Welcome home HTC Thunderbolt!

March 18, 2011

Well I picked up a HTC Thunderbolt and I have to say that I am impressed with it and have not found any faults in it yet. The 4.3″ display is pretty sweet and being the same screen size as the Droid X this Thunderbolt is one sexy beast in form, fit and function.

Here are some quick specs for you:

HTC Thunderbolt Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 4.8 x 2.6 x 0.52 inches (122 x 66 x 13.2 mm)
  • Weight: 5.78 oz (164 g)
  • Display: 4.3 inch WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels
  • Memory: 8 GB + 32 GB MicroSD
  • OS: Android OS 2.2
  • Processor: 1GHz MSM8655 Snapdragon
  • Camera: 8 megapixel camera, 720p video recording, front facing 1.3 megapixel camera
  • Connectivity: CDMA Dual Band (800/1900 Mhz)
  • Data: 1xEV-DO rev.A, LTE
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1, Stereo Bluetooth
  • GPS: GPS with A-GPS
  • Battery: Li-Ion 1400 mAh

Design and Display

Starting off the HTC Thunderbolt has a 4.3 inch WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen display covering the front of the phone. Below the display are the usual set of Android shortcuts for menu, home, back and search. Up above is a small 1.3 inch megapixel front facing camera used for video chatting. Placed on the right is the volume rocker, opposite resides the microUSB, and on top the 3.5 mm headphone jack and power / lock button. The HTC Thunderbolt is rounded out on the back with an 8 megapixel camera and dual LED flash. Underneath, the camera on the back, is a small kickstand that can be lifted up from the back. It’s nicely designed and adds functionality to the HTC Thunderbolt.

User Interface

The HTC Thunderbolt, like all other Android powered handsets, is very easy to pick up and use. The touch interface is not daunting and as it is touch, very easy to understand. HTC Sense is a third party proprietary overlay made by HTC to enhance the user experience for Android. Similar to Motorola’s MotoBLUR and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, the HTC Sense UI is a nice addition, but ultimately hurts the end user as these third party overlays delay over the air updates of the latest and greatest version of Android.

The 1 GHz Snapdragon processor runs Android 2.2 with Sense UI smoothly and it feels very much like the user experience for most other HTC smartphones. Nothing earth shattering to make the HTC Thunderbolt stand out. Overall, the user interface is simplistic, easy to learn and easy to master. Everything has been kept simple, changing themes is also as simple as going into your settings and swiping around to select the theme you want.


The HTC Thunderbolt has the familiar Android feature set of games and applications, along with Verizon specific applications such as VCast. Currently, it looks as though the HTC Thunderbolt has Google defaulted, unlike some of their smartphones that have been defaulted to Bing, and Microsoft counterparts to Google applications. Hopefully the HTC Thunderbolt continues with this default. Since the HTC Thunderbolt is powered by Android 2.2, it can access Flash based websites and can use Adobe Flash player. In addition, it also has access to the Android Market, the gateway to over 100,000 applications and games.

The front facing camera has also not been skimped on, offering an impressive 1.3 megapixels. This means your video chatting over the HTC Thunderbolt will be a little clearer for those on the other end. The 8 megapixel camera on the back with dual LED flash is also a welcome addition to a world of 5 megapixel camera phones. The kickstand is also an interesting little feature that HTC seems to be pursuing on their entire line up of smartphones. It’s a nice subtle addition to the HTC Thunderbolt, and allows it to be used as a media player for long trips where you want to keep the phone hands free.

Now if only we can get this powerhouse rooted.



  1. looks like a beast of a phone!! im drooling over it.

    i dont know if you remember the darksider group on bbm, most of us have gone android and have a group on beluga. let me know if you would like to join!

    have a great weekend

    • I remember the darker bbm group. Send me info on the Android group.

  2. Yeah the HTC Thunderbolt is a great phone. The Android will be even more efficient with the addition of the Adobe AIR 2.6

    I wrote a review about Adobe AIR 2.6, take a look at it. I would appreciate your feedback!

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