HTC Thunderbolt 4G Android Smartphone Review - HotHardware

HTC Thunderbolt 4G Android Smartphone Review

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The Thunderbolt ships with Android 2.2 (Froyo) installed. At the time of this writing, no official release date for an update to Android 2.3, otherwise known as Gingerbread, had been announced, though we expect the phone to receive the update at some point. In addition to Android 2.2, HTC includes its own custom user interface known as HTC Sense.

HTC Sense provides a number of handy features, such as the ability to flip the phone over while it's ringing to silence it. Another cool feature of HTC Sense is the seven-screen 'Leap' thumbnail view, which makes is easy to switch from one of the home screens to another very quickly and easily. You can access the thumbnail view by pressing the Home button twice. If you press and hold the Home button, you'll see a list of eight most recently used applications. You can also view a list of recent applications by pulling down the notification bar.

     

There are a number of apps and links to apps preloaded on the Thunderbolt including Bitbop, Blockbuster, Friend Stream, Kindle, Lets Golf 2, Rhapsody, Rock Band, Slacker, and more. Of course, there are also a few Verizon Wireless apps such as V CAST Apps, V CAST Media, and VZ Navigator.

Bitbop is a subscription service that provides access to TV shows directly on the phone. Friend Stream consolidates status updates and other information from your various social networks into a single place. There's also an FM radio tuner and corresponding app on the phone, though you'll need a headset to use it. Lets Golf 2 is a trial version of the game. The Rock Band icon from the app screen will lead you to a download for the trial version of Rock Band.

        

The onscreen keyboard that comes with the Thunderbolt does the job, but we still prefer some of the third-party keyboards that are available such as SWYPE or SwiftKey.

The Thunderbolt offers a Mobile Hotspot feature, which will let you share your 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices. The service is free through May 15. After that, the Mobile Hotspot service will cost you $20 for 2 GB of data per month.

     

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In all honesty it looks and sounds almost exactly like the EVO just that it is meant for Verizon and their 4G LTE network versus Spring and their Wimax network. I know I want more battery life on my EVO I wonder how well they did with this in that respect. It is nice that they are beefing up the storage on these and that it comes with a 32GB card.

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@Omega - Battery life data is in the article in the performance section.

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My sister has one of these and loves it. The only complaint I've heard is about the battery life which is a complaint about a lot of phones. Great review guys it seems like it does really well in all of the tests but I still want to wait to see how the Galaxy S II or the Bionic do before I get a new verizon phone. Plus I like to wait until the phones go down in price a little, 250 is a bit steep.

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rooting usually fixes battery life, for some reason HTC kernel burns through battery life like nothing. My MT4g has bad battery life until i rooted it and used setcpu.

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Nice review. And like the work you guys put in to testing these like always :), Traveling to Boston to find a connection... :P. The speed test seems pretty good on the 4G network :)

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Hey Jenna Jameson has one too! These are nice, but how long before better comes out two weeks or two months. Either way this thing will be blown away by July. It is not like those new models won't be blown out of the water by probably next December or January it never stops from what I read yesterday Android units are activated at 350,000 a day, yep that is daily. Not that it is not a sweet phone this month!

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We wanted to add in the results from our Marlin Mobile Android Phone Benchmarks. HTC Thunderbolt is the fastest Android phone on the market, but not by much. Read more about our performance benchmark and see what phones are on top and which ones are on the bottom.

http://www.marlinmobile.com/blog/

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I'm so hyped to switch to Verizon and get a new phone but I almost feel like its Galaxy SII or bust...its just a beast... waiting does kinda suck however...by the time its finally released stateside we will be about 6 months away from quad-core tegra's according to nvidia.

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