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Review: HTC Thunderbolt

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Mar 18, 2011, 4:20 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Mar 29, 2011, 2:18 PM

Phone Scoop takes an in-depth look at HTC's Thunderbolt, the first LTE 4G smartphone to become available from Verizon Wireless. Can it live up to the hype — and the hope — for the future of 4G?

The HTC Thunderbolt is for Joneses. You know, those guys on your street who always get the latest and greatest thing before everyone else. The Thunderbolt is, of course, the first Long Term Evolution 4G handset for Verizon's spanking new LTE network. Can this "first" even come close to living up to the hype — and hope — surrounding it?

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.

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Mar 23, 2011, 1:28 PM

trade Incredible for thunderbolt?

anyone thinking of upgrading to this new phone?
I did last week. And just got back from store after returning it.

Battery life is just terrible and I am not one that wants to carry a second battery, bolt on the brick extended life battery or always have it plugged in.

Still waiting for one o...

Mar 18, 2011, 9:17 PM

I don't understand...

I just don't get why they didn't have this taken care of before hand knowing what they knew about the EVO and it's other siblings.
Essentially this is the EVO for Verizon with very slight tweaks here and there. The same battery life that became famous with the EVO is now on it's twin brother, the Thunderbolt.
All the specs for this thing have been out for a minute, so the only thing that actually surprised me about the device is the lack of a 4G toggle. With Verizon's own admitted plans to TIER data plans soon, that's not a comfortable thought. Forced overage anyone? Not to mention that means the phone is always going to be looking for a 4G network. Even more battery gone.
And can someone tell me why I have to pay $249 for it?
I had hig...
Why are you complaining about paying $249. Uggggghhhh People kill me sometimes.

Its arguably the best Android phone on the best network in the country. It's a very fair price and I believe you get a 32gb sd card which pits this phone directly aga...

Mar 18, 2011, 5:05 PM

My biggest question is:

Does it blend?

+1 good sir 🙂 havent watched those videos in a while
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