display than that of the HTC Amaze 4G. The Vivid sports a 4.5-inch qHD Super LCD screen while the Amaze 4G has the standard 4.3-inch S-LCD.  The screens on both phones are capable of displays at 540×960 pixel resolution.  The Vivid stands out strong having the larger screen with qHD capabilities, but being of a smaller screen, the Amaze 4G gets the higher pixel density, which translates to sharper visuals.

At first glance, the Vivid is covered in a thick plastic and metal casing that makes it heavier than the average smartphone.  But, it does make up for its weight as it has this solid and compact feel as you grasp the phone in your hand. The Amaze 4G on the hand is built with aluminum and plastic, making it comfortable and light to hold in the hand.  It weighs about 172.5 g and comes finished in a pretty decent white coating.

Processor and Memory

As for the processing speed the Amaze 4G has taken foothold, armed with a 1.5-GHz Qualcomm Scorpion dual-core processor.  Closely following behind is the Vivid with its 1.2-GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor. The extra points from the Amaze 4G’s processor clock speed may not greatly affect the phone’s speed entirely, but it’s a close match between the two.

In terms of memory, both device prove to be a contender each, sporting 16-GB internal memory and 1 GB of RAM, perfect for memory-intense applications. There is also a handy microSD card slot that can provide additional 32 GB of storage.


There isn’t much to compare in the camera department, as both devices feature the same camera specifications: an 8-MP camera with 28 mm wide lens and a low-light CMOS sensor that comes in handy in poor lighting conditions.  We’ll have to make shot comparisons before we can conclude on who’s camera has the sharpest image in taking shots.

The only difference would be in their front-facing cameras with the Vivid having 1.3-MP shooter and the Amaze 4G a 2-MP camera.

Shooting HD videos is relatively a breeze as the Amaze 4G and Vivid are capable of HD recording in 30 fps and 60 fps, respectively.

Take a look at some sample images from the HTC Amaze 4G’s camera (photos courtesy of

User Interface

Virtually powered by the same Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the two HTC devices are as interactive and pleasure to work with.  HTC is known for HTC Sense user interface, which works wonders in these two phones. The bright colored HTC Sense UI will certainly make anyone fall in love with either of these devices and will find the experience in using them quite pleasurable.


Data speed is a major gap between the HTC Amaze 4G and the HTC Vivid.  On the one hand, the HTC Vivid can run on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, which gives the device accelerated network speeds.  In contrast, the HTC Amaze 4G has support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ data network.  4G LTE is reportedly faster than HSPA+, so as far as data connection speed is concerned, it looks like the HTC Vivid has the HTC Amaze 4G cornered.

Final Thoughts

While the HTC Vivid is mainly geared towards entertainment purposes, with the phone having a wide 4.5-inch qHD display, the HTC Amaze 4G appears to be a camera-centric phone, especially with the strong and steady performance of the HTC Amaze 4G’s 8-megapixel camera.  Although both phones only carry a qHD display resolution, both phones are quite good at rendering images and visuals.

The HTC Vivid is available from AT&T for US$200 with 2-year contract, while T-Mobile offers the HTC Amaze 4G at US$260 with a 2-year contract.  The HTC Vivid’s price on AT&T may look very tempting, especially with LTE support for the device, but the 60-dollar difference in cost for the HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile also gives you a better, faster processor, sharper display, and better 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

At the end of the day, the final judge is you and your needs.  What features are you looking for in an HTC smartphone, and which of these two devices is most likely to address your needs?

Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.