HTC Thunderbolt vs iPhone 5: Delays Prove To Be Deciding Factor?

Its fair to say that 2 of the biggest mobile handsets to come out of this year, will no doubt be the HTC Thunderbolt and Apple’s iPhone 5. At this stage, its difficult to gauge how both will fair, with the Thunderbolt being in the constant spotlight in relation to release date delays and the iPhone 5 not coming realistically until the summer.

The latest news on the first 4G LTE Thunderbolt smartphone is of a release date of the 21st March which follows on from information found on Facebook. Even though the smartphone has already experienced its fair share of negative press, the phone itself is truly a wonder with new faster speeds compared to many competitors. As already mentioned, it will be the first to include Verizon’s LTE network, 4.3-inch super LCD display, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8GB of storage, Android 2.2, 8 megapixel rear facing camera as well a 1.3 megapixel front facing for video chat.

When we look at the competition with Apple’s new next generation smartphone arrival, we really only have rumor to go on. Much has been reported on a larger screen, thinner design, A5 dual-core processor, availability in black and white colors and so on. The one rumor that does look likely is its subsequent release. We reported a few weeks back on the 2011 WWDC event that will be taking place in June and the possible date of the iPhone 5 launch on the 6th June.

But the question we, as well as PR News have wondered, is whether the HTC Thunderbolt’s continuous let-downs are now hindering your decision as to buying one. We have to say following on from the disappointments of their Incredible handset, you would think that lessons would have been learnt. Judging by some of our readers opinions, its clear that there is a lot of frustration and anger with many of you already pre-ordering the device.

What would you choose now? Are you praying for a Thunderbolt miracle or waiting a few more months to get an iPhone 5? Let us know.

  • Buck

    I'm honestly on the fence. My AT&T contract was up at the end of January and I'm waiting for some new technology (ANYTHING) from Verizon. The Thunderbolt was my plan, hands-down, because I didn't think I could wait until Q2 and I'm dumping AT&T due to connectivity problems at home (and general lackluster connectivity in outlying areas). So no Atrix 4G.

  • Buck

    Finally, the even though LTE isn't available in my area, any phone that I buy that isn't LTE capable will likely be worthless at the end of my 2-year contract. Plus, I don't like the idea of having to sit on a 3G network once LTE is availble. And I travel quite a bit for work, so I have reservations about the smaller networks, like Sprint and Tmobile. So if I'm sticking with Verizon and want LTE, Droid X2 is out, as is Samsung Stealth V. Droid Bionic is definitely appealing, but though I've never used either, HTC Sense seems to be more popular than Moto Blur. Still, the dual-core processor is very appealing, for future-proofness. I've hated my iPhone 3G from about 3 months into my contract, when the 3GS came out with a much faster processor, so I don't want to deal with another 1.75 years of buyers remorse. Plus, the Bionic very well may be delayed, as well, and I don't know how much longer I can stand this turd of an iPhone. And iHate iTunes, so no iPhone 5 (probably).

  • Buck

    So, if they ever release it, after all that rambling, I will probably suck it up and buy the Thunderbolt, despite my frustration with the wait. Unless I hear that it's only going to be another month before the Bionic's release, in which case I may have a decision to make…

  • 4G…shur

    I have a gut feeling all 4G phones this year will totally suck on battery life. Half a days use at best.
    2011 is the beta year for LTE. Verizon is going to price gouge for the LTE data rates. You want
    ultra speeds, your gona pay for it. That's if you even get a 4G signal in select areas. But 2012 will rock.
    Cheeper 4G rates, better 4G coverage, more competition.

  • Rob Weisman

    I've been out of my Verizon contract for over a year, and waited a long time for the Verizon iPhone to arrive, but when I heard about the drawbacks (no internet and phone at the same time, slower 3G with Verizon), I decided to wait a little longer for the 4G htc Thunderbolt. I was told it would be released possibly February 14th. I really wanted a Verizon iPhone 5, because I have a MAC computer, and think it will more compatible, but I didn't want to wait 4 more months. Now that there's still no concrete release date, and rumors of March 21st, or possibly later, Waiting 2 additional months to get the phone I really want seems more logical.

  • BMP

    I have the same issue as Rob and have decided to wait until June for the Verizon iPhone5.

  • David Juarbe

    I feel HTC & Verizon screwed themselves. I for one, was all for the Thunderbolt and like a freak, I was checking the status of their release every single day maybe 3 to 4 times a day. I know, I should get a life. Anyway, I fell in love with the original Droid, then came the Droid X and off course, I had to have it. Now it's the Thunderbolt, but with the up and down release dates I pretty much got tired of waiting. So now I started looking thinking and said "why don't I just wait a couple of months and get the I phone 5 which will have be 4G and I will finally get all the aps that I fell in love when using my I Touch. I am sure that there are a lot of people thinking that same way. It is only 3 or 4 months to wait. I think I can stick with my Droid X until then.

  • Roger

    A lot of people expect that the iPhone 5 won't have LTE. I'm debating myself between getting the Thunderbolt, or getting an iPhone 4 now and selling it for 70% of what I paid in June and getting the iPhone 5, or else just getting some cheapo interim phone for the next few months while I wait for the iPhone 5. My current phone is an iPhone 3G, but it's a company phone and I have to give it back in a couple weeks.