The HTC Thunderbolt sports a large 4.3-inch touchscreen, an 8MP camera with HD video capture on the back plus a front-facing camera, Android 2.2 with HTC's Sense software, and a 1GHz processor. It also includes a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot feature, DLNA wireless media streaming, a kickstand for media viewing, FM radio, and 8GB of internal memory alongside the included 32GB microSD card -- that's 40GB out of the box.
Fast data speeds, Big screen, Hotspot function.
If you live in a 4G LTE serviced area, this phone is capable; phone battery will last all day with regular use in non-4G LTE areas; able to browse the internet and accept calls simultaneously; the ThunderBolt is built like a tank; it feels good in hands.
Fast phone overall, Nice looking screen, Good call quality.
An ample 8 GB of onboard memory (woot), plus a whopping 32 GB microSD included (WOOT!). At 0.56 inches, profile is trimmer than a supermodel. Front facing 1.3 megapixel camera makes you look good when chatting. Standard sized 3.5mm headphone jack.
Single core processor.
No easy way to toggle the 4G LTE service off to 3G only; phone will be too large and bulky for some, so you should definitely handle in person before buying; 4G LTE is a severe battery drain.
Canít access USB port when using the stand.
Battery tended to heat up faster than a car with a faulty radiator cap. A tad on the heavy side at 6.23 ounces. Loudspeaker is rather tinny - and hidden behind the kickstand. Flash content cannot be viewed while WiFi hotspot is in use. No HDMI port.
Single core CPU is less future proof.
Lots of bloatware.
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