Thunderbolt — Great HTC Phone on Verizon

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.

The Good

  • Fast 4G data speeds
  • Simultaneous voice and data
  • Large screen
  • Ample storage
  • Good camera
  • Good social media integration
  • Very customizable
  • Good email interface and search
  • Very good music player
  • FM radio

The Bad

  • Only fair battery life
  • Heavy
  • Can’t charge while using the kickstand
  • Ending letters of labels on the screen sometimes cut off
  • No HDMI port

Check out my full review with pictures at the Hardware Secrets website.


2 Comments

Joe Doran 09-07-2011, 20:15

Very nice review but I find the current generation has no concern for costs but those of us on fixed incomes must have this information. Could you please post the costs for the unit and a general cost for the operation of all these apps? Thank you, Joe Doran

Don Sebastian 10-07-2011, 11:50

Hard to hear the speaker phone, when sitting on the kick stand.

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