The HTC ThunderBolt is Verizon's first 4G phone with a lightning fast Internet connection, a 4.3" touch screen and dual cameras, all for $180 with a contract. Candace Bailey and Kevin Pereira take a close look at its 1 GHz processor and other features for its official Gadget Pr0n rating.
What You Need to Know
- It's about the same size as the EVO at .5” thick.
- The phone is as heavy as you'd want a phone to be.
- It also has a sweet kickstand.
- If you expect to do a lot of gaming, web browsing and video watching, the extra screen real estate is nice.
- They've been improving the HTC Sense interface that goes on top of the normal Android, so everything is still easy to use.
- The touch screen is just as responsive as you'd want.
- Screen management and switching on the Thunderbolt is easy and intuitive.
- Nerds usually prefer HTC Sense over MOTOBLUR and other Android overlays, because it's more user-friendly and has more customization options.
- Angry Birds launched quickly, faster than the iPhone 4.
- We gave a new 3D game called Cordy a run through and it played perfectly.
- So, for now, it's plenty fast.
- Verizon claims their 4G service is almost double compared to other carriers.
- The speed we got was upwards of 19 mbps download, and 44 mpbs up; these are easily the fastest Internet speeds we've ever seen on a phone.
- 4G is still spotty.
- The front facing camera is 1.3 megapixels and will eventually work with Skype video chat, but that's not out yet, so it's useless for now.
- The rear camera is a bit of a low point: indoor pictures were dark and grainy and outdoor shots weren't bad, but we expected more.
- $175 with a contract on Amazon Wireless
- 4 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
- It's not dual core, so it's not quite future proof and the camera could be better, but otherwise, we love everything about this phone
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