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.
video recording quality on either phone. Videos can be captured at 1280x720p resolution with 28 frames-per-second on the ThunderBolt and 30 frames-per-second on the Revolution. We noticed that videos recorded with the ThunderBolt looked smooth, but the detail was poor and colors looked dull, while videos from the Revolution had slightly better color and was also smooth.
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.