HTC Thunderbolt Unboxing (Video)
Here it is, the phone we’ve all been waiting for. The Thunderbolt is finally shipping on Verizon, and it’s the first 4G LTE phone. While Sprint had WiMax a year ago with the HTC EVO 4G, LTE holds promise as a better longer-term strategy for 4G wireless thanks to higher speed potential and also and because it’s the agreed-upon next-generation wireless data protocol.
The Verizon Thunderbolt is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz CPU with 768MB of RAM. For storage, Verizon and HTC have included a spacious 32GB microSD class 4 card. It can run either on Verizon’s 3G CDMA Rev A network, or their much faster 4G LTE network, which is capable of simultaneous voice and data. Here is Verizon’s 4G LTE coverage map so that you can check to see if there is 4G in your area.
The Thunderbolt will run you $249.99 with a two year contract. With that you’re likely to tack on $29.99 per month for unlimited data, and another $19.99 per month for the mobile hotspot service if you want to use the Thunderbolt as a wireless router with up to eight devices.
Here are some early first impressions:
– The device is heavier and thicker than the Inspire 4G, and even the EVO 4G
– The device feels blazing fast and benchmarks around 1500 on Quadrant. Impressive
– The screen sensitivity is very high (which is good)
– There’s a ton of crapware installed!
– The power button is quite small and difficult to feel for at times