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HTC ThunderBolt vs. Verizon iPhone 4

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February 14th, 2011


Five years ago, who knew that Apple Computer would be the company with the most iconic smartphone in the industry? Sleek, stylish and desirable, the Apple iPhone 4 has legions of fans and remains the phone to beat for any other contender in the market – especially now that there’s a Verizon iPhone. One of the latest to attempt to steal sales from the iPhone 4 is the HTC ThunderBolt, which has its own charms and in many ways tops the Verizon iPhone 4 in performance and specifications. For example, the HTC ThunderBolt is capable of 4G data speeds, while the Verizon iPhone 4 is stuck at 3G speeds. And the ThunderBolt has a spacious 4.3-inch display, compared to the iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen. Applications for the Android-based Thunderbolt generally cost less than apps for the iPhone 4, and the iPhone is incapable of displaying Adobe Flash content, while the ThunderBolt shows Flash without a hitch. These are both powerful and capable phones, so, how do they stack up against each other?

Verizon iPhone 4 HTC ThunderBolt  
Verizon iPhone 4 HTC ThunderBolt

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Carrier AT&T/Verizon Verizon
Operating System iPhone OS4.2 Android 2.2
Interface iPhone

HTC Sense

Display 3.5″ LCD, 640 x 960 pixels 4.3″ LCD, 480 x 800 pixels
Data Speed 3G 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
Mobile Hotspot Yes – Optional (on Verizon) Yes – Optional
Camera 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus 8-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera Yes; 640 x 480 pixels Yes; 1.3-megapixel
Video Capture Yes; 720p HD Yes; 720p HD
Apps Apple App Store Android Market
Music Player Yes Yes
Adobe Flash Support No Adobe Flash 10.1
Storage Space 16/32GB on-board; no expansion 8GB onboard; 32GB microSD pre-installed
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Battery 1,400 mAh, non-replaceable 1,400 mAh, lithium-ion replaceable
Processor Single 1 GHz processor Single 1 GHz processor
Memory RAM: 512MB RAM: 768MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 4.8 oz 5.5 oz
Dimensions 4.5″ x 2.3″ x 0.4″ 4.8″ x 2.6″ x 0.5″

Key Differences

  • Display: The HTC ThunderBolt has a 4.3-inch LCD display that measures 480 x 800 pixels. The Apple iPhone 4 has a smaller (3.5-inch) but sharper (640 x 960 pixels) LCD screen that Apple refers to as a “retina” display.
  • Operating system: The HTC ThunderBolt will run Android 2.2, the latest version of Google’s “open” operating system. The Verizon iPhone 4 runs Apple’s proprietary iPhone OS4.2 operating system.
  • Processor and RAM: Both the Apple iPhone 4 and the HTC ThunderBolt have 1GHz processors. The iPhone 4 has 512MB of RAM for the processor, and the ThunderBolt will have 768MB of RAM.
  • Keyboard: Both the HTC ThunderBolt and the Apple iPhone 4 have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards. Neither has an actual physical keyboard.
  • Storage Space: The HTC Thunderbolt will ship with 40 GB of storage (8GB of on-board storage and 32 GB SD card), and the Apple iPhone 4 comes with two levels of on-board storage: 16GB or 32GB. The Thunderbolt has a microSD slot to accommodate memory cards up to 32GB, but the iPhone 4 has no memory expansion slot.
  • Camera: The HTC ThunderBolt has an 8-megapixel still-image camera that can also record HD video at 720p. The iPhone 4′s still-image camera is rated at 5-megapixel and it is also capable of 720p HD recording. Both phones have front-facing cameras for video chat.
  • Battery: The HTC ThunderBolt will have a 1,400 mAh user-replaceable battery. The capacity of the battery in the Apple iPhone 4 is 1,400 mAh, but it is sealed inside the case and not replaceable by the user.

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201 Responses to “HTC ThunderBolt vs. Verizon iPhone 4”

  • Had a android based phone before. Honestly Iphone is much more user friendly. iphone can do everything the TB can. It’s really all about preference. Some people love android and some people love the IOS. People were complaining about the texting for iphone, that you have to copy and paste to foward? no. Just press edit and you can forward mutiple message =). Recently bought the TB and returned it for the Iphone.

  • kenhackney
    April 22, 2011

    I have an iPhone 4 from AT&T that had the usual dropped calls (which I never experienced with my Treo on Sprint).
    I lost my iPhone account because my wife died last year and it was in her name. ATT won’t let me assume it and want to replace the unlimited data plan with a 2GB cap.
    I have left my iPhone without service. If they don’t want to honor the last year of the 2 year contract it’s their loss.
    I will go to Verizon but now have to decide if I want another iPhone or perhaps the HTC Thunderbolt. I have a bunch of iPhone apps but not a lot of money invested in them. I am comfortable with iPhone 4 and some friends think I’m addicted to it. Wrong, I’m addicted to great technology. Is HTC Thunderbolt enough better to merit a switch? I have more invested in the black alligator case for iPhone 4 than in software but like the camera exposure bracketing software that arrived with the last OS update. I’m neutral on Apple vs Wintel: have two MacPro 8-core towers but am typing on an 18″ Toshiba core i5 laptop so anything is fair game to sync with.

    • I suggest that you go to a Verizon store and try both out. Only you can decide which is best for your needs. I happen to prefer the ThunderBolt but can understand why someone might prefer the iPhone 4.

      Good luck!

      Bob at Wirefly

  • cmeaton
    April 22, 2011

    Does the TB have a wide-angle camera lens? My Blackberry Storm does not, and I miss the wide-angle lens I have on my Canon point-and-shoot. How about the lens on the I-phone 4, is it a wide-angle?

    • I just tried the camera on the HTC ThunderBolt and it is not particularly wide angle. I would say that it has the 35mm equivalent of… well 35mm.

      I enjoy the 25mm wide-angle I have on my point-and-shoot camera, but the ThunderBolt doesn’t go that wide.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Ok so I’m choosing between thunderbolt or Iphone-4 both seem pretty close one of my concerns is that apple says I-phone5 will be out in maybe 6-9 mounths, and droid comes out with something new every 3 mounths it seems but it looks like the I-phone will still be the one to beat just my opioin but should I wait for the I-phone-5? I mean really how much different can it be only thing I see that I don’t like with the I-phone is no expandable memory.

    • Howard, no one (including me) has seen the iPhone 5. Heck, we don’t even know if it will be called the iPhone 5, when it will be released or have a clue about its features. If you need a phone now, the ThunderBolt is a great choice. Wirefly also carries several other phones that complete nose-to-nose with the iPhone 4. As for recommending what is better, it seems to me that anything you can hold in your hand today is better than a ghost that won’t be available for six months or more. However, only you know if you are willing to wait for the next iPhone… I’m sure it will be a fine product when it finally arrives.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • How well does the Thunderbolt sync with a Mac without having to go through google calendar/contacts?

  • the iphone 5 will be in a much stronger and fair position to compare with thunderbolt. The thing that does it for me is adobe flash. Wont consider the apple iphone unless it has flash because of how limiting it becomes with streaming embeded videos. I know jobs wants to be ahead of the pack and thinks its old news, but I’d rather just wait for the iphone16 to come out for when the iphone can stream out the same amount of video files as the thunderbolt can now. Im writing this from my macbook btw so don’t think i’m simply an apple hater….

  • Steven Street
    April 21, 2011

    I personally love the iPhone 4 because i have had no problems with the device at all. With Verizon’s great 3G coverage I don’t really care if I don’t have the 4G LTE. Plus I love the new screen apple’s put on the iPhone 4, it’s perfect and very simple to text and work with. Apple is beast and I love my iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 is beautiful and awesome and I recommend it to everyone.

  • I’m 14, in high school, my parents allow full internet access. I have a Macbook and I’m upgrading from a Blackberry Tour. I also need an iPod replacement. iPhone or Thunderbolt?

    • Both are great phones. I personally think you are too young for either, but you’d probably be happier with the iPhone 4. However, both will work fine to get on the Internet and play music.

      Bob at Wirefly

    • Rohit sharma
      April 21, 2011

      You will need apple iPhone 4 because htc will be heavier and big
      so you Can not carry easy and iphone4 is much lighter than htc
      and stylish and it has clear display and his photography is awesome
      though it has less mega pixel than htc. I am using iPhone 4 and
      I also have htc thunder bolt but I use iPhone 4 it is easy and fast
      than htc. So you buy iPhone 4 .

  • Just got the Thunderbolt. This replaces a 3G iPod Touch and a Verizon Envy 2 phone.
    Primary uses: 1)Phone calls 2) Web surfing 3)Videos 4) Reading 5) Tunes.
    Phone calls: Sound quality is good, and people I’ve called say I sound great.
    Web Surfing: I like the TB experience over iPod/Safari. For example, tapping a column of text expands the text to fill the screen (both TB and Safari). However doing a reverse-pinch will expand the text even more, and the text will be re-flowed within the screen (TB only). Doing this in Safari expands the text, but it’s not reflowed, so you have to scroll left and right to read it. TB seems to do flash fine.
    Videos: There are apps for both platforms that allow you to play a variety of formats without recoding them. The TB screen is bigger, but the iPod screen is better quality – iPod is brighter, better color fidelity, and stable within it’s provided viewing angle. TB changes tint too much depending on how it’s tilted – viewing straight on mine has a greeninsh tint. Tilting off-axis a little fixes this, but it’s a pain.
    Reading: Bigger TB screen is great for reading – Kindle app works fine.
    Tunes: No comment yet – have played tune and they sound great – looking for a decent player/library app.
    General: I would say the iPod UI is much more elegant and thought-through, but I was getting tired of having everything I did tied to iTunes. So I had to choose between the TB and iPhone4. So far I’ve been happy and will stick with the TB, but I don’t mind fiddling with it to get things to work. IMHO, if you want a pre-packaged experience that just works, go with the iPhone. If you want more flexibility, go with the TB.

  • Got my Thunderbolt three days ago and I am in LOOVE with this phone! I initially went in to the store to buy an Iphone, but when compared side by side – Thunderbolt won my heart hands down…. Awesome product in my opinion!

  • I want a phone that can connect to sirrus in my car, has a screen that will enable me to read e-books. Which is better? i phone or thunderbolt?

    • I think the ThunderBolt is better because it has a bigger, easier to read screen. However, you should try both phones and see which you like best.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • I went from the Droid Incredible to the iphone4 because I thought the iphone4 was going to be an upgrade. Big mistake!!! The Droid was much more user friendly and the app for the Droid are easy to install and there all thousands of free apps to choose from. The possibilites to upgrade and make your Droid more productive and fun to work with are limitless. The iphone4 apps to my surprise were nothing compared to what the Droid apps offered. The call quality with the Driod was great.There is also a little know secret with the Driod smartphones, you can send a text message handsfree, find contact to text then hit the microphone button and speak into the phone and it will scrib the text for you and then hit reply. The iphone4 can not do that. So I’m going to return my iphone4 and get the new Driod Thunderbolt. I know the Thunderbolt has battery issues but you can take care of that with settings and task killers. So if you want a phone that you can customise to your liking and also acts as a mini computer then go with a Driod.

  • It sounds to me like most of the Apple fans are jealous of the Thunderbolt and are trying to convince everybody that we should all fall in line. Once you’ve gone 4G on Verizon it’s tough to go back. The iPhone feels like it’s running on dial-up for data.

  • Got a thunderbolt a week ago. It has practically no battery life. Losing almost all of its power in less than 6 hour. Great phone but useless for me . Returning it to get an iphone

    • Stacey Mallory
      April 14, 2011

      I got a surprise for you. I left Sprint to go to Verizon just for an IPhone. It was not user friendly, the iPhone did not get creative with the social networking pages and I love the apps from the market. And get this, although the battery in the iphone was not as bad as the Droid but surprisingly 6-7 hours from the iPhone battery as well and I know all about how to close the apps, and take off the Bluetooth and wifi and all that stuff.. Well anyways I took the iPhone back and got the HTC Thunderbolt got a extended battery and love it.

  • Celeste
    April 12, 2011

    I am due to upgrade from a feature phone ENV 3. I have never had a smart phone and am in all honesty a bit frightened to make that move. I am long term Verizon wireless customer. I am torn between the Iphone and the Thunderbolt. Which one is more user friendly?

    • Stacey Mallory
      April 14, 2011

      Read my post partner. Trust me I am a Apple guy. I own four Apple computers including a IPad 2 so I had to get the iPhone. Was disappointed. Htc Thunderbolt is the one.

      • Are you able to sync the thunderbolt with the icalendar. I too have a MacBook and itouch and and ipod. I love them and
        was considering a iphone, but have been told I would be better off with the Thunderbolt. I now have a Blackberry and do not sync it with my Mac. I use my itouch for appointments and sync with Mobile me

        • Denise, I don’t know the answer to your question about syncing the ThunderBolt to your calendar with a Mac. I suggest that you visit a Verizon store and take a look at the ThunderBolt. Ask if you can go though the process of syncing with your calendar. Be sure to let them know that you will want to clean your data off the phone when you are done with the test.

          I’m interested to know what the answer is, so please come back and let us know the result if you do this test.

          Bob at Wirefly

  • nanageka
    April 9, 2011

    Does anyone know about the texting on the I Phone 4 it is very different, do you really have to cut and paste the message if it is a multi foreward????????????

    bought the IPhone 4 kept one week, got Thunderbolt -just because of the texting on the iphone
    battery doesnt last long if you are on the the phone searching or playing games (Thunderboult)

  • nanageka
    April 9, 2011

    we bought 2 iphones and loved it … except the texting…very different and be careful of forewards you have to copy and paste unless you want to send it to people from the person that forewards to you ….this isnt good people were calling and texting us saying who are you. If anyone can help with this problem PLEASE, tell me. We took the iphones back and got the thunderbolt but we really unsure of our decisson.

    • Mhen413
      April 17, 2011

      You just have to turn off group messaging in the settings.

  • winmorgan
    April 8, 2011

    About the video discussion: Have had the TBolt for about 5 days and it does not record sound when a video is recorded. This, according to HTC, is a “known issue.” Let’s see….that means they either didn’t bother to test this phone before market, or they did and figured the schlubs who bought it could just live with the situation. HTC suggests downloading third-party video. This is like Acura releasing a car and saying, “well, yeah, the windshield wipers don’t work, uh, and it’s a known issue, so we suggest getting an aftermarket, third-party wiper assembly…but, uh, of course we don’t support that.” Battery life is ghastly on the TB. This company is NOT ready for prime time (of course, that won’t stop them). Murphy was an optimist. I’m returning the phone and anticipate a lovely exchange with VZW over the restocking fee. “The phone doesn’t work.” “We’ll send you another one.” “No, actually, NONE of them work, check the web.” “Well, we can’t do anything about that.” IMO, this is essentially consumer fraud. We sell it. Here are it’s features. Oh, and BTW, some don’t work.”

  • Patrick McAvoy
    April 7, 2011

    I used a iphone 4 for almost two weeks after owning a droid x , I thought the iphone 4 was going to make me forget all about android but it didnt I gave it every chance I spent alot of time trying to want to like the phone but there was just too many things that the iphone didnt have, that android did. so I took it back and I now have a htc thunderbolt and I love it so far the best smartphone ive used and used a droid incredible,droid 2,droid x, and iphone 4, in my opinion the iphone 4 was the worst ive used and I didnt expect that, but im gunna have to say htc thunderbolt in a landslide over iphone, im sorry apple but now I see why android has dominated sales over the last year.

  • droptopbleair
    April 6, 2011

    I just bought a Thunderbolt…the specs are great but the biggest problem I have encountered right off the bat is the LONG/HUGE volume control bar on the side of the phone…it either lowers the in-call volume while on a call or lowers the ringer volume to vibrate so that every time you touch the phone it vibrates to let you know that it is in vibrate mode VERY ANNOYING!!! tempted to take it back (14 day return policy from verizon is good) but still liking all the over-specs compaired to the iphone4.

    • chilly willy
      April 8, 2011

      recorder that records HD video that rivals stand alone HD video recorders; a music player that streams music in CD quality; an iPod that can store thosands of songs. I have a device I can wirelessly play my HD videos and music to my stereo or home TV. I have an integrated email device; a text messaging machine; a social net working tool; a powerful computing and Internet surfing device. All that works flawlessly and fast and last me the entire day without a battery charge.

      Go have fun with your big spec plastic droids. I’m perfectly content with this marvel called iPhone 4.

  • Kendra
    April 5, 2011

    i love my htc thunderbolt.. like f’reals.

  • Savana
    April 5, 2011

    sooo , im deciding between the iphone 4 and the thunderbolt .. the thunderbolt seems beeter as long as i keep my apps to a minimum and watch what i do with it while im not at home .. corect ?

    • Savana, I think so. The big thing for me is that that the ThunderBolt’s big display makes for a better Internet browsing experience. I’m on the Internet a lot and prefer the extra real estate.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • and yet another reason to stick with an iphone:

    hackers creating and targeting google based applications and operating systems.


  • Claire
    April 3, 2011

    okay, i need a quick reply. which is better for a 14 yr old? tbolt, or iphone?

    • Claire, they both seem a bit much to me for a 14-year-old. Honestly, I’d go with the ThunderBolt because it’s a brand new design. The iPhone 4 has been out for 10 months and will have a new model in a couple of months… when that happens, you’ll wish you had the new model.

      Good luck!

      Bob at Wirefly

    • Really? I would never buy something like this for a 14-year-old. If they need a cell phone, go cheap. Chances are if it gets taken to school, its going to get broken or stolen. Middle school kids would love to get their hands on one of these phones, no matter who it belongs to.

      • Tavaris Johnson
        April 8, 2011

        I am 15 and I have had a contract phone since 6th grade. It wasn’t cheap. It was an LG Chocolate, which was pretty good back then, but I have had 4 touch screen phones and if they messed up, it wasn’t at school. I don’t know anyone who had broken or lost their phone at school. I think a smartphone is a great phone for anyone because there is so much to do.

    • Michelle
      April 4, 2011

      I don’t know why a 14-year-old should need or have a smartphone with unlimited internet access. Too young . . . not responsible enough. Get your child a feature phone where you can limit access and content. Save the big boy toys for the adults!

      • Tavaris Johnson
        April 8, 2011

        Well 14 year old have computers which have unlimited internet access. How is a phone any different.?

        • Daniel Chester
          April 10, 2011

          Well, some of us don’t allow our under age children unlimited internet access. There are parental controls that can and do limit their ability to surf undesirable sites. Most schools are banning cell phones in the class rooms so they are only available for use before or after school. Personally, for my kids, a basic phone is more than enough for them, they are in school to learn, not to play.

    • do you want the phone to work?
      if yes = iphone

      if you want crap phone, no battery life, hacker prone, heavy bloated and too big to fit in your pocket = thunderbolt

    • Stacey Mallory
      April 14, 2011

      Neither. Too advanced in my opinion.

    • why do you want your 14 year old to have all day access to the internet and email. especially at an extra $30 a month. shouldnt they just wait until they get home from school and use the computer.

  • I am really frustrated with my tbolt because the battery REALLY SUCKS! If I play on phone at all, I better be hooked up to the charger. Because If I plan on leaving the house I would be guaranteed to not have any battery life on my phone if I wasn’t plugged in while playing on it. I have tried to close the installed apps but they just keep on running. Should I switch to the iPhone? I love pretty much everything else with this phone. Oh, and if I am not in the 4G network would my phone be just as fast as the iPhone???????????????????????????????

    • Having exactly the same problem. Wonder if it is really a MOBILE device. Having to turn off 4G, data, GPS to get through half a day. I am practically afraid use the thunderbolt. Getting my iphone tomorrow.

  • I am undecided if I should stick with an iphone (I have the 3G currently) or switch to the Thunderbolt. Can you tell me how they compare with music software? I love that my iphone synches with my macbook icalendar, contacts, itunes, etc. I’m worried that converting all my itunes music to a different format will be a pain and that the Thunderbolt will not compare that way.
    I’m also concerned about the iphones GPS navigation software. Currently, the 3G only does point-by-point directions without voice command or voice direction. Has this been enhanced in the iphone 4?

    • Emily, Wirefly does not sell the iPhone 4, so we are not the best place to ask about its features. I can say that the turn-by-turn navigation in the HTC ThunderBolt (using the free Google Navigation app) is excellent. I’ve used it many times, and it recognizes speech perfectly and navigates very well.

      As for your concern about syncing music and your calendar on the ThunderBolt, the phone does those things well. However, if you are comfortable doing it with your iPhone, you might want to stay with an iPhone. Again, it’s not hard on the ThunderBolt, but you will probably have to learn a slightly different process.

      Good Luck!

      Bob at Wirefly

  • The only reason that I want to switch to the Thunderbolt, or any Android phone,is the voice command feature and the voice GPS that I am lacking on my iphone 3G. Does the iphone 4 have voice GPS to help navigate without having to look at the phone or manually advance for the next turn in directions?

    How is the music player/music organization app on the Thunderbolt? I love that I can sink my iTunes library on my mac book with my iphone, my icalendar, contacts, etc. I’m afraid I will really miss the seamless synches if I change to the Thudnerbolt…any opinions or comments?
    Thank you.

    • Emily, I asked around and the iPhone 4 does not have voice recognition for the GPS. The ThunderBolt definitely does.

      Bob at Wirefly

    • Theres an app for that!

  • I purchased the Thunderbolt as soon as it came out, after going through 4 Droid X’s.I am now on my 2nd one due to the battery overheating and I must same I am unhappy! The battery life is horrible and overheating again, I have to stay on charge even if I am not using an apps wit a task killer. Don’t get me wrong the camera and the screen size are great, no Swype as with my Droid X and the front camera has no flash. Since I am still in my 30 day period I am thinking of finally going to the Iphone.

  • harrylover
    March 30, 2011

    Does the thundebolt have the ability to vchat through skype? I have heard some rumors that skype will never work on the t bolt, some about that it will work soon , and some that say it currently works. Which one?!

    • At the moment, the HTC ThunderBolt doesn’t not work with Skype video chat. I don’t know if it will be made to work in the future, but it doesn’t work with Skype video chat at the present. You could try using Tango and Qik for video chat apps, both of which are free downloads from the Android market.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • My husband is about to deploy, and I am looking to upgrade my phone. Does the tbolt or the iphone have better video chatting capabilities?

    • The biggest difference between video chat on the ThunderBolt and the iPhone 4 is that the iPhone 4 requires that you use WiFi for video chat. You can’t use your Verizon Wireless connection for video chat on the iPhone 4. You can use both WiFi and the Verizon network for video chat on the ThunderBolt.

      Otherwise, both phones do a good job with video chat and it’s a lot of fun. Good luck and best wishes to your husband!

      Bob at Wirefly (who is a US Army veteran… go Army!)

    • So I’m completely torn between the Iphone 4 or the Thunderbolt? I have an Ipod and feel like the phone is the same exact thing except for the fact that I can talk on it. Is the Thunderbolt really all its hyped up to be? Please help me make a decision!

      • Debbie, no one can make that decision for you. Since you’ll have to live with your decision for some time, you should make sure you look at both phones carefully and handle them a bit get an idea of how you will use them. At Wirefly, we like the HTC ThunderBolt for its big screen, fast data connection and overall power. However, only you can decide if it’s right for you. Good luck!

        Bob at Wirefly

    • That’s a bit misleading…the iPhone 4 has a native video chat application called “FaceTime” which will not work on Verizon’s data network and requires WiFi. I don’t believe the TBolt has a native video chat application, so I believe Bob is referring to Tango, which can be downloaded (for free) on both phones and used on Verizon’s data network or WiFi on both the TBolt and the iPhone 4. What I found the most interesting is that although the TBolt has a bigger screen, the iPhone 4 has a significantly better screen resolution.

      Another misleading fact is this “8 migapixel” camera on the TBolt. Reality is, unless its a good, glass lens, chances are, the picture clarity won’t be as crisp as the iPhone 4′s. I’ve taken digital photos on a 10.1MP Kodak EasyShare and on a 2MP Sony CyberShot and have to admit that the Sony’s 2MP camera took WAY greater photos. Don’t play the numbers game, play the “who support their products better” game.

      Go use the phones, and make a decision for yourself. From my experience, the iPhone has been a lot more compatible and offers MORE apps, with MORE quality….and less hackers.
      >> http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110405/ts_afp/usitinternetcomputersecuritysymantecpandalabs

      Be great.

  • Okay, I am looking to upgrade from my HTC Droid Eris to either an Iphone or ThunderBolt. I love my Eris but I am still not able to load all my music to it without having to go through a whole technical process. What I am looking for is a device that will combine my smart phone with my Ipod. I have some music that I was able to download from my itunes library in a round about way that seemed kind of antiquated. Only the songs that didn’t have locks were transferred so I am still missing music. A Verizon rep told me that the Thunderbolt has an app that allows it to be seen as a device in Itunes. Anybody know if this is true or was he just trying to sell me a phone? Thanks!

  • Is it true that with the Thunderbolt you have unlimited music downloads? If it is…can you then upload the music that you put on the thunderbolt in an itunes library on your home computer? Thanks!

    • Adam, free unlimited downloads for the HTC ThunderBolt sounds incorrect to me… I think that rumor is wrong. You should not expect that you get free music downloads with the ThunderBolt.

      Bob at Wirefly

      • I believe you’re referring to apps like GTunes, which is available for the android phones. Yes, you can download any music you want all day long, for free. Is it legal? Don’t know, but it does have advertisements so maybe that covers the cost.

  • I am curious about the battery life of the thunderbult. I have had bad experience with droid battery life. i was always having to bring my charger with me and plug it in everywehre and my phone would die whe never it is important i ahd it.Whats the point of having a cool phone that does all this stuff if it cant live along to be your phone? Do the thunderbolt and iphone 4 compare? Also it is mentioned that Iphone 4 has the best camera ever, how so if the thunderbolt has a 8 mega pixels and the iphone 4 only has 5? is there something else? thanks!

    • I read somewhere that the batt. life on the thunderbolt is at 4hours. But I think thats on frequent use of apps/web browse and such. I’m sure if its just on voice/talk time would be longer.
      My theory is that the power supply isn’t adequate to support all the up=specs on the thunderbolt.

      • Chris B
        April 1, 2011

        Battery is horrible! Got the HTC Thunderbolt on Sunday and returned it today. The standby specs on both Verizon and HTC are false. Three hours best. I would not recommend the Thunderbolt to anyone. I could extend the battery life by turning off the 4G or keep it on a charger. Not feasible and NOT happy. Verizon also tried to charge me a $35 restocking fee. Customer service was the worst.

      • Stacey Mallory
        April 14, 2011

        No matter what Droid comes out, it will always be an issue with the battery. You like the phone whatever it is, get the extended battery and keep it moving. When Sprint put out the HTC Evo, you saw the same thread, everyone said the battery sucked and it did. But it went on for almost a year to be the most sold phone on he market. I left Sprint and gave up the Evo to get the Thunderbolt. I really liked my Evo, and I Love my Thunderbolt. Get a extra battery and keep it moving.

  • What is the battery life like on the thunderbolt compared to the iphone 4? i have had previous problems with battery life on droids and cannot handle it when I have to have my phone plugged in at all times or it wont even last a day. Also you say the camera on the iphone 4 is the best camera possible, but isnt it only 5 megapixels while the thunderbolt is 10 megapixels? What makes it better?

    • Sarah, take a look at the HTC ThunderBolt’s battery life in this YouTube video:


      If you manage your apps carefully, the battery on the ThunderBolt can easily last a day. If you have all your apps turned on at once and keep the WiFi and LTE radios turned on as well, you will go through the battery in less than a day. Just go into the settings menu, find what is drawing power and shut down the things you don’t need.

      The camera in the ThunderBolt is 8 megapixels. Not sure where you heard the camera in the iPhone 4 described as “the best camera ever”… it wasn’t me who said that.

      Bob at Wirefly

      • “If you manage your apps carefully, the battery on the ThunderBolt can easily last a day. If you have all your apps turned on at once and keep the WiFi and LTE radios turned on as well, you will go through the battery in less than a day.”
        my iphone battery lasts dayyyyyyyyssssssss. and no “app management” needed

        DROID = FAIL

    • The battery life is HORRIBLE on the thunderbolt. I just checked out my friends new one yesterday at dinner. I was messing with it for 15 minutes, literally just watching the battery drain from full to half. I was then going to show him the cool feature of swype technology, but of course it doesnt have that either. then I showed him how to kill apps that are running in the backround, but of course, like any droid, they just start back up again, ruining your battery life.
      Whats that catch phrase? Droid Does?
      more like DROID FAIL. crap phone, dont even waste your time on that over sized fat bloated bulky phone.

  • Just so you know, fabulous sound quality, can Tango with iPhones, and DoubleTwist blows Itunes away – can you shuffle tunes within alaylist with an Apple device? NO…

  • The Thunderbolt totally blows the Iphone away. Way faster, better camera, more storage, more RAM, really better everything. Stay Jealous? I don’t think so. It was only a matter of time and good lawyers battling CrApple before the Lemming phone was trashed. Get jealous, Iphone owners!

    • faster = not
      camera = who cares, thats what a digital camera is for
      more storage = false
      more ram = yea, cuz yer processor sux and its still slower!
      crap phone
      droid = fail

      lemme put this 4.3 inch phone in my pocket, oh thats right, it doesnt fit! LMAO

      • 512KB of RAM on the iPhone compared to 768KB on the Bolt = more RAM
        Bolt has up to 40GB storage, iPhone max = 32GB
        Bolt 4G speeds, iPhone suck in 3G
        8megapixel camera on the Bolt, 5 on the iPhone

      • iPhone is either 16gb or 32gb of storage.
        Thunderbolt ships with 40gb of storage and you can swap the MicroSD card.

        Where I went to school 40gb is larger than 32gb so it would seem like the the iPhone has less storage not more.

        I also don’t exactly understand how having more RAM = “yer processor sux.”

        And if camera = who cares, why does Apple put two cameras on the iPhone?

        I do understand you are an Apple fanboy and like closed systems. That is fine. That is your right. But your comments really don’t do anything to advance the discussion.

  • got my thunderbolt yesterday….. i’m in love!!!!

  • hi, i am so torn! i need to know if the tbolt & or the iphone work out of the contry bcause i travel a lot, and which one has the better camera? regardless of pixels, which one has better quality pics once you get them off the phone? please help!

    • Katy, I’m hoping to put a video up soon comparing the photo and video quality of the ThunderBolt and iPhone 4. They are really pretty close, but the ThunderBolt takes bigger photos and has a little more natural skin tone in indoor light. The iPhone seemed to focus more quickly in daylight. In bright sun, the ThunderBolt’s photos were definitely more impressive than the iPhone’s, mostly because the ThunderBolt has an 8-megapixel camera and the iPhone has a 5-megapixel camera. They were about equal with 720p HD video.

      Bob at Wirefly

    • Dylapherd
      March 19, 2011

      Neither of them will! Sorry! These are both CDMA only phones (well 4G is GSM, but you won’t be able to do phone calls) and the rest of thw world uses GSM only! These are two different, completly incompatible technologies. However if you got something like the Droid 2 Global or Droid Pro that also has GSM chips, it will work just fine. However if you love one of these so much, Verizon will either loan you a GSM phone for your trip or you can buy a cheap prepaid.
      As far as camera goes, despite being lower res, the iPhone’s camera is superior to basically every other phone! Best picture, best video! Great color, clarity, everything

  • regchuck
    March 15, 2011

    What is the sound quality like on incoming calls ? (HTC Thunderbolt) How are the calls if you put them on the speaker mode? I have a motorola droid and the call and speaker quality are terrible. Thinking about buying the HTC Thunderbolt if the sound quality is excellent.


    • regchuck, that’s a great question and we don’t have a good answer yet. The ThunderBolt we have at the moment is not activated, so we can’t make phone calls. The call hardware in the ThunderBolt is similar to the HTC EVO 4G, which has good call and speaker quality. However, we won’t know for sure until we have a ThunderBolt activated and can test it.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • I still prefer the Iphone as million of others. It is as simple as that no matter if you like it or not. I will never used the virus infected android market. Anyway I am off to get the IPAD 2. Stay jealous

  • Marcus
    March 8, 2011

    When will Wirefly provide affiliate links to sell the Thunderbolt? iPhone4?


    • Yes, the HTC ThunderBolt is both a 3G and 4G phone, much like the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint.


  • Awesome! This device is really great. But i am confused about a few things. The Thunderbolt has better side viewing? How can that be when the iPhone has a much higher pixel count? I wish apple would have included landscape view for typing text. Does this mean i need to text in portrait mode? I am surprised they did not. I think its great that HTC has made the battery removable. How will that work? Will they swap the battery out for free at the Verizon store? Will I need to buy one online? I heard Apple just replaces the battery for free.

    • Gabe, what I tried to say in the video was that the iPhone’s screen brightness drops off quickly when you view it at an angle to the screen. The HTC ThunderBolt’s screen holds up a little better in that regard. This has nothing to do with the pixel count but has to do with the technology behind the type of screen design.

      As for the battery, HTC/Verizon will replace the ThunderBolt’s battery if it fails within the phone warranty. Since the battery is easily removable, it can be replaced in seconds by anyone. If you wear out or damage the ThunderBolt’s battery, you will have to replace it at your cost.

      Hope that helps!


    • Dylapherd
      March 19, 2011

      Apple didn’t in the iPhone 1, but landscape keyboard is fully supported now….

  • Since the HTC Thunderbolt is 4G compatible, is it also GSM compatible for overseas use, like all of AT&T’s phones? Or is it limited to use only within CDMA areas such as North America?

    • The HTC ThunderBolt uses Verizon’s LTE service for 4G, which is not the same as GSM service available in other parts of the world. I believe that the ThunderBolt will not work with international GSM services.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Does it cost more for the 4g Internet service ? And do you have to buy a sim card or does it come with one ?

    • Sorry, we don’t know the costs for the ThunderBolt yet. Verizon should release all the plan information in a few days, and then we will know for sure what comes with the phone and how much it will cost.


  • Great Job !

  • the dimensions are probably reversed as well since the HTC is larger

  • videolicious
    February 14, 2011

    Hi… can you post something comparing the camera quality, not the megapixels, of the two phones? Which one has better image/video quality, and which has better sound recording for concerts or loud area’s?


  • Green_Laser
    February 10, 2011

    Mr. Kovacs,

    You might want to change the battery info on the TBolt too:


    Additionally, this (below) is found under the chart, is wrong too. It isn’t expected to ship with 16gb onboard, it will have a total of ~40gb (8gb internal, 32gb sd card) – you know this from your unboxing and part1 videos – you just need to update the info here.

    “Storage Space: The HTC Thunderbolt is expected to ship with 16GB of on-board storage, and the Apple iPhone 4 comes with two levels of on-board storage: 16GB or 32GB. The Thunderbolt has a microSD slot to accommodate memory cards up to 32GB, but the iPhone 4 has no memory expansion slot.”

    And finally, is Wirefly truly getting it on the Feb 13th – is that solid?

    Thank You.

    • Thanks for pointing that out. Much of the information on the ThunderBolt that we have in these charts came from rather optimistic announcements at the CES. Cleaning up this (mis)information is high on our priority list.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Thank you for the correction… we always welcome those and work hard to get the information accurate.


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