HTC Thunderbolt 4G on Verizon: Pros and Cons

Here at OSM we’ve closely followed developments for the HTC ThunderBolt, the 4G Android handset coming to the Verizon LTE network. Yesterday we gave you news of a March 17 release date and followed that today with the official announcement from Verizon. Now the phone will be with us in only two more days we wanted to take a look at the pros and cons of this handset, which has impressed many people.

As we’ve previously said this appears to be a notable new Android smartphone with it’s 4.3-inch touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 8-megapixel camera but sometimes everything is not as rosy as it seems. An article by Jared Newman over on PC World looks into what’s hot and what’s not about the HTC ThunderBolt and this could help you make up your mind about whether the ThunderBolt is the phone for you.

On the plus side the pros include the fact that it’s a 4G handset for Verizon whose LTE network, available in 38 areas at present, received impressive results in speed tests conducted by PC World and gave by far the best performance. The storage is also a big positive for the ThunderBolt with 8GB on-board and a pre-installed 32GB SD card, which we think is more than adequate and one of the best handsets available as far as storage is concerned. The nifty kickstand also receives top marks and although it may seem a small feature it’s a really great addition to this handset, (no more propping up your phone to watch video).

As far as cons are concerned one is seen to be the tethering limits of the Thunderbolt. Although there’s a free mobile hotspot available until May 15 if you want this facility after that time it will cost you $20 monthly. The operating system is also a little bit of a letdown. The ThunderBolt will be released with Android 2.2 although Android 2.3 Gingerbread is already available. No doubt an update will soon be available but it’s a shame it didn’t come with Gingerbread out of the gate.

A last drawback is the price whereby Newman notes the typical Android handset is around $200 but the ThunderBolt will set you back around $250. However in our previous report we noted that although the price was being quoted as $250, Wirefly were offering the Thunderbolt for $199. OSM’s Tim Ollason also reports that Best Buy will initially be selling the ThunderBolt at $249.99 but by Sunday, March 20 the price will go up to $299.99, which seems rather odd to say the least. After many people have waited patiently for so long to get their hands on the ThunderBolt this seems a pretty strange way to treat consumers.

So there you go, the pros and cons of the HTC ThunderBolt and if you want to find out more on specs and an overview head to the HTC product page for it at the link. Will you be heading out on Thursday for your ThunderBolt or maybe you’ll consider waiting instead for the Motorola Droid Bionic, another 4G Android smartphone, also coming to Verizon, but which has a dual-core processor. Let us know with your comments please.

  • stang5litre

    I like the phone, like you said what a shame it did not come with ginger bread. Battery life seems to be a problem from every video i watch. But on the other hand waiting for the bionic seems to me like a bad choice. If you watch the videos from the ces2011 event all it did was freeze up. And as we all know duel core does not mean better. As with computers RAM is what makes your phone/computer open and operate your applications, as such the thunderbolt has 768mb to the bionics 512mb. So no matter how you look at it the bionic will be slower.