HTC ThunderBolt Hands-On and Unboxing

Behold the big bolt! This is the HTC ThunderBolt, Verizon's first 4G LTE handset - and boy what a whopper. It's epic nature is flaunted in an instantly apparent way as the box itself is wholly black with 3D pushed-out lettering and logos all around. HTC, Verizon, 4G LTE, and HTC ThunderBolt are blasted in such delicate ways as to accentuate the godliness and singularity of the device itself. Then you open the box and BOOM there's a wash of red. Verizon could not have chosen a better set of colors in black, white, and red, and they're certainly not afraid to use it when they've got such a flagship phone as this. Harsh elegance!

HTC ThunderBolt Extended Battery [Hands-On]

SO we found out that an extended battery pack for the HTC ThunderBolt existed and we did the right thing - jammed out to the store and picked one up. This battery pack has the 4G LTE mark on it on the bottom, an HTC sticker in the center back, and it's fat. It's definitely made for the product, as the edges do indeed meet up with the sides of the handset, but it's fat. Very fat. That doesn't mean that we're not going to use it, however, as long battery life is something we LOOOVE.

HTC ThunderBolt Perm Rooted

So we had a little look over at the XDA Forums at the root of the ThunderBolt before it was released, and yes, that is always impressive. But it wasn't permanent! What we love to see is that permanence, the real test of weather the phone is really rooted or just wearing a Halloween mask. Well let me tell you what's happened essentially overnight - perm root. Indeedy yes, it was user jcase who let the world know that with the first step being a showing on the 16th, the 17th at nearly midnight the real test was accomplished.

HTC Thunderbolt display comparison: looks are deceiving

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.

New Verizon Thunderbolt Spot hits the airwaves

A new Verizon commercial about the HTC Thunderbolt has hit the airwaves and it's focus is how fast it can work on the Verizon 4G network. The ad, shows presents a near real time capability of the phone to transmit video over the Verizon network as it's user attaches it to a radio controlled helicopter in order to broadcast a message of a party he's having that night. Then, with the party in full swing, users are treated to a music video that is wirelessly streamed from the Thunderbolt to a video projector screen. Verizon is clearly positioning the Thunderbolt to those who feel the need for speed. But is the Thunderbolt really THAT fast, or is it a case of commercial artistic license?

HTC ThunderBolt Pre-Order Under $200 [With Bonus High-Res Pics]

Oh so you'd like to make a purchase of that phone we've been posting about all day long and will get in the mail tomorrow? Let's talk about how you can get that phone for under $200, shall we? We've received a tip by our favorite clown-related forum member, ClownBaby, that notes how Amazon Wireless has the HTC ThunderBolt for the low low price of only $179.99 (with a two year agreement, of course.) This is currently the lowest amount of cash you're going to be paying for this fabulous device. Would you like to know more?

HTC ThunderBolt Video Quality [PROOF]

Our sister site SlashGear has their review unit of the HTC ThunderBolt and they've sent us over a sample of the video quality they're seeing on the back camera of the HTC ThunderBolt and lemme tell ya - it's pretty much amazing. As you may already know, the HTC ThunderBolt has an 8-megapixel camera on its back that's capable of recording at 720p HD, at 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. EDIT: CORRECTION: This video is actually not even at the full resolution, as it's been discovered to have been at the default 800x480. Even better! Fat! Let's take a peek at what that looks like below, and don't forget, if you haven't heard me write this already, we're getting our own ThunderBolt unit in tomorrow.

HTC ThunderBolt Connection Speed Benchmarks [SlashGear]

We'll be running our own benchmarks when we get our own ThunderBolt tomorrow, but for now, let's have a look at what SlashGear's been doing all afternoon, as they got their Verizon superstar phone earlier today! The tests began with a bit of the ol' Sun Spider browser testing. What SlashGear found was that this phone, while fast on the downloads, isn't the speediest phone out there today as far as Sun Spider sees it - while the HTC ThunderBolt grabbed a 6031.9ms, the Motorola ATRIX 4G (also on Android 2.2 Froyo running with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor) handled the test at 3960.8ms - and smaller is better.

HTC ThunderBolt Long Boot instead of Short Boot?

Let's be clear before a fire is started - the amount of time you're going to sit and wait for the HTC ThunderBolt to boot up is not any different from any other modern phone you've got in your hand right this moment. Have you heard of the Fast Boot the ThunderBolt is capable of? That exists, but it's not the only way the phone starts, it's just an option. One of the reasons this Fast Boot doesn't just work every time so that if you've got apps that might not boot up or load up properly with the Fast Boot, you've got the option to boot up in regular mode.
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