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HTC Inspire vs. HTC ThunderBolt

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January 27th, 2011


Over the past few years, AT&T has done well as the only carrier for the Apple iPhone. Now that the company’s exclusive hold on the iPhone is ending, it’s clear that AT&T is ramping up its Android offerings to appeal to a wider range of smartphone owners. One example of the new Android phones on AT&T is the HTC Inspire, which promises a speedy experience with a quick processor and lots of memory. Over at Verizon Wireless, the new HTC ThunderBolt has several things in common with the Inspire, including a nice 4.3-inch LCD display and a 1GHz processor. Both phones promise 4G connectivity – the ThunderBolt on Verizon’s LTE network and the Inspire on AT&T’s HSPA+ system. The HTC Inspire and HTC ThunderBolt are both powerful and capable phones, so, how do they stack up against each other?

HTC Inspire HTC ThunderBolt  
HTC Inspire HTC ThunderBolt

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Carrier AT&T Verizon
Operating System Android 2.2 Android 2.2
Interface HTC Sense

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Display 4.3″ LCD, 480 x 800 pixels 4.3″ LCD, 480 x 800 pixels
Data Speed 4G HSPA+ 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
Mobile Hotspot Yes – Optional Yes – Optional
Camera 8-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus 8-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera No Yes; 1.3-megapixel
Video Capture Yes; 720p HD Yes; 720p HD
Apps Android Market Android Market
Music Player Yes Yes
Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash 10.1 Adobe Flash 10.1
Storage Space Not yet known 8GB onboard; 32GB microSD pre-installed
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Battery 1,230 mAh, lithium-ion replaceable 1,400 mAh, lithium-ion replaceable
Processor Single 1 GHz processor Single 1 GHz processor
Memory RAM: 768MB RAM: 768MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 5.8 oz 5.5 oz
Dimensions 4.8″ x 2.7″ x 0.5″ 4.5″ x 2.3″ x 0.4″

Key Differences

  • Display: Both the HTC ThunderBolt and the HTC Inspire have 4.3-inch LCD displays that measure 480 x 800 pixels. This is the same display that has been used in the popular HTC EVO 4G on Sprint’s WiMax network.
  • Operating system: The HTC ThunderBolt will run Android 2.2, the latest version of Google’s “open” operating system. The HTC Inspire will run on Android 2.2, which has proved itself to be both stable and fast.
  • Processor and RAM: Both the HTC Inspire and the HTC ThunderBolt have 1GHz processors. Both the Inspire and the ThunderBolt will have 768MB of RAM for the processor.
  • Keyboard: Both the HTC ThunderBolt and the HTC Inspire have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards. Neither has an actual physical keyboard.
  • Storage Space: The HTC ThunderBolt is expected to ship with 8GB of on-board storage, and the Thunderbolt also has a microSD slot to accommodate memory cards up to 32GB. The internal/external storage capability of the HTC Inspire is not known at this time but the phone will certainly include a microSD slot for external storage.
  • Camera: Both the HTC ThunderBolt and HTC Inspire have 8-megapixel still-image cameras that can also record HD video at 720p. The ThunderBolt has a 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras for video chat, but the Inspire lacks a front camera.
  • Battery: The HTC ThunderBolt will have a 1,400 mAh user-replaceable battery. The capacity of the lithium-ion battery in the HTC Inspire is 1,230 mAh, and it can also be replaced by the user.

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19 Responses to “HTC Inspire vs. HTC ThunderBolt”

  • Kevin
    May 6, 2011

    Getting my Inspire tomorrow… AT&T gave me the phones (2 of them) for $25 each. Yeah, I’m happy.

    • How did you get the inspire for $25? And 2 of them at that?

      • radio shack gave me inspire for 20 bucks, look around for sales and rebates

  • Big Jim
    April 11, 2011

    I just ordered a new HTC Inspire. I am a T-Mo customer looking to change. My buddie in Charlotte has the Sprint EVO. Its a mean phone. The price for the Inspire made sense to me. Plus I made a bad choice going to a blackberry 8520. I miss my android.

    • Big Jim
      April 25, 2011

      Well I have had my HTC Inspire for about 2 weeks now. Good phone. Customer service has been great. The phones battery power retention could be better. Other than that I think I made a good choice.

    • jbrandonf
      June 20, 2011

      I bet you regret that now that the Sensation is out for Tmo …LOL!

  • inspireconvale
    April 9, 2011

    i am a huge android fan.. lets face it, the front facing camara is a way to keep up with the iphone 4, on a completely different OS.. not the same, if you want that, get an iphone.. i work for att.. but i will say this, the evo 4g is/was an amazing phone, still what set the track.. v and att just now cought up.. but witch is better? price and a camara are the verdiks, pay 300 for the samme phone with a front camara, or 99 for the same phone without.. lte or hspa+ depends on this, a layered system.. if you get out of lte on verizon, where are you? 3G, att, when we get to lte in a few months, you fall back to hspa+, not hspa like them.. what would you wrather fall, 1 story or 2.. witch would hurt more, same goes with speeds… doesnt meant the thunderbolt, evo 4g, and disirre hd arnt awesome.. they are, even out faster… but all determines what you want to pay and speeds

  • “No front facing cam on the Inspire = FAIL! That’s the standard now for 2011 devices.”

    Maybe a FAIL for you but how often are you really gonna use a front facing camera?? Especially for $200 more?! That’s a hefty price for a front camera. I have the Inspire & its lightning quick, as far as the UI on both, they’ll be exactly the same experience. The service will be the one that’s the key here. With AT&T I only get about 2.85mbps/1.10mbps over the air…whereas I heard a test was run on the Thunderbolt saying it was getting around 5mbps/3mbps. Plus Verizon’s data packages are unlimited, another BIG plus. On AT&T’s 2GB plan I had already reached 600MB in just 5 days of use!! I stream Pandora so thats probably the case.

    • marty s
      March 28, 2011

      I consistently average 17mbps download and 38mbps upload on Verizon’s 4G with my thunderbolt. Much faster than any other service

    • Inspire Junkie
      April 7, 2011

      I agree totally….who the hell would use a front facing camera….yeah video calls would be fun but I don’t know many people that DO have a phone with a front facing camera. I think the people who don’t have phones with front facing cameras far outweights the ones who do….lol Maybe you can have a video call with yourself? I have a AT&T and I have an unlimited data plan and my inspire runs like a dream……and also don’t know where you live, but I did a speedtest with the speedtest.net app and I got 3MB/s down and .25MB/s upward….and I live in Vermont! Long story short, the Inspire rocks plain and simple! Also, you can get yourself snesoid, nesoid, genesisoid and n64oid and game out on your phone like I do….all Supernintendo, Genesis and Nintendo games work better than they did on their original systems! And even the majority of the Nintendo 64 games run smooth and sweet….Exellent phone and for 99$ it’s a bargain! Buy One!


  • dasound
    March 16, 2011

    Hey there snorkhel, On that Inspire.. Are you having the issues people are talking about with the speaker volume being low? How much storage space is on the phone?

    Thanks, I am thinking about trading my Captivate for an Inspire..

  • Real thing is… V’s LTE able to match ATT HSPA+?. Also the price cost, all that for a front cam for face time. When you can get a free app for that to use for the inspire. Let me ask you this… how many people do you really see use face time?

  • Ignatz
    March 5, 2011

    The material difference will be the 4G system performance and cost. They’re effectively the same phone (Evo updates).

    Don’t yet know how good V’s LTE service will be here or when it gets here. If 2013, I’d just get a 3G+ rig and get the real 4G phone in 2 years. Need to see some results on LTE, first. Til then ATT’s system is better, I hate to say.

    The cost difference is rediculous.. Tbolt is the same phone at $200 more than the Inspire and $150 more than a dual-core Atrix? Make your customer feel stupid.

    Last beef; why can’t blogs tell us that ATT seems to have better (sooner) releases than Verizon (to make up for the less steady service?). After a lot of searching, it’s obvious that the carriers are releasing the same phones, slightly modified on an offset schedule with the different carriers and the difference (if you can wait) is the carrier service and cost? It sounds obvious, but each model is largely presented unrelated to it’s ‘family’. This is really organized simply.

    Moto: inspire – tbolt
    Htc: atrix – bionic

    • i agree its kind of rediculous to charge for a camera and really nothing else besides storage capacity ive been on verizon for a while and loved the service but i am switching to att because its cheaper i cant afford a smart phone on verizon but i can on att im getting the inspire ordered it from amazon 70 bucks should be here tomorrow oh and not to troll or anything but htc is making the thunderbolt not moto sorry if im just reading your post wrong

  • snorkHel
    March 3, 2011

    have the inspire and it’s a great phone, front facing cameras are a gimmick, had one before and never used it.

  • Inspire at Att $99. Thunderbolt at Verizon $299? Is the front facing camera worth $200? WTF. Not happy with Verizon lately! By the way I hate my Droid x. Its like the cops, always there for me when I don’t need it, and never there for me when I do need it! Always freezes!

  • OnMy2ndGP
    February 25, 2011

    No front facing cam on the Inspire = FAIL! That’s the standard now for 2011 devices.

  • get real!!!!, “inspire”???, “thunderbolt”???, how about “AT&T EVO” VS “VERIZON EVO”?

  • shari wilson
    February 5, 2011

    wondering when the Thunderbolt is expected to be available and the approx. price…sounds great!

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