PocketDroid Review – HTC Thunderbolt


Speedy Internet access has become the need of the hour, internet on the move has just become our daily need. In order to full fill our this addiction HTC has come up with a new 4g LTE Uber Phone, HTC THUNDERBOLT. AS the name suggests the phone is built up to thunder the Smartphone race, and give bolt to its competitors . Lets see that if could make other companies compete or the phone is just a thunder without noise.

On first look this phone looks beauty because of the famous HTC Sense, the phone has a 4.3 inch capacitive touch screen and, resolution of 480×800p.The dimensions of the phone are 121mm x 62 mm x 14 mm and the phone weighs 177gms. The phone is not so slim as compared to its competitors.

The screen is crisp and very responsive, but when compare to Samsung’s  Galaxy S super amoled screen the display looks faint and dull. The screen is WVGA TFT capacitive touch screen covered by Gorilla Glass, a special crack and scratch resistant material made by Corning. We tried using our nails and coins but we were not able to make a single scratch on screen thanks to the Gorilla glass. The phone has  volume control key on the right, and a kick stand to view photos and videos on the device.

Let’s talk about the hardware HTC thunderbolt has a 1 GHz Singlecore Snapdragon processor manufactured by Qualcomm, and Adreno GPU. It also has 768 MB RAM which is quite low as most of a phone now a day has at least 1 GB of RAM. At this price point we expected a much HTC. The Gpu is not so great to play high tech 3D games. But then seeing its limitation has LTE phone Gpu can be neglected. The battery is a standard 1400mAh  Li-Ion, and it gave us a talk time of 6.30 hours, which is pretty low. As it is a 4G phone battery drains much faster, at least  HTC should have provided us 1700-1800mAh battery.

Coming to the camera, the camera is a 8 megapixel Autofocus, with a Dual Led flash. The camera clarity is awesome pictures are so perfect the color concentration is so great. But the Flash strength is not great enough to take evening pics, but then also we addicted to its clarity. The camera also has various camera modes and features like Auto focus, Face detection, Geo tagging, Effects etc. The camera also record 720p HD video, it also disappoints us as the most phones record full HD 1080p video. It also has 1.3MP front camera for video conferencing. Skype video calls also works great on the THUNDERBOLT. Here’s a image for all to see the awesome camera clarity.

Video and audio playback is awesome. The sound and video clarity is also great, but there also a sad thing in it that it doesn’t play full HD 1080p video.

The Surfing experience on the phone is so great, it also has Adobe Flash 10,it means that the flash video also run great on the browser itself.

The photo and video playback is great due to use of the kick stand . The Pinch zoom and various multitouch are awesome. The phone has some basic  photo editing options which we loved.

Talking about the software the phone has an outdated Android 2.2 Froyo. The HTC says that the phone is upgradable to 2.3.3 Gingerbread. Wouldn’t that be nice if it had Gingerbread out of the box?  HTC has given THUNDERBOLT HTC Sense UI for which HTC is known. According to us HTC sense is the best UI present for an Android device. We downloaded plenty of games for it, any it played many games without a lag. Playing Gun Bros, N.O.V.A on this phone is very addicting. Talking about the quadrant score it beats all the phones out there, but only old phones are beaten by it. It would be miracle to see if it beats Samsung Galaxy S2.

Final words, the phone is great but ends last in the uberphone’s race. The thunder of THUNDERBOLT is just a dud. The phones have many drawbacks, but still if you are the HTC Sense fan then go for it. But if you want  a perfect 4Gthere are many choices amongst NEXUS S 4G,LG Revolution,Motorola ATRIX  4G etc.

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