Reviewed by Michael_F (Currently owns)
The HTC Thunderbolt is a solid phone. Now (finally) running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread the battery life has seen improvements since it's launch but still dies fairly quickly when pulling data from Verizon's 4G LTE network. Other than the battery life being subpar, the phone is all around solid. There's very little lag when switching or launching apps or even playing games. The camera takes solid photos and HTC's photo editing software is neat and easy to use. The screen certainly doesn't hold a candle to the new HD phone screens of today but it's still nice in my opinion.
4G LTE data speeds are insanely quick, better than the WiFi at my college. I still usually stick to WiFi just because it saves so much battery.
I am thinking about flashing a custom ROM onto this simply because of all the bloatware included from Verizon and HTC (Seriously, Friend Stream sucks). The bloatware certainly is a problem and having Sense is still a downside to me because Beautiful Widgets does a better job without the useless calendar and social networking software.
Overall the HTC Thunderbolt is a good phone but it certainly isn't great. Hardware-wise it's plenty it's plenty quick, you just may want to change the software on it to make it run more efficiently.
- Design 7
- Display 7
- Camera(s) 7
- Reception / call quality 8
- Performance 8
- Software 7
- Battery life 5
- Ecosystem 8