HTC ThunderBolt – one of the worst gadgets Steve Wozniak ever bought

Remember the HTC ThunderBolt? Boy, how much hype surrounded its release! After all, it was Verizon's first LTE smartphone and was capable of reaching some pretty impressive data transfer speeds. But then came the occasional network outages and overheating issues, not to mention that the LTE radio turned out to be a battery hog. In other words, the ThunderBolt had its fair share of flaws that early adopters had to deal with...
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17. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

A tech whiz who knows what he's talking about. Who do you think YOU are?

19. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Someone that you will never get to be.

78. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

the Woz is the most respected man in technology, and you sir are a noob

10. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

i really reeeeeeallly hated my droid charge.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Of course.

11. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Verizon rushed this phone out and many of the early LTE devices were bad. HTC Thunderbolt, Droid Charge(was the worst of them IMO), and the LG Revolution. All had horrible problems. Hell, the Bionic got completely cancelled and rebooted and took several extra months just to be decent but then a couple months later we got the RAZR anyway. So if you ask me, he's not off at all. It was a rushed, buggy, disaster. You look at the current line up of LTE devices and the poor fools who still use the old ones and you can see them turn green with envy. My roommate couldn't wait to buy my Galaxy Nexus off me. He went through 4-5 different Droid Charges.

25. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The alpha lineup of LTE devices was one of two big reasons why my friends and I ended up skipping Verizon when it came time to move them off of US Cellular. (The other reason was AT&T had better coverage at their cabin) They were horribly expensive and not very good. At the time, AT&T had the Inspire and Atrix for 100 and the Captivate for 25. All phones that, except for LTE, were either as good as or better than the Verizon lineup, and at half the price. These days the LTE devices are excellent on all the carriers, and battery life seems to have improved even on the Verizon ones. I can't wait to see what the next crop of phones brings as well.

43. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea Verizon had for a long time, the exclusive LTE devices and charged 300 on contract for them evrn tho they had last years specs and god did it ever show. AT&T wisely took their time with releasing their LTE devices and Verizon is definitely winning with coverage of LTE markets but I am more than happy with HSPA+.

14. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

i haven't any regrets on the gadgets i've bought so far but the thing i regret was that i used to hate Wozniak coz i mistook him for Stephen Elop.

15. Seannyc

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

my old phone driod x, deffinately should have gotten an iphone 4. I tried andriod, it was good for a while, but when the time comes it was broken I can never find a place to repair it. And when i can find a repair shop they gave me a price, that i get a new phone for the same price.....

23. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

By "broken," what do you mean "broken?" Like, the phone developed glitches, or you broke the screen or something? Lack of repair shops doesn't mean the phone itself was bad.

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What do you think he meant? Broken means broken. Him mentioning a Droid X explains everything. Unsurprisingly you jumped right on in to peggle him about it.

41. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I have customers all the time who will bitch about their phones breaking when it's their fault it doesn't work. "My charging port broke!"-after watching them jam the plug into the jack. "My phone had to be replaced three times!"-all three replacements were for shattered screens. "My phone gets slow!"-After downloading a hundred apps and never shutting any of them down. When you work retail sales you start to learn to take customers' words with a grain of salt.

62. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

So much truth my eyes are burning! So so true bro.

65. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes but consumers words go further than just instore experience. A lot of people have reported problems with the Droid X after using for a long period of time. You automatically assumed the guy was possibly lying yet you know nothing about him or the issues on his phone.

76. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I see that alot too. Do you ever get the people that try to root there android phone and after bricking try blaming it on verizon or there cellular company.

45. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Do you know how many times I see idiots trying to con the stores and claim their "screen just stopped working" just for them to be able to see the customer damaged it by the internal cracks in the screen? Don't get me wrong, Droid X had a lot of problems with software but that doesn't mean its broken. However many consumers refer a device to be broken when its really just a bad software problem. It still works but they are pissy it doesn't run as smooth and nice as today's phones do. Save up some cash and upgrade already. You got amazing devices now from Samsung, Motorola, and HTC.

67. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Upgrading isn't always possible. You're stuck with the phone for almost two years. Not everyone is trying to con the store. People sometimes have legitimate issues with their phones plain and simple.

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Worst gadget... That's a good question. I'm usually pretty good at picking them. However, I would say the prize went to a Compaq Presario that I bought back in February of 2009. Not only did it run on Vista (which was bad enough) but it only had 2 gigs of RAM, half of which was always being used by Vista. This made it utterly useless for any games that weren't already about 4 or 5 years old. The worst part was probably the fan, though. The f**king idiots who designed it made the vent face mostly downward, which meant that if you had anything directly underneath the fan, you were screwed because it would overheat in an hour (cut that to about ten minutes if you were playing a game). I usually used the computer with it on my lap, which meant that I had to keep my legs apart and prop it on my lap JUST SO so that the fan was clear. Also it only had 2 USB ports. Also the hard drive died after less than 2 years. My Dell that I have right now is kind of crappy too. It's bulky by pretty much any standard these days, doesn't have a number pad, and the touchpad broke within a month. The hard drive died on me a couple of months ago as well. The fan design is way better though. It also has 3 USB ports, which is enough, although all the ports are on the left, which sucks because my power strip is to the right in the room where I use it. On the plus side, it was upgradeable, and I ended up doubling the RAM and slapping a bigger hard drive in for a combined total of, like, 90 bucks. Since I still have the Compaq, I may resurrect it so my nephew and I can try installing Linux on it, as kind of a learning computer. He wants to learn about techy stuff like that, and I want to as well, but I don't want to sacrifice a "main" computer in case we screw something up. On the flip side of things, the best gadget I've owned so far has to go to my Droid X. The screen was nice and big, I loved the social networking widget, and the damn. Thing. Wouldn't. Break. I must have dropped it about 40 times, sometimes accidentally, sometimes on purpose, JUST to show that it wouldn't shatter like an iPhone. I also got great signal and never dropped a call. Sure, once in a great while it froze up (a problem solved by Gingerbread) and the initial Gingerbread update resulted in the keyboard being f**ked up, but overall I had a great experience with it. In fact, my dad uses it to this day for his business. Not bad for a phone that's already 2 years old. My Atrix has shown strong legs as well. I've been running ICS from a customized Cyanogenmod 9 ROM built by Jokersax, and it's done really well. I also use the lapdock to take notes in class, because its small size and light weight make it a much better choice to lug around than the Dell. I just downloaded the CM10 rom tonight, but had to revert because the lapdock functionality is broken on it so far.

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Once the lapdock functionality is running on 10, though, I'm flashing that s**t back on, because Jelly Bean with Google Now is AMAZING. I can't wait to get it back on there, honestly. My other favorite gadget is the first cell phone I ever bought: the Motorola V195S. That phone could survive anything, it had insane battery life, and was great at receiving signal. By insane battery life, by the way, I meant that with a decent amount of usage for a first time user, the battery would last a MONTH when I first got it. With much increased usage by the time I upgraded (lots of web usage) that shortened to 3 to 4 days, but I know its standby time was at least 8 days even at 2 years, because I lost the phone for that time period, during which it was never turned off, and the battery indicator was still full when I got it back. My Motorola Cliq was also nice, but keys on the keyboard ended up not working very well after a while, and it WAS pretty slow. Overall a good effort by Moto for their first Android phone. It got me hooked, anyway.

21. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

NEC Versa. that's the worst electronic device i ever bought. now, i never buy any NEC gadget anymore.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Thunderbolt was bad out of the box. However, once we got S-off, and custom kernels and roms, it became a pretty nice device. Especially when it got Gingerbread. My Thunderbolt with either SoaB from Team BAMF or Eternity from Team Virus, was as smooth as my current SGS3 and battery life was more than double stock.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Oh, as for the worst device (that I expected to be a nice device), was the Cowon Q5w. It never lived up to its hype, and they just stopped upgrading the firmware after a year, while they kept supporting the international version long after. Of course, I've bought plenty of cheapo devices from crap brands, but I didn't expect those to be good.

26. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I had to look that one up. :P

42. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It had the best sound of any media player I've had, which Cowon is known for. But within a year, the battery life was down to under an hour. The main problem was, it had a neutered WinCE, and was MIPS based to boot. Almost no 3rd party apps would run on it. Oh, and the screen was nice, too.

28. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

mine was a blackberry curve 8520, hate it so much sometimes i wanted to throw it as hard as possible to the wall,

30. steven252000

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

I guess I am one of a few who really liked my Thunderbolt. It had issues here and there but seemed to level on out after updates. And it was a battery hog for sure but so were many of the first LTE phones.

33. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Conversely, might I add that I am SO GLAD I ignored the account manager for the Verizon stores I worked at and never got a Blackberry. Those things are always a pain in the ass to work with. Almost nothing in the way they are laid out makes any sense. I've factory reset them about fifteen times in the past year for customers, and I STILL barely remember how to get to the function. Also, setup is a pain in the d**k. Like, with an Android phone, it's simple. Settings, Privacy (or Storage, if you're HTC and want to f**k with a perfectly fine location) and Factory Reset. Boom. Done. Or setup: don't want to add a Google account? SKIIIIP. Oh. Main screen, nice. Hell, Samsung's Galaxy S 2 even skipped all of that to begin with and just took you to the main screen. As long as you aren't on Sprint with their FIFTEEN GODDAMN STEP ACTIVATION PROCESS you can use the phone inside of about 30 seconds.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Jesus man you cuss more than a sailor. Maybe you should i dont know try calming down.

40. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You aren't seriously going to tell me that swearing is a problem for you, are you? I mean, really? The troll (don't even try to pretend you aren't) gets his underwear bunched up over swearing?
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