Why is the Thunderbolt so successful.

Discussion in 'HTC ThunderBolt' started by pc747, Apr 21, 2011.

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    I went into a Sprint store this morning, (NOW BEFORE YOU START BOOING JUST HEAR ME OUT), I wanted to see the the EVO battery would fit in my TBolt. Well it wouldn't, the EVO battery is much longer. Anyway, the salesman ask to see my phone, he looks at it and says nice, then he opens the kickstand and lays it horizontally on the table and says under his breath "just like the EVO", I gave him the "are you crazy look" and gently reach to where he had my phone laying sideways on the kickstand and turned the phone vertically on the kickstand. He grabs my phone off the table and examines the kickstand. If you all could have seen the surprised yet devastated look on his face it would have made a great billboard for Verizon. He put my phone back on the table vertically and just gazed at it. I picked up my phone from the table and with much more vigour he says again, Nice Phone. I said thank you and gave him that same look that Kevin costner gave Whitney Houston's body guard at the end of the fight in the kitchen scene in the movie The Body Guard, "i don't want to have this conversation again". And I just left store phone in hand and chest sticking out. That was a great start of my morning.

    Houston THUNDERBOLT!!
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    I find swype and SwiftKey adequate input methods, although while using terminal (which is a constant thing for me) or scripting a physical keyboard is a must. I find myself creating/editing files on the Droid then pushing them over to the X for usage. I have a rollup bluetooth keyboard but it's a hassle and has an issue repeating keystrokes, maybe a different keyboard would change my mind. It certainly would need to be portable, hard, with hard/semi-hard keys...exact opposite of what I currently have.
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    I like the large horizontal input on the Droid X and find it pleasant to use, but I still need a dpad when softkeys begin me off....occasionally to the point of sliding open the device or throwing it.
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    I really thought I'd never be happy without a physical keyboard when I switched from the D1 to the DX, but the big screen was just such an appealing feature and the excitement of the event was so tangible that I took the plunge.

    Well... the on-screen keyboard is inferior, but only a bit with Swype, and since Gingerbread came out with the built-in cursor manipulation tool, I'm finding it easier than ever to live without a real keyboard. The important stat for me, however, is that after a couple of weeks with the X, though I still missed the keyboard, there was no doubt in my mind about having made a good decision. The X was just so much more enjoyable in every other way.

    I'm giving my X to my son on Monday when my Tbolt rolls in, and it still looks like it did when it came out of the box, although I don't use a case or screen protector. Say what you will about locked bootloaders, that phone is as fine a piece of engineering as you'll see. I'm a bit wistful about giving it up, but we android people can't be happy standing still.
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    Never understood the victim mentality in this attitude about a"contract" You don't like, you move on. The cost of moving on is small compared to the benefit of whining about "being locked in". By the way I moved from Droid X--Iphone4--Thunderbolt. When the Iphone gets LTE I'm moving back. But for now the TBolt is just fine.