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Android Phones
HTC ThunderBolt vs. T-Mobile G2x Comparison

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May 10th, 2011

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The HTC ThunderBolt was the first 4G phone for Verizon Wireless. It had a very successful introduction, as “intro fever” built to a frenzy when the phone launched in March. However, T-Mobile is an old hand at 4G phones, having delivered its first in October 2010. With several 4G phones under its belt, T-Mobile recently launched the T-Mobile G2x, made by LG. How does Verizon’s top phone (at the moment) compare to T-Mobile’s top phone? Both may soon lose their crowns to other phones that are nearing launch, but these remain two powerhouses.

The HTC ThunderBolt and T-Mobile use two different networking technologies and represent different approaches in Android smartphones. The ThunderBold manifests its power with size: It has a 4.3-inch screen, a kickstand and uses Verizon’s new 4G LTE network. The T-Mobile G2x has a 4-inch display and a sleeker design, and uses T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. Are these two as well-matched as they seem?


T-Mobile G2x HTC ThunderBolt
T-Mobile G2x HTC ThunderBolt
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Carrier T-Mobile Verizon Wireless
Operating System Android 2.2 Android 2.2
Interface LG UI

HTC Sense

Display 4″ LCD, 480 x 800 pixels 4.3″ LCD, 480 x 800 pixels
Data Speed 4G HSPA+ (GSM) 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
GPS aGPS aGPS
Mobile Hotspot Yes – Optional Yes – Optional
Camera 8-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus 8-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera Yes; 1.3-megapixel Yes; 1.3-megapixel
Video Capture Yes; 1080p 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 8GB onboard; microSD slot 8GB onboard; 32 GB microSD pre-installed
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Battery 1,500 mAh, lithium-ion 1,400 mAh, lithium-ion
Processor Dual-core 1 GHz processor Single 1 GHz processor
Memory RAM: 512MB RAM: 768MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 5 oz 6.5 oz
Dimensions 4.9″ x 2.5″ x 0.4″ 4.8″ x 2.6″ x 0.5″

Key Differences

  • Display: The HTC ThunderBolt has a 4.3-inch LCD display rated at 480 x 800 pixels. The T-Mobile G2x has a 4-inch LCD display, also rated at 480 x 800 pixels.
  • Operating system: Both phones ship with Android 2.2, a fast and stable operating system.
  • Processor and RAM: The HTC ThunderBolt has a single-core 1GHz processor and 768MHz of processor RAM. The T-Mobile G2x has a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra processor and 512MB of RAM.
  • Keyboard: Both the T-Mobile G2x and the HTC ThunderBolt have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards. Neither has an actual physical keyboard.
  • Storage Space: The HTC ThunderBolt ships with 8GB of on-board storage and a 32GB pre-installed microSD card. The T-Mobile G2x ships with 8GB of onboard storage and an empty microSD slot.
  • Camera: Both The HTC ThunderBolt and the T-Mobile G2x have 8-megapixel still-image cameras. The ThunderBolt can record 720p HD video, while the G2x can record 1080p HD video. Both phones have an LED flash for the rear camera and front-facing cameras for convenient video chat.
  • Battery: The HTC ThunderBolt has a 1,400 mAh battery, while the T-Mobile G2x has a 1,500 mAh battery.

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