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HTC Thunderbolt

alaTest has collected and analyzed 986 reviews of HTC Thunderbolt. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and size. The screen and performance also get good feedback. Many are critical about the social networking functionality and apps, while reviews about the connectivity and GPS navigation are mixed.

usability, performance, screen, size, design

battery, apps, social network

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Thunderbolt is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 564 user reviews of HTC Thunderbolt from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Cell phones on Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The screen and usability also get good feedback. Reviews about the apps and reliability are mixed. The social networking functionality and GPS navigation get critical comments.

performance, usability, screen, price, size

battery, sound, reception, GPS navigation, social network

64% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC ThunderBolt 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)HTC ThunderBolt 4G LTE Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)HTC ThunderBolt 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Nic Vargus (

HTC Thunderbolt Review



4G LTE absolutely murders 3G. Moving backgrounds are awesome. Good display. Kickstand is actually useful

4G LTE also murders battery life. Can't charge while using the kickstand. Convoluted software. Feels big and heavy

May, 2011

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HTC Thunderbolt Review


The HTC Thunderbolt has been one of the most anticipated smartphones, as it is the first handset to use Verizon's powerful 4G LTE network. Given Verizon's stellar 4G network performance in our previous review, we were anxious to see how this would...

As it stands, and with my moderate use, I don’t think that the phone can stay alive for more than 5 or 6 hours. This is insufficient. With that in mind, I can’t recommend using this phone as long as the included battery cannot sustain even a relatively...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Steven Leckart (

HTC ThunderBolt Launches on Verizon's 4G Network ...


The ThunderBolt is a thin Android rocket sled with two great cameras and a huge screen. But keep your charger handy.

An ample 8 GB of on-board memory (woot), plus a whopping 32 GB microSD included (WOOT!). At 0.56 inches, profile is trimmer than a supermodel. Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera makes you look good when chatting. Standard-sized 3.5-mm headphone jack....

Battery tended to heat up faster than a car with a faulty radiator cap. A tad on the heavy side at 6.23 ounces. Loudspeaker is rather tinny — and hidden behind the kickstand. Flash content cannot be viewed while Wi-Fi hotspot is in use. No HDMI port

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Armando Rodriguez (

HTC ThunderBolt


The HTC ThunderBolt, which went on sale March 17, is the first phone available in the United States that can connect to Verizon's lightning-fast 4G LTE network. That fact alone makes the ThunderBolt ('50 with a new two-year contract) a considerable...

Extremely fast ; Latest Sense UI

Lots of bloatware

The well-appointed ThunderBolt is the phone to buy if you want to see what 4G can do.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Vincent Nguyen (

HTC ThunderBolt Review


The HTC ThunderBolt is a first but not a first: the only 4G smartphone on Verizon's LTE network, but certainly not the first 4G smartphone we've seen and following a hardware pattern that dates back nine months or so to the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint and...

The HTC ThunderBolt is undoubtedly the fastest smartphone we've tested when it comes to mobile data. Verizon's LTE network is, in areas with coverage, the most impressive 4G system currently available in the US, in many cases exceeding what our regular...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (

HTC ThunderBolt (Verizon Wireless)


The HTC ThunderBolt offers incredibly fast 4G data speeds. The Android 2.2 smartphone also supports simultaneous voice and data over 3G and boasts a large 4.3-inch touch screen, ample storage, and an excellent camera.

Battery life takes a big hit when using 4G. There is no way to toggle between 3G and 4G.

The HTC ThunderBolt lights up with blazingly fast data speeds, but those who want 4G now should be aware that it takes a big toll on the smartphone's battery life.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Mark Spoonauer (

HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon Wireless)


Verizon's first 4G phone shatters speed records and looks good doing it. We just wish the HTC Thunderbolt lasted longer on a charge.

The Thunderbolt lives up to its name by being the fastest 4G phone on any network--by far. Provided you're in an area with LTE coverage, you'll be able to load sites, download apps, and start streaming videos in the blink of any eye. This smart phone...

Mar, 2011

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HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon Wireless)


The HTC Thunderbolt looks and feels huge. It's classy looking, though, in all-gray with a glass front and a soft-touch back. There's a small 1.3-megapixel camera next to the earpiece, and a larger 8-megapixel shooter on the back, along with a...

Incredible Internet speeds. Big, gorgeous screen. Elegant interface. Simultaneous voice and data. Lots of storage

Heavy. Poor battery life when surfing or streaming on 4G. Occasional bugs

The HTC Thunderbolt, the first 4G LTE smartphone for Verizon Wireless, has the fastest Web speeds we've ever seen, but be prepared to carry an extra battery.

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (

LG Revolution vs HTC ThunderBolt


During our last Verizon 4G LTE smartphone comparison we looked at the Samsung Droid Charge vs the HTC ThunderBolt, but this time around we're going to compare some of the similarities and differences between the HTC ThunderBolt and the recently...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (

Samsung Droid Charge vs HTC ThunderBolt


Two titans enter the ring: the Samsung Droid Charge in one corner and the HTC ThunderBolt in the other. Both can use Verizon's new 4G LTE network, and come with a host of features, such as a large display, 1GHz processor, 8MP camera, and 32GB of...

May, 2011

Product Specifications

Speaking of Verizon’s LTE 4G network, the HTC Thunderbolt will actually be the first Smartphone available to utilize it. It has a 4.3-inch display, 8MP 720p video camera, and Wifi Tethering to share that 4G connection.

Processor Brand:QUALCOMM


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:Unknown


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:4.X LTE


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 2.2 Froyo
Operator:Sim Free
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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