Verizon HTC ThunderBolt 4G phone review

March 30, 2011 | By | Reply More

HTC ThunderBolt from Verizon is the first 4G LTE smart phone on Verizon’s network. The phone was released on 17th March 2011 and is also the first Verizon phone to support simultaneous transmission of voice and data over 3G without using Wi-Fi.

HTC ThunderBolt is powered by 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon – MSM8655 processor which ensures that the applications run blazing fast and multitasking is efficient. The Snapdragon CPU is accompanied by Adreno 205 GPU to take care of your gaming needs.

The phone has 768 MB of RAM which means you don’t run out of memory while running multiple applications. The phone has internal memory of 8 GB which can be expanded to 40 GB by using the bundled 32 GB microSD card!

HTC ThunderBolt runs Google Android 2.2 (Froyo) mobile operating system with HTC’s Sense UI v2.0 which enhances the user experience. The Sense UI is very user friendly and allows easy use of touchscreen based navigation controls.

The HTC ThunderBolt has a 4.3″ WVGA TFT capacitive touch screen with resolution of 400×800 pixels which makes everything look crisp and rich. It’s a pleasure to watch videos, read and surf the internet on this screen. The phone also has accelerometer sensor which changes the orientation of display to portrait / landscape depending on how you are holding the phone. To enhance battery’s backup time, the proximity sensor turns off the display while it is held close to your face while speaking.

The HTC ThunderBolt has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash for taking great photos or recording HD (720p) videos. The camera also supports geo-tagging and face detection. The phone also has a front facing 1.3 MP camera for making video calls.

Multimedia support on HTC ThunderBolt is extensive with support for JPG, GIF, PNG image formats, DIVX, XVID, MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV9 video formats, and MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA9 audio formats.

The sound from the phone’s loudspeaker is loud and clear. You can use the kicker stand on the back of the phone to place it on a flat surface to turn it into a mobile personal theatre and enjoy watching long movies without putting a strain on your hand.

HTC ThunderBolt comes with a wide range of connectivity options. The phone connects to CDMA 800 / 1900 2G networks and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO / LTE 700 3G / 4G networks. The phone has 802.11 b/g/n standard Wi-Fi with DLNA support. It can also act as mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for upto 8 devices. The phone also has Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR and A2DP support for stereo Bluetooth headsets. The phone can be connected to a PC via microUSB v2.0 slot on the phone.

The phone has a full HTML browser with support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1. It supports MS Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL,, etc. for e-mail. The phone can access the Android market giving you a choice of thousands of applications and games for your phone. The preinstalled applications include – Backup Assistant, Android Market, Google Talk, Amazon Kindle, Google Maps, Mobile IM, Visual Voice Mail, Verizon Single Sign On, Blockbuster, Slacker, VZ Navigator, Let’s Golf 2, Rock Band, TuneWiki, Vz Web Portal (Browser favorite), eReader, SSO, VCast App Store, and City ID.

The HTC ThunderBolt is powered by a Li-Ion 1400 mAh battery which provides a talktime of 378 minutes and standby time of 330 hours. With typical use, the phone’s battery should last well over two days once fully charged. The dimensions are 4.8 x 2.6 x 0.52 inches (122 x 66 x 13.2 mm) with a weight of 5.78 oz (164 g)

The phone is available at Verizon with retail price of $599.99 with month to month service, $319.99 with a 1-year contract or $249.99 with a 2-year contract. You can also purchase data plan for the 4G phone priced at $29.99 per month with unlimited data allowance and free e-mail service. The download speed on 4G networks can vary between 15 Mbps to 21 Mbps while the typical upload speed is around 6 Mbps.

The box includes the following:

  • HTC ThunderBolt Phone
  • Standard Lithium Ion Battery
  • Wall/USB charger
  • 32GB microSD card
  • Product Safety & Warranty Statement
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Important Consumer Information Brochure

Conclusion: If you want to switch to 4G, HTC ThunderBolt is the right phone. The phone isn’t shy on features. With available unlimited data plan, blazing fast download / upload speeds, great selection and availability of applications, extensive multimedia support and multiple connectivity options, this phone’s a steal at the price it is available.

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