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Video: HTC Thunderbolt Hands-on and Walk-through

We’ve had the HTC Thunderbolt for a good 5 days now and decided to whip up this quick walk-through to get you all up to speed on this 4G LTE device from Verizon.  Just to be clear up front, we love this phone even if it lacks a dual-core processor.  The speed is up there with any other device we’ve ever used, feels incredible in the hand (even if it is heavy), has a beautiful exterior, and performs extremely well on HTC’s Sense 2.0.  Enjoy.  

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  • Tom Kassab

    I bought the Samsung Charge instead. Paid $179 at Costco – superior screen and battery life!

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  • Wildcat1935

    Has anybody with a verizon 4 phone able to use 1. Family Locator or 2. NFL Mobile? 4G is a step backwards.

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  • Anonymous

    Just got a Thunderbolt yesterday. I rooted it this morning using EasyRoot. I live about 25 miles north of Charlotte, NC and have solid 5 bar 4G coverage here. As I post this I am connected through the phone using Wireless Wifi Tether. I have a netflix movie running and have been downloading skins and themes with no interruption in the netflix playback.

    I have noticed that the speedtest app on the phone reports and insane upload steep (34Mbps) but I don’t believe it. When I run the test through the browser now I am consistently getting 25-30Mbps Down and 6-8Mbps Up.

    http://www.speedtest.net/result/1234413765.png

    Just a note: I have been using Barnacle Wifi Tether on my Droid 1. For some reason, on the Thunderbolt, it limits the download speed to around .6 Mbps while uploading is fine.

  • Scotto1206

    Does this phone have Gorilla Glass or something equal to it?

  • http://profiles.google.com/pomeki99 Omer Cohen

    great phone which works EVEN FASTER AND LONGER with this: http://t.co/lVeQQ0e

  • Corey

    I’m just switching to a smartphone and am thrilled these play flash, i can’t see my walk on video from http://tweople.com on an iphone

  • tomNasty

    What is that clock on there?? is that “BobclockD3″ where do i download that from ??

  • http://twitter.com/PaisleyRain1999 Lance Carrillo

    What clock is being used on that Thunderbolt?

  • Imtheechelon

    the Thunderbolt is well worth the buy, i bought the HTC extended battery, even though it may give it a little more weight, it also gives a little more to hold on to. the extended battery also lasted me 2.5 days of a lot of use, before a charge. since its bigger there are more cells for the phone to pull power from and it discharges slower! the HTC sense is brilliant, this phone is a lot better and faster than i thought it would be.

  • Creediddy

    I’m waiting for the same 1930mah to be released on the Pyramid to the Thunderbolt. Battery issues will be long gone. 1400mah doesn’t cut it for a 4.3″ with 4G. Bare minimium should be on this display is 1800mah. Manufacturing costs shouldn’t be not more than $7-$10 to make it happen.

    Cree

  • Stephen

    If the 4g radio is the issue, developers should incorporate something that shuts off the 4g radio while the screen is off and only uses 3g/1x for background data and sync..maybe it already does this..I dont know.

  • Locus

    What’s the rubber looking dot on the back of the phone under the kickstand for?

  • Anonymous

    I spent some time with the TBolt at the VZW store this weekend. I was actually pretty impressed. I agree will Kellex that it doesn’t have that cheep plastic feel of the HTC Incredible. It’s fast, the screen is nice, and I could definitely see myself getting comfortable using it.

    However, I’m still thinking the Moto Bionic will be the phone to replace my D1.

  • Express19

    How can I Root it?

  • Prettytiff86

    any idea why the phone mutes itself when using a wired headset during a phone call??? :-/

  • Jawshua

    I see all these new adopters of the Tbolt, I wonder how many people paid full price, because I only get new phones after my two year renew. You should do a survey about how many people pay full price Kellogs? I have the money, but I personally just can’t warrant paying over 500 bucks for a phone. How many of you bought your new phone, retail?

  • Bennette

    Good review – Q: What are the customization that were made to that TBolt — Live Wallpaper, Clock, Launcher (circle), Gmail notifier (“77″ near launcher)

  • Henry

    In socal as well, 4G everywhere. Battery the device came with wasn’t woking out, 5-6 hours max with heavy use! I purchased the entended battery and I am loving it. It makes the phone bigger but lets be honest, if you are worried about the size of the phone, then you wouldn’t be getting a phone with 4.3 inch screen. Loving it, 4G is soo fast and the phone is very snappy. The screen looks better than expected. So fat, a great purchase!!

  • David

    Is it me or is 3g speed on this really slow. I don’t live in 4g area. Just upgraded from of Droid and speed tests are slower.

    • Anonymous

      My 3G speed seems to be much faster than on my OG Droid.

  • Anonymous

    Dude, HTC, has came out swinging hot with this device. I checked it out at my local Verizon in Burlingame CA. Wow talk about craftsmanship and built very well. “Yeah, Moto, I am looking at you” HTC just hit you with an upper cut and your knees are buckling.

    Better hope the Bionic is screaming way better than the Thunderbolt. But, we will see. I think HTC has a winner on their hands and HTC is updating their sense to meet the needs of the consumer. Also HTC is taking some hints form the rooting community and making the phone fully customizable, plus 10 to HTC Good job :)

    Only 1 ghz too, what;s say you Moto, Like my man, Jim Rome says “UHHHH OOOHHH “

    • Joker

      You need to own one before you comment on craftsmanship speaker muffled by kickstand volume rocker to loose along with lock button. When. You try and remove battery door you feel like your ripping open the phone, can’t charge while on the kickstand, light leakage from the 4 buttons right underneath it this is a bad example of craftsmanship

      • Booboolala2000

        Not feeling the same way you are. The speaker sounds fine with the kickstand in place, better with it extended if course, but not horrible. No light leakage for me. Buttons are nice and sturdy. And I get about 8 to 9 hrs for one charge of normal use. If heavily YouTube or the likes more like 5 hrs. I’m impressed with the phone overall.

      • Anonymous

        Well, Car and driver doesn’t own the test cars that BMW and Audi give them
        to test drive for a short period of time, nor do they own the test cars that
        auto corps let them literally test drive before the public evn see’s it.
        But, they comment on craftsman ship of the vehicle.

        I think I’ve been in Verizon enough to play with the Thunderbolt to realize
        that Moto is lacking some good features that HTC has incorporated. I am a
        Moto OGD owner and I can honestly say that Moto has put out crap when you
        talk about the D2, R2D2, and that BB lool a like phone. The DX is nice but
        I personally don’t like the buttons on the DX. The Bionic and Atrix are
        ugly as sin, good specs, but from what the rest of us hear, the Atrix isn’t
        all that and it’s the new flag ship phone over the Bionic by Moto.

        Please don’t get me started on the bootloader, at least the Thundrebolt took
        under 48hrs to crack that device. I would like to see Moto come out with a
        hot phone that has some sex appela along with the performance that we all
        want.. But, Moto has failed to deliver in that area and we are left with
        several short comings that we thought Moto would take the lead. HTC has
        capitolized in both areas. Just sayin

        Sr. Android Tester :P

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  • Sandswoodward

    Where can I find that clock and that silver circle launcher thing

  • Nick

    What live wallpaper is that on the TB?

  • kevdog

    Couldn’t finish watching the video — dude your nails were so long I about puked. Time to cut them. Super annoying.