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
Conclusion: Verizon Wireless has been steadily building its 4G network. At the time of this writing, the service is available in 39 markets and over 60 major airports. Verizon Wireless plans to offer the service in more than 145 markets by the end of this year. Prior to the launch of the HTC Thunderbolt, the only way users could take advantage of 4G speeds through Verizon Wireless was with one of the carrier's wireless modems or a Mi-Fi device.
Pros: Fast 1 GHz processor, Large 4.3-inch touchscreen, microSD expansion slot with preinstalled 32GB card, LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi sharing
Cons: Heavy @ 6.23 ounces, 4G coverage is still limited, 3G speeds were disappointing
Summary: The HTC ThunderBolt lights up with blazingly fast data speeds, but those who want 4G now should be aware that it takes a big toll on the smartphone's battery life.
Pros: The HTC ThunderBolt offers incredibly fast 4G data speeds. The Android 2.2 smartphone also supports simultaneous voice and data over 3G and boasts a large 4.3-inch touch screen, ample storage, and an excellent camera.
Cons: Battery life takes a big hit when using 4G. There is no way to toggle between 3G and 4G.
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.
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