HTC Thunderbolt

HTC Thunderbolt

One of the fastest 4G smartphones on the market the HTC Thunderbolt features a 4.3-inch touch screen, 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, 720p HD camcorder and built-in DLNA connectivity.

Alternate Names: 
HTC Incredible HD, HTC Thunderbolt 4G, HTC Droid Thunderbolt
Device Type: 
6.23 ounces
4.75 x 2.44 x 0.56 inches
Single core, Snapdragon (1000 MHz)
Adreno 205
microUSB (2.0)
OS Version: 
Android (2.2)
Internal Memory: 
8GB storage, 768 MB RAM
Display Resolution: 
480 x 800 pixels
Website Reviews: 

"Thunderbolt: HTC's managed to put together a handset here that we can honestly recommend with a straight face, owing in no small part to the fact that it borrows heavily from the company's existing parts bin. If you're looking for the sexiest 4.3-inch phone of the bunch, the Inspire still beats it -- you can't go wrong with the thinner, metal, unibody shell -- but the Thunderbolt is easily one of the best Android devices in Verizon's expansive lineup even before you take the LTE capability into account."

Engadget, March 2011

"The HTC Thunderbolt is a very interesting smartphone, and it makes history by being the first 4G LTE phone to run on the Verizon network. (I’m not sure if there is another 4G LTE handset on the market, worldwide.) By using a 4G LTE network, select apps running on the Thunderbolt can reach a speed and a level of comfort never seen before on a smartphone. However, all this network performance and user comfort are overshadowed by the short battery life.

Ubergizmo, March 2011

"In short, the ThunderBolt’s battery simply hasn’t the stamina to match its data ambitions. Being able to share the LTE connection with eight other devices is admirable, but when that also sucks your smartphone dry in under three hours it’s a significant compromise. Even with more casual use, the ThunderBolt’s heady rush of data runs the risk of draining the handset well before the workday is through.

Slashgear, March 2011

External Memory: 
32GB (micro-SD card)
Display Size: 
4.3 inches
Display Type: 
TFT capacitive touchscreen
Display Colors: 
Battery Type: 
Li-Ion (1400 mAh)
Battery Life: 
6.50 hours
Battery Standby: 
330 hours
Rear Camera Megapixels: 
HD Video: 

Analyst: HTC Thunderbolt Outselling Apple iPhone

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 13:50 -- Chad Shmukler

According to the Boy Genius Report, BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk is offering evidence that the latest and greatest Android smartphone, the HTC Thunderbolt, is outselling the Apple iPhone at Verizon stores. The HTC Thunderbolt has received a considerable amount of attention lately, due to early tests of the 4G LTE smartphone on Verizon's expanding LTE network. Tests have been producing dramatic results, with data transfer speeds reported that are faster than a typical cable modem.

HTC Thunderbolt vs iPhone

Verizon has been promoting the device heavily, though not nearly as heavily as some of its Motorola Droid campaigns of the recent past. Television commercials, print ads and internet advertisements tout the impressive speeds of the HTC Thunderbolt, perhaps attempting to tip the scales of those on the fence between the 4G Thunderbolt and the slower, 3G Apple iPhone.

HTC Thunderbolt Faster Than Cable Modems?

Sat, 03/26/2011 - 14:43 -- Fred Straker

You may have heard the HTC Thunderbolt is fast on Verizon's 4G LTE network. One report even claims the Thunderbolt is faster than a cable modem. Is this even possible? The answer is yes, but as with all wireless technology your mileage may vary.

First of all, Verizon claims the 4G LTE network will offer average data rates of 5-12 Mbps download and 2-5 Mbps upload per user. Since the release of the Thunderbolt last week, many reviewers have put the device through speed tests to see if it can measure up. Overall this HTC phone easily meets or exceeds these download and upload thresholds.

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