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Re: Launch Day Thunderbolters
I am one of the lucky ones who got the unreliable T-Bolts and I am definitely singing a different tune than you. The battery life was my first issue, but that wasn't all that surprising or unexpected, especially being one of the first LTE phones. I got the chunky extended battery and the longevity problem was pretty much solved. Random reboots, frequently dropped data, and intermittent dead spots on the touch screen though have all been recurring issues for me. First, the multiple reboots per day have long since gone away, and random reboots in general have also for the most part, but even now the phone still reboots on its own every few weeks. Not a huge inconvenience, but considering the several-minute (I really need to time it one of these days) boot time with so-called "fast boot" turned ON, it is still annoying. Second, the phone consistently and randomly loses its mobile data coverage in areas that I know are covered by the towers because I am able to get a good data signal other times, and friends with other VZW 4G phones do not have this issue. Mine either drops data all together, or drops it to 1X. When it is totally gone, I go into the Quick Settings in the pull-down menu at the top and the Mobile Network is turned off. When I try to turn it back on, it appears as though it is trying, but fails and multiple attempts do not bring different results. Usually the only cure is a several-minute reboot. Third, on occasion, certain spots of the screen (usually the upper 0.75 inches or so) will stop responding to touch. There goes another reboot...
Originally Posted by t0ked
My Tbolt came up with one more issue about 18 months ago when my data suddenly slowed to a consistent but much reduced speed. Using the speedtest.net app, when I first got the phone the 4G LTE speeds were somewhere in the ballpark of 30Mbps upload and download (I do not remember or have in front of me the exact numbers). About 18 months ago though, I stopped seeing anything higher than about 5Mbps download and about 8Mbps upload. These still beat 3G speeds (I think), but they are nothing compared to what I was getting initially on the Tbolt or what I should still be getting. Even doing a speedtest.net app side-by-side simultaneous run with a friend on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, I saw a max of about 5Mbps down, and about 8Mbps up, while he saw at least 30Mbps up and down. No clue why this happens, and of course Verizon was no help. They sent me a new 4G SIM card to attempt to resolve this and the general data connectivity issue, but to no avail...on either issue.
I am trying to figure out what my next phone will be. I think I am between the Razr Maxx HD, the S3, and the Note 2, but I'm not sure. The battery on the Razr Maxx HD is a huuuuuge draw coming from the Tbolt with its unwieldy extended battery that is basically essential in order to make it through a full day on one charge. However, the Samsung line is appealing to me as well, and my basic deliberation between the two Samsungs is size - whether I want something as big as the Note 2 or if the S3 better fits the bill. I do not know much about the battery on either of these though, so that will come into play when I actually go to decide. All that is really irrelevant right now though because I will not pay the $600+ retail price for any of these phones, and I will not give up my unlimited data by signing a new contract either. I'll just be waiting until the prices come down on these phones, until there is a new one that I am willing to pay full retail for, or until my Tbolt finally dies.