HTC employee apologizes for the HTC ThunderBolt
0. phoneArena 30 Apr 2013, 17:13 posted on
The HTC ThunderBolt was supposed to be a big deal for Verizon as the first 4G LTE enabled handset in the U.S. and poor battery life combined with a large number of bugs to give the device a rather dreadful legacy; add to this poor after-market support (the device only recently was updated to Android 4.0) and you can see why Steve Wozniak called it one of the worst phones he has every owned...
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1. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)
Yeah theres a problem with that though. The HTC ONE will not be available on VZW. So HTC. Your chance at Redemption with VZW Customers is the HTC DROID DNA. Which isnt a bad handset. But i wish we would get the one. We have so many customers with complaints about that damn T-Bolt.
11. evarod48 (Posts: 154; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
they already confirmed they will have a variant of the One
14. monomilkman (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
when though?!?!?! I want it now!!!!! :)
25. DoctorPDA (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I still have the T-bolt. It's been a horrible phone, extremely slow at this point. Takes me 5-10 seconds to start a phone call. I decided to no longer buy HTC. I'm thinking of either S4, Nokia 928, or even the iPhone.
39. DoctorPDA (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I'll also note that my wife purchased a Samsung Fascinate at the same time I bought my T-bolt ~ 2 yrs ago, and her phone is even worse than mine now..... very slow....... I think both Samsung and HTC have improved their products significantly since then, so probably can't go wrong with either. Still, I feel like I should try something new.
I also don't like the idea of 2 year contracts, by 2 years I have a slow turtle phone.... I loved getting a new phone every year (actually upgrade at 10 months or so). I might keep my unlimited Verizon data, and try to purchase a phone at full price, maybe a cheaper phone, in hope that X phone at cheap price will come out soon (hopefully with LTE and Verizon frequencies!)
41. Muayyad (Posts: 236; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
You can't go wrong with HTC One or S4, just see what you want from a phone. I mean, really important features that matter to the real life. As for speed, Sense 5.0 is much lighter that touchwiz. Samsung just put too much things, but you get the chance to turn them off.
43. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 442; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Speaking from personal experience as a Thunderbolt and Galaxy Note II owner, if the S4 is anything like it's big brother then you will be extremely happy with your purchase if you go with the S4.
27. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
u guys have the DROID DNA. its the twin brother of the HTC ONE. Verizon wants too keep their DROID NAME/LOGO on their phones they will never get the HTC ONE. They may do a update with BEATS AUDIO but who knows. the THUNDERBOLT WAS THE worst phone on Verzion
30. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
it was also one of the most advertised xD
55. lsutigers (Posts: 820; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Actually, I believe the Blackberry Storm takes the crown for worst phone on VZW but the Thunderbolt is close.
58. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)
i 100% AGREE With this statement. The Storm was HORRIBLE!!
33. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Wrong!!! The problem with that is NOOOO MicroSD slot. Thank GOD & Mary I ditched that thing after two weeks!!!
2. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 421; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)
I still have the thunderbolt. bc of the battery life, ect, ive been planning to jump to the S4. I preordered my S4. I cannot switch from Verizon as my wife is still tied in, so itll be 2 years before we can leave.
Now im rethinking my preorder. I want to give HTC another try. I LOVED my HTC Incredible. I want the One. However they are not offering it...yet. I might cancel my preorder and hold off a bit and see what happens.
3. darkkjedii (Posts: 21683; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Try the unlocked one straight from Htc.
8. tedkord (Posts: 11890; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I don't think Verizon will allow it on their network, even if there us an unlocked One with Verizon frequencies.
15. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
CDMA won't let you use the unlocked one.
16. monomilkman (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
if there is...I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
20. hemirt (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
i am in the same sit. as you ..i would not rethink it htc and verizon did nothing about the thunderbolt no updates no discounts ..i will not risk another 2 years with a htc product..i preordered my galaxy s4 i'm not looking back ..its easy to say your sorry after 2 years and they need us to buy again
22. 14545 (Posts: 1598; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Smart move. The Tbolt and Rezound have confirmed my decision to move on.
23. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
I'd advise you to wait for the HTC One. It's worlds apart from any previous HTC devices. Just holding it in my hands feels incredible and my experience with it has been stellar. My S4 is already on ebay.
4. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 421; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)
i also wish Verizon would just release a phone like everyone else. not have to make them 'bigger, badder' and put a spin on everything like they do.
just give me the One. not the One+ or the DNA+ or the BLAH BLAH. not even the HTC Droid One. Just the plain old HTC One.
5. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)
It is nice to see an employee that actually cares what the public's experience was with a product made by the corporation he works for.
I respect you HTC.. sorry for the thunderbolt users.
my htc one is almost perfect that i have nthing to complain.
10. JunitoNH (Posts: 1843; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Oh of course they are. I'm sure, if the one doesn't do well or meet company expectations, someone is going to lose their head. Why didn't they apologized when people started to complain?
6. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 162; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
HTC ThunderBolt 2:
Quad core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 and Adreno 330 GPU
3 GB RAM
5-5.5 inch 1080p S-LCD 3 Screen
3000-4000 mah battery
32 GB storage with micro SD card
Android 5.0 and HTC Sense 5+ or 6
Dual front speakers
13 mp ultrapixel camera with dual xeon flash and HDR video
2 megapixel wide angle view front camera
capacative buttons (Sorry, I don't like on screen buttons)
7. HASHTAG (unregistered)
Those would be nice specs, but I don't think HTC will ever use the "Thunderbolt" name ever again.
35. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 162; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
yeah, if these specs were to be ever used on an HTC Phone it would probably be the DNA plus or whatever they'll call the DNA's successor
9. yyuu1000 (Posts: 210; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
Will not happen but those specs look like the nexus 5, what is wrong with onscreen buttons. Love them on the nexus 4
12. HASHTAG (unregistered)
I like the onscreen buttons on the Nexus 4 as well. Doesn't even bother me when I'm using it.
13. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
u serious? huge battery, a micro SD card support and a stylus? ... all that reminds you of a low budget nexus phone? lol
17. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
The nexus 4 is not low budget at all, google just sells it on huge discount if you buy it from them.