Sunday, April 3, 2011

HTC Thunderbolt: first impressions

Purchased two HTC Thunderbolt phones today, one for me and one for Jenna. Initial impressions:
  • Larger screen is beautiful (compared to OG Droid)
  • Hardware feels solid, good weight
  • 4G is extremely fast - reinstalled all apps in seconds
  • Sense 2.0 seems better than previous versions.
    • New skins look better (using slate)
    • Calendar agenda widget looks great and is extremely useful
    • UI feels more responsive
  • There is still a lot of bloatware (city id, blockbuster, etc)
    • Less of this runs by default, still more than I would like
  • The physical power button could be better
    • doesn't have a physical "click" when pressing
    • sometimes have to press down slightly harder
I have disabled 4G on both phones - just using 3G unless we need to stream something large. I read a lot of reviews saying the 4G drains the battery. So far the battery seems reasonable but I have not used it long enough to determine.

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