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    Default HTC Thunderbolt Review from Engadget



    It got an 8 out of 10!
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    Not bad of a review, wish it had some more depth. At least Chris got to review it.
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    Seemed like a pretty fair review to me.
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    Funny... I had the same feelings as I opened my tb boxes for the first time... heavy tank of a phone and nice box. Coming from a x I am not impressed with the phone but the lte is literally the best thing ever!!

    Boy does my xoom zoom. I am using my xoom tethered to the tb of course. In a location that gets very poor 3g...and my dl speeds are four plus in both directions. I am in love.
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    Definately helps to hear people who know what they are talking about say good things about the TB, I'd like them to do more battery tests though.

    I can't wait for AC's review
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    Their logic is so asinine.

    It's a "single core in a dual-core age"? LOL. They gave the iPhone for Verizon 9/10 and that isn't a dual-core. Not to mention most phones aren't dual-core at all.

    Isn't the Atrix the only one right now?
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    So the Evo 4G gets a 9/10, and the Thunderbolt beats it in every way and gets an 8/10, because its a little heavy and thick. LOL

    The amazing LTE speeds alone should of made this a 9/10.

    I want to see what BGR, and Anandtech have to say about this beast next.
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    Its a pretty good review. Chris tends to give phones a fair shake and in this case it seems like he did a tretty good job. He mentioned battery life which we all new would be an issue. The mention of all the bloatware was also nice to see as these carriers need to be called out in public for this bs.
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    The bolt is even lihter thrn the evo, they said it in their review.

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    I'm going to start passing over reviews that focus an entire huge paragraph to what the fricking BOX looked like and do speed test as a barometer of the phone capabilities.
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    Agreed, I don't really understand why everyone with a camera needs to post a video of an "unboxing" to youtube everytime something new comes out. No one cares what the box and the manual look like.
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    the fruit pays thats why! lol either that or there is some biasssss
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    Quote Originally Posted by htowngtr View Post
    Their logic is so asinine.

    It's a "single core in a dual-core age"? LOL. They gave the iPhone for Verizon 9/10 and that isn't a dual-core. Not to mention most phones aren't dual-core at all.

    Isn't the Atrix the only one right now?
    Yeah, that kinda annoyed me too. They don't seem to have any beef with paying full price for a last-gen device when the iPhone 4 comes out on Verizon, but the Bolt comes out and all of the sudden, it's a "dual-core age", even though only one dual-core phone on one carrier has been released on the US market. Maybe a year from now you'll be able to say that it's a dual-core age, but not today IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ufmace View Post
    Maybe a year from now you'll be able to say that it's a dual-core age, but not today IMO.
    Hopefully, a year from now it'll be a quad-core age. (edit: a quad-core age with good battery life).
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    yeah they was definitely throwing little pop shots at the bolt but I can live with that rating
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    The most absurd part is that I beleive dual core was listed as a con for one of the lg phones they reviewed.
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    Hi everyone...I see the battery issue thread is closed, I will keep posting my updates for those of you who have not bought the phone and have serious issues about this. If I had any self control I would have done the same!

    Today I turned it on at 7:30 and at 5:30 I had 40% left. My bolt had a busy day...constant push of my exchange e-mails (lets just say I get ALOT of email)...face book updates, surfed the net for about 25 minutes, lots of phone calls (I would say 10 in the 5 minute variety, and a call to my mom that lasted 31 minutes (haven't talked to her in like 3 weeks). maybe 4 or 5 texts...I am always turning it on and looking at it. I was really happy with the battery. Will it need charged during the day? I am going to say yes, that I will get in that habit of doing that because I am one of those people that like to not worry about it. But I did not charge it today so I could see what it was like. Live and work in 4g but it does toggle back and forth in and out of buildings to 3G. So far I am not concerned about the battery...my fears about what people have been saying are not true...at least for me so far! Hope this helps you. It is not as good as my storm was in its hey day....but so far day 2 has been great....
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    Quote Originally Posted by nate44 View Post
    So the Evo 4G gets a 9/10, and the Thunderbolt beats it in every way and gets an 8/10, because its a little heavy and thick. LOL

    The amazing LTE speeds alone should of made this a 9/10.

    I want to see what BGR, and Anandtech have to say about this beast next.
    I don't know man. I don't think I agree with this. I really like this device but a 9/10 doesn't leave much room for improvement and there are lots of ways this device could be improved. Speed is nice, yes. But imo, the Thunderbolt would have to have better battery life and aluminum unibody to be 9/10...and would have to have qHD screen and dual core to be a ten. I think 8/10 was very fair. It could have easily been a 7/10 imo, and that still would have been fair. I think the 32GB installed SD card is what, in my mind, ends up justifying the bump to 8/10. storage on this thing is great.

    Also you have to remember timing is everything. When the EVO came out it was pretty darn innovative. The TB, not so much now. Things are moving quick. Like I said I really like this device but it's not revolutionary aside from being LTE capable. BUT there are many more LTE devices coming VERY quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nate44 View Post
    You're right even more perplexing!

    Don't even get me started on why the verizon eyephone4 got a 9/10 lol
    Maybe because it can do Skype video and Netflix over 3G? It was a fair review and I thought they were generous giving it an 8, I think it's a 7.5 as it's lacking any apps that really take advantage of lte, and offers really nothing new or revolutionary. If it had better battery life, a dual core processor, qhd screen, and lte it would have a 9or 10 for sure, just look at the atrix review.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Air Force One View Post
    I don't know man. I don't think I agree with this. I really like this device but a 9/10 doesn't leave much room for improvement and there are lots of ways this device could be improved. Speed is nice, yes. But imo, the Thunderbolt would have to have better battery life and aluminum unibody to be 9/10...and would have to have qHD screen and dual core to be a ten. I think 8/10 was very fair. It could have easily been a 7/10 imo, and that still would have been fair. I think the 32GB installed SD card is what, in my mind, ends up justifying the bump to 8/10. storage on this thing is great.

    Also you have to remember timing is everything. When the EVO came out it was pretty darn innovative. The TB, not so much now. Things are moving quick. Like I said I really like this device but it's not revolutionary aside from being LTE capable. BUT there are many more LTE devices coming VERY quickly.
    I agree completely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaymil View Post
    The most absurd part is that I beleive dual core was listed as a con for one of the lg phones they reviewed.
    They listed it as a con with the qualifier 'yet!'. They're absolutely right. At this point, there's not much use for a dual core because there's very few applications that can actually use it. So while its nice to have (and does future proof things to an extent), it adds a lot of cost to the handset and doesn't offer vastly different performance than any other high end Android handset.
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    Need to remember a bit to this phone was originally photo leaked in August 2010 as well, its model is technically old regardless if it is new for us. Just seeing those Evo 3D specs I can say I really jealous (outside of the 3D crap).

    Still a solid phone, def glad I only have a 1 year contract with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puterguru View Post
    I'm going to start passing over reviews that focus an entire huge paragraph to what the fricking BOX looked like and do speed test as a barometer of the phone capabilities.
    This is completely absurd. Everything does not revolve around speed.

    There are other important qualities. For me, I like high build quality and great hardware. As you can tell, many people also want good battery life
    Speedtests and benchmarks are a good indicator of device performance but do not tell the entire story.

    That being said, I could care less what Engadget's final score for the device was. It all boils down to personal preference and opinion. At least they wrote a nice, professional review. I thought it was detailed and covered a lot of the important areas!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcclure937 View Post
    This is completely absurd. Everything does not revolve around speed.

    There are other important qualities. For me, I like high build quality and great hardware. As you can tell, many people also want good battery life
    Speedtests and benchmarks are a good indicator of device performance but do not tell the entire story.

    That being said, I could care less what Engadget's final score for the device was. It all boils down to personal preference and opinion. At least they wrote a nice, professional review. I thought it was detailed and covered a lot of the important areas!
    I'm not sure if you didn't understand what I meant or if you were agreeing with me but I was saying that I ALSO find it absurd that they run right for a speed test.
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