Excerpt: The HTC ThunderBolt is Verizon's new flagship smartphone. It's the first to support this carrier's new 4G LTE network, and sports Google's Android OS, a large display, an 8-megapixel camera,[...
Pros: Blazing fast performance, Excellent screen, Excellent voice quality, Excellent camera, Very good external speaker
Cons: Battery life is a major concern, and you’ll likely need to keep a charger with you if you’re a heavy user, Can be a little hard to hold, so a case is a good idea
Excerpt: If I told you I test-drove a Lamborghini Aventador, what features would you most want to hear about? The feel of the perforated leather steering wheel? The purr of the 700-horsepower, 6.5-liter V-12 engine? Or would you rather hear a poetic description of the gas in the tank and the highway I raced it on?
Pros: An ample 8 GB of on-board memory (woot), plus a whopping 32 GB microSD included (WOOT!). At 0.56 inches, profile is trimmer than a supermodel. Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera makes you look good when chatting. Standard-sized 3.5-mm headphone jack. 2750-mAh battery upgrade available. Prestocked with apps like Adobe Reader and Kindle.
Cons: Battery tended to heat up faster than a car with a faulty radiator cap. A tad on the heavy side at 6.23 ounces. Loudspeaker is rather tinny — and hidden behind the kickstand. Flash content cannot be viewed while Wi-Fi hotspot is in use. No HDMI port.
Conclusion: The HTC Thunderbolt is one of the best smartphones on the market right now. Its incredible 4G LTE speeds and WiFi hotspot sharing feature set it apart, at least for a few months until Verizon releases further 4G smartphones. It's hard to beat HTC's Sense UI for a tasteful and restrained customization of Android that packs a lot of utility; especially for those of you who dislike Samsung's TouchWiz UI and find vanilla Android dull or unfriendly.
Pros: Extremely fast 4G LTE speeds, large display, elegant design., Pro: Extremely fast 4G LTE speeds, large display, elegant design.
Cons: Short battery life, single core CPU is less future-proof., Con: Poor battery life on 4G, a dual core CPU would make this phone a clear leader.
Summary: The Thunderbolt lives up to its name by being the fastest 4G phone on any network--by far. Provided you're in an area with LTE coverage, you'll be able to load sites, download apps, and start streaming videos in the blink of any eye. This smart phone can also easily replace a USB modem or MiFi. Unfortunately, the Thunderbolt runs out of gas too fast.
Conclusion: Is the ThunderBolt’s insatiable appetite for energy a deal-breaker? Probably not. Power users will get used to carrying the chunky charger around or investing a second battery, and there’s even a certain kudos to be earned from any phone capable of frying an egg on its screen while sharing its LTE goodness. And the truth is that 4G is a game-changer.
Pros: 4G, HTC Sense, camera performance, call quality, lightening fast data connection
Cons: Gets hot, battery life, outdated version of Android, doesn't really have the display or the power to compete with the best high-end handsets