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HTC Thunderbolt Hands-on Gallery

Well, there it is.  The HTC Thunderbolt is finally available and while I’ve had zero time to really play with it, you can’t deny its beauty.  Here is a quick gallery to show off those magical curves and that big shiny 4.3″ Super LCD screen.

Everyone loving their new phone?  

  • Mizzietazz1996

    How come i cant watch movies on my HTC Thunderbolt?????

  • GPP

    Love it, but disappointed in battery life until I got “4G Switch” app which turns off 4G LTE network and dramatically improves battery life until such time as you need/want it – then just switch back to 4G. I use it when I know I’ll be needing the phone all day

  • Stacs1214

    Against all reports I download ATK (advanced task killer) it has extended my battery life quite a bit. Yesterday it dropped from 80% to 15% in 3 hours of non use. Today after the installation of ATK and a full charge its holding up quite well.
    Will call my local verizon to see if they have any extended batteries–
    Hate to be on the fence about keeping this- I love everything else about the phone.

  • Stacs1214

    Against all reports I download ATK (advanced task killer) it has extended my battery life quite a bit. Yesterday it dropped from 80% to 15% in 3 hours of non use. Today after the installation of ATK and a full charge its holding up quite well.
    Will call my local verizon to see if they have any extended batteries–
    Hate to be on the fence about keeping this- I love everything else about the phone.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely love this phone! Coming from an OG Droid, this this thing is much better. Faster, lighter, bigger screen. HTC Sense is great, much better that stock Android!

  • Knoxford

    Arrrrg! I just rebooted the phone and now instead of 33% it is showing 19% … guess the meter was stuck. Well we will see I will post about the big battery after I do a full charge on it. At 2750 mah it should last at least all day. Cheers!

    • Knoxford

      Extended battery is Amazing! Started using the phone at 8am and it is 11pm and I have hammered this thing all day and it is at 50% right now. Tremendous!!!!

  • Scea67

    This phone does NOTHING for me !! Just a repackage of the same old crap that came out a year ago , NO THANKS

  • Tun Tavern 1775

    As a long time user of the Apple iPhone (3GS and 4), I can say that I have been truly surprised at the speed and functionaly of the HTC Thunderbolt. My only fear now is that I am beginning to like it better than my iPhone (I could very well lose sleep over that). The speed has truly been amazing. In my area, I can acheive the 4G LTE network practically everywhere I have tested it so far (in the 40 mile route I travel daily). In my experiences, I have acheived 13Mbps Down and 6Mbps Up. Of course, this could drop as more and more people begin using this network. For now, I will enjoy it…and perhaps use this device as my primary .

  • Gvanthul

    Got it for $199.00 on Verizon web site after the clerk in the store told me it was $249.99 plus a $20.00 early activation fee. Should have it in my hands by Saturday afternoon. I can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    The dual-core LTE devices will have better battery life if you believe the data. IA single core running at higher clock rates and all its associated circuitry to handle the web pages, data, etc. A dual core will run at lower clock rates to accomplish the same thing and all the other circuity will follow.

    Not sure how true this is but Nvidia has a white paper on it so it seems credible. I am waiting for the dual core LTE as this thing is lucky to get 6 hours.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone have advice – I ordered the Thunderbolt and just realized today that there is no 4G coverage in Connecticut and my area. It is fedex’d and to be delivered on Monday – my question is: can I get out of this or am I tied to the deal? I know there may be a re-stock fee whic I can deal with but will Verizon let me get out of this now that I have ordered?

    • Anonymous

      Merely deny the package and FedEx will send it back. Then cancel order. No activation, no opening of box, no restock fee. just a pain in the a$$

      • Anonymous

        Pain in the a$$ I agree – I really want this phone but they don’t plan on 4G in my area until next year or so. Too bad – I’ll just keep my origional Droid for now and suck it up I guess. I will just refuse the package Monday – bummer 🙁

  • Arthur

    I dont need a dual core phone that is why i have a laptop, got my thunderbolt yesterday and its not just fast its too fast, those of u waiting for the blur infested bionic or any other moto phone good luck with that, all u really need is 512mb of ram which the thunderbolt has 768mb and 1ghz is already fast enough, i mean googles’ flagship android super phone the Nexus S is 1ghz too the big feature that we all need to keep us future proofed when we buy a phone now a days is 4G simple and plain if 4G is good on the phone ur set because everything your phone does uses data so most of these speed complaints from older phones come from service and data speeds not just the the processors

    • Living in a dream

  • thanks 🙂

  • guest

    Is anybody having a problem with the power button or is it just me? A couple times I actually had to take the battery cover off to presh the button hard enough to turn it on.

    • return guest

      Problem solved. I returned it to best buy for as new one – 1st one was a lemon.

  • Devondrive

    Love the phone but battery life is becoming an issue. I haven’t used the net and only a couple of short phones calls and half my battery is gone. This may be a problem for me.

    • Me2 battery life sucks might be a deal breke

  • Azvm12

    Ok I bought the thunderbolt yesterday. Trying to figure out if I got a lemon. I live a in a major metropolitan (including 4g) area and the data connection is constantly not working. Every other time I try to open something that uses the data connection I get no data connection try again. Also when I plug it into the charger – not connected to computer – my computer speakers start getting background noise. Taking it back today.

  • Jawshua

    Hell no, I’m not loving my new phone! It was so over-hyped, that I went and bought one at full price, then I drove over it with my sister’s Landcruiser fifteen times!

  • Knoxford

    Charged all night. This morning picked it up at 9am. Optimized for longer battery life. Restarted. Played with it some. Took phone calls. Setup apps etc. By 11:15 am down to 6% … time to charge. Awesome phone except battery life (deal breaker). Also, bad placement of charging jack so kick stand can’t be used. Not a hater … in fact love it as a prelude to what may be in the next 3 to 6 months. Will pay $35 restocking fee to wait for the more refined alternatives.

    • Same here

      • Knoxford

        Ok. Went to Verizon and was willing to pay the $35 restocking fee and wait. They said maybe the battery, wanna try a new battery. I agreed to do that and inquired about the extended battery. Girl didn’t know about that. She went to get a new standard battery and found an extended batter, 2750 mah. It was 49.95 and she said they would sell it for 50% off. Deal. I put the battery in at 2:30 this afternoon and now it is 7 pm. It started at 34% full. I have talked and talked on it while surfing the net and run programs … heavy use. The battery indicator now shows 33%. If this is the way it will perform, I say awesome and I am keeping it!

  • Chip Douglas III

    I went to VZW yesterday to fix my dying original droid and came out with a Thunderbolt. In my opinion there is zero reason not to love this phone. The battery life is no different from the Moto Droid I have been using for the past year and a half. The speed, the feel, the screen is sooooo sexxxxy.

    • Knoxford

      No you are wrong about battery life being no different than original Moto Droid which I have and am going back to. Use Thunderbolt for a day or two … you will see! Moto Droid 1500 mah battery smaller screen slower processor 3g vs. Thunderbolt 1400 mah battery bigger screen faster processor 4g … don’t kid yourself with this shiney new toy!!! It is unbelievably GREAT and I love Thunderbolt but charging 3 times per day or always staying plugged in is not an option for us who are on the go!

      • Hoot352

        why don’t you just by a bigger battery or just another one for a spare?

        • Knoxford

          I have / am considering it … and the greatness of the phone almost … almost has me convinced 🙂

          • Knoxford

            Ok. Went to Verizon and was willing to pay the $35 restocking fee and wait. They said maybe the battery, wanna try a new battery. I agreed to do that and inquired about the extended battery. Girl didn’t know about that. She went to get a new standard battery and found an extended batter, 2750 mah. It was 49.95 and she said they would sell it for 50% off. Deal. I put the battery in at 2:30 this afternoon and now it is 7 pm. It started at 34% full. I have talked and talked on it while surfing the net and run programs … heavy use. The battery indicator now shows 33%. If this is the way it will perform, I say awesome and I am keeping it!

  • Anonymous

    I’m loving this thing so far. LTE is so fast I haven’t even bothered connecting to my WiFi. Battery life is about the same as my OG Droid, maybe a little better. Web browsing is smooth, and games run well. I just have to get used to not having a physical keyboard.

  • Mike

    FYI i had taken off the back of the Thunderbolt to replace the Sd micro card …turned back on without replacing the back on…behold no 4G… this threw me off ..i was only getting 1x where the 4G should be. Then i replaced the back and the 4G returned. It made a world of difference as far as internet speed…Anyway i learned something new

  • napes22

    I may have to give in and get this. As of a few weeks ago, my phone has stopped receiving texts and phone calls sporadically. I’ve tried 3 different non-gingerbread roms and the same thing 🙁

  • Thundercrap

    All the hype, all the delays, and this POS launched with no Skype video chat. Bring on the Bionic, cheeper, and faster. RIP Thundercrap!

  • Thundercrap

    All the hype, all the delays, and this POS launched with no Skype video chat. Bring on the Bionic, cheeper, and faster. RIP Thundercrap!

    • napes22

      You need to work on your nicknames. ‘Crap’ sounds nothing like ‘Bolt’. I suggest trying something along the lines of “Dunderbolt” or “Thundergoat.”

    • Anonymous

      Blame that on Skype not the phone. It is actually a great phone. I’m sure the Bionic will be to so to each their own. To bad you will be stuck with a laggy Blur UI. Also, dual core is only truly utilized for gaming right now. Once Google releases an OS update to utilize dual core then it will truly become relevant. Not happening any time soon.

  • Everybody trashed this phone and succumbed to the curves…just like women

  • Anybody having issues with the *228? Best Buy gave me the 4G sim card, but since its not offered in my area yet (Lansing, MI) I still have 3g service (which is not a big deal right now). Anyway, when I call the number..it just hangs up. Anybody experiencing this issue?

    • Anonymous

      You aren’t supposed to do *228 with this phone from what I was told. Verizon told me it will be a thing of the past.

      • That makes since. With all the technology now, u would think that they would master it in the background of the phone. Thanks bro. I was just curious and u saved me a trip to the store, lol

      • That makes since. With all the technology now, u would think that they would master it in the background of the phone. Thanks bro. I was just curious and u saved me a trip to the store, lol

  • Anonymous

    Haha that’s one dirty screen.

  • Rachel

    This thing is amazing! Hella fast and unbelievably responsive.Battery life isint an issue I’m getting better life then I did with my OG Droid…I was first in line among about 30 others that stepped in line behind me and all I can say is I got struck by lightning ! :o)

  • MikeB

    Got mine yesterday – this is my first day with a full charge and we’ll see how it goes. If it can get me until 5 or 6pm with average usage I’ll be satisfied. Worst case scenario I keep a USB cable at work.

    So far I love the phone – looks great and is responsive.

    Biggest complaint is the orientation of the kickstand – I wish I could have the charger plugged in and use the kickstand at the same time and not have it be clumsy.

  • Dustin Blake25

    Everything except the battery life is amazing about this phone.

  • RonsterWVU

    Good to see that an Evo equivalent, has finally made it’s way to sprint!
    I don’t mean to hate, just that it’s not that impressive…

  • Loxford

    Does anyone know if T-Bolt has Gorilla Glass?

  • Anonymous

    Great phone. All you need to know about speed is fast. Sense 2.0 is great, some good enhancements from my Incredible. Very smooth phone. Battery in my experience is nothing special. Turned my phone on an hour ago and have barely used it and dropped 12%. Settings are set to maximize battery life to (low brightness, no GPS, etc). Even with my poor battery life this phone is still worth it to me.

  • Benbeamer

    I got the phone on yesterday. The battery life is short (typical android). The camera is decent but my D1 takes great pictures – better that my sony camera. It won’t work with the A2DP on either of my 4 bluetooth headsets – music won’t play through headphones (plantronics, motorola, and jawbone). The phone won’t reactivate due to a possible sim card error. Verizon is sending a replacement.
    Other than that….It is a great phone!

  • Anonymous

    I want one but my Droid X is still treating me good and I just bought a Xoom

    • Jester4281

      I had sold my X on ebay for 3 and some change, enough to cover my new ThunderBolt and a few accessories, just an FYI.

  • JaySean

    Loving the thunderbolt..great signal and its very fast, as for battery life it”s charging right now.. I’ll update you guys on how long it lasts me but so far so good. I love the droid line of phones was sad that it wasnt droid branded but i dont really anymore cuz its awesome, first time on here and im hooked :)..

  • Anonymous

    Can you disable the 4G and leave 3G going to save battery life when you don’t need 4G speeds?

    • JaySean

      no..not that i know of right now and i havent seen the option on the phone to do so much like the evo has, but i bet it has to do with that LTE sim card

      • Anonymous

        Well they’re really making it hard for me to decide to buy this phone. I don’t feel like waiting for another phone to maybe be released soon because I’ve already waited 2 months, but I don’t want to risk crap battery life. Maybe I should just buy a second battery…(ugh)

    • Vinzky

      i tried to disable 4g but internet wont work.

  • Dshudson

    Lets ROOT this beeeeooch

  • HelpMe

    This is my first android phone/ smartphone. What apps do you guys reccomend for me?

  • Hsormq

    Phone is awsome but the speaker is a disappointment

  • kimmy

    Im ocd when it comes to battery life.. I got mine of course half charged..played around, downloaded some apps…it got to 30% then I threw it on charger. From 100% full batt , gps off, atk on, scree brightness down, minimum stuff running.. Facebook’s on..browsing web.. in matter of minutes I dropped 10%.. killed tasks, locked screen then looked at battery 20 minutes later and it had dropped another 10%!! Idk if its just me but I was fully charged before typing this, and still am.. so I’ve had really varying battery life

    • Mrichards86

      Don’t kill tasks, let android do its thing.

      • kimmy

        Should I take atk off? I recall taking it offf my og Droid because I thought it was eating more battery thanit was worth…

        • Mrichards86

          Yes, atk works against the way android works.

          • kimmy

            Yea its been 20 minutes since my post & I’m down 10%. I uninstalled atk.

        • Anonymous

          Def let android do its thing on its own, no need 4 the TK…..the memory management in froyo & higher handles it wonderfully automatically…..plus there is a stock 1 built in2 your “manage apps” section 4 the few times u need 2 manually FC a buggy app….youll get a much better gauge of the battery life if u just let andy worry about the memory/apps & u just enjoy your new beast of a phone

        • Vinzky

          yes…eats up too much of your battery life.

    • Crgggltn

      crazy. i am not sure how charged mine was but i charged it about 30 minutes after i bought it. then did a bump charge and got 17 hours. this was with typical work day and evening messing with phone. i am pleasantly surprised after what i went thru with battery with dinc last year,

      • Vinzky

        the battery indeed is very good on this device. i have posted a remark last night and one guy won’t believe it. I still have 30 percent after watching adjustment bereau, browsing and experimenting. this is definitely making me happy.

    • Anonymous

      when you first get the phone, you should have let it die on its own…and fully charged it..t.hen let it die…then fully charged it…this teaches the battery how much charge it can hold…i have a friend that let his phone(not saying which one…but its a samsung) get down to 40 before he charged it the first time, and now it only gets 2-3 hours tops on a full charge

  • Is this display still 800×480? If so this will never do well if it is the same price as the Bionic.

  • Doh5

    I love this device and 4g! It’s crazy fast and a definite upgrade from OG Droid 1. BATTERY life is what I would expect for a 4.3″ screen on 4g. I’m always on my phone with multiple apps running, streaming music, gps, etc. And will last as long as my droid. Love the new THUNDERBOLT. FTW!

  • Onefall

    Uh oh, I found some truth to the battery issues that were talked about. Went to bed 6 hours ago with it unplugged at 71%…woke up just a few minutes ago and it was at 30%. 41% loss on standby in 6 hours is lame to say the least, especially with the OG sitting next to it which went from 80% to 70% in the same time frame. We will see how this pans out…………………

    • kimmy

      Yes I’ve noticed this as well… It varies alot.. keep wondering what’s running that atk isn’t catching :/

      • Anonymous

        its not catching itself……ATK!!!!!!…no need 4 it, just let android memory do its thing

  • Edwoordd

    One more week until I can have mine 😀

  • Caddydave82

    speaker under the kick stand is pretty lame when using speakerphone

  • Caddydave82

    best phone evveeeeeeeeeeer got it for 200 bucks with my ups discount. getting about 20mbps currently in la

  • OoSteph87oO

    I went and got my HTC Thunderbolt today as well…and let me tell you guys…. This is my FIRST smartphone…I LOVE IT……but….. I HAVE A LOT TO LEARN! LMAO!

  • I got mine, and when I did my wife was telling me how she didn’t think she liked it. Then I had to charge it in her office while I worked, and she played Angry Birds on it for an hour straight! She fell in love and when she got off work she had to run over to verizon and get her own thunderbolt!

  • KO

    You got to love the charge to bill option when upgrading the phone. I was going to hold out until next week when I get paid, but ended up placing an order earlier today when I realized I wouldn’t have to pay for it until next month.

    • KO

      only thing thats driving me nuts now is the wait for it to get here.

      • Anonymous

        I charged my to the bill and picked it up in store, along with a silicone case and window mount. I love the phone, just have to get used to HTC interface because I am used to my OG. I will miss my OG and its Gingerbread goodness, but the free VZW Mobile hotspot will make me happy. Now I just need VZW to get Chattanooga’s 4G online so I can feel the speed!!

  • Knoxford

    Got one! Super nice! But … stupid place to put the charging port. Check it out! If you flip out the kickstand, the port is on the bottom edge making the kickstand useless for watching video for any length of time. Oh well, I don’t watch video on my phone, but those who do, beware the bad placement of the charging port … it is a conflict.

    • Mdeamicis

      it makes you want to use a multi media stand for watching videos right. then you get to kick down sixty bones for the dock, but the dock is sweet if you ask me.

  • kegly123

    i just got this phone today and it is a beauty. It is very FAST and perfect for me ILOVEHTCTHUNDERBOLT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Raider5oh

    The only reason i purchased the TB was because of the 4G prices right now. Screw Verzion for putting a cap on data by this summer and jacking up the price on top.

  • i haz thunderbolt. consider me electrified with its performance……. clap.

    sorry about the delay for my applause.. you know, i saw myself type it before i heard my keys clicking.

  • Hoot352

    I picked up 2 Thunderbolts today for me and my wife. We got them both for $200 with a free gel cases, screen protectors, and $7 car charger for each. Finally got away from AT&T and I’m stoked about this phone. IT’S SO COOL!!!!

    • Anonymous

      where

      • Hoot352

        Diamond wireless, best deal by far I found around. I scouted out all the verizon retailers for a few days before I bought from them.

  • Marcusrussell547

    TThis phone is a beast and all the Verizon insiders and websites that test the phone say its better than the sonic cause the sonic may be duel processor but its the old processor HTC did it again

  • HALESTORM

    I am on the fence, I have the new every two, but I hear this is the last time verizon will offer the discount… I am going to wait on the Bionic, and make my decision then.

  • chanman

    179.99 through amazon wireless

    • chanman

      backordered though and wont arrive until the 31st

  • stop being a troll about the battery. mines fine

  • Anonymous

    this phone is pure awesomeness

  • Guttah2010

    The device is nice, The only reason I got it was due to me wanting to be able to video chat and get grandfathered @ the $29.99 4g data plan. I feel if I was cheated I paid a total of $331 taxes and accessories included…

    • Tay

      So when are we going to lose $29.99 unlimited 4g? That may force me to use my upgrade now.

      • JaySean

        i was on the phone yesterday with a verizon manager, because i am almost getting ready to work for them haha just waiting for the confirmation, but he told that it depends on how long you’ve been a customer which means you’ll be locked in with what ever plan you have now, so most of us with the unlimited $29.99 data should be fine, however new customers come this summer..we’ll just have to wait and see

  • Rizzidy

    This thing is so sexy, I wish my contract was up earlier.

  • Martin

    Yes. I love this phone. a few hiccups with 4g, but nothing i dont expect.

  • Stephen D

    It’s very nice looking, but I hate how heavy it is. And I hate the screen(hate LCD now that my phone is OLED.) Otherwise, I was extremely impressed and the phone was awesome.

  • htcthunderbolt

    Dad got it today for $150. Not sure how he did it, even the vzw employees couldn’t figure out why.

  • Geovento7

    By the way for those with ne2 credit on there primary line which would be $100 off i called verizon concerning getting the tbolt for one year contract but with my ne2, normally they will not give you ne2 if you upgrade for a 1 year contract. But the rep helped me out and not only gave me the ne2 for 1 year but she also gave it to me for the 2yr contract price in other words i payed 158 with taxes but only signed for 1yr contact.Basically she sold it to me as a two year and told me when i receive and activate it i will receive a text asking if i agreed to the two yr contract and i needed to respond no to that text and by doing that i would only get a 1yr contract but i already paid for the 2yr.

    • vztboltshirtsrbetterthanties

      and you will be sent a manual contract to sign and fax back, if you don’t your bill will reflect the difference. Nice try though. not trying to be a jerk, just seen it happen b/c im a Vzw employee. Good luck though!

      • Geovento7

        I hope thats not true because i asked and the employee was the one who encouraged this idea and i had her confirm that it would work and she sent me an email, if anything i have my 14-day return policy

  • Anyone else finding that Verizon is getting their new every 2 bumped up WAY early? I shouldn’t be ready for another 7 months, but got sent an email that I can upgrade to the Bolt for the discounted price (w/ 2 year contract). Curious if anyone else got the same boost? (my wife is eligible sooner than mine, but didn’t get bumped up. She also has an OG Droid….very confused)

  • TL

    I was waiting for Droid Bionic but took the plunge on this phone. Coming from the Original Droid I was blown away at the speed of everything. Picked up the Best Buy buy back plan too. This phone is worth 375 on trade in the next six months. That way if the bionic is really really good….

  • Anonymous

    I played with it in the store today. It was amazingly fast. And i tested it out right after i tested the Droid X. The differnce is huge in terms of technical performance. Maybe its cause Blur really really bad in comparison to Sense. But the screen image is also wayyy better, nad appears to be built better.

    If i wasnt so set on Droid Bionic i woulda snatched this up.

  • Anonymous

    I played with it in the store today. It was amazingly fast. And i tested it out right after i tested the Droid X. The differnce is huge in terms of technical performance. Maybe its cause Blur really really bad in comparison to Sense. But the screen image is also wayyy better, nad appears to be built better.

    If i wasnt so set on Droid Bionic i woulda snatched this up.

    • Anonymous

      Also i was suprised there was actually traffic at the thunderbolt area. They had 2 displays and at the given time there would be 4-5 people crowded around to test the thing out.

    • this is going to be better then the bionic. who the hell wants to have blur?

  • Jack

    Love my Thunderbolt so far. Two things I don’t like…

    1) This phone has a MASSIVE amount of bloatware on it. Honestly, I didn’t think it was possible to have more than my DroidX did… but it does. Thankfully, once root is available this is solvable.

    2) Battery life. I really wanted to purchase the extended battery, but there is no holster for the phone that will work with it. This is unfortunate. Hopefully they’ll make a holster similar to the one I had with my Droid and DroidX where the back of the phone isn’t limited in any way.

  • DanSke

    Loving the new Thunderbolt. Its feels very speedy, polished and overall I’m enjoying just toying with it. I have yet to get any decent 4G speeds as I’m on the edge of coverage coming out of LA. Very impressed, but I can see that an extended battery is going to be needed in the near future. Heres to killing a battery in less than a day because I can’t keep my hands off it. Cheers. haha

  • Spencer9663

    Just a curious question for all you early adopters out there who are big literature nerds like myself but how is reading on a 4.3 inch screen? What app do you download for this feature? Is it pre-installed?

    I would love to get some good’ole Charles Dickens of J.D. Salinger on my phone to diminish my procrastination for school. Catcher in the Rye FTW? Haha

  • Anonymous

    It is a good looking phone. It was fast and the LTE was amazing. I just want to see the LTE to decide if I was going to get the WiFi Xoom or buy the LTE Xoom. But makes me want LTE now.

    • Mdeamicis

      just put the cam app on the home screen, or install launcher pro when it is out for this phone and change the long press feature on one of the buttons. or you can root it in a few days or weeks and make it do whatever you want it to do.

      • Anonymous

        On my epic, when you are in the camera app there is a button that switches between the front and rear camera. There is no button in the camera app on the TB.

  • Ignitros

    I just wanted to let everyone know that the Thunderbolt is on sale at VZW’s site for $199.99 and if you type in the code “TWENTY” you can end up getting it for a cool $180

    • Swapwopbro

      Thanks for the info i ordered mine today even though my plan renewal is in july

      • Swapwopbro

        I also got the case, car charger, and ear piece for 39.00

        • tinosa

          I got the case, car charger, bluetooth and three screen protectors for $35!!

    • Thunderstruck

      Looked all over the site and it appears to be back up to $249?

  • Fredy

    Hey guys have any of you or you kellex seen the light leak at the bottom of the phone between the rubber part and the screen?

    • Vinzky

      i did notice it last night when i was watching the adjustment bereau. is this something we have to worry about?

  • Bassdj

    I know secretly this phone is mocking my Droid2

  • Anonymous

    So it really is super LCD?

  • This would be a perfect phone for me if it had HDMI out.

    • Jack

      I had HDMI out on my DroidX. It was beyond useless.

      • Tom

        Agreed. All it does is collect dust.

    • Mdeamicis

      don”t we have dedicated devices for watching hd on our bigsreen? thats like the guy who uses his phone to tether his loptop in his backyard when he has a wireless network in the house, oh wait, with 4g that might actually make sense. die and burn in hell time warner pigs.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to be much more interested in this once its rooted. But I still can’t get it unless I pay full price. So I’ll just admire it from here. oooohhhhh, ahhhhhhhhh…

  • FortitudineVincimus

    are people really forking over $700 retail for this, or does everyone who got it happen to be eligible for an upgrade pricing?

  • Spencer9663

    I was so close to getting this at the store.

    In fact this is my first time posting, I was like some of you guys who was preaching “Wait for Dual Core! This thing will be outdated trash by the end of the summer!”

    But after playing with this in the store temptation got me and it was so speedy and responsive! Only thing I wondered as I played with what might become my first smart phone ever was if the widgets were re-sizable like on a Motoblur product (No opinion on motoblur since I have never had it before). All together a super fast device that made me ponder if I actually needed to game on a phone. Hopefully I will get 4G by the end of the year (maybe summer)

    Damn you Thunderbolt for not allowing me to wait for the Droid Bionic! Heres to possible happy future of rooting and becoming a member of this site!

    • Spencer9663

      Oh and P.S. I was getting sick of the Hypebeastin’ until I actually got the device. The hype is well deserved in my opinion (Probably shouldn’t make assumptions so soon but I am pretty positive in this one)

    • Anonymous

      Welcome 2 the cult of DL, soon youll b just like the rest of us, with DL as your homepage & checking the best/most reliable android site on the interwebz every few minutes 4 new posts

      • Spencer9663

        Too late. Ever since CES I have been addicted. I wonder if any town has DLA yet… (Droid-Life Anonymous)

        Kellex your spot on, sometimes you get to much grief from trolls. I personally love the Verizon focused news, might be because I am on Verizon 😛

        • Anonymous

          Posts like yours make me smile! Droid Life is absolutely the best resource for an Android owner.

          I’ve wondered about DLA myself. My name is Michael, and I’m a Droid Life-aholic… The problem would be the next sentence: It’s been 2 weeks since I last visited Droid Life. I may have a Droid Life problem, but I don’t want to quit. 🙂

          • Spencer9663

            “It’s easy to quit smoking. I’ve done it hundreds of times.” -Mark Twain

            Immediately thought about this quote when you said that 😛

            Ugh now I have a decision! Wait for the glory of dual cores or give into the temptations of the seductive Thunderbolt. 1st world problems are the worst!

          • Jboogie1289

            SCORE + 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the first internet page I check when I get online. Keep it poppin’ Droid Life!!!!

    • mario7

      widgets not re-sizable.

    • Benbeamer

      Get the one year contract. It is only 60 bucks more.

    • Jawshua

      There is no membership, you posted a comment, now you’re a member :).

    • Curt248

      Yeah I was with you in waiting for the Bionic. After seeing the phone, there was no way I could wait that long for a phone while this was available. I love the kickstand so much now that I don’t think I’d buy a phone without one in the future. It’s that useful. Why couldn’t they put one on the Ipad 2 (sorry the ipad 2 just plain rocks).

  • Hsormq

    Speaker sucks but everything else is fine

  • Quackk720

    it is a very sexy phone. love the design!

  • Anonymous

    Hows battery life guys? I know it will be inflated right now because you guys are all using your phones since they are new and your enamored with them 🙂 but my droid x can go from 7am to 11pm and have 30% with moderate usage and about 3 hours on the display.. I noticed when I unsynced facebook I went from 7am-3pm 0% to 7am-11pm 30-40%

    • Vinzky

      got mine at 10am. charged it for 2 hrs and been using it since and i am still at 80 percent. was at the gym and used it to listen to my music for at least an hour. watched a 42 minutes movie and surfing the wed. base on my experience the battery life is very very good.

      • My battery is bad and no way you watched movie and its still at 80 percent nice try

        • Vinzky

          Brian…i don’t get anything for lying. as a matter of fact i am going to return the extended battery that i purchased bec of this. I had a very bad experience with the DINC and I thought an extended battery is the answer to this problem for HTC phones.

    • Anonymous

      Determining battery life on the first day of any phone is useless.

  • Doyle Jack

    Only thing I don’t like is the amount of crapware and the gang port on the wrong side when using the kickstand.

  • Anonymous

    Dust cloth?

  • Anonymous

    So guys i have a question for all of you. It doesn’t appear to be htcsense.com syncable…am i right? If not ill probably say skype netflix, and htcsense.com will come may 15th when the ota update comes to make you pay for the hotspot right?

  • Anonymous

    So guys i have a question for all of you. It doesn’t appear to be htcsense.com syncable…am i right? If not ill probably say skype netflix, and htcsense.com will come may 15th when the ota update comes to make you pay for the hotspot right?

  • Im1dv8

    will have mine tomorrow. Kinda bummed about the kick stand charger thing (minor fail)

  • Anonymous

    I got my OG Droid on launch day, but don’t appear eligible for an upgrade till July. Dammit.

    • Anonymous

      Same here I really want this but I guess I wont be getting it since something better will be out before july.

    • Anonymous

      I bought the OG too but am already eligible for an upgrade. Check your Verizon account page as they are giving some upgrades out early.

      • Anonymous

        Whoa. I am eligible. I thought I was going to have to wait till October, because that’s what it’s been saying for the last several months. Now it’s time to convince my wife I need a new phone. Thanks for the tip!

  • Rayman411vm

    any root yet

    • Eldookie

      I rooted my Thunderbolt using SuperOneClick.

      • Anonymous

        I thought that was only a temporary root? Next boot you lose superuser permissions… true/false?

  • Beng8686

    Uuuugly phone. I’m still sticking with my nexus s… hate all the stupid uis these manufacturers put over android. Still loving my stock android experience.

    • its not even ugly

    • Anonymous

      Samsung over HTC? That’s funny. Sense is easily the best non vanilla Android experience IMO. It is actually better in some areas. Before you say something about updates, HTC and Verizon combine to give the quickest Android updates of all carrier manufacturer combos.

  • Muddy B00ts

    I was first in line at my store this morning. (Technically not a “line” because I was the only one there except my wife) and I friggin’ love this thing. All the naysayers can just leave me alone because it is chock full of awesome speediness. HTC TB FTW!

    BTW this is my 200th comment. I’ve never felt so accomplished. 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Is the 200th comment going to be the new “1st” LOL. I think it should. Shows commitment.

    • Nick

      I agree…all the haters can suck it and go back to crApple

      • Anonymous

        Battery life?

        • Muddy B00ts

          Well I didn’t get it fully charged til 3 this afternoon. I’ve been playing with it nearly non-stop for the last 5 hours and the battery says 42%. I think that’s pretty darn good, but opinions differ.

    • Jawshua

      Yes, what a stupendous accomplishment! What did he win Johnny!? Well Bob, he won a life of utter frustration, along with bright glowing skin for lack of sunlight, and also has won a generic Real Doll, that will simulatea relationship with the opposite sex while he is counting up his posts on his favorite website! Thank you for playing The Price Is Your Social Life! Back to you Bob!

      • Muddy B00ts

        Well Jawshua, I’ve been married for 2 and 1/2 years to the greatest woman alive, and no doll is necessary because we’re very…ahem…active. Also it says right at the top of the comments how many I have made so no counting was needed. I just noticed it said 199.

        Sorry I have offended in such a way that you felt it was necessary to lash out. In my experience when somebody takes the time to write an elaborate insult, that person is in desperate need of counseling. If you ever need somebody to talk to, I’m here.

        • Oh snap! Hahaha he just body slammed you like that chubby Australian kid! hahaha

      • Oh snap! Hahaha he just body slammed you like that chubby Australian kid! hahaha

  • Jlim1x

    I’m planning getting this phone and return it within the 14 days policy and wait on the Htc pyramid, who’s with me?

    • Anonymous

      thats for sprint you know? or possibly t…blah. tmo.

    • Anonymous

      hope you like $35 restocking fees

      • Jlim1x

        I wouldn’t mind for $35 restocking fee and any min or texts charges while using this phone during the 14 day period. This is the hottest phone out there, but seems like the older brother of the evo in my opinion, cannot wait until CTIA 2011 arrives to announce the goodies!

        • JT

          Why get it in the first place, then? Why not STAY on the fence. Or have you purchased it yet?

          • Jlim1x

            Going to get it next week, just want the experience of a new phone, but since CTIA is coming up, I will enjoy this phone for 2 weeks 🙂

          • brad

            aholes like you that ruin sales reps livings. im sure the rep that sold you the phone will appreciate the negative effect it has on their paycheck.

          • JT

            Okay, just curious. I’m not as upset as “Brad” or whoever above, just wanted to understand why go through the steps. It’s like adopting a puppy and giving it back a couple weeks later…?? And Brad, it’s just an upgrade. It’s not going to ruin any sales rep’s life…not if they’re *okay* at sales. Jlim1x – for Brad’s sake, order it online, problem solved.

    • Dione Casey

      i waited to long to return it lol

      • edaking13

        amen

    • Ghghgfh

      Yeah, piss away $35

    • Ghghgfh

      Yeah, piss away $35

    • I am

  • G.I.Ceo

    Well my wife got her’s today and I am running a rooted Droid 2. She likes it a lot and I am not really a fan of the size of it. Don’t get me wrong the bigger screen is nice but i like the compact size and feel of my Droid 2. It is a very well constructed phone and the kick stand with the Dolby speakers is sweet! Now it’s time for the dual core chips and then it’s game on for me.

  • digsoreos

    Unfortunately, you can’t use the Thunderbolt on its kickstand AND have the USB connected so it can be charged at the same time.

    • Anonymous

      If you stand it upright you can. 😛

      • digsoreos

        True. Good for watching movies in portrait mode.

        • Renee =]

          hahahaha.. digsoreos you have me dying laughing!

        • digsoreos

          YYou can set it on a nightstand and watch a movie while you’re lying on your side. Lol. Glad some have a sense of humor. Seriously, though, I’m sure they have a multimedia dock for charging while watching.

      • digsoreos

        True. Good for watching movies in portrait mode.

      • Mrpicolas

        LLol yep this phone is so win glad I bought it 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Yes you can. Just use the stand in verticle position.

  • Anonymous

    I like it but don’t know that I love it

    • Agree I like it to but I don’t know this battery of mine don’t sit right 2 hrs of playing around and am at 30 percent

      • i spent the last 4 hours playing with it with 4g on and still am at 80%

  • Riverjao

    I have to admit, I’m loving my wife’s Tbolt!

  • Riverjao

    I have to admit, I’m loving my wife’s Tbolt!

  • Anonymous

    Where the efff is HTC hub and htcsense.com support?

  • Anonymous

    Where the efff is HTC hub and htcsense.com support?

  • Anonymous

    Mine will be here tomorrow so no work being done once it arrives!!

  • Anonymous

    Mine will be here tomorrow so no work being done once it arrives!!

  • Anonymous

    Do you ever update Android Life?

  • Anonymous

    Do you ever update Android Life?

  • Onefall

    I picked up mine a couple hours ago…I’m coming from the OG droid to this —>the phone is so fast and responsive, I love it! Only problem I have is it’s only picking up 3G, even though the Verizon site says I’m in a 4G area, well the cusp of one. Doesn’t matter though, the Thunderbolt was worth the wait!

  • rockrebel9

    I’ll have mine on Monday. I can’t wait.

  • Keyworker

    I’m still being blown away by this phone. I’m coming from an OG Droid and once my Rep handed me the phone to go out the door I loved the weight, for having bought this phone with no hands on experience whatsoever. Got mine this morning at Verizon for $199.99 and the guy even took off 25% on accessories. I tried my best to get one of those Thunderbolt shirts all the Reps were wearing. Now we all just have to see about battery life.

    • Keyworker

      Oh and I still looked at the damn gallery pictures and I have one sitting right beside me.

    • Keyworker

      Oh and I still looked at the damn gallery pictures and I have one sitting right beside me.

    • Riverjao

      How did you get it for 199?

      • Keyworker

        I had a new every 2 credit. I originally had an LG Env3, hated that phone and a friend let me buy their OG Droid while I was still in contract with the EnV. I’ve been sitting on an upgrade since late January.

      • Anonymous

        Some stores are just doing an instant $50 discount.

        • Anonymous

          Where the efff is HTC hub and htcsense.com support?

          • Anonymous

            hey kimir! did you buy it finally? you like it? i get mine saturday! 🙂 i know….but i think since an ota will come make us pay for the hotspot, that might bring skype, netflix, and sense.com? they said it will be sense.com capable at ces….

          • Anonymous

            Yuppers. It’s quite an improvement over the Eris… 🙂
            I was really looking forwards to htcsense.com though… 🙁

      • Anonymous

        Amazon is selling for 179 or 189.. several online places are 199 or less.

    • Riverjao

      How did you get it for 199?

    • xoom

      What store?

      • Keyworker

        Store in Knoxville, TN.

    • Anonymous

      what accessories did you buy? was there a dock?

      • Keyworker

        Sadly I only got a screen protector.

      • Keyworker

        But they did have docks and cases. Hell, I wanted one of those Thunderbolt shirts.

        • Anonymous

          but was there a specific dock for the htc thunderbolt?

          • _GLBRT

            we don’t have the docks in store yet. all dfill from the werehouse.

          • _GLBRT

            we don’t have the docks in store yet. all dfill from the werehouse.

          • Anonymous

            i get the first part of what you said…do u mean they are still all at the warehouse? p.s…could you give a hint to whether it comes out by may15?

          • Keyworker

            I didn’t actually see them be my Rep said they had a dock.

          • Mdeamicis

            http://www.droid-life.com/?s=thunderbolt+dock&x=0&y=0

            that post is a couple days old, but it is a multimedia dock with a spare battery charging slot that accommodates the long life battery in addition to charging the phone itself. i hope they make the same for the bionic, cuz i am due to upgrade in july, about the same time as the bionic is out.

    • Anonymous

      what accessories did you buy? was there a dock?

  • Chasm31

    Glad to see you along for the ride…

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t want to like this phone, but I’m starting to.

    • GodzillaKalil

      I feel the same way.

      • C0ruptiv3

        I just picked mine up an hour ago, and i must say in person its even more gorgeous. Im really digging this thing. Only thing that annoyed me at first was the battery cover is a B to get on correctly 😛

        • Jmtanzo

          I agree, I thought the bottom tabs were broken on mine until i snapped them in place.. But I love this phone, I came from a Incredible and its even better than that. Incredible just became a backup phone…

    • GodzillaKalil

      I feel the same way.

    • its seductive

      • Anonymous

        And addictive

        • Dshudson

          Down right SEXY