well i am a thunderbolt owner here is my experience
cant test 4g speeds so i turned it off makes battery not so bad
root and custom rom kernal and radio makes battery little better.. i get 10 - 14 hours of normal usage .. can go all day if people dont bother me or i do a lot of surfing
screen resolution is great.. camera is decent.
now for bads
cant see the screen in the sun
needs screen protector screen not near as tough as it was on my X
Audio quality not the best..
all in all glad i have the phone does a couple of things for me
1- grandfathers me in to unlimited LTE ( i have 5 lines only 3 smart phones i am sure you can figure out that 3 lines will never upgrade.. the other 2 will)
2-UNLOCKED BOOTLOADER-- large following lots of people making custom roms etc ck out ADRYNALYNE -twitter- he is on XDA best rom in IMO and makes kernals .. may remember his work with team chaos on original droid ..
"The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?"
question: If I turn on the 4g hotspot, will USB charging from my notebook give enough juice to keep it alive?
Droid Bionic Stock ROM rooted
Another Tbolt owner here.
Phone is awesome overall. No issues here. Meaning no reboots, no GPS issues(recently fixed) and its been great. My job is in a 4g area and its on constantly and does NOT kill my battery whereas my home is in 3g only. The only time my battery is killed is during the commute between work and home which is not a long trip. But with LTE ON/OFF, this is easily remedied.
I am not rooted yet but I dont really see a need to aside from getting bloatware off it.
Ive griped all over this sight on my TB, but I guess I can do it here again for those considering wasting their money on it.
1. Screen is almost perfect, full of color, and plenty bight. Pixel density is fine.
2. LTE is literally BLAZING fast. While in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio I regualarly achieved 19-21mpbs up/10mbps down.
3. Call quality is excellent, clear on both ends.
4. Speaker is nice and loud, even with my convert on it.
5. Love that its micro USB, so i can buy the cheap MOTO 5 buck chargers off amazon buy the box.
6. 32GB card is great, plenty of room for all my stuff.
7. UI is fantastic! Compared to the old 3gs I had, its like night and day. Smooth, customizable, and slick as butter.
1. Screen is NOT viewable in sunlight.
2. Battery life, even with moderate use is very poor, stupid HTC should have included a larger battery than 1400mah.(get the HTC extended.)
3. Plastic construction unlike its siblings. I was hoping for the aluminum unibody like all the other HTC handsets this year. Its more fragile than it looks, ask asurion.
4. With the update my device reboots at least twice a day, knocking out 25% of power with each occurence. Beware the update, and keep a charger close at hand!
5. 768mb is not enough RAM. The device regularly slows to a crawl with any intense multi-tasking. Have tried both with and without tkiller, and its bad both ways.
(Here is where I say that google should make ram increase to 1gb standard for this year, then 1.5gb next and so on. Android devices could do sooo much more if they had enough ram to move with. They are simply capable of so much, its disheartening that this the cheapest thing to fix to really up the anty in perfermance - and all manufacturers just make phones with the bare minimum.)
6. OS is still buggy more often than I expected.
And the biggest gripe of all??
POOR SIGNAL STRENGTH AND RETENTION
Placing my phone next to multiple coworkers devices, my blunderbolt always, and yes i mean in decibal measurements, gets at least 25% worse signal strenth than any motorola big red device including:
Hell, even this guy's blackberry flip gets way better signal than me.
There are places at my work I simply cannot recieve or place calls where all the other verizon phones can. I have called, and called, and called. No help here, SOL. Rebooted, restarted, wiped, Ive tried it all.
The Thunderbolt does not get as good of a signal as other verizon phones, and that is the reason I CANNOT recommend it for purchase. I do not live in a LTE area, and yes I know how to turn off 4g mode, and no it does not help. The update didnt help, and I doubt the MR2 update will help.
Finally, I will just say that based on specs this phone is better than other LTE phones they offer right now, but I cannot justify buying one because of the poor signal strength - which is the reason we buy these devices in the first place!
Ok, done flaming... *goes and hides in troll cave*
Frankly, the Thunderbolt is disappointing after having a fully modded Droid X. Aside from 4G data speeds, the Droid X is better in most ways. I basically feel the Thunderbolt was Verizon's rushed out phone that is plagued with bugs, poor reception, poor call quality, and subpar battery.
My Droid X could go 36 hours on a single charge with moderate usage, whereas the Thunderbolt can only get 12 hours, and with heavy usage as low as 6 hours.
People who jump from the original Droid or Incredible might be impressed by the Thunderbolt, but many Droid X enthusiasts find this phone to be a downgrade in many respects.
I'm to the point where I either sell the Thunderbolt, trade it for a Droid Charge or go back to the Droid X.
Yeah, I hate to say it... But I think big red should have waited and just launched the tb on the new duel core platform that is recently been their trend - ie the EVO3d, and sensation handsets.
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