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HTC Thunderbolt

HTC Thunderbolt

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60
nkurucz
The battery life was so bad I had to get a larger battery and it still only...read more
20
jacksrevenge
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
100
scomas
I had the HTC Thunderbolt for two years. It was a good phone, I had to reset...read more
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75
Average user Score
 
60
nkurucz
07.13.14
The battery life was so bad I had to get a larger battery and it still only gets about 10 hours. The CPU is so slow that playing any game is impossible due to lag. Overall it is a sub-par phone.
 
20
jacksrevenge
04.21.14
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
 
100
scomas
10.07.13
I had the HTC Thunderbolt for two years. It was a good phone, I had to reset it three times. I never had a reason to call service support or go to the Verizonwireless to fix any issue. I would call that a great phone.
 
70
DillieO
05.24.13
The Thunderbolt was the first to get 4G, and unfortunately there is a known issue with it sucking the life out of the battery.All in all the phone is good, but with the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade that was pushed out to the devices, it became slow and had problems. If you can avoid the ICS update, you'll be better off.
 
60
bstaffield
03.04.13
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
 
50
pricci
01.08.13
If there is one reason why HTC is floudering, it is this: Simply put the updates to the latest versions of Android are pathetic. HTC keep throwing out good quality phones and pathetic updates to Android, but how many different phones should one company have? This is HTC"s problem, instead of focussing on their current customers, they have been too focussed on getting new customers. I am sure I am one of many that will never buy a HTC phone again. Alas I am still at Android 2.3.4 and my contract is ending soon and it is all Google Nexus from there!
 
40
cetchart
09.22.12
A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - Engadget
 
20
Thabass
09.22.12
The HTC Thunderbolt was the first 4G LTE phone out there. I couldn't wait for this phone to come out back in early 2011. Boy, was I in for a rude awaking. After constant problems with battery life, I bought a battery extender and made the phone too bulky. Unfortunately, you needed that to extend your batter life from 5 hours to 8 hours. Awful.The worst part about the phone is not just the phone itself, but the customer service that it gave. Thunderbolt owners are STILL WAITING FOR ANDROID 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich. Unacceptable.Avoid phone at all costs. Much better Android 4G LTE phones out there like the Samsung Galaxy III or if you want something completely different, the iPhone 5.
 
90
mtougeron
06.21.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
70
dbuttric
06.19.12
I was hoping I was going to love this phone. But the constant nagging problems, plus what I consider to be a pretty crappy network (Verizon) make this phone one that I cant wait to get rid of.I never seem to be able to make and keep a data connection (and then keep it) with this phone. When it is switching between modems, it eats battery alive. A real bummer.For a flagship phone, I feel let down. And for what I used to consider to be the best network, I feel ignored.So, my main problem is this: When I need a data connection, one is never there, the network indicator toggles through all of its states (4G, 3G, 1X) and then finally gives up. All of my apps keep reporting that network is unavailable.Then I reboot the phone, and maybe have luck for 5 minutes or so ,then the whole thing repeats itself.Here are things that I think are great about this phone:The screen is beautiful.The camera is very good.I like the kickstand - very useful.If you are careful, you can get a day's worth of life from the battery.