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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80 Comments

48. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

No, its just that if you keep swearing, the parental block that mommy put on his mac will block pa.

68. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It isn't but it makes your comments look less civilized and mature when they're filled with potty mouth language. I don't have to pretend I'm not because I'm not a troll.

74. ilia1986 unregistered

I am sorry taco (or Mxyzptlk or whatever you are) but after observing your posts for about a month - you are the king of ignorance. The Master of bending reality. The absolute Caesar of trolling. The supreme champion of lies. The CEO of Apple fanaticism and ignorance. You are everything a normal person is not. Do not consider this a personal attack or a flame, as it is not. It's merely stating observable facts.

79. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

I think that pretty much some up EXACTLY what I had in my head too.

54. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

pain in the d**k? you should get that check out bro

46. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I bought an HTC Thunderbolt in May 2011 and didn't really have many problems with it aside from the battery. Once it was upgraded to 2.3 it became quite good in all areas and did much better with battery life than my OG Droid. I also enjoy my 6th Gen iPod Nano 16GB (bought from craigslist for $70) as my headphones supply all the frequencies I need. Shure SE 215, Klipsch S4i, Soul SL49 and Monster Turbine provided bass without muddying the sound. The same cannot be said for the Beats that came with my Rezound. The Nano can't beat my Cowon D2 or J3 but it's quite convenient, though I dislike itunes. I guess my closest thing to regret would be my Droid Bionic with a noticeable pentile display and infamous white bar fluctuations. Still a pretty good phone though.

47. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Oh wow, I forgot all about my BB Storm and it's sitting right on my desk. It was so bad that I forgot about having that piece of crap. My Storm 2 and 9930 were much better in functionality but still very lacking in other areas.

49. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Sanyo zio hands down worst device I have ever owned, got suckered into it buy a best buy sales man, had it for a week then took it back and got my EVO and never looked back.

50. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Don't know why he would have talked you out of the Evo for the Zio. That thing IS a piece of crap. The touchscreen is horrifically inaccurate.

51. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

It was partly my fault, it was before I paid any attention to smartphones, and was upgrading, from my bb, I saw a touch screen with a small price tag and thought it was a steal, and he talked that thing up like you wouldn't believe, two days later I was ripping my hair out, so I did some research and decided to get the EVO, one for me, and one for my wife, who was sick of her rumor 2, told said employee to shove the zio you know where and walked out. Like a boss.

69. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's one of the reasons I don't ever shop at best buy. Poor recommendations and poor customer service. Honestly feel like I can learn more from a quick google search on my phone than the info id get from a best buy.

52. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well durr. . the thing came with the massively underpowered and battery chewing S2 crapdragon, a large battery eating LCD, a separate battery eating LTE chip, and a tiny frikkin battery. They tried to pass it off as high end when it was really mid/lower mid when it came out other than screen size and LTE. Very disappointing set to launch LTE on. Decisions like that are what helped HTC take a nose dive and Samsung take over.

55. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

what did samsung take over? Lol

56. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

hmm.. they went from 2nd place behind HTC to a massive first place lead a while ago. Where have you been?

57. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

Mine was the LG Incite haven't bought LG ever since

59. brikz4real

Posts: 173; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

Worst devices? Hmmm. I will just stick with Verizon devices on this one. With that said: Motorola Q, Samsung Glyde, Motorola Rival, HTC Eris, and the Motorola Citrus, and Motorola (their name seems to pop up a lot, doesn't it?) Devour are, without a doubt, horrible pieces of technology. But there can only ONE KING. And that honor goes to (drum roll) ..... The KIN .... one OR two. Take your pick.

60. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

its pretty much true about the thunderbolt. i have the device and it is literally the worst I have ever experienced. I think my lg voyager had much more sway than this thing and lasted twice as long. This is the most short sighted device ever concocted by HTC and it a prime example of how out of touch the company is.

63. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I loved my Thunderbolt. For a week. Then it started shutting down and doing a ton of other random stuff! So did the next one. And the next one. Until I finally got a Bionic. Its no SGSIII, AND IT NEEDS ICE CREAM SANDWICH, but its a really good and reliable phone!

72. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

May be he should of read how bad the battery life is on that thing. Glad I never bought a HTC PHONE.

75. ilia1986 unregistered

Nokia 5800. Need I say more? :P
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