This is an honest review of the tbolt and hopefully this helps those on the verge of making a decision. To start I must say I like some of the things that HTC is doing.
Music/sound quality: I found this area to be lacking. My droid and droid 2 has a louder volume out put. I thought this was a tbolt thing but a buddy with an inspire proved it to be at least an issue with those two phones. The ringer volume is not loud at all in fact if you work in a noisy environment I recommend putting the phone on vibrate. The music dont quit blow me away, but its acceptable. Now when you open the kick stand it does get louder but not quite the power of a droid 2.
Battery life: Its is bad but there are ways to fix it, unfortunately you will have to root. If you not wanting to root then you may want to get an extended battery.
Build quality: It feels solid in the hands and bulky. Personally I like the bulky feel so its right down my alley but as far as talking on the phone I suggest getting a pair of good blue tooth head set.
video quality: Now this is what I like. What was lacking with my droid and d2 was video quality, the droids were bad about playing videos. The videos would b choppy. Videos on the htc is smooth.
Camera: the pictures are not as bright as my d2 but you do get the true color of what you are shooting. I know when I send a picture of what I am looking at to a person that they are seeing the exact same colors that I saw.
Screen quality: The colors are nice and stand out pretty good. The brightness on my d2 was better but the tbolt displays a much richer color.
Should I buy: well it depends what you want. If you are wanting an evo like device and you want an open device then the tbolt is the way to go, I would not suggest getting a incredible on a 2 year contract because you wall not be able to use lte at all. With the tbolt you can make it a 3g device (ala incredible) but also have the option to go lte if you choose. Also I enjoy roms and what it offers. Its also a friendly ui in sense for those new to android. The battery life is an issue but as I said above it can be worked out. Personally I would not have bought the tbolt if I could not sing a 1 year contract. This year I am not sold on the phones that are being offered as far as a long term deal. So if you have a dx, d2 then its not that big of a jumo except in the rom department. Next year I expect much better devices so if you can hold out then I would do so. If not you are still getting a silid device and with lte capabilty it will last 2 years. Hope this helps.