HTC Thunderbolt

Basic Specs

Thickness 0.52 inches
Weight 0.36 pounds
Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Carriers Verizon Wireless
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 2.2.1

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

FCC ID NM8PG05100

Hardware

Height 4.8 inches
Width 2.6 inches
Thickness 0.52 inches
Weight 0.36 pounds
Color Black / Gray
Loudspeaker Mono
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Technology LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 800 px
Resolution (X) 480 px
PPI 217
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers Verizon Wireless
CDMA Yes
CDMA frequencies supported 1900, 800 / 850
LTE Yes
LTE frequencies supported 700
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes
Media streaming DLNA

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon
Model MSM 8225
Clock speed 1 GHz
Number of cores 1

Memory

RAM size 768 MB

Storage

Internal size 8 GB
External Yes
Max external size 32 GB
External type microSD

Front Camera

Resolution 1.3 megapixels

Rear Camera

Resolution 8.0 megapixels
Flash Dual LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 720p

Software

Operating system Android
Skin Sense
Launch OS version 2.2.1

Interface

Video out No
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 1400 mAh
Removable Yes

Bundled accessories

Bundled accessories 32 GB microSD memory card, Lithium-ion battery, Battery charger, Owner's manual

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6.8

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  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 7
  • Software 7
  • Battery life 5
  • Ecosystem 8

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by pespence (Previously owned)

    This was my first "non-nexus" Android phone. I purchased it when I switched to VZW from T-Mobile. I had fantastic experiences with HTC phones in the past (G1, Nexus One) and I was looking forward to this one.

    First of all, the software on this device was terrible. HTC Sense crippled Android 2.3.4. My Nexus One was much faster and snappier, despite having lesser hardware. The entire experience seemed half-baked and rushed, and as a result, it was always buggy and slow. There were the random reboots, call reception issues, and freezing.

    Battery life on the phone was just a step above terrible. I generally could make it through an entire day with moderate use before I had to charge the phone.

    The hardware was pretty good and my recommendation for anyone who buys/owns this phone is to root it and immediately flash a custom rom. There is decent developer support and the roms out there blow the stock software out of the water.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by appledocq (Currently owns)

    Being my first Android smartphone, I can hardly be too critical. I've owned the Thunderbolt since March when it was released, and I'm more or less satisfied. I love the dual-orientation kickstand and the speaker underneath is loud and clear. My only qualm with design is that it's a bit thick. Display is good (though pixel count is low on today's standards). The camera is great in daylight but near useless in dim light or darkness without using flash. Call quality is good (typical Verizon). Performance is okay but certainly not the best or an entirely smooth experience: I can get about 1600 in quadrant. Personally, I'm a fan of sense and so I'm happy with most of the software, but again, much of it is a little jerky. The absolute WORST part of the Thunderbolt is the battery life - there's no way you can make it through a day on moderate-heavy use with this thing. Sometimes I barely even make it with TWO batteries (yes, I bought an extra).

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    Reviewed by joe.sloan25 (Currently owns)

    I bought the HTC Thunderbolt back in March because it was the first (and at the time only) phone with Verizon 4G LTE. The 4G is definitely the phone's best feature (speeds are amazing!), though the battery life that comes with it is somewhat painful (it seems a little bit better in Gingerbread, and use of wifi when possible greatly alleviates the problem). Overall, it functions like a typical HTC Android phone. Performance is good, though occasional lag occurs (especially with the messaging app). My major concern at this point is the uncertainty regarding an official ICS upgrade, but one can always root their phone and install a custom ROM should HTC decide not to develop an update. Overall, I'm satisfied with it as my daily driver.

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    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.

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    Reviewed by clifff (Currently owns)

    To be clear, I bought this phone with the intention of rooting/adding custom ROMs. Hardware wise, its a solid unit with good screen size and feel. At the time I was on the market for a phone, it was the only 4G/Android phone out there, and that sealed the deal. And by the way, 4G in DC is great. It does kill battery, but when I turn it on, I average 7mb down. That said, I was initially not crazy about terrible battery life and quirks with HTC sense.

    After getting rid of HTC sense though, (currently running AO5p), I've been 10x happier with this phone. My battery life has significantly improved with 4G on/off switch in my notification tray. Now, I only really use 4G when tethering, for free - sorry Verizon.

    My only major complaint (coming from a iPhone 3GS) is that every Android music app is awful. The HTC stock, Google Music, Winamp, DoublePlay and stock Music apps all felt awful to me. However, I have finally reached a happy place with a combination of HypeMachine's app and Rdio, which works superbly.

    Bottom line: I have been happy with this phone. 4G delivered has expected, the screen and camera are good, and Android has excelled in the four areas important to me - mobile web browsing, Gmail, Twitter, and tethering.

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