Is the HTC Thunderbolt a worthy upgrade?

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  1. DroidXDoes4G
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    Is the TB a worthy upgrade over a Droid X?
    I do realize there are much better phones coming, but I found a TB for a nice price (along with a Droid Charge) and was several hundred dollars cheaper than most off contract phones are.

    So, would you recommend it if this is what I need/want?:

    Good 4G speeds (I am in a 4G area)
    Decent camera
    Fast processor (I couldn't care less if it was dual core)
    Netflix
    Easily rooted
    Good Speakers
    Good durability
    Nice looking screen


    Also, is there a way to get Sense 3.0 on the TB? I really like how it looks.
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    No. Wait for the Droid Bionic. I wish I had. I use my upgrade on the TB like a moron because I was under the impression I needed to be locked into unlimited 4G. Turns out, if you have unlimited 3G, you will keep to get unlimited data when going to a 4G phone after 7/7/2011 when VZ goes to tiered data.
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    Answered questions in the quote. Its a pretty solid phone but not without its faults.



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    Im not interested in the bionic.
    Also, I probably wont be able to find a good price.

    And I dont want buy anything with Motorola on the front ever again.

    Id get the HTC sensation if I was going the expensive route.

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    Ok thanks. I might try it out.

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    My upgrade isn't until March of 2012. I'd had the OG Droid for a little over a year, and it was reaching it's end. It just couldn't hack it with Gingerbread, so I wanted something to tide me over, and I picked up a slightly used Thunderbolt. I'm happy with my choice. It's definitely an improvement over the Droid, and it will definitely last me through until my upgrade without getting device envy for all the new things coming out.
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    lol suit yourself. Some people have to learn the hard way I guess.
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    In my mind learning something the hard way would be buying another Motorola phone with a locked bootloader and having to live with the limited rom options for two years. Its possible the bionic will have the lockable /unlockable bootloader like the atrix but after the treatment I got with my droid 2, I don't see myself going back to a moto device. Fool me once ...

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    I had a Droid X and I never once cared about a locked bootloader. Why? Because the phone worked. I never felt like I needed to install a new ROM or whatever. With the Thunderbolt, tinkering with the phone is almost a requirement to get acceptable performance out of it.
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    I like to at least have the option. Yes I would agree the thunderbolt needs to be tinkered with but at least I can.

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    To each his own I guess, but I too have no plans of ever buying another Motorola phone. And yes I have rooted my Thunderbolt and have been rooting and unlocking my phones since my Crackberry. Its just something I like doing. As to your question tho, I love my Thunderbolt, I loved it out of the box and I love it ever more rooted. I like a big phone and therefore I purchased the Seidio 3200 extended battery and the Seidio Convert Extended case and I love everything about it. This is my first HTC phone and I can tell you it definately will not be my last one. I am much happier with this phone than any other phone I have ever had. Good luck with your decision I know it isn't easy but as anybody here will tell you, you have to make your own decision as to what best suits your needs.
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    Ok I didn't get the TB.
    I looked into the Bionic, and decided to wait for some more info on it.
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    From my experience, yes it would be a worthy upgrade. We actually have two of them and haven't had any issues, not even one random reboot, from either of them.
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    anyone have any experience buying a phone with an upgrade/new line on amazon? im going to pull the trigger and try my luck with the thunderbolt next week but its much cheaper on amazon than in a verizon store. only thing im worried about is returns/exchanges.
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    NO IT ISN"T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish everyday that I had my DX. There are a few nice features but the DX was superior by far! Don't do it, you will regret it!!!! Fyi: had the TB since the week it came out.
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    Guess it's just a matter of preference. I had a DX as well, and it was a great phone, but for me the TB is superior in every aspect.
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    lol i feel ya on that motorola part... to answer all the questions everything is great no netflix yet and the battery is kinda poor not as bad as everyone makes it out to be but i would get the extended i keep mine in my pocket with my keys and change no case only a screen protector and no damage at all and 4g is really fast bottom line its the best 4G phone verizon has out right now and its getting a update very soon and sense is awesome:icon_ banana:
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    I can tell you are new and don't care about unlocking your phone.

    I also will not own another Motorola phone until it is guaranteed unlocked.

    The T-Bolt is superior to any Moto phone I've owned to date. The bionic will be the same as the others only dual core... No big deal if its locked down as the rest.
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    I too like HTC phones more, but Moto's are still good.
    It will probably be unlocked later (or right away) since the Atrix did.

    The main reasons I want the Bionic is 4G/Dual Core, the resolution of 540/960, and the (hopefully) new version of Motoblur. And the battery life on HTC phones is usually awful.

    If some of the rumors are true, the Droid Bionic should hold it ground against releasing phones for a while. I am saving up for it!
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    Speakers are super low.

    No Netflix.

    4g is fast but destroys your battery and is very picky about where it will be fast


    Plastic is much lighter than the d1. I wouldn't call it a durible phone

    sent from my thunderbolt