The LG Revolution and HTC ThunderBolt both come with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, though the ThunderBolt comes with 768MB of RAM, and the Revolution only has 512MB of RAM. Though when running the Quadrant Benchmark app, the Revolution would score between 2000-2100, and the ThunderBolt would be about 1800. The AnTuTu System Benchmark program produced a score of 1966 for the Revolution, and 1979 for the ThunderBolt, so no major difference there. Lastly, we ran the NeoCore program, which measures graphic performance, and got 64.4FPS on the Revolution and 59.1FPS on the ThunderBolt. Even though there is a slight difference in the benchmark scores between the two phones, both of them feel equally fast when moving between the home screens and when running programs. We really can’t say that one feels faster over the other.

When it comes to the call quality, neither phone stands out. Voices produced by the Revolution sounded a bit thin and muffled, but when using the ThunderBolt we could always hear a “hiss” in the background that got annoying after a while. People that we called said that we sounded better on their end when we used the ThunderBolt, as the Revolution made our voice sound distant.

Even though both phones would show 2-3 bars of signal reception on the top of the screen in the notification bar, when we went into the settings menu, the LG Revolution would show -105dBm of 4G signal strength, while the HTC ThunderBolt would show -92dBm of 4G signal strength (closer to 0 is better). Despite this difference, neither device dropped to 3G while in use in our 4G area, nor were any phone calls dropped (which uses 1x).

One area where there is a clear difference is with the device’s battery life. The LG Revolution with its 1500mAh battery was only able to provide up to 5 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, or about 6 hours of mixed usage, while the smaller 1400mAh battery on the HTC ThunderBolt was able to provide 6.5 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, or about 8 hours of mixed usage.


Between these two phones, we believe that the HTC ThunderBolt is the better choice here, as it provides a superior user interface with its Sense UI, takes better looking pictures, and has longer battery life. But at this point in the game, neither device is all that revolutionary in its design or features, except for the inclusion of 4G LTE. To be a high-end Android smartphone in today’s world, it should run on Gingerbread (not Froyo), and have 1GB of RAM, a dual-core processor, qHD display, and 4G data. So far no Verizon phone has all of this, but we can hope that the upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic Targa will help fill in this void.

Software version on the reviewed LG Revolution:
Android 2.2.2
Kernel Version: lg-electronics@area88 #1
Build Number: VS910ZV4

Software version on the reviewed HTC ThunderBolt:
Android 2.2.1
Kernel Version:
Build Number: 1.13.605.7

LG Revolution vs HTC ThunderBolt:

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