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HTC ThunderBolt vs. Verizon iPhone 4

Wirefly Learn » Android Phones

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”

  • thunderbolt owner
    February 18, 2012

    From someone who has made this decision before, I will say IPHONE 4S. I made the mistake of getting the HTC Thunderbolt, and although it is a great phone, it is nowhere near as good as the iphone. From what I’ve seen from using my friends’ iphones and noticing how they run, the iphone is simply smoother and simpler than the thunderbolt. My thunderbolt freezes up every once in a while and gets really frustrating to use. I would gladly make the switch to an iphone if I had the money to do so, but I still have another year on my contract until I can *relatively* cheaply make the switch. If you have the choice, go IPHONE

  • stephaniee
    December 5, 2011

    Im trying to decide between whether a HTC Thunderbolt or the new Iphone 4S is better? I want something that is great with apps and internet…Something that WON’T freeze up. This will be my christmas present in december 2011? any new phones that might compare to these two phones…

    • Stephaniee, the best phone on Verizon today is the HTC Rezound, and the Motorola DROID RAZR is a close second. I think both those are better than the Apple iPhone 4S. The new Samsung Galaxy Nexus is due out on Verizon in the next couple of days, and it looks like it is significantly better than the iPhone 4S as well. The big benefit of these phones (compared to the iPhone 4S) is that they have 4G network speeds that really makes using the Internet effortless and fast. Aslo, both the Rezound and the Galaxy Nexus have significantly better displays than the iPhone, and MUCH bigger displays as well.

      The ThunderBolt is probably not as advanced a phone as the iPhone 4S, although the ThunderBolt does have both 4G and a MUCH bigger display than the iPhone. I prefer a bigger display Internet browsing and watching videos.

      Happy shopping!

      Bob at Wirefly

  • I would love some info on this. My niece offered me her 6 month old HTC Thunderbold Droid phone. I am using a prepaid plan. The prepaid service said they could not activate this phone without a sim card. The prepaid has a contract to use Verizon towers therefore Verizon phones can be activated. I went to the Verizon store to see if I could purchase a sim card. They gave me one for free. I inserted it into the phone and the phone states the sim card is not registered, therefore the phone cannot be activated for that reason. Is there anyway around this? I love this phone and would love to find a way to activate it for this prepaid plan. Thanks!

    • Jewelz, the HTC ThunderBolt is a “4G” phone that uses Verizon’s LTE high-speed data service. This is very high performance stuff, and the ThunderBolt is considered a high-end phone. All phones that have LTE capability (which includes the ThunderBolt), require a SIM to operate. You can’t activate the phone without activating the 4G LTE service, so you will have to activate the SIM to make the phone work. You will not be able to make phone calls until it is properly activated, and that includes activating the LTE SIM.

      That’s probably not what you wanted to hear, but I hope it helps.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Shackspert
    October 12, 2011

    I don’t own any apple products and probably never will I recently saw a video of them comparing the evo and the iphone. I am typing this on my work phone (thunderbolt) which I love but my personal line is Sprint and I am eligible for an upgrade in may and planned to get an evo but have been told they are being discontinued. So now my only htc choices are the evo 3d or ego shift. your thoughts? Or is there something else out there similar to an htc?

    • Shackspert, the HTC EVO 3D is an excellent phone for Sprint, and it’s better than the original EVO 4G in just about every way. If you are willing to consider a Samsung phone, the Samsung Epic 4G Touch for Sprint is outstanding. In another month or so, there will be other new phones for Sprint, including a new HTC phone for the EVO line. I can’t say more than that about it, however.

      Hope that helps!

      Bob at Wirefly

      • Shackspert
        October 13, 2011

        Most definitely helps. And to be honest the Samsung galaxy is the phone my mom was looking at getting. I am about 99% sure though that I am going to go with a htc. The evo 3d though doesn’t have a 8mp camera though correct? I mean I know it has the dual 5mp. Also on a different note I will never understand how the evo and the thunder bolt are the same phone but the evo has an HDMI out and the thunderbolt doesn’t. Or how the inspire from at&t is the same phone but has no front facing camera

        • Shackspert, yes the camera on the EVO 3D is 5 megapixel for 2D images. It actually turns out that 3D images are 2-megapixel (1920 x 1080 pixels), although I haven’t seen much mention of that anywhere. Still, I like the EVO 3D a lot and much of that has to do with its 3D capabilities… it’s just a lot of fun.

          As for the differences between the EVO 4G, ThunderBolt and Inspire, those are the sorts of things that manufacturers and carriers do to differentiate their products. Look at the original Galaxy S series from Samsung: Verizon had the Fascinate, AT&T had the Captivate, T-Mobile had the Vibrant and Sprint had the Epic 4G. Each was different and the Epic 4G was really different… yet they were all quite similar in many ways. I still like those phones and have a soft spot for the Fascinate and the Epic 4G — nice stuff.

          Just so you know, Sprint is expected to lauch a new EVO product in 10 days or so. I can’t say anything more than that… except that I have one on my desk.

          Bob at Wirefly

          • Shackspert
            October 13, 2011

            So excited when you post a review let me know
            Like I said super in love with htc and a sprint user. Keep me posted also if you have any reviews on the evo view tablet let me know thank you

  • Bob–

    I’m a lawyer, not a techie. I primarily use my phone for email, calls, taking pictures at my kids’ school functions and sometimes playing a game or catching a Netflix in the evenings or when I’m traveling. For someone like me who isn’t probably going to get the most out of his phone, is the 4G/3G difference really going to matter–will I really miss not having 4G? Also, my wife and daughter have IPhones, and so I was wondering if being able to Facetime with them on the road might be tipping-point factor.


    • Scott, if watching the occasional Netflix movie is important to you, then you’ll want a 4G phone. That’s really the dividing line for you: If movie watching is important, then you need 4G. If movie watching is not important, then a 3G phone will be fine for you. As for video chat (such as Facetime), I suggest a free app for both the iPhone and Android phones called Tango. Tango does video chat and allows you to use the carrier’s network. The last I knew, Facetime only worked through WiFi, and you may not always have access to WiFi. With Tango on an Android phone, you can do video chat anywhere you have a decent carrier signal. Again, 4G will work better than 3G in this regard, but you can do Tango with a decent 3G signal. I’m pretty sure the iPhones will have to be on WiFi for Tango, just like they would be for Facetime.

      As you probably know, Android phones give you a LOT more variety and flexibility than the iPhone. However, I can see where you might want to have the same phones as the others in your household, as that will simplify syncing files, learning new apps and sharing techniques. Android gives you bigger displays, faster processors, faster 4G connections, easier memory expansion and a variety of other benefits… I could recommend you either way.

      Bob at Wirefly

    • Scott,
      Not sure if anyone answered this but you can’t FaceTime with the android phone. -everybody else I’m not biased to android, but believe me iPhone is better by a long shot I’ve had the Evo my wife had an Epic and every phone in between. They won’t have the display most importantly they will never have the stability of the iPhone. It’s what makes Mac better than PC and iPad better than…. Everything else. All of my “big screen” friends have experienced a crash, one friend carries extra batteries in his pocket and/or a charger really? Who does that? At church? Notice everyone wants to compare and be the “iPhone killer” you never see a commercial about the newest phone and anyone else why? Gotta hate the best. Now my whole family has iPhones, and my niece is grateful her uncle is there so she can watch movies or play angry birds in retina display, while her dad switches batteries, or charges his phone ….. Again, after the latest crash battery pull soft reset.-no thanks for 400-500 bucks it better at least work

      • Dre, the app called FaceTime is not available for Android, but there are several other video chat apps that will work on both Android and iPhone. For example, I have used Tango on both iPhone and Android phones, and it works very well. In fact, it allows video chat over the carrier’s network, something that FaceTime will not do.

        As for your opinion of Android, you are entitled to your opinion. Remember that not everyone wants to use a phone with a small display, no physical keyboard and stuck at 3G speeds. Personally, I’ll take a large display and 4G speeds every time. However, you are entited to your opinion.

        Bob at Wirefly

      • dre,
        I have had the opposite experience as you. I will be sitting at the beach with my two friends who have the IPhone 4 and they want to search something on the internet but because they have 3G they can’t so they end up on my HTC thunderbolt more often then they are on there own phones. One of these friends switched to a thunderbolt because he got sick of the super slow servace, and he like me now carries two batteries, and he like me couldn’t care less about carying two batteries. Its a personal preference the sleek iphone or the fast thunderbolt.

  • Bob i hear the thunderbolt tends to send a text to whom it wants i hear it crashes a lot and has a lot of other bugs, i currently have the Iphone4 although i am an andriod fan had the G2, droid and the droid x, im thinking of switching to the iphone but i could use some advice! thanks!

    • Sam, I’ve not heard any complaints like that about the ThunderBolt, and I’ve not experienced any such problems wtih the unit I have. If you’re concerned, the good news is that Verizon has several other phones at least as capable as the ThunderBolt, including the LG Revolution, the Motorola DROID Bionic, the Samsung DROID Charge and the upcoming HTC Rezound. I’ve not seen an iPhone 4S yet, but it is almost certainly a very nice phone. Good luck with the shopping!

      Bob at Wirefly

    • The crashing thing NEVER happens, before the update it did but not anymore. But I admit, this phone has a mind of it’s own when texting, about once every week or two it will send your text to who ever the last person u texted was, regardless of who’s number you put in

    • I m currently useing the thunderbolt to send this…have had the phone for a few months. The battery is Sooo bad, and I have deffentally had the thunderbolt send a text to the wrong person. if you don’t mind the phone sending a text message saying “hey baby what’s up ..I miss u so much” to 1 of ur bros and not ur Fiencee this is the phone for u…… Good thing it wasn’t a bad text and it didn’t make its way to some1 like my boss or I would have sued the company

  • Hi, Bob, I am trying to decide between an iPhone 4 and the HTC … or waiting for the iPhone 5 for the 4G. It won’t be for business use so I am wondering if 4G might not be overkill for me. Specific questions: Can I synch my Outlook (I don’t think I have the exchange server – how would I know? I have Verizon Fios.) with the iPhone with contacts? My laptop OS is Windows 7. Will I be able to view You Tube and Hulu video on the 3G iPhone?
    Thanks for a great, informative site!

    • Stephi, thanks for the nice comment about Wirefly!

      Keep in mind that Wirefly does not sell the Apple iPhone, and no one (outside of Apple) knows anything about the new iPhone. Generally, we recommend an Android phone instead of the iPhone, since there’s WAY more variety among Android phones. Instead of a choice of two pretty similar devices, Android has 50 or more phones with a wide range of screen sizes, physical keyboards, 4G and many other features not available on the iPhone. (For example, Android phones come with a free voice-activated GPS application. It’s always updated with the latest map information, and it gives turn-by-turn directions. You can see a demo at: Android Navigation App. iPhones can get a navigation app, but you have to pay for it… and it’s not cheap.)

      HTC is an excellent manufacturer of Android phones, and you can usually sync your Outlook info with an Android phone.

      Hope that helps!

      Bob at Wirefly

  • He only picked htc because he cant sell iphones

  • Deathshot1001
    September 12, 2011

    The iPhone 4 has no comparison it’s battery life is above average it’s speed is great it has the most apps the more customizations with a little tweaks to the iPhone there’s no comparsion it’s size and apps r unbeatable I haven’t seen an amazing game. On the android market while iPhone has the bet apps there’s apps for everyone there beautiful games like chaos rings and 9mm and call of duty zombies that rnt on the android market which is pretty gay and lame I personally down want a huge phone it’s harder to keep in ur pocket and harder to take out of it without getting seen the iPhone has enough space for everything I’ve had two iPods and and iPhone 4 and they have never let me down you can do everything with an iPhone

    Android ain’t got shit on the iPhone

  • Is the Thunderbolt global ready (both CDMA and GMS)?

    • Tom, no… the ThunderBolt does not have GSM. The SIM inside the ThunderBolt is only for Verizon’s LTE operation. It will not work like a GSM SIM.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • I got a Thunderbolt sunday, I had the choice of the Iphone 4 or the Thunderbolt, I have never tried an android phone so I went with the Thunderbolt, and I love it, besides the battery life for what all I try to do on it, which can easily be solved with an extended battery from verizon which in my opinion is worth it because any day, the Thunderbolt with 4G LTE can beat Iphone 4 3G. I like being able to customize different things on the Thunderbolt and I also put all my music on it from itunes. I would recommend the Thunderbolt over the Iphone 4 any day!

    • Totally right thunderbolt all the way I’m commenting from mine I had a speed test my thunderbolt vs iPhone 4 downloading several apps at the same time … we also played Pandora while doing this I won

    • I bought the ThunderBolt several months ago and had to have it changed out 2 times because the area I live, work or travel in my friends and family complain that I am not coming in clear. Either they complain that I am on the speaker phone (which I wasn’t) or they hear every other word. Does anyone else have that problem. By the way I live in metropolitan area with towers all around.

  • I agree with you I had a thunderbolt for 3months loved it gave it to my wife and decided to try the iPhone 4 32g
    And it’s too limited and too common everyone has one
    The thunderbolt is just better in my opinion

    I think the iPhone looks cool but but not the beat phone today

  • I wanted an iPhone from the first day it existed because I’m a techie & it was the dream phone for me, but I waited to see if it would eventually come to Verizon. Then when droids came out, I got the HTC Eris & was pleased, but when smart phones kept getting faster & better, the Eris was terrible in comparison (mostly just because it was slow & lacked some of the features newer droids have).

    I got the iPhone 4 late spring 2011 & liked it, but it was a little TOO simple for someone like me. Having had a droid, I had certain customizable options I’d come to expect with my smart phone & the iPhone was almost annoyingly elementary. Unfortunately, I dropped it face down & cracked the screen, so I made the decision to go back to droids…

    And thus I got the HTC Thunderbolt. I instantly loved going back to an HTC droid & there were so many great updates from when I’d had my Eris. The 4G speed is insane! And I love the speech-to-text feature, large screen, and all the ways you can customize the phone. Battery life is terrible though even with killing apps & having 4G off half the time.

    Thunderbolt Pros: 4G speed, larger screen, customizable, speech-to-text, great with gmail, compatible with flash player, plays my itunes files just fine!, lots of storage space for less
    Thunderbolt Cons: terrible battery (although it can be improved by buying a bigger one), sometimes my texts get sent to the wrong people (apparently a common problem. not just a user error).
    iPhone Pros: sleek design, you look cool having an iPhone, easy to use, less bugs & force closes, awesome battery life!
    iPhone Cons: too simple for techie minded, can’t customize, bad with gmail, doesn’t use flash player, smaller screen, not 4G, expensive to get 32GB, text keyboard is annoying if you need to use numbers alot

    • How much does an extended battery cost? i am tossed on which phone to get.. i have the bb tour.. good phone but sloowwwww

      • Sean, Wirefly does not sell an extended battery for either the HTC ThunderBolt or the Apple iPhone 4. Sorry about that!

        Bob at Wirefly

      • you can get it at verizon for around $40, or go on ebay and get one thats aftermarket for 10 bucks. I would go with the ebay option.

  • The iPhone is the best phone on the market & has been for the last 3years.

  • Hmm, Wirefly doesn’t sell iphones. I wonder which phone will come out on top?

    • Haha, exactly what I was thinking. And uh, iPhone 4 has an 8 megpixel camera

      • Kelsey, actually the Apple iPhone 4 has a 5-megapixel camera. It does take good photos for a cell phone, however.

        Bob at Wirefly

      • DUH… The Droid’s camera is better than the iphone.

  • which is better to use as an ipod?

    • Lilly, both the ThunderBolt and the iPhone 4 will work well as an MP3 player. I don’t really know that one is better than the other in that regard. One thing worth noting is that the ThunderBolt comes with 40GB of storage space for your music, videos and documents, while the iPhone comes in 16GB and 32GB versions. (And the 32GB version is pretty expensive!) Therefore, the ThunderBolt has more storage space for less money than the iPhone 4.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Hey Bob, thanks for the vid. Which is better to use for listening to music? ALso, which do you recommend for my needs? I’m mostly using the phone for navigation, as an ipod, camera, and easy internet browsing of course (FB, gmail). Size is also important to me, but it depends if the features of the Droid are great enough to justify the larger size. I’ve tried using the iphone keypad and after a while, I got used to the small keys, so that’s not a major concern. I have not had experience with the android though.

    • Lilly, I personally like a larger screen, and the display on the ThunderBolt is a lot larger than the iPhone 4. The larger display works well for navigation, too. On the other hand, the ThunderBolt is bigger and bulkier than the iPhone 4. You will be able to do anything on the ThunderBolt that you can on the iPhone, but you will have to get used to the different appearance and software. It’s not a huge difference, but there is definitely some difference.

      As for listening to music, both will be about the same. As I mentioned in another post, the ThunderBolt has more storage space than the iPhone 4… otherwise, they play music about the same.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • I have to say. Coming from an itouch 4, the bigger and lower res screen as well as the lack of gpu acceleration and crappy screen on the thunderbolt really hurts my eyes. Using the thunderbolt to surf the net actually makes me sick, for real. I get a head ache and motion sickness. Also the TB has a really short battery life. On the flip side, the bigger screen makes typing much more easy and it is nice to have flash natively supported. However, if you are prone to head aches i would say go for the iphone. If your eyesight is poor, you have 4g in your area, and are always by a charger. Then go for the thunderbolt.

  • Suzanne Slayton
    July 11, 2011

    I have had the Thunderbolt for about 3 weeks and I’m getting very frustrated! I have spent hours on the phone with HTC as they can not get my phone to sync with my computer and don’t seem to feel the pain that I do over this. My kids have had apple products for years so all of our music is itune related. I can’t get any of the songs from I tunes. I could do all this with my blackberry! Does anyone have any insight to these issues?

    • Suzanne, did you buy your ThunderBolt from Wirefly? If so, you can exchange it within 30 days if you are not satisfied. If you did not get your ThunderBolt though Wirefly, your best bet may be to take it to a Verizon store and have a knowledgable clerk there take a look at it.

      Good luck!

      Bob at Wirefly

    • I don’t know how htc stores it’s music but try getting a USB flash drive an drag the songs from iTunes and drag it to where ever the program for TB.. I did that Yo transfer from one iTunes from another.. Hope this helps..

    • alexlocc
      August 13, 2011

      I got htc sync to work just fine

  • ARCfolife
    July 5, 2011

    I’ve always had a droid and got an iphone about 3 montns ago. What a disappointment! For me it’s all the little stuff….no flashplayer, no great customization features, no navigation, you tube app cannot direct post to FB, no talk to text, stock alarm clock and calendar are so elementary and camera not great either. The big one is I can’t get my work outlook set up! Got tired of paying for a bunch of apps to customize my phone! Some say to jailbreak the phone. Instead, I’m getting the TB and selling the iphone as quickly as possible!

    • TaraBelle
      August 26, 2011

      Did you indeed go to the Thunderbolt after all? I am not that happy with my iphone4 either and it’s for the same reasons you stated, the little things, but are big things to me too! I was wondering if you did change, are you happy with your decision?

  • ClayKime
    June 23, 2011

    Hi Bob:

    Thanks for the blog. It is informative. I’m a Realtor and really need the business functions. I currently have a Blackberry w/VZW. Great device, but the browser is stink-o and that will never change.

    I have heard from iPhone users that the keyboard is difficult/slow to use, particularly switching between upper & lower case characters. Is the Thunderbolt any better in this regard?

    I have also heard that the iPhone “speaker phone” mode is poor. Is the Thunderbolt any better.

    The “Flash” compatibility is one of the most compelling features causing me to lean toward the Thunderbolt.

    Lastly, if I sync my Blackberry to the PC, and then sync to the iPhone or Thunderbolt, will the calendar come across OR will I only get my contacts?



    • Clay, on-screen keyboards are fairly similar between the iPhone and the ThunderBolt. Trying to type phrases with lots of upper-case letters is going to be tedious. If you get a phone with a slide-out keyboard (such as the Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint and the upcoming DROID 3 on Verizon), you can get one with a five-row keyboard that has a dedicated row of numbers. That will make including numbers much easier to type, but it won’t help with going between upper- and lower-case letters.

      I have not personally tried the speaker phone capability on the iPhone and ThunderBolt. However, I have both phones and will set up a test.

      If you sync your Outlook account with the ThunderBolt, you will get all your Outlook data, including contacts, e-mail and calendar. I do not know if syncing to any other data source will allow you to get your calendar information on the ThunderBolt. I do know that it works with Outlook.

      Hope that helps!

      Bob at Wirefly

      • Clay Kime
        July 21, 2011

        Hi Bob,

        Did you ever have a chance to test/compare the speakerphone capabilities of the Thunderbold vs. the iPhone?



        • Clay, both the iPhone 4 and the ThunderBolt have decent speakerphone operation. I can’t say that one is better than the other — they are both good and easy to use in that regard.

          Bob at Wirefly

  • tony from Newark NJ
    June 22, 2011


    • Do you know how to connect the TB to a laptop to use the internet? I have done so, but it says I have to subscribe for a 30.00 package. I know having a smartphone requires a data package.

      • Lucy, have you tried setting up the ThunderBolt as a WiFi hotspot? Verizon will charge extra for that at some point but I don’t know if they are charging extra at this time.

        Touch the “Setting” icon in your app tray, then touch “Wireless and Networks.” Touch the “WiFi” hotspot selection and follow the directions to set up a WiFi hotspot. Then set up your computer to attach to this hotspot… you’ll have to keep the phone within 25 feet or so of the computer. Again, I do not know if Verizon is charging for this feature, so you may want to check with a Verizon store to be sure. I thought Verizon wasn’t charging yet for it, but a store will know for sure.

        Good luck!

        Bob at Wirefly

      • Try downloading pdanet. It’s basically a free version of the wireless hotspot. You do have to connect with a usb cable, but you can use it as a modem anywhere you get service on your phone!

        • I have PDANet on a phone and it works pretty well. An important thing to note is that you must download software to the computer you want to connect to a cell phone with PDANet, and there is a charge of $15 or so for that computer software. (There is no charge for the PDANet Android app.) So it will cost you $15 or so for every computer you want to connect to. In my case, I use it on just one computer and it works well.

          Bob at Wirefly

  • Richie L
    June 21, 2011

    I actually just got the iPhone 4 from Verizon and love it, I sort of looked at the thunderbolt but it was to big and I bought the droid x only because the iPhone wasn’t available so I was sold on the iPhone before I went in I got it as soon as I could get an early upgrade, but I think they’re both good but I love apple now I have apple everyything with the iPhone 4 at Verizon now

  • Fred A
    June 20, 2011

    Good info. Thanks. I’ll be in the market for a new phone later this summer to replace a Blackberry Storm.

  • Justice R
    June 7, 2011

    I want a phone that can actually stay on without dieing every few hours. If they ever fix the battery life on the Thunderbolt then maybe it will be a good phone

  • System Admin
    June 7, 2011

    Bob your review is worthless! You mention nothing more then what is listed in the general tech specs. FAIL

  • Ethan eller
    June 4, 2011

    I have had the Thunderbolt for a couple months it is a great phone its pretty much a small hand held computer I love the thunderbolt it does take a while to figure out all it can do its a great phone

  • jamone
    May 30, 2011

    can these phone work in jamaica by any chance

    • I don’t know the answer to that, Jamone. I suggest that you ask Verizon.

      Bob at Wirefly

    • Viktor
      June 3, 2011

      LOL @ NokiaN900; that phone is NOT better than TB.

  • Bakuba
    May 25, 2011

    Bob u are lying about how great the TB is compare to iPhone 4. You are not fair. I will never trust your opinion again.

  • lovestwowin
    May 22, 2011

    I have had the thunderbolt for about 3 weeks and I also have had the i-phone. If you are looking for a phone you can customize in every way, you want the Thunderbolt. If you want a phone that is super easy to use get the i-phone. The thunderbolt is for someone willing to spend a lot of time figuring out what all the Thunderbolt can do. Well it can do more than I will ever figure out. The nicest thing about this phone is that you can use your phone while you are sharing your mobile hotspot (in short your laptop is using your phone as an air card for its internet use, while you still are able to use your phone. Only phone out there that can do this and it can do it with up to 8 devices.) I think that I am very tech minded and this phone can frustrate you at times but take the time to figure it out and the benefit is far far greater then what the i-phone can do for you. I purchased the 2750mah battery and you will get a full day out of it 8 to 10 hours plus you will still have your original battery for backup if you need it, well worth the extra money. So my suggestion is if you want an easy to use phone with cool features get the i-phone! If you want a hand held computer with everything you can think of plus a phone get the THUNDERBOLT but plan on going online for the manual and spending some time learning how to use it. Oh and by the way the manual does not even talk about how to use the phone until page 70 pretty funny I thought. One other really cool feature is the built in stand. Awesome feature.

    • I would say your reply is an honest and fair reply.
      I am currently evaluating both phones hence, going through all the hi-tech but frustrating stuff to properly configure my TBolt.

      Not the fast battery drainage but the slow charging of it is my key area of concern for TB. Trying to figure out how to ration the battery so that I could use its advance features.
      I wish Tbolt had made a nice comprehensive help file/video to ease its users.

  • elaine
    May 21, 2011

    I’m trying to decide between the HTC Thunderbolt and Iphone 4. Which one should I get?

    • B Brackins
      May 25, 2011

      Thunderbolt will be 4g the iphone will not be 4g til the end of 2012

  • Lady4JC
    May 20, 2011

    I am in the middle of the iPhone vs. Thunderbolt quandary. Two questions please.
    1) Can both devices be used to connect to TV to watch streaming video (i.e. Netflix)? And, how is that done?
    2) Can Thunderbolt be synched to Outlook contacts and calendar? If so, do you know of a tool to do this?
    I guess that’s more than 2 questions really! Thanks very much for your help.

    • Lady, the ThunderBolt has DLNA wireless connectivity that works with many recent HD TVs. That lets you view things from the phone on the TV, including video. That said, I don’t think the ThunderBolt works with the Netflix app that has just become available for some Android phones. (The new Samsung DROID Charge for Verizon does work with the Netflix app.) The Apple iPhone 4 does not have a way to connect it to a TV, so you can’t watch video from the iPhone on a TV.

      And the ThunderBolt can be synced to an Outlook account, as long as Outlook is on an Exchange server. In other words, the ThunderBolt can be synced to a corporate e-mail account and get both the e-mail and calendar information. If you use Outlook for your private Yahoo account, it probably won’t work.

      Bob at Wirefly.

  • Laney
    May 20, 2011

    The Nokia N900 is still better than both of these phones.

  • I just bought the Thunderbolt. I am going back to Verizon today to change it out for the I phone. It is worth the $35 penalty to make the change.

    • B Brackins
      May 25, 2011

      If your ok with not having 4g service. IPhone 4 is not 4G will not run one the fast internet connection. Why you wanting to trade?

    • can i ask what made you decide to do this? i currently have the iphone and have been considering getting the TB

  • Randy Williams
    May 17, 2011

    What is the battery life like on the thunderbolt. Also i live in san diego which has been known for not being a hot spot for 4G. Would i really be getting 4G downloads on the thunderbolt?

    • Randy, I did a video that tries to show what you can expect for battery life on the ThunderBolt. You can watch it at:

      Wirefly’s YouTube video on the ThunderBolt’s battery life

      With regard to 4G reception in San Diego, I suggest you try going to the closest Verizon store and asking them about the coverage. Reception is a very specific thing, however. You might get a good signal but there might be no 4G just a block over. There’s really no way to know for sure until you test it yourself.

      Bob at Wirefly

    • I’ve been using the Thunderboldt for about 2 weeks. The battery life is poor. Even when not using apps, (no 4G coverage), just normal cell phone and email use, the battery barely lasts through the day. This is a disappointment.

    • JoJo Destructo
      June 18, 2011

      The battery life isn’t great on the Thunderbolt. But I am always in a position to be able to keep it charging whether in a truck at work, on the train, or at home. 4G is great. But if there is only 3G available it will automatically switch to 3G. I was in an area where there was only 3G. A coworkers and I decided to put my Thunderbolt up against his iPhone 4 in speed of going online. My Thunderbolt got the site up and loaded about a second or 2 faster. Not a lot of time but it was still faster. Both phones are great. I chose Thunderbolt over iPhone because I like the bigger screen and the 8mp camera. I almost got iPhone 4. Thunderbolt just suits me better.

  • With the iphone I know you can link your contacts to facebook, can you do the same for the thunderbolt?

    • Yes, you can sync with facebook

    • Yes – my contacts were transferred from my Blackberry. However, you cannot transfer your calendar entries.

    • B Brackins
      May 25, 2011

      Yes. I did with mine

  • jbpeddler
    May 11, 2011

    I just recently purchased the HTC Thunderbolt, and the above review by Bob is dead on the money. The HTC is a more powerful phone with more versatility- that being said, while I was in the Verizon store the following week, I had a young girl ask me about which phone to buy, the iphone or the HTC- and after giving my opinion, and the benefits of the Thunderbolt, she still chose the iphone. This example demonstrates exactly what Bob said in the review, for some poeple, the iphone 4 is just a better choice- its smaller, sleeker, in some ways easier to use (Apple has programmed the world on their OS, and everyone is comfortable with it- even people who don’t like technology). But for my needs the HTC is more powerful, and the internet speeds are incredible. I have used the phone as a hot-spot with my laptop, and gotten over 18 mb download speeds while in a 4G area with a good signal. You can’t come close to that on an iphone or any other device- nowhere near. I used my Thunderbolt last week to demonstrate a website on my laptop to a customer, and the speed is so fast, it was like being on cable! This feature alone makes it very worthwhile to a business user or road warrior who uses there phone as a tool for work. When you walk into a Verizon store, and see what the employee’s are carrying, most of them are using some sort of Android phone- these are poeple who work with the phones all day- everyday, and see all the problems customers have with them. The one major downside to the Thunderbolt is its battery life, it is horrible. But I bought a 2nd battery, and a dual charger, so while I’m disappointed with this on the HTC, I will deal to get the extra speed and power. If you want one device (phone & web access) for your laptop or ipad, whatever, you cannot beat the Thunderbolt- nothing at this current time even comes close- I don’t care what city your in. I had Sprint, and in San Diego, there is no 4G, so its useless. On heavy usage days, I only get 3-4 hours of battery life on the Thunderbolt, so you either have to plug it in, or have a 2nd battery, which is kind of a pain to swap I must admit. Bob makes it look easy in the video, but its actually quite difficult to get the cover off the back of the phone, and if its in a case, you have to take the case off first of course.
    That being said, if you can deal with the battery issues (yes, use an app killer, lower the brightness, turn off 4g when out of range- I get it, but come on, are we going to use the great features of the phone, or just turn them off to save the battery- whats the point?)
    the Thunderbolt is the best cell phone I have ever used- and I have had them all- Blackberry’s, iphone’s, Palm’s, etc…the Thunderbolt just ROCKS!

    • *you know that the store employees try different phones so they can learn them – it’s not simply that they all prefer droid devices. it’s just as likely that they all understand how to use the iphone but are still practicing figuring out their droids…

      • i was in verizon today talking to an employee about both phones… iphone and the tb he says they switch every 3 months so i would agree they just have to use them all

  • Shawn
    May 1, 2011

    Bob, can we see a side by side comp on video chat?

    • Video chat is difficult to show in a side-by-side comparison. What exactly would you like to see compared in such a test?

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Rainy Delaney
    April 25, 2011

    Two questions.

    1. Do you know what the default apps are on the TB and/or iphone 4? I’ve been unable to get a clear answer.

    2. How would I sync a TB up to Mac for charging and download itunes? Is it possible?

    • Rainy, that would take a bunch of research and typing to list all the default apps for both those phones. Add to that the many thousands of apps that are available for free for both phones, and it’s an impossible task. I strongly recommend that you visit a Verizon store and look at both phones. Make sure they have the apps you need, and have a clerk show you how to download an app from the phones’ respective app stores. (It really is easy.)

      As for syncing a ThunderBolt with a Mac, go into the T’Bolt’s “app tray” and touch the “Settings” icon. In the Settings menu, scroll to “Connect to PC” and touch it. Touch “Default Connection Type,” then touch “Disk Drive.” This will set your ThunderBolt up to work as an external drive with any computer, including both PCs and Macs. All you need to do at this point is plug it into the Mac and drag-and-drop files, just as you would onto any external drive.

      Hope that helps!

      Bob at Wirefly

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