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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2013
Had this phone now for 1 yr and it sucks, sadly I have Verizon and I have to wait another year for upgrade. The 4G is not even 4G then it fluctuates No signal, 1x or 3G - it runs like it's running in mud, I try to upload photos on FB and it only works 1/2 the time, if I try 2-3 photos at a time, forget about it. Worst phone ever, Thunderbolt Lightning fast??? Not even CLOSE!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
This is a terrible phone. The battery life is awful, it shuts down on its own for seemingly no reason, the 4G doesn't work most of the time and Verizon is not that great either. I cannot wait until my contract is up in June so I can go with a different carrier and a different phone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2012
I've had this phone since it came out and it is literally the most frustrating electronic device I have ever owned. If I could drop Verizon tomorrow to get another phone for free, I would do so. When it works, which is intermittent, it's quite fast. When it doesn't work (4G now drops every 5 seconds or so), it's worse than useless. The technical geniuses on the web will tell you to do a factory reset, which implies that a user can install software that destabilizes the whole device (or that Thunderbolts will just fail, given enough time). What is this, Windows 95? Or is the problem Android? Or is it Verizon? Who cares, since Verizon won't give you any credit on the device, Google doesn't guarantee their OS will work on it and HTC won't take it back? What a nightmare. Now I'm checking to see if 1) all HTC devices are useless, if 2) all Android devices are useless or 3) I should go back to AT&T (please, no) or change to a pay-as-you-go provider. This type of feeling is why I no longer have a home phone...you'd think telco's would learn. If Apple wasn't the most arrogant company in the world, I'd consider an iPhone again (but I'm thinking about it more and more...). Thanks, Verizon, for giving us a piece of junk with no easy way out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2012
I have had this phone for over a month. Verizon doesn't even still have it in the store. This phone overall is underrated. It first came out it was scrutinized for the battery issue. Here is the truth battery is not that great just like many smart phones. However if you have a battery saver like 2x battery, toggle 4g data you will be fine. I have a setting that my data turns off every time I put my screen to sleep. I get through a day easily. Yes I charge my phone every night but I did that with every phone I ever had. I came from a palm to this phone and I really enjoy it. It doesn't lag and I think the kick stand is the sweet. I don't understand why the got rid of that idea it is awesome. O yea it is getting ice crea sandwich as well. This phone will be fine for me for two years. I will order cheap batteries from amazon if I have too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2012
Love this phone - bought an iPhone and took it back b/c I missed widgets, built-in nav, and other Android features. So glad I found this phone! Screen is large and crisp enough and functionality impressive enough that I haven't felt the need to get a tablet. Screen clarity good enough to watch a Netflix movie or TV show, integrated GPS navigation (that I use every day to check traffic), extremely fast true 4G, and all the other Android bennies. My fav feature is the built in stand, which lets me use the phone as an alarm clock, video player, book reader, etc., all without needing a dock. You won't be disappointed in this phone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2012
I have had this phone for about 3 days now. before I bought it I read reviews of how the battery life was terrible, however a friend of mine has one of these and put the extended battery on it and his will last for days without recharging. So I have done the same, on purchase I bought the extended life battery and I have yet to charge it after the one time I have since I got the phone which was three days ago. It is running on the 4G network and so far..it's only down to 73% battery life. Though to be perfectly honest, I don't text a crap load like most people nor do I play games or add a bunch of apps. I use this phone as it's needed, when not in use I push the button at the top and put it in sleep mode. It all depends on how much your going to use this phone and what it's going to be used for. As long as you just use it to text some during the day and for calls...I am sure it can last you about 2 days or more on battery power if you have the extended life battery on it. The only con with the bigger battery is it is bulky, however that doesn't bother me. I am sure you can make the normal battery last if you had to, but for those who are constantly doing other things like on facebook, youtube, skype, etc etc..probably will have battery issues as you will with any phone if you use it for hours at a time. So basically stating, I advise getting the extended battery life for the phone if your worried about power issues and this is still a great phone.

On the topic of quality of calls. I definately have heard better quality on other phones, but this phone isn't that bad. It's just decent. You can hear and understand them and they can hear and understand you. It's really not that quiet, not as loud as other phones and yes there isn't an option to turn it much louder if you wanted, but honestly I can hear everyone just fine even when my kids are running around me going nuts.

Sound quality for music and sound files are ok. Your phone isn't going to bounce up and down to the boom sounds of bass coming from it's speaker. If you plug in headphones the music sounds just fine and in perfect quality..however like I said up above, if you use your phone for downloading music and listening to music you will probably have battery issues as you will with "any" smart phone.

Camera quality is really good when you use the back camera. My pictures and videos come out crystal clear. The front camera as stated in the phones spec isn't as great as the front however it is still decent. You can use it to take self portraits or skype for video calls, there again though I stress thats hard on your battery ;). You can also use the phones flash lights as a flashlight as you can with most HTC phones. has the settings of brightness and the brightest is pretty bright.

My personal thoughts about this phone is it's a great phone, it is fast and easy to use and if your worried about 4G taking up alot of battery power you can use 3G if your going through a day where your using your phone for entertainment purposes such as traveling or bored at work. The one thing I don't like about it which really doesn't have to do with the phone at all, but it's with all the bloatwear Verizon loads onto it. There is just a bunch of preloaded apps on it that I will never use and cannot take off.

So with this being the end of my review I give the Thunderbolt 4 stars. It is indeed a awsome phone, but yes I agree with some it could use a few tweeks with sound quality and it shouldn't have to come with so much useless apps which is Verizons fault anyway. I only reccomend that if you go with this phone, get yourself the extended life battery and you'll have yourself a pretty cool phone. Thanks for reading :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2012
The Thunderbolt is a great phone, although I need to charge it 3-4x a day if I'm using a lot of it's features. Verizon's got great coverage. Call quality is decent.

My main frustration with this phone are all the pre-installed bloatware (i.e. VCast, Blockbuster, CityID, etc) that I can't uninstall. I believe this is a Verizon issue. So when my plan expires, I WILL be shopping around for a new carrier unless I have more control over a phone that I paid $200 for upfront and a plan I'm paying $90/month. This may seem like a petty reason, but it's constantly wanting to update these apps and they take up the Thunderbolt's resources.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2011
I had been researching my next smartphone purchase for about 5 months, and during that time, I had gone over the 4G options with Verizon. I initially didn't care for the 4G craze, and started looking at the high end 3G phones first. the Droid incredible 2 had quickly become my choice, until my wife said that I would regret being stuck with a 3G phone for the next two years, and i believe she was correct. the LG Revolution was quickly eliminated, but the Samsung Charge hung in there with the Thunderbolt. The primary reason was battery life. I am the biggest battery life mizer I know, and the Tbolt has reportedly HORRIBLE battery life. But, my research drove me to several Tbolt forums where many many people stated that the battery life is not great, but it's not as bad as some have stated. As of mid October, I settled on the Thunderbolt for my upgrade phone, and my wife and I got them for free from Best Buy the day after black friday. I immediately was taken by the size of the phone, even though I had seen them in Verizon and walmart several times prior to that day. it is a bear of a phone...but it's not the biggest, or the heaviest. if you have average sized hands (guys) it should be fine for you. My wife actually likes the size, and most of her friends are taking to it as well. the 4.3 screen seems to be becoming the standard, so get used to it. I immediately took both phones home, charged them, and installed juice defender on them. the first night/day, the phones were both at 60% battery with "new user" use on them. internet, facebook, etc. the key to battery life with these monster data users is tweaking the phone...just search on the internet and you'll find many tips to ease the battery usage. my wife is not the battery mizer I am, and she reported to me yesterday after unplugging the phone at 6am, at 11pm she still had 65% battery left. this was with light internet, three times on facebook, and several checks of personal email.
I love the display, the ease of usage (we're coming from HTC Eris, so it's familiar territory) and of course, the SPEED. Kansas City has just gotten 4G LTE in mid November, and it's b-e-a utiful. the colors and multi-tasking options are great, and Netflix works like a charm, almost HD quality picture on my phone!!! NFL Mobile looks really great as well.
overall, I'm very pleased with the upgrade, my wife has no complaints at all, and i believe we will be fine for the next two years without the "newest" phone on the market. I'm sure the Bionic, Razr, Rezound and others are really good phones, but the Tbolt can do everything they can do, so I have no complaints, or regrets. I have a tight budget, and for my money, the Thunderbolt fits the bill perfectly. Oh yeah, and I got to grandfather my UNLIMITED data plan over from the Eris. What I don't understand is that just about ALL of the 4G phones out there have the same issue....bad battery life. lets face it, these phones are powerful, and the battery technology has not kept up with them. If you plan to buy a smartphone with 4G, plan on charging them at least once during the day. buy a car charger, or at least have an extra battery with you for a back up. I have two places outside of home I can charge at anytime, though with my tweaks, I haven't had the need to. just do your due diligence and research, and your battery life issues won't be such a surprise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2011
I've had this phone for about 8 months now and I love it. I have loaded it up with stupid apps and poorly taken pictures and no matter what i do to it it still works. the only complaint i could have is the stock battery is far to underpowered and dies quickly, this however can easily be rectified with Extended Battery/Door for HTC Thunderbolt (Black) I purchased a similar battery (2750mAh) lasts all day and runs just fine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2011
I love this phone! It is my first smartphone and using it is a blast. It seems to do everything a smartphone should do and do it quickly. The ONLY downfall is the lack of battery life, but I thankfully read all the prior reviews and ordered and extra battery and additional charger so that I will never be without life. I would highly recommend this phone. Take advantage of Verizon's free 4G for the price of 2G while it lasts! I will probably never be in a 4G area to utilize that feature of the Thunderbolt, but recieving double the G's made it worth the purchase. FYI,Amazon was $50 cheaper than Verizon and also had many of the OEM accessories for CHEAP!
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