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    Default Day 1 Thunderbolt Owner Farewell

    Well, it has been a journey. We spent many nights of anticipation waiting for the announcement of the Thunderbolts. WAY too many. I bought it on day one, and now my upgrade date quickly approaches.

    The Thunderbolt community has been great. You enabled me to extend the life of my bolt with CM7, and I thank you.

    It is looking like my next device will be the Galaxy Note 2. The Nexus 4 would be nice, but I don't want to leave Verizon due to my experience with poor network quality with T-mobile and AT&T in my area.

    Anyway, it has been a pleasure. I would imagine many of you who bought the Thunderbolt on Day 1 would also be nearing the end of your contracts. Who's with me? And what device are you going to?
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    The contract end day is March 2013. Upgrade day is November 17th for me. But, I have to buy my Note 2 full price to keep my unlimited data.
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    I'm waiting for the AT&T Note 2 to come out and I might jump back over there. I was with AT&T since 1996 and came over to Verizon to get the Thunderbolt and the 4G-LTE because it was supposed to be the Bomb. Well, as we all know, it's time for a change. I'm tired of some things.

    1. It was the first 4G-LTE Device with no updates.
    2. Had too many Random reboots
    3. Battery life was horrible
    4. Updates never came as published
    5. Mobile Hotspot was refused until I raised hell.
    6. My discount was removed until I noticed and raised hell.
    7. Now, I Have to pay retail to keep UL data.

    It's like Verizon don't really care about keeping customers.
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    Good luck with the Note! It seems like an awesome phone. I think I'm going to try and hold out for the GS4. Even though I'm itching for a new phone, my Bolt is holding up well, so I'm hoping it will last.

    But just in case I change my mind, can you report back after you get your Note? I might be enticed to get it instead.

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    These forums have been great for me as well (and continue to be, best Android site IMO!). I also have a launch day Thunderbolt that is still working well and was in no hurry to replace it even though Ive had an upgrade available for about a year now. But recently it just feels a bit long in the tooth and I'm ready to move on. After looking at the Note 2 extensively, decided to go for it and pre-ordered it last Friday from Verizon (best network coverage where I live and still have unlimited data, so not giving those up!). It's not scheduled to ship until Nov. 27, but as the ol' expession goes: Good things come to those who wait!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fwhomeboy View Post
    I'm waiting for the AT&T Note 2 to come out and I might jump back over there. I was with AT&T since 1996 and came over to Verizon to get the Thunderbolt and the 4G-LTE because it was supposed to be the Bomb. Well, as we all know, it's time for a change. I'm tired of some things.

    1. It was the first 4G-LTE Device with no updates.
    2. Had too many Random reboots
    3. Battery life was horrible
    4. Updates never came as published
    5. Mobile Hotspot was refused until I raised hell.
    6. My discount was removed until I noticed and raised hell.
    7. Now, I Have to pay retail to keep UL data.

    It's like Verizon don't really care about keeping customers.
    Yeah, Verizon has definitely frustrated me along the way too. The Thunderbolt was always in a weird position being the first LTE phone. I already lost my unlimited data when I added my wife to my plan and got one of the data share plans. I'm not too worried about that though. We have a 4GB plan and she hardly uses any data at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mightyfacundo View Post
    Good luck with the Note! It seems like an awesome phone. I think I'm going to try and hold out for the GS4. Even though I'm itching for a new phone, my Bolt is holding up well, so I'm hoping it will last.

    But just in case I change my mind, can you report back after you get your Note? I might be enticed to get it instead.

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    I'll let you know, or check out the Verizon Note 2 forums after the phone comes out. Android Central is definitely the best site and forums, in my opinion, so I won't be going far.

    As good as the Note 2 seems to be, I'm just worried that Verizon is going to screw up their version of it some how.
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    I'm ready Nov 17th also. After my experience with the Thunderbolt (which hasn't really been that bad, just frustrating at times being the lab rat for the 4G experiment) and my wife's Rezound, (again, not awful, but the GPS sucks for one thing) I'm ready to move on. Furthermore, my Tbolt's digitizer is giving up on me (the right 1/8" of the screen no longer works) starting about 2 weeks ago. It's like it knew it was time to move on...

    If the new Nexus were anything but an LG I might be leaving Verizon entirely, but I've had LG products before and have had issues with every one. I'm personally not interested in a phablet, so the Note's out and the only other new phone is the DNA, which doesn't sound very appealing. As it stands, I'm headed to the Motorola Razr Maxx HD.

    I remember when the Thunderbolt was about to launch and how excited I was. Now I just feel like I'm picking the lesser of 2 evils (kind of like voting for a president yesterday). Sad.
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    Sounds like I'm just a couple weeks behind you guys.
    Still on the fence over next device. I really, really wish the reviews on the Maxx HD's camera were better. I'll need to hold a GN2 before making a decision on it... The DNA should be out about the time I'm ready to upgrade in a few short weeks. Not a bad time to be ready for re-up, that's for sure.
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    I came to Verizon for the TB from AT&T Blackberry Curve. I'm leaving it to get a Motorola Razr Maxx HD that should be arriving tomorrow. Coming from a phone with one of the worst battery lives on the market & carrying chargers everywhere I go, to one with one of the best battery lives on the market, I'm excited!
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    After my thunderbolt, I got the rezound, razr, razr Maxx, and gs3. The thunderbolt was great in that it was the first lte phone,but other than that, it lagged behind other phones in performance, screen, and ,most importantly, it has a subpar radio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobman View Post
    Well, it has been a journey. We spent many nights of anticipation waiting for the announcement of the Thunderbolts. WAY too many. I bought it on day one, and now my upgrade date quickly approaches.

    The Thunderbolt community has been great. You enabled me to extend the life of my bolt with CM7, and I thank you.

    It is looking like my next device will be the Galaxy Note 2. The Nexus 4 would be nice, but I don't want to leave Verizon due to my experience with poor network quality with T-mobile and AT&T in my area.

    Anyway, it has been a pleasure. I would imagine many of you who bought the Thunderbolt on Day 1 would also be nearing the end of your contracts. Who's with me? And what device are you going to?
    I'm withya - Day 1 TB owner. I'm looking at the DNA, Note 2, or RAZR Maxx HD. Right now the DNA is third, but only cuz it ain't out. ;-) I am really torn between the Note 2 and Maxx HD. Played with both (used the S3 in place of the Note 2, close enough for now) in a VZW store for about an hour. I liked the Moto WAY more than I thought I would, and that is clearly the battery life leader of the universe right now. Really not sure which way I'll go, and the DNA will only complicate matters.

    Waiting until at least when the DNA comes out, though, so I can give it a fair shake. Not really in a rush. Plus, the TB will probably be downloading ICS the day before I upgrade, so I'll a few hours to play with that. ;-)
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    My T-bolt wouldn't boot up, and Verizon customer support very, very quickly offered to move up my Dec. 13 upgrade date to NOW, which I did. I am now the proud owner of a Motorola Droid Razr HD, with ICS (upgrade to JB - here I go again). Too bad, because I feel the T-bolt is still competitive today. But I will never buy a HTC phone again.
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    I made the switch to the Razr M a couple of months ago. I love it!

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    I've enjoyed my TBolt so far. It's still performing well and I've had no problems whatsoever, although the battery life has been a nuisance at times. My contract ends in Feb 13 and I'm trying to decide what's next. I really like the MAXX HD's size and feel, but the camera reviews are a downer. The Note II looks like a great phone but it's just too big, can't imagine carrying it on my hip while the GN4's lack of LTE is a deal breaker. I guess that after a year and a half of watching the battery meter, I'm leaning more towards battery life in my next phone. Eagerly awaiting news of the HTC DNA but if that hits the market with a 2100 mAh battery, I suppose I'll have to bite the bullet on the sub par camera of the MAXX HD. Still have time to decide and you never know what will be announced at CES 2013 in January.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hannsoft View Post
    I'm withya - Day 1 TB owner. I'm looking at the DNA, Note 2, or RAZR Maxx HD. Right now the DNA is third, but only cuz it ain't out. ;-) I am really torn between the Note 2 and Maxx HD. Played with both (used the S3 in place of the Note 2, close enough for now) in a VZW store for about an hour. I liked the Moto WAY more than I thought I would, and that is clearly the battery life leader of the universe right now. Really not sure which way I'll go, and the DNA will only complicate matters.

    Waiting until at least when the DNA comes out, though, so I can give it a fair shake. Not really in a rush. Plus, the TB will probably be downloading ICS the day before I upgrade, so I'll a few hours to play with that. ;-)
    The Note 2 has really good battery life too, doesn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrf1009 View Post
    I've enjoyed my TBolt so far. It's still performing well and I've had no problems whatsoever, although the battery life has been a nuisance at times. My contract ends in Feb 13 and I'm trying to decide what's next. I really like the MAXX HD's size and feel, but the camera reviews are a downer. The Note II looks like a great phone but it's just too big, can't imagine carrying it on my hip while the GN4's lack of LTE is a deal breaker. I guess that after a year and a half of watching the battery meter, I'm leaning more towards battery life in my next phone. Eagerly awaiting news of the HTC DNA but if that hits the market with a 2100 mAh battery, I suppose I'll have to bite the bullet on the sub par camera of the MAXX HD. Still have time to decide and you never know what will be announced at CES 2013 in January.
    I've definitely enjoyed my TBolt. Battery is a big downer. I just got a new job and can't use WiFi at work anymore and my battery dies in hours if i don't leave it plugged in. So battery life is a big factor in my decision for a new phone too. We need to remember though that any phone will be better at battery life then the Tbolt even if it doesn't have a monster battery. Having said that, I do like that the Note2 has a huge battery (although it is a huge phone that needs that battery).
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    I am a day 1 Thunderbolter who has been happy with the phone since day 1. I've been rooted running several ROMs over the last 20 months and it's always been great. Not fantastic but, as an early adopter, I expected some flaws and imperfections.

    I will now move onto the Note 2 myself and keep the thunderbolt tucked away as a music player and back up phone.

    Also I am just as excited if not more over this Note 2. I'm checking the forums every hour for any update on the phone and people's thoughts etc. Its really terrible but I thoroughly enjoy the months coming up to a phones release especially the last few weeks where it just gets so intense waiting and speculating and the like. So much fun!

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    I liked my Thunderbolt from day 1. It's had a few problems and the rebooting thing was a real pain in the arse, but what can you do? We were basically a test group for LTE.

    I bought a GS3 off contract last month because I am impatient and I haven't regretted it yet. Man this phone is amazing. Battery life, screen, speed of ICS, thinness, camera, all awesome. Jellybean should make it even better.

    Now I know I love the GS3, but the Note 2 has me very curious. It's a jumbo GS3 with upgraded screen and processor. How could that be wrong? I might sell my GS3 and use my Nov 17th upgrade for a Note 2. I am a little weary of the overall size of the device but the people who bought the Note 1 say they got used to the size quickly and now they love it. Being a big guy, 6'8'', the Note looks normal in my hand. Anyway, any advice?

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    I loved my Thunderbolt as well. Now I am a proud owner or Droid RAZR Maxx HD. I love the battery life. The phone is way more responsive as well. The setup is great. We are upgrading. The whole family to the same phone ad our upgrades get here. We now have 2 RAZR and 2 bolts. The bolts are jealous of the battery.

    The bolt was a good phone but it was time to say goodbye to being glued to a charger. It is so freeing to just charge at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinTech View Post
    I liked my Thunderbolt from day 1. It's had a few problems and the rebooting thing was a real pain in the arse, but what can you do? We were basically a test group for LTE.

    I bought a GS3 off contract last month because I am impatient and I haven't regretted it yet. Man this phone is amazing. Battery life, screen, speed of ICS, thinness, camera, all awesome. Jellybean should make it even better.

    Now I know I love the GS3, but the Note 2 has me very curious. It's a jumbo GS3 with upgraded screen and processor. How could that be wrong? I might sell my GS3 and use my Nov 17th upgrade for a Note 2. I am a little weary of the overall size of the device but the people who bought the Note 1 say they got used to the size quickly and now they love it. Being a big guy, 6'8'', the Note looks normal in my hand. Anyway, any advice?

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    I am 6'3" and have proportionate hands and after playing with the Note 2 at T Mobile it fits very well man so don't worry about the size at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobman View Post
    The Note 2 has really good battery life too, doesn't it?
    Well the battery capacity is almost the same, but I don't know that we've heard definitive reports on how well it lasts. It SHOULD be good though, in theory....

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    My T-Bolt works fairly well with the extended battery I got at initial purchase. All day use without turning any features down.
    My upgrade is around the corner and I HAD narrowed it down to the HTC DNA, the RAZR Maxx HD, and Galaxy Note 2. The small non-replacable/expandable battery eliminated the DNA.
    The GN2 leads the Maxx HD because of features and camera.
    The Maxx HD is still acceptable because its camera is much better than the T-bolt camera I am used to.
    The no Simultaneous Voice and Data Over 3g is a big turn off of the GN2. I live in a 4g area so it is not a complete deal breaker but I am stuck with a 3g connection too often for it not to be a concern.
    Also, I don't want to give up that ability after having it with my T-Bolt.

    I was ready to commit once I saw the battery life with the Verizon GN2 on full time LTE. The GN2's launched so far are mostly 3g or H+ with a little LTE sprinkled in. LTE can be a big battery hog so we won't no the true battery life of the GN2 until a couple of weeks into the Vzw launch.

    Now I've seen the rumor of the Galaxy S4 specs and I may wait since my T-bolt is still performing well. These specs are a game changer for smartphones and are worth waiting for "IF TRUE".
    This is the Dream Machine.
    13 Megapixel primary camera and 1.9 megapixel of Skype certified HD front-facing camera
    4.8-inch OLED display with screen resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels
    32GB, 64GB and 128 GB memory variants
    2.0 GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM
    3200 mAh massive battery
    Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie
    Samsung is going to use more hard and durable material to make Galaxy S4 housing body as compared to Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2

    This is appears to be to good to be true. This is the full article.
    Samsung Galaxy S4 Release Date will feature 13 MP camera, OLED display and Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie

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    Day 1 TB owner, gave it to my wife and got a Rezound. The Bolt is still going strong, and thanks to the development community it is still a relevant option. I know everyone is excited for the G Note 2, but what about the HTC DNA? I'm inclined to hold out for that one. I have another upgrade available November 17. The DNA is supposed to be announced on the 13th. I just don't trust Samsung's radios.
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    Quote Originally Posted by csl810 View Post
    Day 1 TB owner, gave it to my wife and got a Rezound. The Bolt is still going strong, and thanks to the development community it is still a relevant option. I know everyone is excited for the G Note 2, but what about the HTC DNA? I'm inclined to hold out for that one. I have another upgrade available November 17. The DNA is supposed to be announced on the 13th. I just don't trust Samsung's radios.
    The HTC DNA looks like it's going to have a non-removable battery. Some may be ok with that, but for many such as myself, it's a deal breaker. I simply want the CHOICE of being able to swap out for a fresh battery on the fly and tether to a charge only as a last resort. Thus, why I'm going with the Note 2; well the 5.5" screen is killer as well! As to Samsung radios, I too had that concern, but it would appear by all accounts the issue has been addressed with the SGS3 and the Note 2 as their radios work fine.
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