With this much power, speed and Android™ awesomeness, it’s not your dream phone. It’s the one after that.

Networks: LTE 700, CDMA EvDO revA
Operating system: Android™ 2.2 + HTC Sense
Display: 4.3” WVGA TFT capacitive touch screen
Camera: 8MP with autofocus, LED Flash (2x LED), 1.3MP front facing camera
Memory: 8GB emmc + 768 RAM Memory card, preinstalled 32 GB microSD™
WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth: 2.1 with EDR (3.0 when available)
Battery: 1400 mAh
Special features: Dual mics with noise cancellation, Surround sound, Compass sensor, G-Sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, 3.5mm audio jack, MicroUSB, FM radio, LTE SIM slot , TI audio DSP
Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM8655, 1GHz, Qualcomm MDM9600

It’s typical HTC through and through, though we suspect they started working on it alongside Verizon quite some time ago because the design language feels somewhat last-gen — more of a remixed EVO than anything else. The most direct, concrete proof of this might be AT&T’s Inspire 4G — also a 4.3-inch HTC device — which shares a newer “unibody” metal design with the Desire HD. It’s thinner, less plasticky, and more solid-feeling (which is really saying something) than the Thunderbolt, and it better represents where HTC has been going with its handset designs in the past six months. Obviously, as one of the first commercial LTE smartphones in the world, HTC has probably had this one baking in the oven for a good, long while.


TC has a spotty track record of delivering fantastic picture and video quality — but as 8 megapixel models go, we’re happy to report that the Thunderbolt is markedly improved from the EVO 4G. It’s unclear whether the changes are in software alone or if HTC has moved to a different combination of sensor and optics, but whatever they’re doing, they’ve moved in the right direction.


The Thunderbolt is, of course, running HTC Sense. In this case, it’s on top of Android 2.2.1, but it’s a bit of a hybrid — it lacks support for the cloud features introduced with the launch of the Desire HD / Desire Z and HTCSense.com last year, but does include support for HTC’s unusual “Fast Boot” option (which was introduced at the same time).


First-generation devices are often, if not usually, a little rickety — proofs of concept that are more about the manufacturer (or carrier) being able to say that they’re first to launch a particular feature than they are about delivering a solid, all-around winner. Fortunately, that’s not the case with the Thunderbolt: HTC’s managed to put together a handset here that we can honestly recommend with a straight face, owing in no small part to the fact that it borrows heavily from the company’s existing parts bin. If you’re looking for the sexiest 4.3-inch phone of the bunch, the Inspire still beats it — you can’t go wrong with the thinner, metal, unibody shell — but the Thunderbolt is easily one of the best Android devices in Verizon’s expansive lineup even before you take the LTE capability into account. And if you’re lucky enough to live or work in an LTE market (or one that’s going live this year), it’s the best choice by a country mile.

Courtesy : engadget.com

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