For what seems like months now, the HTC Thunderbolt has been a huge topic of discussion over the internet. The first 4G LTE handset working on Verizon Wireless is expected to deliver a huge packing of specifications as well as fast speed connections. Over the weeks we have strived to give you up to date information on the phone which at last releases today. Due to the Apple iPad 2 launch amongst other features, the phone has endured release delays time after time.
So with the handset now available to buy from the big red carrier and news coincidentally of retailer Amazon also selling the device but at a lower price, we can now concentrate on what the Thunderbolt has to offer. Over at Slashgear they have put together a video showing the phone being unboxed for the very first time. Although first impressions were slightly disappointing on unwrapping the phone in terms of the box presentation, in appearance the phone is sporting a pretty fantastic design with its 4.3-inch WVGA screen, front and rear facing cameras, kickstand which was demonstrated and so on.
The key feature that many of you are interested in is of course the LTE speeds. Slashgear via Sun Spider has managed to report on this very topic and decided to compare it to the Motorola Atrix 4G both running on Android 2.2 which we have to add is working on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor came in with some staggering results.
The Thunderbolt test result came in at 6031.9ms compared to the Atrix at 3,960.8ms. Although both include Android 2.2, indications show that the HTC’s Sense UI will be upgraded in the future although no date as been given for this. As slashgear stated, to entice users further to the Thunderbolt 4G network, for a short period of time, Verizon will be giving a free tethering service at $20 a month for the 2GB of mobile hotspot data after May 15.
Over on Laptopmag.com we get a clearer picture as to the LTE speeds on the phone, when connected to a PC and when using hotspot mode. To give you a basic rundown the Thunderbolt download speeds on the handset ranged from a pretty fantastic 4 Mbps to 13.8 Mbps which when compared to what Verizon promised us, is quite close to the mark.
When connected to a laptop with the use of a USB cable speeds excelled to 19.9 Mbps, but it was noted that in order for this to be achieved, you had to install a driver and then share internet settings. Overall though, a pretty mean speed.
In terms of speeds on the laptop using the Hotspot Mode, results came in from using 2 devices, one being the ThinkPad T410 and the other Asus U31. The first notebook couldn’t download speeds above 2Mbps whereas the Asus clearly won with 14Mbps and speeds racked up to 4.8Mbps. Check out here what happened when a Verizon iPhone 4 was connected via WiFi to the HTC.
Have you or will you be picking up a Thunderbolt today or in the next few days? Was the 4G LTE a big deciding factor for you?