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HTC ThunderBolt Hands-on

0. phoneArena posted on 06 Jan 2011, 19:21

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 ...

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posted on 09 Jan 2011, 18:38 1

24. Lcurtis (unregistered)

Dude I couldn't agree more. I like the coolness but lets get real a 4.3 inch screen is to much on a phone and if you like to use your phone as a dvd player to hook up to your tv then you're an even bigger idiot. Use a blue ray for watching moving and occasionally use your phone to view a few pics on the telly if you don't have 1000 other ways to view them.

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 18:19

46. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

I have a Mytouch 4G now, and I had a Vibrant before while my wife has a Evo. Honestly 4.0" is perfect. The 3.8" on the Mytouch 4G is pretty passable, but its funny to think that I actually notice a difference from 3.8" to 4.0" but it does feel significantly smaller. While my wifes 4.3" is like having a small tablet. On the other spectrum I have an Archos 101 10.1" tablet, which is great for browsing the internet, but honestly is a little too big to type on, emails take forever. Sadly options means that there is always room for error and refining. Maybe Apple has it right, only give their people one option, they cant really try something different and complain for more. BTW, my Mytouch 4G is probably the best phone I've owned. Hands down the best build quality and overall its an awesome phone. But 4.0" would make it better.

posted on 07 Jan 2011, 07:33 2

15. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)

man, is there ever that comes out and ppl are happy with the results. Dummies wait 3-5 months and all they do is have issues and nothing new to play with. LOL.

posted on 07 Jan 2011, 12:56

17. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

I agree...people love to complain. I'm excited that its an EVO-like device with a LTE chipset...that's enough for me. I don't need a dual-core processor or a 700MP front-facing camera. The highest resolution on a front-facing camera i believe is 2MP which is on its way out and people are already unsatisfied with it. smh.

posted on 07 Jan 2011, 23:05

19. Big D (unregistered)

I wouldn't call it complaining but disappointed. I feel let down by a feature that I really wanted to see and had genuine interest in. Oh and thanks for the sandbox sarcasm , I would build my own phone if I could but as it turns out I'm just an average guy who really wanted an htc phone with an hdmi port on the best network around. Not being a dick as I do see your point but it's a lot like a super model with a leg missing. Mildly amusing but wouldn't you rather have the one with two legs? I'm out!

posted on 08 Jan 2011, 11:22

20. WolfManAZ (unregistered)

I know some of the posters are upset that the phone did not meet the rumored specs or is dual core. However, based on the youtube videos and the speed of the phone tested via benchmarks against current phones. It blew past them. Granted it was not up against the LTE announced phones. Not everyone is going to like the big sized phones either. One thing to remember is with dual core phones, the batteries may not last very as long.

For me, the size looks awesome. It is about the biggest I would get in a phone. I am happy to hear that the front facing camera was true and the kickstand. Then you have that speaker under the kickstand. I am sure that listening to videos will be amazing on this phone.

posted on 08 Jan 2011, 14:32

21. fb_dragon76 (Posts: 19; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

this phone has better numbers than the G2 and the Nexus S. i'm liking it but i will wait til sprint gets its revised EVO version :) I was hoping they would invest in a screen thats as spectacular as the Super Amoled but with more natural looking colors than the super amoled.. we have the epic and im not really impressed. im really wishing i had got the Evo but it was for the wife and she loves it :P

posted on 08 Jan 2011, 20:44

22. Qui3tStorm (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)

This phones battery better out last the Evo & Incredible ... HTC has TERRIBLE battery life issues. With this phone being "dumbed down" compared to the other LTE devices the battery better be the strong suit for this phone.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 09:07 1

27. frustyak (Posts: 223; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)

Here I am, with my little HTC Aria and it's 600 Mhz processor, cruising along just fine, and I get amused hearing all the complaints from the "If it's not dual-core it's crap" crowd.
Guess what? My cell phone fits in my pocket. Comfortably. Can your phone do that?

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 16:19 1

30. Galen20K (Posts: 545; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)

lol exactly! Although I do think the Aria's 3.2 inch screen is quite small I think 3.7/3.8 inch screens are the PERFECT size! : )

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 11:20

28. matt (unregistered)

Will this phone be abel to use 3g until the 4Lte comes to my area in

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 16:19

31. Galen20K (Posts: 545; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)

of course it will matt. *nods**

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 16:18

32. me (unregistered)

all you people who are complaining about it not having a dual core are lame. as of right now, android apps are made to access one core... NOT two. so even if it did have two what's the point?? yeah sure maybe in a little while when dual core is the norm, but not now. all you people need to think a lil bit before you open your mouth and make yourself look dumb

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 19:17

33. chad (unregistered)

it's pretty much the same as the incredible, same os, same look, just a few minor differences that most people can live without

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 19:18

34. chad (unregistered)

it's the same thing as the incredible........justa few minor differences most people dont need

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 13:47

38. vzwservesmewell (Posts: 29; Member since: 05 May 2010)

One of the biggest things I noticed with the Incredible and Eris was their Reception, it was poor. This may be a contributing factor to the battery life issue with HTC. A friend running a task killer almost get a healthy day out of his Incredible but the phone is always having to work harder then my Moto Droid X in the reception department... Just some thoughts... LTE will improve battery life on VZW phones once CDMA is phased out.

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 14:43

49. LionStone (Posts: 843; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

I've had no problems with Reception on my Incredible...the sound quality may not be that great (I came from a BB Bold and it's crystal clear) but it works just fine wrt reception.

posted on 23 Jan 2011, 09:25 1

41. hellafatnuggsoflove (unregistered)

personally this phone would be a lot better if it had a HDMI and a dual core..but i still think this phone is better then the droidX because mainly its from htc and htc offers many more options and just run there phones better but...this phone will have a lot of competition with the droid bionic in the end i think this phone is just as good as the evo 4g if not better, its 10x better then the droidX and will sell better and run better then the droid bionic

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 11:35

42. Darkpony12 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)

Anybody notice, the 1st video the guy said it had a cualcomm, and the 2nd guy said it had a snapdragon! so what processor is it?????

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 00:05

47. monkeyfeet (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Jan 2011)

Qualcomm makes Snapdragon.

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 07:56

44. owensz (unregistered)

it's great to have and use ypur product but what i want you to do for me is to let you know that the product are not durable beside no spart for replacement cos mine just went bad. it was a product of 2010

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 00:13

48. monkeyfeet (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Jan 2011)

I don't care what all of the supporters say, this is not a new phone. This is a rehashed Evo with a poorly placed usb port and LTE, period. HTC should've pushed this device further, very disappointing...

posted on 30 Jan 2011, 15:21

50. Not Impresses (unregistered)

BIG Miss HTC!!!
1) The kickstand covers the external speaker?!?!?
2) The charging port is in the worst possible place. So, I cant plug it while its propted up on its side, unless I drill a hole in my desk and feed the power cord up into the phone as I watch videos. MISS, MISS.
HTC's reason for these obvious design flaws...neccessary in order to avoid a possible antenna issue.
Release the lions!!

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 03:25

52. CBX133 (unregistered)

I completely agree and then some! I was very excited for this phone and have even hyped it to other people as well. I feel that they completely missed the mark in a few key areas.
1. Can't charge while on the kickstand in landscape(Forces a dock which defeats the purpose. Poor placement of charge port.)
2. No HDMI is a bummer, DLNA is not as reliable from past experience.
3. No S-LCD, only TFT=FAIL.

No Dual-Core isn't the end of the world, but buying a device to last 20 months it will be behind very shortly. Im just very bummed about this phone. It's more like "It's not your dream phone, it's just 4G..".

posted on 04 Feb 2011, 13:33

56. pedromartinez (unregistered)

I hadn't even noticed. That is a really good point! That is really retarded. Will the kick stand open in both directions?

posted on 04 Feb 2011, 08:08 1

54. Rrryan (unregistered)

Who needs dual core? The Thunderbolt scored higher quadrant score and gaming score than the dual core Droid Bionic. And FYI it's not the same old Snapdragon processor from last year in the Thunderbolt anyway, it's new. There will always be a "better" phone being released just beyond the horizon. If you wait for the Droid Bionic when it's available there will be a "better" phone around the corner. As for me I am buying this as soon as I can and not looking back. HTC Sense beats the pants off Motorola's Blur imo anyday.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 10:12

62. BigTB (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Mar 2011)

someone finally know what i am talkin about.

posted on 05 Feb 2011, 15:01

59. dkf (unregistered)

Does anyone know if this is an international / global phone?

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 10:07 1

61. bigT (unregistered)

man why do people complain about dual core and stuff like that the thunderbolt has 768 of ram which makes up for dual core plus all of the phone has the same processor speed of 1GHz so stop complaining about the dual core DANG!!

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