HTC Thunderbolt display comparison: looks are deceiving

March 18, 2011
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Users of the new HTC Thunderbolt may be quite happy with the phone's touchscreen display ... so long as they don't show it next to the Google Nexus S or the Atrix 4G. Comparing the Thunderbolt's TFT display with the Google Nexus S Super AMOLED display or even the Atrix 4g qHD display, it really shows just how muted and washed out the images from the TBolt really look. But according to the review by Vince over at SlashGear, it's still a pretty impressive display. Users just shouldn't succumb to display envy.

Considering the huge 4.3" display, perhaps other display options would've been cost prohibitive. Vince also mentioned it's one of the brightest TFT displays he's ever seen. All three displays were set to the max brightness settings to provide for optimal display. Users may find different results with different settings and light conditions and most will prefer a warmer tone for every day use.

The HTC underbolt is still a major league performer though with a Qualcomm’s 1GHz single-core Snapdragon MSM8655 chipse, 768MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), but look for a Gingerbread update sometime soon since they have to customize it to the Sense interface. It also has HTC's Sense overlay interface, dual cameras, including an 8MP rear facing that shoots pretty impressive 720HD video, and a dual LED flash. Lastly, it screams on the Verizon 4G/LTE network in spite of not having a dual-core processor option.

So even though there are certainly brighter displays out there, that doesn't mean that users are being short-shifted by the Thunderbolt. Far from it. The colors are warm and bright, with images and video popping right off the screen. It's likely the best of both worlds. Check out SlashGear's in depth review here.

[via SlashGear]


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  • Anonymous

    Yeah, you’ll definitely be fine unless you’re comparing them head to head. I went from a Samsung Captivate to an HTC HD7 last year and while the Captivate easily blew the HD7 out of the water in terms of contrast and saturation it’s not an issue unless you’re directly comparing them. On it’s own the HD7’s screen was quite impressive. I imagine that the Thunderbolt uses the same screen technology.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, you’ll definitely be fine unless you’re comparing them head to head. I went from a Samsung Captivate to an HTC HD7 last year and while the Captivate easily blew the HD7 out of the water in terms of contrast and saturation it’s not an issue unless you’re directly comparing them. On it’s own the HD7’s screen was quite impressive. I imagine that the Thunderbolt uses the same screen technology.

  • Blitzseagulls

    Who looks at the screen from that angle. The pic should of Been taken dead on.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not a pentile screen, so IMO, it’s better than the screen on my Incredible.

  • http://twitter.com/AirForceOne888 Air Force One

    This website SUCKS…why would you compare the screens at an angle like that? Found Android community thru Pulse and I will not be returning.

  • http://twitter.com/AirForceOne888 Air Force One

    This website SUCKS…why would you compare the screens at an angle like that? Found Android community thru Pulse and I will not be returning.