HTC Thunderbolt vs Verizon iPhone 4: Which Is Selling Better?

If there are two handsets we’ve written about more than any others so far this year the Apple iPhone 4 for Verizon and the HTC Thunderbolt, also on Verizon, would have to be two of the main candidates. We have previously compared these two phones along with the Motorola Droid Bionic, as far as specs go but we wondered in the battle of the HTC Thunderbolt vs. the Verizon iPhone 4, which is selling better?

Verizon finally got the iPhone 4 in February while the Thunderbolt was released in a blaze of publicity in March because it was the first 4G handset for the Verizon 4G LTE network. If you want to check out more specs for either of these handsets then head to the Verizon Wireless website here, where you’ll be able find out information on both. For now though we wanted to know which phone is selling best at Verizon stores and it seems that the Thunderbolt is actually outselling the Verizon iPhone.

Over on BGR, sourced from BTIG Research, Zach Epstein reports on how analyst Walter Piecyk says that not only are HTC Thunderbolt sales holding up against the iPhone 4 at Verizon Wireless stores, but that in some stores the Thunderbolt has the edge. Research involved 150 Verizon stores across 22 cities whereby stores were asked which handset was selling more. Apparently the amount of stores saying they were selling in roughly the same amounts was 61% but 28% said Thunderbolts were selling more while only 11% asserted the iPhone 4 was selling more than the Thunderbolt.

The Thunderbolt has impressed many with its excellent speed performance, though hasn’t been without reported problems, but has certainly got off to a good start sales-wise although of course we should remember this research only covered sales from Verizon Wireless stores. It seems to suggest though, that the trend towards larger displays continues which would be something that Apple should note for the iPhone 5 whenever it eventually comes. Wireless and Mobile News also reports on this sales research and adds that the Thunderbolt is expected to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update sometime in this second quarter.

After the entire hullabaloo when Verizon finally got the iPhone are you surprised that the HTC Thunderbolt is outselling it at Verizon stores? Maybe you think it’s understandable considering the fact that the Thunderbolt is a 4G phone and the iPhone 4 is not? Let us know your thoughts by sending us your comments please.

  • Carlos Rodriguez

    I ordered an IPhone 4 from Verizon when the IPhone 4 was initially released by Verizon.
    With much anticipation, I received the IPhone 4 and was disappointed to find the Upload/Download speeds (via SPEEDTEST) were slower than I had expected.

    First of all, I believe Apple is becoming another Microsoft such that Apple wants proprietary control of its hardware/software. You can't even change batteries without sending the phone back to an authorized Apple "shop". Then the issue of the IPhone 4 on Verizon's 3G network.

    I looked at the HTC Thunderbolt at a Verizon store and was impressed with the speed, functionality, and capabilities. I am waiting to see how the Motorola Bionic stacks up against HTC's Thunderbolt. In conclusion, I will NOT be buying an IPHONE anytime soon.

  • Bruce

    I'm looking to upgrade from my Blackberry to a Verizon I-Phone or one of the Droids. What is the most user friendly? I hate learning new technology and want something easy to learn. What do you advise?

    • TL*

      I upgraded my bb to the droid. I have the samsung fascinate and it is fast and very easy to use. Although there hasn't been any update on the software of the samsung, I still find it working really well. But do read through all the reviews before you buy any phone. The best thing about droid is that you are able to use google navigation for free. A lot of people around me are using iphone and they don't have a lot of apps that the droid have. I'm happy with my droid :)

  • phoneguy

    you cant compare an iphone 4 (3G) that came out last year (yes, iphone 4 is from last year, AT&T or Verizon) to HTC thunderbolt (4G) that came out this year. its w hole different league. When iphone 5 comes out, then you can compare the two. Then we can see which is better. i still have my iphone 3G and loving it still. its more than 3 yrs old. super slow now compared to newer phones.