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HTC ThunderBolt vs Apple iPhone 4

0. phoneArena 30 Mar 2011, 07:42 posted on

Two of the newest smartphones to hit Verizon Wireless this year are the HTC ThunderBolt and Apple iPhone 4. We’ve used both devices for quite a while now, so we'd like to show you how they stack-up next to each other in some key areas. So, let’s get it on!...

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posted on 30 Mar 2011, 16:54 3

21. kocho (unregistered)

My T-bolt's battery on 4G sucks... lasts only a few hours. But, it seems to be searching for a 4G signal sometimes, and I think that wastes battery, and should improve as the 4G network improves. I use 3G most of the time, and the speed for most activities using 3G is not much different than 4G. I can always turn on 4G when I want to stream a video, and I get NO lag whatsoever. Nice! Using 3G, I had 80% battery at the end of my work day today using push mail. Awesome! Even better than all of my colleagues at work who have iPhones.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 17:52

42. jeck77 (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)

C'mon now let's not exaggerate. I have both an iPhone 4 and a Thunderbolt (just going back and forth on which to keep), and my iPhone 4 has about 50% life at the end of my workday. My T-Bolt, on 3G only, had 50% at the end of my Saturday class, with less usage because I was in class the whole time from 9am to 1pm.

I understand you love your T-Bolt, it's a really awesome phone, but don't make things up to try to prove your point.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 17:33 1

22. boit (unregistered)

Tacoid, that is the usual "progressive" implication that everyone who IS anyone is returning their Thunderbolts! C'mon man, can't you non- tech lemmings come up with anything new in your i-world? The iFone can't play flash, is sticky slow to download and play videos, crashes all the time... the list goes on and on. Thunderbolt is without comparison at the moment. I bought the extended battery, but put the old one back and it lasts all day after a few minor tweaks. Apple phones are for people who follow, not lead. Enjoy leading, Thunderbolters!

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 21:13 2

26. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

iPhone is just as fast as any other 3G phone out there if not faster. Hmm crashes?! You're smoking crack. Even iPhone haters will admit that it's very stable and easy to use. Battery life just as good? Clearly you're lying again. Why do you feel the need to prove your thunderbolt is better by lying? If you're so happy with your phone you'd be enjoying it instead of bashing other phones. You probably don't even live in a 4g area but brag to everyone how you have a 4g phone. Better specs don't always make a better product. It's how it all comes together too.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 21:58 2

27. BDW2008 (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

I am an iPhone 4 owner and I'm pretty impressed with the thunderbolt but I think cell phones come down to the owners preference like for instance I like my iPhone but some of friends have evos and I would have to say the lack of customization not to mention flash on the iPhone irritates me sometimes so much so that I will be switching carriers when the evo 3D comes out for two reasons android truly offers an experience that I'm looking for and the price of the plans AT&T is way to expensive but all in all both devices are incredible it just comes down to if you want AT&T service more than likely you'll he getting an iPhone 4 if you want verizon you'll more than likely be getting the thunderbolt but if a didn't have a phone and had no knowledge of the upcoming evo 3d I would go with the thunderbolt simply because of androids superior customization and flash over iOS

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 15:00

32. Android#1intheworld (unregistered)

I find it funny how people love to say that nothing can compare to an iphone.

It took android about 18 months to take down Nokia (who was #1 for about 12 years) as the #1 selling phone world wide.

Apple sells about half the product Android does. Im sure all the fanboys out there will say "but thats because there are more Droids out there". WRONG! Have you ever thought that it was because the Android operating system was better??? Oh no that couldn't be, because Apple and the iPhone are god.

Please get out of your delusional world and comeback to reality. I have had every single iphone and plenty of Droids. The iphone4 doesn't even come close to the Tbolt.

posted on 01 Apr 2011, 00:50 1

33. prospect buyer (unregistered)

thanks guys!, for all the comments and chatter. Wow. Just reading both sides going back and forth has really helped me gain insight. I'm not a hardcore fan of either, but i WILL be taking many things into account especially when i'm plopping down hundreds of my hard-earned cash to buy one of these. To both the iPhanboys and HardTimeCore fans , thanks again to you both.

I learned alot. :)

posted on 03 Apr 2011, 10:55 2

34. PeteManc (unregistered)

To all of you iphone/android bed-wetters.

I use many phones. Currently, I'm back to my old Nokia E52, because it will stand up to over a weeks use before I have to charge it, and although the screen is tiny typing is a bitch, Opera mobile sorts me out, I have GPS with google maps, and the calling and texting (to which my phone is used 95% of the time) is fine.

The iPhone software is the easiest and most intuitive to date. I don't wanna hear any bitching, it just is. This is sole reason they have done so well, because it just works. It's why the iPod was so successful too.

The HTC is a much more powerful, customisable tool. The hardware is better, and for those who have the technical ability to take advantage of what it can do, It is great.

Everyone is different, deal with it, get your fingers out of everyone else's pie and let them get the phone thats right for them.

Personally I like the physical size and screen res of the iPhone, but for everything else I'd go android. First they both need to sort the battery life out to last at least 3 solid days though.

posted on 03 Apr 2011, 17:35

35. FloodCityGirl (unregistered)

My new every 2 contract was up the end of March, and I had it in my head I was going to get the iPhone4. Then, I kept hearing about the new Thunderbolt. Then I was going crazy trying to decide between the two. My friend at work got the iPhone4 as soon as Verizon came out with it. After much thought, I went with the Thunderbolt. I think they are both quality phones, but I don't regret my choice. When i'm on the phone I do sometimes surf the web, so I'm very happy with that feature. Also, I like being able to replace a battery if I need to rather than having to send it back to an Apple store. My friend who got the iPhone really likes it, but after messing around with my phone she said "I wish I would have waited a while longer to get that one". So overall, I'm happy with my Thunderbolt and so far, I've had no battery issues.

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 12:31

36. Keglynx (unregistered)

Can everyone stop over hyping the iphone. I have both devices and the iphone4 is a glorified mp3 player and thats it. Whether its on vzw or att it still drops calls, freezes, and randomly deletes information. Thunderbolt is a really good device. It has its issues but the only one that bothered me was the dropping of 4G coverage randomly which there is an option on the phone to fix that. The battery life is solved by certain apps and changing your battery settings. The "hissing" that they are talking about is non existent on my or any of my colleagues devices.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 17:55

43. jeck77 (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)

Drops calls, freezes, or randomly deletes info? I have both also, and I don't have any of those issues with my iPhone 4. Interesting you do. Do you really own one?

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 16:57 1

39. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Am I the only one not seeing the supposed bias here?

posted on 09 May 2011, 13:48

40. ItalianBuoy (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 May 2011)

I just bought the HCT TBolt. I had a Blackberry Pearl before. I am impressed by the features, but I think the phone is difficult to learn. The 338 page manual you can get online bears this out, IMO.

Also, I am disappointed in that it doesn't seem possible to take an attachment from an email (like your resume) and store it in a folder. Isn't this what having a smartphone is all about? The multimedia stuff is great, but I need it for business. Perhaps there is an app which allows this.

I am still learning the phone, but I can't figure out how to do this. The phone is a little large to carry in your pocket and a little on the heavy side.

I am debating whether to take it back and get something else, like the iP. I haven't really used one of them either. Any suggestions? I am with Verizon after switching from ATT.

posted on 16 Jul 2011, 16:05

44. craig7768 (unregistered)

I found the review to be helpful and encouraging since I am a proud owner of the HTC Thunderbolt. I have friends with iPhone 4s , and they aren't so pleased either.
One thing that all my iPhone friends say is they had to replace their glass screen.
Second, they saw my Thunderbolt, and loved it. The color on screen and the speed it downloaded stuff.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 12:30

45. matt2234 (unregistered)

oh calm down you phandroids the iphone 4 is not a glorified mp3 player. and second the instability of android 2.2 makes this clumsy outdated device a paper weight.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 01:28

46. quityo'bitchinyoudamnkeyboardw (unregistered)

Eh, I'm just about to get my iPhone after sticking with android devices (HTC Hero, HTC Wildfire then most recently HTC Desire until now - if you don't know what the hell these devices are then its because they're EU models - but I live in the US now. Android is great, and that's just a fact - so any iBoys need to swallow their pride. Its customisable, versatile and works just fine - and in many of the more recent Android devices it does beat the iPhone. So why am I getting the iPhone? Well, like it or not, Android devices aren't cheap, not new anyway. Just let that sink in. Most of them (on a 2 year contract with Verizon or AT&T) sit around the $200 mark. Now don't get me wrong, I love the Android devices I had, but I had so many problems with them. That wasn't a bad thing at the time - fixing problems was fun... Android is open source so you can pretty much debug anything in the system even overclock your phone if it lacks in speed for you. But the iPhone is not a glorified mp3 player. Like it or not, it was and is a game changer, and does it job nicely. Sure, you can only get the models by Apple: you don't have a choice of companies, but Apple make sure it works fine on the hardware and like most Apple devices is optimised to work on that Hardware... something that Android is hardly ever done because of the larger variety of phones, thus hardware and speed varying between each phone model. Both are great, but I want a phone that does its job, allows me to have a piece of mind. Besides, with a new iPhone just around the corner, I haggled down a brand new iPhone 4 to $99.99 (with a 2 year contract) at my local AT&T dealer/carrier shop - whatever it's called.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 23:12

47. bob (unregistered)

Why do people attack each other over the choice of a cell phone? Personally I prefer the Android phones but i can see why people prefer the ios its a matter of personal opinion are there things that Android has that people on ios wish they had yes (widgets, more customization) are there thing that ios has that people on Android wish they had yes (itunes, larger app marketplace) both these phones are great its just a matter of which one you prefer so everyone stop the bickering, there will always be people claiming Lamborghini is better than Ferrari and vice-verso but in the end you cant go wrong with either

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 12:02

48. apple iPhones and other cell p (unregistered)

Thanks for the nice effort you took to expand upon this post so thoroughly. I look forward to future posts.

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 00:14

49. Marina (unregistered)

You have really interesting blog, keep up posting such informative posts!

posted on 12 May 2012, 11:07

50. mizgwen (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 May 2012)

In my opinion the Thunderbolt has some great features...I absolutely loved the phone when I first purchased it a year ago...however the phone sucks...it doesn't hold a charge and I have an extended battery which makes the phone heavier...I had to have the phone and battery replaced...twice...I'm getting the Iphone...Thunderbolt my foot...features are nice but the device is a pain in the tush

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