So how does HTC’s Amaze 4G stack up to its European counterpart, the Sensation XE? Pretty well actually. The 4.3-inch qHD smartphone also features Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, but bumps the RAM from 768MB to 1GB. It’s also HTC’s first NFC toting device and joins T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II as the other 42Mbps HSPA+ -capable handset on Magenta’s network. More noteworthy is its trick eight megapixel shooter, which features the same backside-illuminated sensor, f2.2 wide-angle optics and 1080p video recording capability as the myTouch 4G Slide. Similarly, the Amaze 4G hangs on to quite a bit of that phone’s camera software, including a new composite mode that automagically creates one stellar image out of five less than fabulous snapshots. We also liked the addition of two physical camera buttons, one for stills and the other for video. First impressions of the Sense-laden, Gingerbread smartphone? It’s very much like a Sensation on steroids, with a definite T-Mobile flavor. Take a look at our gallery and hit the break for our hands-on video from Mobilize 2011.
Long live the Smurfs! The popular childrens cartoon is anything but gone and it’s cult-like following keeps them popular as ever. Having graduated from TV stardom these little blue dudes had no other option than to star in their own smartphone game in order to keep their fans happy. Today, Beeline Interactive announced that they will be bringing the popular iOS game, Smurfs’ Village, to the Android Market on September 28th. The game will be free to download and play, but will have in-app content available for purchase. Having Sims-like game-play, players will start from the ground up, building and improving on the Smurf Village. Each Smurf character will bring different personalities and game-play, allowing you to take advantage of specific talents and traits. If you need to build a bridge, hit up Handy Smurf. A cake is needed? Smurfette to the rescue! You get the idea. Facebook integration will also allow players to link game progress to share the experience with friends.