Hands-on with HTC ThunderBolt; the first LTE smartphone from Verizon

Hands-on with HTC ThunderBolt; the first LTE smartphone from Verizon

Summary: The HTC ThunderBolt is the first LTE smartphone on the Verizon Wireless network. The device is extremely fast, but traveling at that speed also hits the battery pretty hard.

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  • The speaker is loud and clear on the Thunderbolt, but you have to pull out the kickstand to hear the full effects.

  • HTC didn't think too much about the kickstand and microUSB placement so if you want to charge up your Thunderbolt, say while watching a movie, you will discover this doesn't work well with the kickstand.

  • There are some interesting bits under the battery cover including the four unknown gold dots just under the camera. The two leads in the upper left also connect with the gold part of the back cover inside.

Topics: Wi-Fi, Android, Google, Hardware, HTC, Mobility, Networking, Smartphones, Verizon

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  • RE: Hands-on with HTC ThunderBolt; the first LTE smartphone from Verizon

    I have the HTC desire and love it. This looks even better - I would have this tomorrow if it was available in the UK. Re. the charging issue when using the stand - I bought a spare battery and a charger which charges both a battery on its own or the phone and battery together (I rarely use the phone charger as I dislike the fact that it charges the phone in the upright position which doesn't seem to make a good connection) but having a charged battery ready to use is the ideal situation with a phone which guzzles battery power. Look in Amazon.
    annthorpe@...