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[Full HTC Thunderbolt Review] Announced at CES 2011 by Verizon and HTC, the Thunderbolt is Verizon's first 4G LTE smartphone. The Thunderbolt comes loaded with HTC Sense 2.0 on top of Google Android 2.2.1. It has a 4.3-inch WVGA 480 x 800 Super LCD display. Inside the HTC Thunderbolt smartphone is a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 768MB of RAM and 7.5GB of ROM. It features an eight-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat. Read our Thunderbolt coveragefor the best HTC phone reviews, news, and videos:

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    Last week we saw a leak of a Verizon HTC Thunderbolt Radio that brought fixes to many departments and a document on Verizon's website is testifying to the fact that the smartphone will soon receive an official update (the leaked one, or at least one very close to it judging by the version numbers). Thunderbolt users can soon expect to receive a notification of an update to build Number 1.13.605.7 with baseband 1.16.00.0402w_1. According to Verizon it will bring "enhanced data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network" as well as email, messaging, stability, location improvements ...

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    HTC seems to be able to account for an excellent first quarter of 2011 with record high quarterly revenues of NT$104.16bn ($3.63 billion) and net profits of NT$14.83bn ($517.21 million). Additionally, HTC reportedly sold 9.7 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2011, which is 192% more than it did in the first quarter of 2010. Compared to the last quarter, Q4 of 2010, HTC sold 6% more and the higher numbers are mainly due to the growing demand for Android-powered smartphones. Exceptional Q1 numbers are also due to smartphones just released, the Inspire 4G, Thunderbolt, EVO Shift 4G, ...

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    Got the latest 4G LTE connectivity on your smartphone but feel a little miffed that even the old Motorola Droid is rocking a Gingerbread-based custom ROM while you're stuck on Froyo? HTC Thunderbolt owners may soon be able to join in on the CyanogenMod fun, with work on a port already leading to a pre-alpha release. The emphasis in the Thunderbolt's case should be heavily on the "pre" and heavily on the "alpha", as there's a LOT that's not yet working in this release. You can forget about niceties like USB tethering, and the co-author notes (but does not enumerate) a whole bunch of ...

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    If you are considering the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon you probably already spared $249.99 as that's the amount you'll have to pay for a new smartphone from the carrier with a two-year activation. Amazon Wireless has a great deal on the HTC Thunderbolt and it now goes $129.99. For $120 less than at Verizon you can grab this 4G LTE-enabled smartphone with 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD display, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 768MB RAM, 7.5GB of ROM, eight-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat. Pretty neat! Source: Amazon Wireless

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    It's no secret that the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon LTE, though capable of some of the fastest data rates around, can be a bit of a power hog. We're hoping that the issues leading to its heavy battery demands get worked out in future LTE devices, and in the meantime we've looked at tricks like turning off the phone's 4G that could help extend battery life a little. On the flip side of the coin, rather than make the phone more energy-efficient, you could always just make charging it a little more convenient. To that end, there will be a replacement battery cover for the phone that lets it ...

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    If you are lucky to have a Verizon HTC Thunderbolt you'll be glad to find out that somehow a ROM has been leaked, stripped down and rebuilt with a new Radio that allegedly fixes some of the issues the smartphone was reported to have. The new radio is version 1.16.00.402 and if you are an advanced user knowing your way around root and custom ROMs, you can grab a new version by following the source link. Features and fixes are in the category of SQLite, GPS Location Services, LTE/3G handoff, Audio recording, Video playback and Proximity sensor drain. If you're not that advanced and rather ...

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    If you've ever seen a commercial for the HTC Thunderbolt, you might recall seeing what appeared to be a native video chat application. Well, that was actually a new version for Skype that supports video chat for Android which has yet to be released. It wasn't released when the Thunderbolt hit store shelves, but a pre-release version of the software has been leaked, and in this video, we go hands-on with it to give you a sense for how the quality looks. Over 4G, video and audio quality was fantastic, and as good as you'd expect over WiFi. Over 3G, video was choppy and the audio wouldn't be ...

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    HTC's Thunderbolt on Verizon LTE is really starting to come into its own; early adopters found the smartphone to be a little buggier than they may have liked, but HTC has been responding to their concerns and should be coming out with fixes shortly. Gingerbread will be available as an update in the next couple months, and yesterday's Skype leak should get Thunderbolt users up and making video calls over the 4G LTE network. If you'd like to join in on the Thunderbolt fun, you can pick one up at a discounted price through next Monday, with Wirefly offering a $50 price break on the phone, ...

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    Both last year's HTC EVO 4G on Sprint and the fresh Thunderbolt on Verizon are set to receive their Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread treat sometime this upcoming second quarter, according to an e-mail from HTC in response to a customer inquiry. Initially shipping with Android 2.1 Eclair, then upgraded to Froyo, the EVO 4G will get Gingerbread "in the second quarter of 2011 (anywhere from the beginning of April, to the end of June)", said an HTC rep. The same time-frame applies to the Froyo powered Thunderbolt too. HTC has been solid in offering platform updates to its devices so a Q2 ...

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    Back before the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon LTE fell victim to so many delays, the plan seemed to be "ship the phone with Skype with video", and then "get the phone out first, deliver Skype shortly thereafter". At one point, Skype with video was planned for a February 28 release. That date passed with neither phone nor app appearing. We eventually got the Thunderbolt last month, but Skype seemingly fell by the wayside. Now Thunderbolt owners finally have a chance to see what the big deal about video chat over 4G is, as Skype for Android with video has finally leaked. Without a Market ...

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    If last week's overclocking the HTC Thunderbolt to 1.8GHz came with a big Warning notice, today's bit will really make a couple of eyebrows raise as the same person managed to break the 2GHz barrier. Running a Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8655 CPU stock, the Verizon Thunderbolt was overclocked to 2GHz (2.01 to be more specific). And what's even more good news is that 1.996GHz acts stable. We don't even want to think about hardware stress and battery life implications so we'll not ruin the breakthrough with all that. Nevertheless, when a stable speed offering decent battery life will be ...

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    While there is a way to switch between 3G and 4G on Verizon's HTC Thunderbolt -- accessing the dialer and calling *#*#4636#*#* -- there is now an application called LTE OnOFF in the Android Market that toggles the connection on or off. Other than that, it's nothing out of the ordinary, just your typical 4G LTE toggle for that enables you to quickly turn the connection off or back on. According to the description, there's a toggle widget coming soon which will be a great addition for Thunderbolt owners -- should also work on other Verizon LTE phones like the Droid Bionic, Charge and ...

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    What have you thought of the HTC Thunderbolt's video recording abilities? Apparently, many users have noticed issues with the audio in video they shoot cutting out unexpectedly in a noisy environment, or being way too quiet. Worry not, for HTC has not only found the source of these troubles, but is working on a software fix. The problem seems to be with the noise cancellation algorithms used in the default video recording software. Under the right conditions (or, rather, wrong conditions), the audio portion of videos you shoot can be barely audible. Like many phones, the Thunderbolt tries ...

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    The time with the highly anticipated HTC Thunderbolt for Verizon, launched just recently, was more than enough for users to start "playing" with it and it looks like someone managed to overclock the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 CPU to 1.8GHz. While we think that all overclocking could be harmful for your device, 1.8GHz could definitely kill the chip inside the plastic on anything longer than a short Quadrant run -- well, maybe two. As a proof of concept, the Thunderbolt clocking at 1.8GHz scored an amazing 2,772 which is definitely not that amazing knowing that the LG Optimus 3D scored ...

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    Are you ready for some Thunderbolt customization? It's just a matter of time now, as HTC has quietly released the kernel source code to the Verizon LTE smartphone. With the kernel source now public knowledge, look for Thunderbolt compatibility to be added to some existing Android projects. CyanogenMod support is likely at the top of that wish list for many users, so expect to see work commence quickly on adapting that code for the Thunderbolt. There's the possibility now that we'll see unofficial developers come up with their own workarounds for some of the Thunderbolt's shortcomings; ...

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    After waiting a long time for the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt to be launched and available, early adopters will have to (allegedly) wait some more to get a platform refresh update from the Taiwanese manufacturer. According to an alleged email response from HTC to one of its customers, a Thunderbolt owner, the device will receive an update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread in the second quarter of 2011. This could mean April which is a couple of days away of might as well mean end of June, which is a bit further down the road. Without speculating on the release date, we salute HTC's intention to ...

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    The HTC Thunderbolt is a very important device for Verizon. It's one of the first phones in the world, and certainly in the US, to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds (check out the coverage map to see if there is LTE where you live). Sprint was first with 4G in the US with the EVO 4G last year, which used a competing 4G technology, WiMax. Both WiMax and LTE can provide speeds of up to around 10Mbps down, with promises of much higher bitrates as the technology evolves and the networks see upgrades. Is the Thunderbolt going to be one of the hottest devices of 2011? Read on for the full review! ...

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    Previously we compared the HTC Thunderbolt with the iPhone and Inspire 4G. Moving on with our series, we wanted to compare a Windows Phone 7 device, in this case the Samsung Focus, with the HTC Thunderbolt. 6 Comparing these devices is somewhat of an apples-to-oranges comparison, since they're such vastly different devices. In terms of pricing, the Focus is now just $99, while the Thunderbolt costs $249. For data plans, you can get the 2GB $25/month data plan on the Focus, or opt for the unlimited $30/month data plan on the Thunderbolt. Windows Phone 7 and Android are quite different. For ...

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    Earlier today we told you about T-Mobile's plan to roll out 42Mbps HSPA+ 4G, but what does that really mean? The 42Mbps speed may never be fully realized on any individual device, though faster throughput in any area means less time will be required to serve up the same amount of data. Assuming the amount of data remains the same, observed speeds across the coverage area should increase drastically. To accomplish the 42Mbps speeds T-Mobile needs to upgrade towers to the 42Mbps capable HSPA+, upgrade the bandwidth to those towers, and have phones (or other devices) that support the new ...

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    Previously we compared the HTC Thunderbolt with the iPhone 4. Moving on to another comparison, the HTC Thunderbolt and Inspire 4G are two of the hottest 4G smartphones right now. The Inspire 4G can be had for just $99 on AT&T with a new two year contract. To that, you're likely to add the $25/month data plan which gives you 2GB of data transfer. The Thunderbolt is much more expensive at $249, and the data plan of choice is the $30/month unlimited plan. Both devices can do tethering for an added $20 per month, which gives you 2GB of data transfer. The Inspire 4G is much thinner and lighter ...

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    If you already have a Verizon HTC Thunderbolt you will most probably notice that there isn't an easy, user-friendly way of switching 4G off or flipping a switch to 3G. If you're an advanced user who's not afraid to enter test menus and tweak setting you will be able to expose a 3G/4G option which will allow you to choose between the two standards. You have to go into the Dialer and call *#*#4636#*#* which will take you to the Thunderbolt's Test Menu. Head over to Phone Information and Set Preferred Network Type according to your liking: available options are LTE and EV-DO, EV-DO only, and ...

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    The iPhone 4 and the HTC Thunderbolt are very different devices. To start things off, they're priced differently. For $199, you can get a 16GB iPhone 4 on AT&T with a two year contract, or you can opt for the 32GB model for $299. On Verizon, the Thunderbolt will run you $249 with 32GB of data, making it a better value when you compare storage capacity alone. For data, AT&T has the 2GB data plan for $25 per month, while on Verizon, $30 per month on your bill will get you unlimited data. In our judgement, the Thunderbolt is an overall better value. In terms of hardware, the Thunderbolt also ...

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    The HTC Thunderbolt has essentially the same specs as the Inspire 4G, but with inclusion of the 4G LTE radio. It has a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 CPU, which performs better than the chip found on the EVO 4G. It has 768MB of RAM, providing plenty of multitasking prowess. In terms of storage, you get about 2.5GB onboard, and another 30GB through the 32GB microSD card, granting you about 32.5GB of space for apps, music, and whatever else you store on your phone. The Super LCD display is 4.3" and 800x480 resolution and provides a fantastic level of color saturation and contrast. Powering ...

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    If you didn't buy your Verizon HTC Thunderbolt yet since it was available on the 17th of March -- released on the 15th of March -- now would be a good time to do so as LetsTalk has a good deal on it. Currently the device goes for $249.99 on Verizon and Best Buy, $199.99 on Wirefly and $179.99 on Amazon Wireless. Starting from 12:01 AM PDT today, LetsTalk offers the Thunderbolt for $174.99 which so far is the best price out there (even if it's only $5 lower than Amazon's). The actual price is $229.99 from which you get a $55 LetsTalk instant discount (when you activate new Verizon Wireless ...

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    Mere hours after release, enterprising developers at the XDA forums have already obtained superuser access (root) on the HTC Thunderbolt. It is currently in private testing, and the developers are working to perfect the process before giving it a wide release. With the HTC Inspire, root access allowed you to write to the /system partition, but once the device was rebooted all of the data would be discarded, leaving you with a stock ROM. Turning the security off (S-OFF) was required in order to write a custom ROM or a new Radio ROM. Fortunately, wth the Thunderbolt S-OFF is not required to ...

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