Two of the hottest phones that run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network right now are the HTC Thunderbolt and LG Revolution. Both have similar spec sheets with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and they’re also both priced at $249 on Verizon, but in terms of performance, hardware and software, there are many differences. In this comparison video we cover web browsing, speed benchmarks, hardware, software, HD video recording, boot-up time, and more. Stick around to the end of the video to see the HD video samples.
The Verizon Thunderbolt met its update which unfortunately introduced a nasty reset bug users encountered, restarting the phone when they least wanted it. Verizon then planned for a fix which is supposedly coming the second half of this month.
From Android Police comes a leak of the Verizon Thunderbolt MR2 (Maintenance Release 2) software update. According to the info, it should be rolled-out to stock Thunderbolts on June 15 over-the-air it should fix random resets, improve signal strength, GPS lock and add a 3G/LTE toggle switch, in addition to some more goodies. An un-rooted [...]
Last month’s HTC Thunderbolt update brought the phone some newly-enhanced performance when connected over a 3G network, but like bedbugs hitching a ride on your suitcase, the update also introduced new glitches that caused the phones of some users to start spontaneously resetting. Thankfully, it now looks like Verizon has a plan in place to deal with the problem, culminating with the release of a new software update later this month.
A leaked Verizon memo reveals the company’s directions to its employees who have to deal with customer complaints about the [...]
The HTC Thunderbolt still goes for $249.99 with a two-year contract over at Verizon and while Amazon had a great deal on the smartphone at the end of April it now manages to up the ante with an even better price.
The Thunderbolt can now be yours for $99.99 if you buy it from Amazon Wireless on Verizon contract. The smartphone scored a 4 out of 5 in our review and the Pros are getting even better at this price tag! You get 4G LTE is fast with simultaneous voice and data, great performance, excellent camera, 32GB microSD card bundled, kickstand is handy when watching video and [...]
Thought that Amazon’s $130 was a good deal for the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon LTE? After all, Verizon’s still selling it direct for the premium smartphone price of $250. There’s a chance you may be able to score an even better deal, letting you pick up the phone for a cool hundred.
Verizon customers should check their inboxes, as certain subscribers are receiving notification that they’re entitled to a loyalty discount in addition to extra savings through this private sale, knocking $150 off the phone’s price tag. Just because you haven’t [...]
HTC may be preparing a smaller or cheaper version of the HTC Thunderbolt codenamed Mecha S, according to the user agent profile pictured above. UAprofs, as they are more commonly known, are used to convey a device’s properties for purposes of web page rendering and MMS exchange. Since the UAprof for the Mecha S (S=small? Thunderbolt was codenamed just Mecha) shows this model offering only a 320 x 480 HVGA screen resolution, it is likely to be either a physically smaller handset, or one which is the same size but lower-end.
With HTC having a history of at least once [...]
If you’re an HTC Thunderbolt owner, you’ve probably been enjoying the free hotspot function that has been offered since the release of the device in March. Regularly priced at $20 per month for 2GB of data transfer, the hotspot app lets you share your connection with up to eight devices when over LTE (or three devices when over 3G), which is very useful when you’re traveling or need WiFi for your tablet or laptop. Verizon has graciously extended the free hotspot offer until June 15.
Source: Twitter Via: Droid-Life
Yesterday’s Verizon Thunderbolt update looked like a pretty sweet deal at first; users reported definitely noticing the improved 3G performance, and we already had a rooted version of the update available by yesterday evening. While seemingly a success, the update may not be all good news, as we’re seeing reports now of users whose smartphones are much more prone to random resets following installation of the update.
Verizon abruptly changed its mind about sending out the update originally, putting in some more time to test it before release. Sadly, it looks like it [...]
If you are a Verizon HTC Thunderbolt owner you most probably were glad that the official software update was back on track bringing data and GPS fixes to your beloved smartphones.
Those of you that have already rooted the Thunderbolt can now enjoy the benefits of the new ROM too. The yesterday’s update has already been rooted and it’s ready for you to apply if you wish to choose to do so. You’ll find more details of the rooted ROM, mirrors and instructions if you follow the source link to the rooted Thunderbolt ROM thread below.
Source: XDA [...]
Right at the end of April, Verizon announced a software update for the HTC Thunderbolt on its 4G LTE network would be available shortly, bringing with it several bug-fixes and tweaks, including better 3G connectivity and GPS performance. Everything sounded great, until Verizon abruptly changed its mind and put the update on ice. Last week, a leaked copy of the ROM update arrived, but Verizon still hadn’t show any progress towards releasing the code itself; the Thunderbolt update status page reads “coming soon”. Now, nearly two weeks since the update was first [...]
After the 1.16.00.402 Radio for the Verizon Thunderbolt was leaked two weeks ago, we saw an official Verizon document outlining a couple of changes the new ROM will bring, especially in the data connectivity department. The update was put on hold and Big Red updated, sort of, on the whole update issue.
Today, what looks to be the official ROM update for the Verizon Thunderbolt has been leaked. The name of the file is: PG05IMG_Mecha_VERIZON_WWE_1.13.605.7_Radio_1.16.00.0402w_1_NV_8k_1.41_9k_1.64_release _182746_signed. This should say something to aficionados but we’ll [...]
Yesterday Verizon abruptly reeled back in an HTC Thunderbolt update that it had been saying would start going out to customers on Tuesday. The update was to improve data speeds on 3G and fix assorted bugs. A leaked screenshot showed the carrier was informing its employees to direct customers with questions to its Thunderbolt support page, but at the time there was no new information to be had there. Verizon has since updated that support site, now enthusiastically proclaiming the update is “COMING SOON!”
Now sure, that’s not much in the way of explaining to [...]
Late last week we caught wind of Verizon preparing an update for the HTC Thunderbolt, designed to improve 3G performance, fixing some bugs, and correcting some anomalies with its GPS receiver. At the time, it looked like the update was ready to go out ASAP. After a lull of a few days, yesterday Verizon tweeted that it was starting to deliver the update to its subscribers, going out to Thunderbolt owners in stages. Alas, a wrench has been thrown in the works, and Verizon has put distribution of the update on hold for the time being.
A leaked Verizon screenshot tells the tale, [...]
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, [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]