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    I was more than satisfied with my Thunderbolt, although it was a pain to keep charging and swapping batteries all day long. Then, I broke the screen. I upgraded to a DNA shortly after launch and I love the new phone. The screen is spectacular. DNA is thinner and lighter. Jelly Bean is fast and smooth. And the battery is much, much better. It lasts all day with moderate use. 16 gigs and lack of an SD card are not an issue for me. Flash is no longer supported. But, that is not a DNA issue. It's true of all newer Androids. I highly recommend this phone as an upgrade to the Thunderbolt.

    My son upgraded to a smartphone at the same time and we lost our unlimited data plan. But, the limited plan includes the mobile hotspot at no additional cost and our total bill has gone down despite adding another smartphone to the plan.
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    RIP Thunderbolt. Got a S3 yesterday. What a difference.
    Matt
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Moore View Post
    RIP Thunderbolt. Got a S3 yesterday. What a difference.
    I did the same a few weeks ago. I rooted my bolt the first week and it was a great phone for me. Decided to go with the S3 and honestly couldn't be happier. Was concerned about buying a device that had already been out several months but so far it has been nothing but a joy to use!
    Blackberry Curve ---> OG Droid ---> Samsung Fascinate ---> back to Droid--->Thunderbolt--->Galaxy S3
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    I replaced my Tbolt with the MAXX HD and I couldn't be happier. The battery lasts longer than my Tbolt with the extended battery pack at half the weight. The MAXX HD is as bug as a phone can get where I can still use it in one hand. The S3 was just a bit too big for that.

    I had set up my Tbolt to the point where it was my perfect phone. I probably wouldn't have upgraded were not for the Tbolt finding its way into the washing machine.
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    My Thunderbolt gave up the ghost today. We ordered two Nexus 4s on Nov 27th. (6 to 7 weeks delivery). I tried to activate my old T-Mobile phone on a prepaid $30 card from Walmart to check it out, but found that T-Mobile really doesn't want you to do that. After buying a card from Walmart and an activation kit from T-Mobile on line, the T-Mobile activation guy on the phone said no. So this afternoon I re-upped with Verizon and came home with a DNA for me and a new white I phone 5 for my wife. That's what she really wanted in the first place. Cancelled the order from Google Play when I got home. Only took one click. I'm a little nervous that is all it takes. Will keep checking my Google Wallet account to make sure.
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    Another first day 'Bolter here to say so long. I didn't want to change phones. When my bolt(s) worked, they were great. Unfortunately, they never seemed to work well for more than a few months. Aside from dropping data, each of them began rebooting more and more frequently, until they just became too undependable. Rather than fight it out with Verizon again, I used my upgrade to get a Razr HD Maxx. So far, it seems great, but I've only had it for a few hours.

    Later, all! See you in the HD Maxx forum.
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    Goodbye tbolters. I have moved on to the Nexus4 and away from VZW. I will miss my beloved kickstand and LTE, but I'm loving this Nexus and T-Mobile!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HTCTundaBow View Post
    Goodbye tbolters. I have moved on to the Nexus4 and away from VZW. I will miss my beloved kickstand and LTE, but I'm loving this Nexus and T-Mobile!
    Monthly 4G?

    That's tempting
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    Quote Originally Posted by k4df4l View Post
    Monthly 4G?

    That's tempting

    Yep. $30/month

    unlimited data (Up to 5Gb HSPa+)
    unlimited text
    100 minutes

    Google voice + GrooveiP for unlimited Voip


    I love it so far. Over $55 a month savings form Verizon. ( thats with my discount i had at VZW)
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    Another day 1 Tbolter here. I jumped ship a couple weeks ago to the DNA, managed to keep my unlimited data and could not be happier. The DNA forum is nothing like the early Tbolt forum, very few problems and no complaints to speak off. Just a lot of praise for the DNA .
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddsrepair View Post
    Another day 1 Tbolter here. I jumped ship a couple weeks ago to the DNA, managed to keep my unlimited data and could not be happier. The DNA forum is nothing like the early Tbolt forum, very few problems and no complaints to speak off. Just a lot of praise for the DNA .
    It's really amazing, when you think about it, that we all stayed as long as we did. I sang the praises of the Bolt right to the bitter end - still will, to be honest. I wish I knew what kept us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hannsoft View Post
    It's really amazing, when you think about it, that we all stayed as long as we did. I sang the praises of the Bolt right to the bitter end - still will, to be honest. I wish I knew what kept us.

    Sent from my HTC Droid DNA via Tapatalk 2
    I loved my Tbolt. It was such cutting edge tech when it came out and no one had ever experienced such ridiculous speeds on a phone before. I never had the serious issues others complained about. No reboots, disconnects, etc. I did have the voicemail bug, but VZW gave me free VVM for way longer than they should have. By the end, it was rooted, debloated, with the stock ROM, and running perfectly. I disabled OTA updates cause i just didn't want ICS on the phone. Who knew what bugs that would bring? If it hadn't gotten wet and the screen got damaged, I'd probably be using it still. I have no regrets with the MAXX HD I have now, but I think the Tbolt got way too much flak. For a product that launched the 4G revolution, i think it was a great product.
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    It was ok, but the more reliant you become on a mobile device, the more frustrating the inconsistencies become. I've essentially been using mine for 2 years strictly in 3g mode at Verizon's suggestion. Essentially, for as "cutting edge" as it was, it really wasn't. (That sound WAYYY more argumentative than I mean it)

    I have a week and a half on Razr Maxx HD and finally feel like I'm sitting at the big people's table. Bluetooth connectivity, 3g and especially 4g connectivity is solid and reliable. I can drive down the road streaming audio and move in and out of 4g areas without issue. Last Monday I had over 6 hours of talk time and I don't know how many hours of screen time providing tech support and still parked it with plenty of battery left. Have had several days where extended use (16 hours) were needed and it was there. Can't say how relieving it is to know that a device you've grown to rely on will be there when you need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t0ked View Post
    I loved my Tbolt. It was such cutting edge tech when it came out and no one had ever experienced such ridiculous speeds on a phone before. I never had the serious issues others complained about. No reboots, disconnects, etc. I did have the voicemail bug, but VZW gave me free VVM for way longer than they should have. By the end, it was rooted, debloated, with the stock ROM, and running perfectly. I disabled OTA updates cause i just didn't want ICS on the phone. Who knew what bugs that would bring? If it hadn't gotten wet and the screen got damaged, I'd probably be using it still. I have no regrets with the MAXX HD I have now, but I think the Tbolt got way too much flak. For a product that launched the 4G revolution, i think it was a great product.
    These sound exactly like my sentiments. I love this DNA, but I do miss the Bolt too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linebusy View Post
    It was ok, but the more reliant you become on a mobile device, the more frustrating the inconsistencies become. I've essentially been using mine for 2 years strictly in 3g mode at Verizon's suggestion. Essentially, for as "cutting edge" as it was, it really wasn't. (That sound WAYYY more argumentative than I mean it)

    I have a week and a half on Razr Maxx HD and finally feel like I'm sitting at the big people's table. Bluetooth connectivity, 3g and especially 4g connectivity is solid and reliable. I can drive down the road streaming audio and move in and out of 4g areas without issue. Last Monday I had over 6 hours of talk time and I don't know how many hours of screen time providing tech support and still parked it with plenty of battery left. Have had several days where extended use (16 hours) were needed and it was there. Can't say how relieving it is to know that a device you've grown to rely on will be there when you need it.
    Well of course, I completely agree with you. My MAXX HD is head and shoulders above my Tbolt and you can't really compare the two. However, the Tbolt was most definitely cutting edge when it came out. Yes, it became outclassed within 6 months, but that cycle is becoming the norm, just ask anyone with a non-HD RAZR. With the extended battery, it lasted as long as i needed it. It looked like a pig, but it worked. Honestly, however, if I had experienced all the problems that were being reported and had to exchange it multiple times, I'd probably be singing a different tune. I just don't think it deserved the flak and the Woz calling it the worst phone ever. LOL.

    I'm just glad the RAZR is splashproof as that's what did my bolt in.
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    I been able to upgrades since November but I no longer going to stick with VZW. I am going to move to a TM 4G monthly no contract plan.

    My next phone I will upgrade to will be HTC again. I am looking forward getting the HTC M7 and hope it works on TM.

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    Ditched my ICS'ed Rommed Thunderbolt about 3-4 weeks ago, picked up a DNA.

    Amazing phone
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    I just traded my TBolt in a couple days ago for the Moto RAZR HD and wow, it's like night and day. Day being the TBolt: plain, dull, quick don't get me wrong, but the RAZR HD is where the night life's at. Literally I can go out at night without being paranoid about the battery being dead half way through (that's with the extended 2750mAh battery that made me embarrassed to be seen with it).

    For some background info, I've been through the original Moto Droid 1/Milestone, iPhone 3G, HTC Thunderbolt, and now Motorola Droid RAZR HD.

    I decided to go back to Motorola because I loved the build quality of the first Droid. I liked HTCs phone too, until I began running into features that didn't necessarily work, such as the "flip to speaker". No matter how many times I tried that feature never worked. I also got very tired of the Sense skin. It seemed too bubbly to me, too cartoonish. When I heard from AndroidCentrals own review of the DNA where things like decent battery life and "certain features that just don't work" I just had horrible recollections of the Thunderbolt. I have to admit, I love that HTC is always trying to innovate and be trailblazers in mobile hardware and features, but when things don't work, and a lack of patches to fix them aren't ota, my loyalty to them diminished.

    Some big differences between the RAZR HD and Thunderbolt, build quality. The Thunderbolt was thick even at the time it was released (my Droid 1 was thinner); the RAZR HD is slim and has a smaller battery than the extended battery of the Thunderbolt but lasts much longer. The kevlar backing is a nice original way to stand out of the crowd of glass plates and plastic covers. I also personally prefer the RAZRs industrial design; it feels modern. My most favorite detail is the LED notification light. I have the White RAZR HD, and when I get a notification, it blinks a green light that makes the white off the phone shimmer green. Its a nice effect. To those that hate the notification light can always disable it or just turn the phone screen face down.

    The camera, although reviewers have stated the Moto line of phones have weak cameras, its a definite step up from the Thunderbolt where now I can actually burst shots rather than having to sit there for 4 or 5 seconds before i can take another photo.

    Screen resolution is obviously a great step forward. 720p videos look very nice. It is a smaller screen so some images look much nicer vs. my 1080p computer monitor. Pixels are closer together so the picture looks much more crisp.

    Speaker quality is so-so. Sometimes I have a hard time hearing the other person on the other line, even with the voice privacy option off.

    I love the Custom Moto skin. It feels like this should have been the Nexus 4, with its unaltered Jelly Bean OS. There are some small tweaks Moto had their hands on, but overall it feels like stock Jelly Bean vs. something like the Nexus 7.

    One thing I miss from my Thunderbolt is the extra Menu button. Since Android apps don't really have to follow a strict menu layout, it feels like a memorization game with each app, where I have to remember where the menu button is (if the app even features one). Androids getting better in this department, but its not quiet fully there yet. Also the built in kick stand. I have a case for the RAZR HD that has a kick stand built in, but if I want it all the time I'll have to keep these case.

    Overall I'm very happy with my choice. If I'd have to choose between sticking with Motorola or going back to HTC for my NEXT phone (in 2 years), I think I'm going to stick with Motorola. Unless Nokia will join the Android family... then I'd have to reconsider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bunique4life05 View Post
    I been able to upgrades since November but I no longer going to stick with VZW. I am going to move to a TM 4G monthly no contract plan.

    My next phone I will upgrade to will be HTC again. I am looking forward getting the HTC M7 and hope it works on TM.

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    I ordered a T-mobile HTC One S(Black) and T-mobile 4G monthly sim card to replace my TB. I will be happy with HTC One S and paying only $30 months for service. All this will make the wait for the HTC M7 much more bare able.

    If HTC M7 doesn't done to T-mobile then least I have the One S. I see this as a win win.

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    Why in the world would I want to get rid of my Bolt? If it seems slow and laggy, I go play with my OG for a few minutes, and it seems like Speed Racer afterwards That also helps me remember how fast this tech is advancing, and that in a year or two whatever Shiny New Thing I covet now would be just as (relatively) slow and creaky as the Bolt feels. No hurry. Plus, although the ROM choices are getting thinner, twisted is keeping us in the game even if we're not at the head of the pack.

    By the way-for those of you thinking about going Samsung due to upgrade delays, my friends with Fascinates are still on Froyo. The Gingerbread update got pulled due to bricks almost immediately after rollout, and they never bothered to fix it. If you want the latest and greatest OS OTA, get a Nexus. And am I really the only one who finds it creepy that the SIII watches you?
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    Lescarpio, where you able to keep unlimited data on your Maxx HD?
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    Launch day Thunderbolt was my first smartphone. I actually didn't have too many issues with it, except of course battery life. Last week I picked up a Note 2 and couldn't be happier. The Thunderbolt is now relegated to "YouTube device" for my toddler

    I held off on upgrading since early November thinking I wouldn't notice much of a difference with an upgrade. Boy was I wrong. Night and day difference. I don't know how many of the new things I like are Samsung specific or just JB upgrades but I'm ecstatic with the new phone. I debated a long time between the DNA and Note 2 and I'm glad I went with the Note 2. I was worried about the size, however, I'm already used to it and its not a big deal.

    Lucky for me I already do have a dumb phone line on my account so I was able to keep my unlimited data (via upgrading on that line). I'm keeping my fingers crossed but it looks like I'm also keeping my $20 data discount as well (talk and text promo).
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    I have been eyeing the Nexus 4 and Note 2 but will go with the Note 2 since the Nexus doesn't have a changeable battery

    I am eligible to upgrade as of November but will wait till im done in March since I might switch to T-Mobile
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    My days are numbered; waiting for the used S3 to show up from fleabay so I can keep my unlimited data for as long as possible.
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    I finally gave up my unlimited data - I was averaging less than 1G a month anyway - since I stay connected to Wi-fi at home and work. Even chosing the 4G plan, to take advantage of the mobile hotspot feature, I came out less than what I was paying.

    I loved the Tbolt when it first came out, even got used to having the extended battery on it as "normal". But then in the last six months I've hated it. It would stall out when I'd try to make calls, I'd have to text people and ask them to call me, because I couldn't call out. More often than not, people would hear me muttering under my breath..."stupid phone!"

    I was considering moving to the DNA, but the fact that you couldn't change the battery or add a SD card was very concerning to me. I was already getting low resources error on my Tbolt (had to disable Facebook a year in, because I'd get that error every time I used it), and storing most of my apps on the SD card.

    I went into the Verizon store wanting to see the DNA and the Note 2. All the Verizon reps I spoke to said they'd get the Note 2 over the DNA, and that the Note 2 was the phone they all lusted after (for those that didn't yet have it). As a woman, I was concerned about the Note 2's size, but knew after playing with both of them that I really wanted the Note 2. So - I went for it, and I'm in love with my phone again. This phone is the best user experience for me and my needs of my previous phones. There's so much I'm discovering about this phone every day.

    And the size? Just not an issue for me, even with the Otterbox Commuter case on it. I'm not a tight jean wearer, so it fits comfortably in my pocket.

    My boyfriend is what we'd call technology challenged, and he's on the plan with a "dumb phone". He was eligible to upgrade as well, and I really tried to get him to consider moving to a smart phone, but he said he was happy with the phone he has and has no desire to upgrade - so if another phone comes along in a year or so, I'll use his upgrade at that time for another phone. But for now, I can't see my love affair with the Note 2 ending any time soon.

    And the T'bolt - I'll be factory re-setting it and selling it to a co-worker who can't really afford to upgrade right now and let her have it. She's using my old original DINC right now, so the TBolt will still be an upgrade for her.
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