- 03-18-2011, 03:09 PM #101
- 37 Posts
A friend of mine picked it up at lunch today and thought I had a case on it because of how solid it feels. Coming from a Blackberry Storm this thing is blazing fast. No 3G in my area (Omaha, NE) yet...maybe next year. Battery life seemed good, but I "widgetized" my phone and with wifi on and not connected it's sucking down the battery pretty fast. Have to try out the Hotspot and see if it sucks it down too. Screen is wonderful....overall SUPER impressed....so far I don't regret not waiting for the Bionic....we'll see if that holds when the Bionic gets released though...
- 03-18-2011, 03:23 PM #102
- 37 Posts
I was rarely able to wake my storm by pressing the screen...after 21-22 months of use, I usually had to wake it with one of the front buttons and rarely got it right the first time...just wasn't intuitive I guess. However, it may have had something to do with locking the screen all the time....because you had to press the unlock button anyway...
- 03-18-2011, 03:37 PM #103
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- 03-18-2011, 07:48 PM #112
Most task killers after they are done, allow those very programs you thought you shut down fire back up. Edwill86 is better informed than your vz Rep. Most, not all apps, do not need to be powered down or "task killed ".as they are idle till you need them. Some do run in the background and i've tried a app called Watch Dog that sniffs out those programs and notifies you so you can take action. I don't have any affiliation to the vendor. Just sharing info for the masses.
- 03-18-2011, 08:30 PM #113
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- 03-18-2011, 08:44 PM #115
Barely making it through my second day with this Droid. Had to Charged the phone TWICE again today. Right now, 8:43 PM and my battery is yellow and less than 15%.
89% Display (set to to full - I need to be able to see the screen in daylight) I'm out side most of the day.
3% Android System
2% Phone idle
- 03-18-2011, 08:45 PM #116
- 03-18-2011, 09:48 PM #117
After a few hours of use, all I can say is WOW. I came from the Dinc. This phone is faster, brighter screen and much better. I do not live in a 4G city, but will be visiting one on Monday to test out the LTE.
While playing with the phone, a friend of mine called. Needless to say, browsing the internet and talking on the phone in CDMA 3G worked like a charm.
I also put some music on the phone and the speakers are amazing.
All in all, I will be happy with this phone for some time to come.
- 03-19-2011, 12:54 AM #118
- 03-19-2011, 01:03 AM #119
- 1 Posts
Two questions...in the Verizon store today with the Thunderbolt I tried to play video on espn.com and it didn't let me ! (just like the iphone) You know the blue arrow that appears when you move your mouse over it. it just showed the video picture and never started playing! That is not good, espn.com video is an absolute must, and I thought the Thunderbolt was supposed to be Flash friendly. Any thoughts, just a bug?
Also, I am thinking about buying the Thunderbolt on sale tonight at Let's Talk. When you get to the checkout screen, it gives you that long list of Verizon plans. I have no idea what plan my family is on, and I don't want to change the plan, just continue the same service. Do I have to select a plan on that screen if I just want the phone?
One more thing, if I buy the phone online, how do I a) activate it, and b) transfer my contacts? Thanks!
- 03-19-2011, 01:29 AM #120
So step by step
1. Call 1-800 number
2. Put in Sim card don't touch the gold part
3. Power on phone and give it a minute to hit the actual network and see some 3G / 4G action.
4. Go forward with first page on setup which is Backup Assistance (Answer to your second question if you are previous Verizon customer)
Continue through adding all other accounts you wish and finish setup.
- 03-19-2011, 01:57 AM #121
Well, I sent back my new Droid X and waited for this one. It's a great device, the hardware makes the software very responsive. Everything works except for one thing: ActiveSync Calendar.
Build quality - Thumbs up. Very good.
Mail - Thumbs up. Very good.
Contacts - Thumbs up. Very good.
On screen keyboard - Thumbs up. Good (though the haptics feel weak)
Everything on the whole, so far - Thumbs up. Very good.
ActiveSync on the calendar - Thumbs down. 100% non functional.
Unfortunately, I wish I could say the problem was on my end. The server reads green. There are no conflicting items in the control panel and the device gives no reason other than, "Synchronization is experiencing problems". In a matter of minutes we went through Tier 1, and 2 support at VZW, referred to HTC and stumped them in about 20 minutes. Awaiting referral to someone higher in the chain...
I'm still tinkering with it, but I should not have to buy a third party app to get this to work. It's part of the whole point of having a "smartphone"...
I am really going to find a work-around on this. The device on the whole is really nice. The HTC Sense UI isn't as much of a hindrance as I though it might be (of course I was comparing to Moto Blur-ish Droid X).
So, I'm not bashing anything. I really like this device, but I only have limited resources to devote to making it work.
- 03-19-2011, 02:25 AM #122
I'm not quite sure what to think of the Bolt yet. It has the potential to be an amazing handset, easily one of the best Android phones I've ever had. The screen is great, the updated sense is really quite good, and its typical HTC when it comes to good build quality.
The battery life has got me concerned. I've never had a phone die on me before, and my Bolt was dead by 6 pm today with only light use. I changed some settings with the Blockbuster app, and I'll continue to adjust them, but its still concerning. (and I sure as hell am not shelling out money for that tumor of an extended battery) If I can't get the battery life to be better, I might have to return it.
- 03-19-2011, 07:55 AM #123
- 03-19-2011, 08:21 AM #124
- 11 Posts
I love my new thunderbolt! I used to have an LG ally...and let me tell u that this is a huge upgrade! The two phones are not even in the same class. My quadrant speed test was 1950 on 3g. I am not concerned about the battery because I have a charger at work, home, and in the car. My wife was laughing when she used it because of how fast and smooth the phone operates. If anyone is still on the fence about buying this phone...buy it! I had been on this forum reading posts for the past month....thank u all for all the info!
- 03-19-2011, 08:41 AM #125
- 77 Posts
Had my phone since day one and I'm still learning how to use it but I really like it. The battery sucks but I don't think that's really HTC's fault is it? I mean when are the battery manufacturers going to make batteries that can keep up with phone technology?? So they can make these fancy batteries to supply power to cars but not batteries good enough to keep a smartphone charged?!?
There is a bit of a learning curve. I'm having some trouble with a few things but after the first view days I'm loving my new phone and glad I waited for it. I feel like I have the top of the line for sure.