LG Revolution vs HTC ThunderBolt
Both the LG Revolution and HTC ThunderBolt have the ability to connect to Verizon’s 4G LTE data network.
When we originally reviewed the ThunderBolt, one issue that we kept experiencing is that the device would continually cycle through 4G, 3G and 1x modes – even though we were using it in a 4G area. We are glad to report that this problem has been fixed since the software update last month. In fact, both the Revolution and ThunderBolt have stayed on solid 4G data during our tests.
Regarding the phones' pure 4G data speeds, there is a marginal difference, as we got 6.96 Mbps download on the Revolution and 8.90 Mbps download on the ThunderBolt, with both of them using the Speedtest.net app and connecting to the same server. Uploads were between 4-5 Mbps.
Both phones also come with the standard WebKit based browser, which displays web sites just as they would appear on a PC, and also has the handy pinch-to-zoom feature. We were able to fully load the PhoneArena.com web site (including all ads and Flash content) in about 20 seconds on each device. Thankfully, neither one suffers from the browser Flash issue that we experienced when using the Samsung Droid Charge.
There is also a Mobile HotSpot app on both phones, which can support up to 8 devices connected to it simultaneously via Wi-Fi. Though we can’t imagine having that many devices connected to it at once, as it would put a drain on the internet connection.
One issue we experienced is that the HotSpot app would disconnect after 5 minutes of use with the LG Revolution, so we hope that this will be fixed via a software update. We didn’t experience this problem when using the Mobile HotSpot on the HTC ThunderBolt, as we had a laptop connected to it for almost an hour with non-stop internet usage.
Another nice feature is that both phones come with an Internet Connection Mode, where you can tether the phone to your PC via a USB cable, and have your PC use the phone’s internet connection. The cool thing about this is that it is free to use, unlike the Mobile HotSpot app that incurs a monthly fee.
Camera and Multimedia:
One main difference between the two phones is that the LG Revolution comes with a 5MP autofocus camera with single LED flash, and the HTC ThunderBolt comes with an 8MP autofocus camera with dual LED Flash.
When comparing pictures that we took outside during the day, the ones from the Revolution are lacking in fine detail, and color reproduction is on the cooler side, making for some unattractive shots. On the other hand, the ThunderBolt has a tendency to over saturate some colors, but at least they aren’t as lifeless as on the Revolution. We also noticed that both phones like to over-expose bright areas, such as the sky, making it look almost white instead of blue. For indoor pictures, the ThunderBolt continues to do better job, as images were sharper and looked in-focus. The dual LED flash on the ThunderBolt also does better at illuminating a night scene than the single LED flash on the Revolution.
LG Revolution Sample Video:
HTC ThunderBolt Sample Video:
Both phones can playback pretty much any video file you have, including MPEG-4, H.264, DivX and XviD. Even though neither one looks as good as the Samsung Droid Charge with the Super AMOLED Plus screen, we did notice that the TFT display on the LG Revolution did have better viewing angles and colors did “pop” more than when using the HTC ThunderBolt.
For the music lover, both devices have a pretty good music player that is a nice upgrade from the standard Android player. It shows the album art while playing a song, and both have cover art flow when the phone is in landscape mode, though the one on the Revolution shows 3 lines of cover art at once that you can move around. We did notice that music quality was better on the HTC ThunderBolt, even though we did have to flip-open the kickstand on the back that covers the rear speaker, as the music from the Revolution sounded thin and lacking in lower tones.
1. Synack (unregistered)
Now here's a true contest. Bad phone vs bad phone. Just do yourself a favor if you really need a Verizon 4G phone, get the Droid Charge; Better than both of these. Not the best phone out there but definitely better than these.
2. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)
That's not true at all. The thunderbolt is the winner anyday. Better processor, more ram, better UI, better camera, and far superior build quality. The only thing that the charge wins in is the screen and battery life, which aren't enough to make it the victor at all. Not to mention the file system used in the charge makes it have the most lag of those 3 phones. Hell if anything the charge is your worst choice.
3. Robert Steal (unregistered)
Uh, no. I disagree.
I've had both and the Charge is the phone to get. The battery life and screen quality alone should be the reason for purchase. I know folks say that they can root the Thunderbolt and also turn off this n that for better battery life, but for those that do not want to commit surgey on your phone, the Thunderbolts battery life is pales in comparison (even with a rooted Thunderbolt I would wager the battery is better on the stock Charge, and what about a rooted Charge?)
I do like the Thunderbolt's build quality and kick stand, but it IS thicker than the Charge and the stand covers the speaker ( poor design).
Also, with the recent software uprgade, the browser and overall performance of the Charge has improved significantly. In response to the Thunderbolt's better processor this, more RAM that and better UI, etc. (I do like Sense, but the updated Touch Wiz UI is no slouch now, or just get Launcher Pro and solve that issue), I don't think any of that is really that much of a difference to the majority of users. Both of these phones have somewhat similar processor performance, and anyways, their specs are both a generation behind from what's currently out there on all carriers. You're ulitimately paying Verizon to be an early adopter of the blazing fast LTE service.
Bottom line, go for the the Charge until the Bionic or Galaxy SII (crossing my fingers on it having LTE even though I know preliminary reports say no). In my opinion, the Charge is the best LTE phone out right now.
4. bigwavesurfer4 (Posts: 13; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)
this is based on preference on which interface you like imo. I personally prefer sense ui over touch wiz. Others prefer stock. My aria is running speedy on a 600 mhz processor I can only imagine the big difference between 1 gz single core vs dual core. It's out of control! Still would prefer an htc phone just because of build quality and software imo.
5. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 492; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
i heart HTC, so that out of the way honestly i would be biased against the Droid Charge purely (honestly! lol) for aesthetic reasons. i do not think that the charge is pretty. and honestly i think that maybe the lg revolution is more attractive than the TB but lucky for me they're BOTH too big for my hands. my Eris at 3.2" is nice and i may be able to go as large as 3.5" but i don't think i could ever comfortably own a 4"+ phone. i understand that i may be the minority here but hey it's not all big burly men with giant hands who are interested in Android and it's hosts. Super excited for the elusive Mecha_s. really hoping it's a 3.2" (if the resolution doesn't change) tb with a 2nd or 3rd gen 1ghz snapdragon and maybe an 8mp camera. i would rather not have ffc than anything else because... well i don't want a camera looking at me every time i'm txting or checking my msg's while i'm brushing my teeth lol how much potential for embarrassing pictures! maybe i'm just paranoid... anyway i agree with the specs listed in the article. nothing less than Gingerbread, 1gb of ram, dual core processor would be nice but probably won't be released in a phone that's the right size for me until much later but that's okay because right now i'm rocking a big bad HTC Eris. :) 528MHz processor lol root ftw.
6. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
I may be alone in this...but I'm not feelin the SGSII. Visually this phone is not that great at all so I'm not sure why everyone on this site I'd endorsing this phone. I like HTC but I like the Charge a little better for the same reasons as an earlier poster listed in addition to sharper pictures/video capture & the simplistic look/function of Touchwiz. I also like the fact that Sammy includes their own task manager software as an icon in the applications menu so I don't have to d**k around some 3rd party app or go into settings on HTC. As far as the LG Revolution...man I have little faith in any LG smartphone b/c of failures such as the LG Vortex, LG Ally, Optimus line etc. Not a big fan.
7. GP (unregistered)
That's exactly why I also returned the Thunderbolt for the Charge.
I love the Charge's built-in task killer. I heard task killers like ATK from the Android Market can damage your phone in the long-term after prolonged use. Also, I personally have no problems with Touch Wiz. I've used Launcherpro and it was nice, but TouchWiz was fine for me.
In addition, when I had the Thunderbolt, I liked the kickstand, but why the freak did HTC place the charger port so that when you used the kickstand in landscape mode to watch videos, Youtube, etc., the charger port was placed so that you couldn't have it wired up and charged? WTF HTC? The battery life is terrible to begin with, so how do you expect to use the kickstand/screen when the battery dies right before your eyes? I don't want to have to ghetto rig a contraption to be able to do this. HTC's design team f'd this one up.
Also, in response to the above poster about the Thunderbolt's better processor, RAM, and file system, I honestly can't tell the difference. Both phones loaded programs at comparable times, loaded videos the same (probably more due to the LTE service), and navigating through the phone's menu was identical. I see no meaningful difference in real world performance.
In my opinion, I think arguing that the Thunderbolt has better processor, RAM, etc. than the Charge, is more for bragging rights on sites here like Phonearena than actual real world functionality and usage.
Also, I agree with the above poster about the speakerphone. The placement is annoying. When I used the speaker, it irritated me that I had to pull out the stand every time to have optimal volume. The stand/speaker is just another overall bad design from HTC.
However, I did like the Thunderbolt, but I am much, much happier with the Charge. In addition to the all the above mentioned items, the battery life is significantly better (very important to me) than the Thunderbolt and the Super Amoled Plus screen is just amazing.
10. Immolate (Posts: 309; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
You're right about spec wars. They're for gear-heads and mean nothing if the performance of the phones doesn't live up the specs.
Take the Charge for example. Within six months, it will begin flaking off it's plating and expose cheap grey plastic beneath. Within a year, you'll have to buy a cover to hide the hideous wear and tear. The cover won't make it feel like a quality phone, but at least it will look okay... from a distance... if the light isn't too good.
8. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
In other words, there's no real compelling reason to get the LG Revolution over the Thunderbolt, AT ALL!!! With that being the case, why did they even release this device AFTER the Thunderbolt?
9. Immolate (Posts: 309; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
The reason I'm not jonesing for the Galaxy 2 is the same reason I'm ambivalent about the Charge in spite of its superior screen: Samsungs are poorly constructed. Without a case, which enlarges an already large phone, it will be chipped and scarred by the time you trade up. My first two droids were the D1 and the DX. Both were built like a tank. I'm on the Tbolt now, and I was pleasantly surprised how tight it is and the feeling of quality it exudes in spite of its plastic housing.
I really want Samsung to bring their A-game and I'm not a hater. I'm just a guy that likes nice things.
11. thecomputergenius (unregistered)
I have the thunderbolt. Even with it's faults I wouldn't trade it. It never lags the games play great the call quality is good, and personally mine didn't have a reboot issue.
When I tried the charge in the Verizon store it didn't even play media Delux game it was very slow. (the game was a take off on Break out.) the min I saw that I said forget it.
With the LG revoultion it wasn't bad. But the colors were washed and the camera was 5 megapixuals. and it had bing. On top of this it had 512 meg's of ram and the bolt has 768. Ram is Ram
The bolt was for me.
So for me the bolt is the phone for me.
12. skeletor (unregistered)
I have had all three phones listed above. I first purchased the Revolution... very bad idea. I had to order 3 warranty replacements within 2 weeks, due to the faulty microphone. I then swapped it out for a charge. That was my next bad step. The phone was laggy and felt very cheap. I actually had to pull the battery twice because it froze twice before I even left the Verizon store. So I talked to the manager and he told me they have had a lot of problems with the charge. ZI then found the better phone out of the three. The Thunderbolt's ram allows you to do more at a time than any other. Yes mine had very bad battery life, but after half an hour of having it at home, I rooted it and installed a custom kernel and now my battery only drops 2-3% an hour. The other phones have hardware problems that they can try to patch by making software that helps but there is no way to fix hardware in a phone unless you take it apart and replace it with more efficient parts ie. ram. My thunderbolt downloads at 21 mps with an upload of 8 mps. the max that i was able to get the other 2 up to were 13.5 mps download.
14. crsct95 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)
Where did u get the custom kernel and how did u rooted it?