HTC ThunderBolt Review

Posted: March 22, 2011
HTC ThunderBolt Review

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 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

Overall Rating

  • 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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Comments are Closed

  • typhoon_2099

    So it's a Desire HD with 4G, yeah?

    Posted: March 24, 2011 6:06 AM
  • SergixBRO

    They need to review the MOTOROLA TARGA when it gets closer to coming out

    Posted: March 23, 2011 4:04 PM
  • a_dark_vision

    Anyone else notice the nicely framed shot of both phones and the lovely cleavage during the beginning parts of the video? That said, I am waiting for the Droid Bionic. I dig motorola, and it will have a dual core proccessor and hopefully will have worked out any bugs that are uncovered on the Thunderbolt, such as the inability to turn off 4g...

    Posted: March 23, 2011 3:12 PM
  • baa

    @Colesl4w, it's $179 from Amazon.

    There is a very easy way to turn off the 4G, there's a HTC widget that turns it on and off. Go to the add widgets menu and click "browse all HTC widgets" it's number 52 out of 67.

    Posted: March 23, 2011 12:20 PM
  • ajac09

    "other dual core phones out thier" this isnt a dual core...

    Posted: March 23, 2011 7:48 AM
  • Colesl4w

    the price on contract is wrong. 250$

    Posted: March 22, 2011 11:05 PM
  • ossiss

    it's official. the phone companies have finally ran out of quirky names.

    Posted: March 22, 2011 10:03 PM