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HTC ThunderBolt vs Apple iPhone 4

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The HTC ThunderBolt comes equipped with a 1.3MP camera on the front and 8MP autofocus camera with dual LED Flash on the back, while the iPhone 4 has a 0.3MP VGA camera on the front and a 5MP autofocus camera with a single LED flash on the back. The camera program’s features are different on each, as the iPhone 4 just allows you to turn the Flash on and off, as well as using the HDR (high dynamic range) option, while the ThunderBolt allows you to change the resolution, white balance, ISO, self timer, and also has some cool camera effects to change the look of the image.

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Taking an image with both devices is pretty straight forward, as you tap on the screen where you want it to focus on, and then tap the camera icon on the right side to capture the image. Focusing on both is done in under a second, as well as capturing the image.

Pictures that we took outside with the ThunderBolt have pretty good fine detail and the color is accurate most of the time, though we did notice that sometimes the color was a bit over-saturated, and bright areas (such as the sky) tend to be completely washed out (white). The iPhone 4’s images were softer and not as sharp, but bright areas (such as the sky) look blue and not washed out. For inside pictures, the iPhone 4 was better, as images were brighter and not as grainy, and even the single flash seemed to provide a better looking image than the dual-flash on the ThunderBolt.

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Both devices can record videos at 1280x720 resolution, but the ThunderBolt uses the .3gp format and records at 28 fps, while the iPhone 4 uses the .mov format and records at 30 fps. When viewing both videos on the PC, the one from the ThunderBolt has better color and maintains good exposure throughout, but does look a bit jerky at times, while the video shot with the iPhone 4 has dull color and the exposure keeps changing as you move the camera around, though it plays a tad bit smoother.

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Based on the pictures and videos that we captured with both devices, we believe the ThunderBolt has a slight edge, due to the fact that most of the outside images look better, as does the video, but the iPhone 4’s pictures don’t suffer from the bright area wash-out, so keep that in mind.

One thing that should be noted is that the iPhone 4 does offer FaceTime video chat with the use of its front camera, while the ThunderBolt currently doesn’t have Skype video chat, though this is expected to be available at some point. You can still use the front camera on both phones to take self portraits.

Playing back your own videos on both devices is pretty easy to do, but viewing them on the Thunderbolt’s large 4.3” display is a more appealing. Add to that the built-in kickstand on the back, and you’re ready to go.

For the music lover, both devices are pretty equal here, as they offer a good interface, and the ThunderBolt even has cover-flow when you view it in landscape mode. Music quality played through the speaker on the iPhone 4 is good, but can get a bit “tinny” at high volumes. The ThunderBolt actually sounds better here, but you need to flip open the rear kickstand, as that will tend to muffle the sound some. Of course purists can use wired earbuds or a Bluetooth headset for even higher quality sound.

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The iPhone 4 is still king with access to the largest selection of programs available for download from the App Store, but the Android Market is catching up nicely, and most apps there are free.

One of these is Google Maps, which provides you with GPS guided directions on your phone. The difference is that with it installed on the ThunderBolt, you get turn-by-turn directions with a satellite view and voice prompts, but on the iPhone 4 it doesn’t go to the next turn automatically (you have to press the next arrow on the screen) and there are no voice prompts. But what can you expect, as Google makes the Android OS, so it comes to reason that they would have Google Maps favor their own OS.

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posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:01 5

1. lookingforunbiasedsites (unregistered)


as always, the FAVORITE (i)phone is compared to anything else great-as if its the defending champion looking for challengers that will be deemed losers.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 20:41 2

23. Kjayhawk (Posts: 293; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Why are people making such a big deal about this. Phonearena prefers the iPhone a lot! because its a personal choice. Techno buffalo, cnet and Wirefly have done the samething, but obviously the HTC Thunderbolt was on top. If you are really keeping score. Then its 3-1.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:06 8

2. boggie (unregistered)


as usual, another biased interview from a one of the sheep. Iphone is dead dead dead!

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 20:57 3

24. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


oh ya i guess those iphone 4s u see everywhere and the iphone 5 news was just made up...

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:06 10

3. boit (unregistered)


Written biased to Apple... You didn't mention that you can surf and call at the same time on the Thunderbolt, that even the 3G speed is superior to the iPhone, and that the build quality is really superior, because the Thunderbolt is manufactured from tough aircraft aluminum. One other neat point is that anyone with a Thunderbolt and Tango can video chat with anyone with an iPhone and Tango. I have successfully used this combination even on a 3G signal, but it is of course better to use wifi.

The Thunderbolt is a MUCH better device than anything Apple has ever made, or ever will make. Let's stop the hype right now.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 20:59 3

25. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


okay honestly who cares about searching and calling at the same time... att makes a big deal out of it but nobody uses it... also u have to have 4g. and also just saying but i think it is unfair to compare such an old product to a new one... of course it is better... but alas everyone loves the iphone and obviously it sells amazing... no phone has ever or will ever do better

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 11:48 1

31. bucky (Posts: 2688; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


i use it all the time actually.

posted on 31 May 2011, 00:16

41. Jman16 (unregistered)


iphone 4 isn't that old and i believe after this article and others i will get the thunderbolt i want the larger screen and other superior performance over the more popular iphone

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:08 8

4. hot stuff (unregistered)


this author probably makes love to his iphone in his ibed!! the iphone does not even touch this awesome revolutionary droid phone! please!!!

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 05:04 3

29. rocker-guy (Posts: 13; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


theres nothing revolutionary in this droid... iphone4 is still better.. either its built quality or the resolution or the OS stability... iphone rocks all the way

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:18 8

5. Kakarotto (Posts: 253; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Again that idiotic comparison to iphone...

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:35 6

6. 3MTA3 (unregistered)


The battery on my TBolt is just fine and the sheep here at my office keep their crapple phones plugged in to a charger all day becuase if they don't they have no charge by days end. The TBolt has everything the sheep phone has and MORE - the only area the icrap phone wins is, yet again, thinner. That is all apple has over the competitors - slim devices - that doesn't cut it for me and other companies are doing the same now with their devices but are keeping updated technology so look out apple - you are going down! This review is just plain stupid and biased!

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 10:00 5

10. bucky (Posts: 2688; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


you are definitely talkin shmack. There is NO way that your phone will last longer. I have had the desire, desire z, hd2 and desire HD. The hd2 and the HD NEVER stood a chance to make it through a full day with 3g on and regular use-not even close.

My desire z wont even last the whole day.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 11:31 5

14. LionStone (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Yea Bucky, and you're not talking schmack either? 3MTA3 never said his battery will last longer!? BTW, battery life is dependent on individual use; I asked my friend how long his ip4 lasts if he starts the day at full..."well, uh yea I have to charge it by the afternoon." So who really cares? You use your phone more, you use the battery more, wow, what a concept!

Too funny this comparison, I think they did it just to get a laugh...I mean basically it says, if you want a slower phone and smaller screen, then you know which one to get. I have big hands so i have no problem with the size of the phone or knowing how to use the volume control or power button lol! I appreciate a bigger screen to view any content on the screen better and I certainly appreciate the 4g speeds. Soon in the next year or so I'm sure you will see a bigger screen and 4g for the ip, then a comparison should be made.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 14:03 2

16. bucky (Posts: 2688; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


one thing you (and many others) dont understand is that hardware isnt everything! Android is a very powerfull platform but the hardware required to run it hasnt caught up enough to compete with IOS with regards to fluidity and speed(for the most part).

Android will simply always eat more battery, probably because it does have "real" multitasking and widgets. To say your battery, coupled with that screen is better is simply uneducated.

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 01:42 2

28. LionStone (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Well since you are misstating what other people write, I'd say you are making uneducated remarks. I never said my battery and screen is better than anything. I mentioned I liked a bigger screen to view content better and I like the 4g speed.

You can love on the IOS all you want if that's what works for you...for me, the T-Bolt has plenty of fluidity and speed.

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 11:47 1

30. bucky (Posts: 2688; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


"The battery on my TBolt is just fine and the sheep here at my office keep their crapple phones plugged in to a charger all day becuase if they don't they have no charge by days end"

...read that line carefully and tell me what its implying...

The last line of your statement is best thing you have said.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 08:54 7

7. cmatt666 (unregistered)


I have both devices and I prefer the Thunderbolt over the iPhone 4 by a large margin. No battery issues with my Thunderbolt.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 09:35 5

8. loolcom (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


Do u guys really think that the thunderbolt is the best android out there ,,,, come on it is already an outdated average android phone ,,,,

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 10:42 9

12. kaleb (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Go back to your apple forums.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 09:58 7

9. bucky (Posts: 2688; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I wonder when they will release a phone that actually stands up to the iphone 4

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 10:16 5

11. Monique27 (unregistered)


the iPhone 5, LOL....yeah, I played with the thunderbolt at the vzw store, wasn't impressed. the screen is nice but looks very pixelated compared to the iPhone 4. the size of the thunderbolt is also a turnoff. seriously, why can't they release an LTE phone that isn't excessively large??? c'mon vzw, not everyone wants a phone that big. the iPhone is a nice sized phone, if it had a slightly bigger screen (same retina display) but kept the same size casing, then it would be great. add LTE to the equation with a revamped iOS, it will be perfect. maybe it will all happen in the next upgrade, but somehow I doubt it....

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 12:37 1

37. imlaxin01 (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Apr 2011)


So how much is apple paying you? Quit being biased you are not right about everything no matter how many stats you make up.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 10:52 12

13. VZWFTW (Posts: 17; Member since: 15 Aug 2010)


I always get a kick out of the reviews of new phones that come out on PA. I mostly like reading the comments though. It's funny reading grown adults bicker about which phone is better. You'd think it was a religion with all the debates going on! Sometimes I wish we could all just get along and respect eachothers opinions on their choice of phone. When I buy my next phone it will be after much research and it will be chosen on the premise that it's the best phone at the time. Whether it be a Droid or an Iphone. VZWFTW!!!

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 11:46 5

15. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wow, someone with the screen name that screams out 'I am a Verizon lackey' - VZWFTW.....

Iphone 4 is a decent phone that does what it needs to do - Apple is still a young company when it comes to making phones...dropped calls are a big issue with both networks with IPHONE 4.....LTE is still too new of tech for Verizon....2 years from Big V should have it down and then we will see how good those LTE phones will be......lol...VZWFTW...wow.....

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 15:31 5

18. VZWFTW (Posts: 17; Member since: 15 Aug 2010)


Although I'm unbiased on phone choice by make, I am very biased on my service choice. Until something better comes my way I will always be on Verizon. VZWFTW!!! lol

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 14:11 3

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


In all honesty, ya'll gotta chill out. You all know that you like to see comparisons to the iPhone because you all always talk about it in your comments. "(Android Phone) is waaaaayyyyy better than iPhone!!""take that Apple""How can you like a phone that can't make calls? Stupid iSheep" By actions, most of the Android fans prove they like to see their supposed superior Android phone compared to what they may call the "cappy iPhone". However, I know that since I'm speaking logic and something that makes perfect sense, I will thumbs down. But thankyou for reading this whole post. Perhaps reading this will sway others from such irrational and childish actions...

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 16:02 4

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


I know several droid users that are returning their thunderbolt due to battery issues, gps issues, network connection issues. First generation phones are usually buggy.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 16:29 4

20. Kjayhawk (Posts: 293; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Agreed!

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 12:40 1

38. imlaxin01 (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Apr 2011)


Mine works perfectly fine....maybe you should get smarter friends. The reason they had issues was because of user error.

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