HTC ThunderBolt Hands-on

HTC ThunderBolt Hands-on
You know who stole the show today at Verizon's press event because it was instantly obvious to everyone in attendance when the lights turned off and thunderous sounds could be heard from all around. Without question, you can say for sure that Big Red is quite happy with the HTC ThunderBolt since it basically was the center of attention at today's Verizon event. Honestly, it's a long time coming when you consider the fact that the HTC Droid Incredible has long been a staple on Verizon's lineup with no other HTC branded devices released for Verizon. Needless to say that one can argue that the HTC ThunderBolt is essentially Verizon's version of the HTC EVO 4G, but there are some specific differences that separate them.

Design wise, we can't stop emphasizing the fact that the HTC ThunderBolt feels like a more polished version of the HTC EVO 4G since it sticks to using some premium quality materials to its construction. In fact, it has that solid metallic feel to it that doesn't make you question its resistance to the elements – which of course, feels vastly improved to the plastic construction of the EVO 4G. Granted that there is some weight to it in the hand, it's obviously welcomed since it provides you that sense of quality workmanship from head to toe that we expect out of HTC's camp.

Instead of being placed into a trance when looking at its display, like what we experienced when first checking out the HTC EVO 4G, it's actually nothing too spectacular since it's basically the same with its 4.3” capacitive touchscreen with WVGA (480 x 800) resolution. Aside from the noticeable amount of real estate that it has to offer, it features a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, the latest version of the Sense UI running on top of Android 2.2 Froyo, Bluetooth 2.1, 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, front facing camera, 720p video recording, and support for Verizon 4G LTE.

The platform experience isn't radically different from what we saw on other Sense devices out there, but regardless, it's definitely one of the more favorable skins out there running on top of Android. Navigation as a whole is pretty smooth and fluid with barely any evidence of slowdown or lag during our quick time checking out the handset.

So far we're digging the design of the HTC ThunderBolt which could arguably be the best HTC device boasting a 4.3” display to date, but its support for LTE will surely become a focal point for consumers out there looking for the best of the best in the Android world. There's no denying that the HTC ThunderBolt will become the one of the main attractions for Verizon's LTE roll out, but it's so hard to concretely come down to a decision as to which device will eventually reign supreme in this 4G LTE race. Nonetheless, the ThunderBolt continues to showcase the kind of talent that HTC has in its arsenal to keep up in this fast paced smartphone market that's constantly changing and evolving.

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  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh(6.30h talk time)



1. Gerard unregistered

@ 1:03 video says "for voice and data at once." Maybe that might answer one of the questions raised that Ive seen if your able to talk and surf at the same time.

4. tino unregistered

yea you can voice and data at the same time but i still say BOOO! to this phone :(

13. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

just if it was dual core

25. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

Totally agree. There is no point in buying this phone. Dual core is here. Why buy a phone that is already outdated. I wish I could buy the iphone, but if they dont make id a dual core for verizon, again there is no point becuase it will be a generation behind when it comes out.

35. Shaddix unregistered

Please tell me, why do you need a dual core phone?

37. FightForTheLost

Posts: 20; Member since: May 25, 2010

True. It's still gonna fly at warp speed even without it though, because the RAM is higher and it has the newer Sense on top of it. The Bionic is dual-core but has Blur built into it...that'll drag its performance down. Also, there's a reason why the option to root your phone is available almost before Day 1 of any given device's release: so you can overclock and optimize the framework of the system. lol.

40. vollick11

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 15, 2011

First off, an iphone is not going to give you much more than any phone that is already on verizons network. The only difference is really OS. Which really comes down to preference. The iphone that is coming for verizon wont have duel core or 4g. This phone wont have duel core(which is not needed its a damn phone, most computers have a duel core), but it has more ram, with total of 40gb re-installed. Honestly what else do you want your phone to do?

51. Joemama unregistered

Single core phones may even be faster because Android 2.2 is not optimized to take advantage of two cores. It was designed for single core phones.

39. fb_dragon76

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

this phone is far from outdated. Even without dual core it will be just fine. Evo isnt showing signs of slowing down and this phone has the innards of the mytouch 4g which is getting some great numbers on quadrant.. i thinks its going to do very well for those wanting a larger screen, crap load of customization options and the new sense UI. I look forward to seeing what ppl will choose with Verizon new selection of phones

57. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

It can do voice and data at the same time, but mostly because the data will be LTE (a GSM technology) and the voice will still be running on the EV-DO network.

2. tino unregistered

man this phone sucks ..1GHz Snapdragon processor..everyone was saying 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor..and no dual core like everyone was says i was waiting 4 months to get this phone :(...thats why there are giving you a 32g sd micro card to go with this phone ...and one more thing the front cam is not 5mags its only 1.3 ...I SAY BOOO!............:(.....

29. Aureole unregistered

Next time you complain about a phone, which is a great phone, seek elementary grammar help first, bud.

63. Guinzo

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

seems tino want this fone but no money...poor creature lol 5mp of front camera?did you think all people on the world have a great internet speed to see your lol face?

3. MOTOX unregistered

@ TINO....YES IT IS A 1.2 GHZ PROCESSOR RUNNING! AT 1 GHZ THOUGH....THIS CAN BE CHANGED BY HTC THROUGH A SOFTWARE UPDATE OR BY HACKING OF COURSE.... AT EVERYONE ELSE... Is there a micro usb cable to hdmi that could work on this phone...i know about the galaxy s one but that won't work on this when i get it....thanks

5. tino unregistered

it can :) wow i hope so you just made my DAY :):):) now im happy

58. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Actually it is only a 1Ghz processor, no underclocking. I'm sure that it'll eventually get overclocked to almost 2Ghz once the people over at sdx-developers gets their hands on it. Don't believe me? Google "snapdragon", click on the wikipedia page, press Ctrl + f, type in "thunderbolt" and look at the info for that processor.

64. Guinzo

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

yea true, it can be overclocking to 2Ghz+, but you will drain yer battrey faster and.... why you want 1.2Ghz or 2 Ghz speed anyway?are you superman that can operate 100 aplication at once?yer fone can, yerself cant :P

6. tino unregistered

everyone needs to go to youtube to see this phone working>>>now that im hapyy getting this phone ...but when does it come out ?

36. cemysh33

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 05, 2009

Valentines day. Its Verizon's way of showing some love!

7. MOTOX unregistered

It comes out around march most likely like the iphone as well as the other 4g phones....The 32 gig sd card, which at the moment i use what almost 16 gigs with crap loads of apps instead of music and none on the internal because its not 16 gigs internal memory so they want to make you buy it.....but yes in ces they said its 1.2 ghz running at 1ghz but this can be altered by an update....not to mention its already above and beyond like a tegra can do much the same, just maybe a little less graphics.....

55. pedromartinez unregistered

dude, how do you have 16 gigs worth of apps?!

8. darthray

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 04, 2009

The question I have about this phone is when you record in high def, can you edit and send it to a family or friend as a mms? My droid incredible cant only emails... I cant even send a 10 sec video to anyone with high def.

18. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I think the only way you can is to get an app that will compress it down to a smaller file. Yea, that's the problem with getting a high-end smartphone...I even tried to send a small video to my friend, but she couldn't open it on her phone thru her email acct because she doesn't have a smartphone...

9. Napoleon

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Would it have killed them to include HDMI along with DLNA?!? I mean sheesh not everyone has a DLNA TV or DLNA router to use this feature!!!!

53. rmanroni unregistered

they made a special wire or thing that you can buy so you can without having a dnla tv its probably the same price of a HDMI cable

60. some guy unregistered

its $138

10. Big D unregistered

I don't have DLNA either. I was really looking forward to the kick stand and HDMI. 1 out of 2 sucks. Shame on both verizon and htc. Its a shame that it was built up so much and the only thing left out was the little things. Attention to detail will get you everywhere!

26. disturbed unregistered

how many times do i have to say this, VERIZON DOES NOT MAKE THE PHONE. they sell it on their network. im getting this phone, dual core isnt everything its made out to be people. I love music therfore the 32gb, dolby digital sorround sound, and the nice display make it awesome for streaming music and watching live video. do you have any idea how amazing this phone will be when it is rooted and ROMed and is running 2.3?

11. Seylan unregistered

"""In fact, it has that solid metallic feel to it that doesn't make you question its resistance to the elements – which of course, feels vastly improved to the plastic construction of the EVO 4G."""" What? Doesn't this ALSO have a plastic construction? The only bits of metal seem to be that kickstand and that screen border. It would have been nice to see a brushed aluminium unibody instead.

14. newfdog 13

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

Tooooooo Biiiiggggg! How about a 3.7" size screen so adults can use it? Everything has gotten too big to carry in a pocket, especially for a business traveler. Seems like all the phones now are geared towards big screens for movie/tv/games. Whatever happened to the 'cellphone'? Don't get me wrong, I love all that stuff to, but stop with the 'mini' versions of tablets.

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