The HTC Thunderbolt is, without a doubt, one of the best smartphones in the market today. It is the first 4G phone that runs on the new Verizon LTE network. If you don’t know wat 4G LTE is, it can be summed up in one word — FAST. With download speeds of 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 Mbps to 5 Mbps is the fastest smartphone that we’ve reviewed. No waiting for web pages or directions…everything appears quickly and easily.
At 4.75 x 2.44 x 0.56 inches, the Thunderbolt is on the large size for a cell phone. That size, however, gives you a large 4.3-inch TFT LCDscreen. The Thunderbolt also has an FM radio and a kickstand that holds it upright. It runs the 2.1 Android operating system, which is excellent and very customizable.
If you like a big phone with a large screen, the HTC Thunderbolt is the best device of this type in Verizon’s current lineup. The clear and responsive screen, good storage capabilities, useful email interface, excellent music player, and FM radio make it hard to beat. The kickstand adds even more functionality. It is blazingly fast on Verizon’s new 4G LTE network and has the ability to perform voice and data tasks simultaneously.
Although battery life could be better, most average users will find it adequate. Verizon will be releasing several new 4G phones in the near future, so you may want to see what these phones will offer, but my guess is that the HTC Thunderbolt will be able to hold its own against upcoming competition. If the Verizon 4G service is available in your area, this is a great phone.
Check out my full review with pictures at the Hardware Secrets website.
As more and more people migrate to Windows 7, they are finding that Windows 7 is a stripped-down version of Windows. That’s not necessarily bad. It means that you don’t have to have a lot programs you don’t want on your computer.
However, it also means that you must download and install the programs that you need or want. This added step is a no-brainer for the Internet savvy, but a challenge for a newbie. I wish that Microsoft would have shipped Windows 7 with a list of the available Microsoft programs along with some sort of a check box and an automatic download and installation. Well, I’m sure some ingenious third party will develop such a way to add the programs you need.
In the meantime, you can surf over to Microsoft Live Essentials to download the free programs that you want. Available programs include:
You don’t have to have Window 7 to use most of these new programs. You can try them on a computer running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (32-bit edition only), Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit editions). The Windows Live Movie Maker and the slide show feature of Windows Live Photo Gallery are not supported on Windows XP.