HTC ThunderBolt


An smartphone better than iPhone ?

The new HTC ThunderBolt smartphone was one of the most anticipated smartphones out there. Some users claims after some reviews and tests it is tons better than an iPhone 4, while others still prefer 3G phones.
The HTC ThunderBolt is the first 4G LTE cell phone for Verizon Wireless (also known as Cellco Partnership, largest mobile telecommunications network and wireless phone provider in the USA). The price is not affordable for everyone: 171 EUR.

Very solid feeling

htc-thunderboltThe first thing any user of ThunderBolt sees before buying this product is how big it looks and how heavy it feels. Alas, this fact is counterbalanced by the beautiful facade and soft-touch back, all similar to HTC Evo 4G and HTC Desire HD. You will have no reason to fear it getting destroyed, because it is quite a solid thing. It stands at 4.75 inches tall, 2.44 inches wide and 0.56 inches thick. The screen size is 4.3 inches high and features a 480-by-800 16.7-color TFT LCD touch screen, which is the same as the one on HTC EVO. It offers an excellent picture quality, easy-readable text when reading messages, Internet pages or watching various videos.

Accelerometer included

The touch screen works very well and the menu is easy to use. Users will be pleased to know that the HTC ThunderBolt has a proximity sensor and built-in accelerometer. These are important advantages when changing screen orientation.

This smartphone features a camera that can be found above the screen on the right of the product. At 1.3-megapixel, this is a small camera. There are also an 8-megapixel shooter and a kickstand on the back. The kickstand can be used to place the ThunderBolt on a surface and watch videos or use the speakerphone option. A drawback in the way the camera is placed is the following: you have to use the touch screen in order to take a picture.

Good download / upload speed

The following are also among this product’s specifications: an AC adapter, a USB cable, a preinstalled 32GB microSD card and a manual.
Those who want fast Internet access will fall head over heels in love with this smartphone: the ThunderBolt smartphone reaches in test average download speeds between 5Mbps-12Mbps. Upload speeds are between 2Mbps-5Mbps. It is a real treat for when the user wants to download an MP3 file, various applications, watch clips on the Internet or upload pictures.

3G and 4G connectivity

Another advantage of this HTC phone is the fact that it switches easily between 3G and 4G and vice versa. And you can talk and surf the Internet at the same time.
Some other specifications for this phone include: a speakerphone, voice dialing, GPS, Bluetooth, conference calling, Wi-Fi, text and multimedia messaging. When talking on the phone, the voice quality is good; the same can be said about the speakerphone quality.
The ThunderBolt uses a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon processor. There are 768 MB of RAM. This smartphone runs Android 2.2 with the help of the latest version of HTC Sense which works very well in the tests performed for this review. This Smartphone offers an internal memory of 8GB and a preinstalled 32GB memory card.

720p HD movies resolution

Users can take quality pictures and record 720p HD videos with this product’s camera. You can edit photos using options such as white-balance controls, ISO and exposure settings. The quality of the image does not suffer from bad lighting. Pictures can then be sent from the HTC ThunderBolt to a device that is compatible with the phone.
This product comes with a 1.400mAh lithium ion battery. Battery life works very well with the 3G option: between 6-8 hours. However, when switching to 4G, the battery will most probably not last even one day. The best idea is to get a second battery. An important disadvantage: a lot of pre-installed apps, for which the user has to pay money every month.

Review conclusion

The HTC ThunderBolt is an excellent smartphone: sleek, elegant, very fast, solid and reliable. The only drawback, as I pointed out before, is the battery life.

Technical specifications

Memory and processor
RAMEMMC 768 RAM + 8GB Memory Card
Reference CPUMSM8655 / MDM9600
CPU BrandQualcomm
CPU frequency1GHz
Type of GPS chipGPS / AGPS
Digital compassYes
Radio receiveryes
Proximity sensor for the atmosphereyes
Size of the Screen4.3 inches
BackgroundsTFT WVGA
Type of the screenCapacitive
Auto Focus camerayes
2nd cameraFront camera
Camera flashDual LED
Mega pixel camera 2nd1.3 Megapixels
Mega pixel camera8 Megapixels
Standard WiFi802.11 b / g / n
Standard BluetoothWith 2.1 EDR (3.0 When available)
Ethernet port
Mobile NetworkLTE 700, CDMA EvDO revA
TV output
Headphone Type3.5 mm
Supports DLNA
USB TypeMicro USB
Microphone jack
Physical keyboardNo
Pico projector
Battery1400 mAh
Integrated kickstandYes
Optics padNo
Android versionHTC Android 2.2 + Sense
Support Divx
AudioDual microphone noise suppression, Surround Sound