02-13-2012 04:26 PM
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  1. RescueEMT911's Avatar
    Nothing like seeing an article like this to make you feel like a million bucks for purchasing a Thunderbolt from HTC.

    HTC admits its bulky, quick-dying LTE phones kinda suck -- Engadget


    "Yung admitted that HTC "dropped the ball" with its selection of LTE devices. He conceded that the bulky handsets simply failed on a design and spec level -- especially when it came to battery life"

    I don't know though, I actually kind of like my Thunderbolt phone since I have been using the Rezound battery. I should be able to stay content with it for this next year, it is just depressing to see even HTC corporation saying that the phone they sold me "failed"...


    RescueEMT911
    baztekdroid and Who? like this.
    02-06-2012 01:12 PM
  2. johnriii's Avatar
    well.....that a nice how-do-you-do!!! too late, slimeball, I've already adjusted my life to make sure I can charge my tbolt. it would be really cool to have a phone that would last two days, even with heavy use...i.e.netflix/youtube.
    02-06-2012 01:41 PM
  3. PJnc284's Avatar
    it would be really cool to have a phone that would last two days, even with heavy use...i.e.netflix/youtube.
    That isn't isolated to HTC. I doubt any android device aside from maybe the Razr Maxx would get that kind of usage and they only accomplished that by cramming in a battery twice as big as most others are shipping with.
    mightyfacundo likes this.
    02-06-2012 01:57 PM
  4. bjboucher's Avatar
    Doesn't bother me any. With the extended battery I can normally get 2 days use out of my phone. No regrets buying this phone whatsoever.
    02-06-2012 02:32 PM
  5. 808TBolt's Avatar
    Doesn't bother me any. With the extended battery I can normally get 2 days use out of my phone. No regrets buying this phone whatsoever.
    My wife has the extended battery as well and has the same experience as yours
    02-06-2012 03:17 PM
  6. 808TBolt's Avatar
    That isn't isolated to HTC. I doubt any android device aside from maybe the Razr Maxx would get that kind of usage and they only accomplished that by cramming in a battery twice as big as most others are shipping with.
    Agreed
    02-06-2012 03:20 PM
  7. worwig's Avatar
    I think they screwed up by putting such a small capacity battery in to begin with.
    But as for the bulk, I prefer it. If I wanted a thin hard to hold cracker, I wouldn't have gotten this phone. For my big hands, I prefer the size of the T'bolt.
    02-06-2012 03:30 PM
  8. redcat22's Avatar
    Doesn't bother me any. With the extended battery I can normally get 2 days use out of my phone. No regrets buying this phone whatsoever.
    I don't regret buying the TB either. I am disappointed with the extended battery. The stock battery gives me about 36 hours of light usage (text, email, phone, simple games, etc.) I turned the brightness down to about 25% and use wi-fi alot (3G when not on wi-fi). I turn data completely off when i'm sleeping, sometimes i even put the phone in airplane mode. I'm not rooted (yet) either.

    With all that said, i still bought the extended battery figuring it'll give me at least 3 days of light usage because it's twice as strong as the stock. NOPE! Soooo disappointed. I get about 2.5 days of light usage. I got the extended battery on sale for $25 so i'm not extremely upset. Though if i paid the full $50 for about a 1 day extension i'd be furious.
    OmahaPlaya likes this.
    02-06-2012 04:08 PM
  9. RescueEMT911's Avatar
    It is amazing the amount of money I have spent on the "battery" issue with the Thunderbolt.. Have 2 1800mah cheapo's from Ebay, bought another HTC stock battery, Rezound Battery, and an extended battery along with the Seidio Active Extended battery case..lol I think it had become an addiction to get better battery life.. I honestly love the extended battery, as far as usage goes, lasts a good amount of time, although I just cannot use it (even after spending over $50 to have it cover/battery). I just felt it was too big, and people would see it and say wow that phone is huge! And lets all be honest, we go through all this trouble to make our phones look good, special lock screens, new launchers, cases..I just couldnt get myself to keep it looking like two phones taped together..size wise..lol.. but with that said I must say, with the Rezound battery I get anywhere from 13-16 hours before I need to charge, and for my need, I am very happy with that! I charge nightly, but heck I am sleeping..lol With that battery in the phone I really do not mind it!!
    02-06-2012 04:23 PM
  10. Spacemaker24's Avatar
    I just bought my TB 3 weeks ago and I am extremely happy with it. The best $50 I've spent in years.
    02-06-2012 04:26 PM
  11. dpham00's Avatar
    well.....that a nice how-do-you-do!!! too late, slimeball, I've already adjusted my life to make sure I can charge my tbolt. it would be really cool to have a phone that would last two days, even with heavy use...i.e.netflix/youtube.
    Depends on your definition of heavy usage. My thunderbolt under heavy usage with extended battery lasts about 4 hours on Skype video.
    02-06-2012 06:18 PM
  12. FrankXS's Avatar
    ...and people would see it and say wow that phone is huge!
    Well, "people" clearly dictate to you what kind of phone you should buy. Maybe you should ask them what phone would impress them if you carried it. Then go and buy that phone.

    -Frank
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    02-06-2012 06:20 PM
  13. quest7's Avatar
    I just bought my TB 3 weeks ago and I am extremely happy with it. The best $50 I've spent in years.
    I can't say that, lol. But it is a good phone.
    02-06-2012 08:48 PM
  14. roxy surf's Avatar
    I love my bulky Thunderbolt, it feels solid...I held my friends Galaxy s2 the other day, it was so light...
    02-06-2012 09:14 PM
  15. RescueEMT911's Avatar
    Well, "people" clearly dictate to you what kind of phone you should buy. Maybe you should ask them what phone would impress them if you carried it. Then go and buy that phone.

    -Frank
    LOL, well this is very true! I should have asked around first.. But of course we already know what the answer will be.. The good old Iphone 4S! I mean I do like the Android operating system, but if you really want to impress and have the "in" look you are then looking at an Iphone 4S. Android phones are nice, but pretty much with all of them, unless they are really into phones, they cannot tell the difference if you are carrying a $299 Razr Maxx or a $50 buck android prepaid.. Does not happen when you own an Iphone....

    And yes I own an Android phone, and my next phone will be an Android phone... I love them... I am just saying that if I wanted to impress people with a phone then Iphone would be it!
    02-06-2012 10:21 PM
  16. Unobtanium's Avatar
    I like bulkier phones. On my StarTACs, v60 and GZ1 Boulder, I used extended batteries. So it is with the Thunderbolt. I have large hands, and the TB just works for me. Still liking the kickstand, the FM Radio, and since the GB update and the update to the update, the stability of the phone (I only had two or three random reboots early on anyway). I've said in it the other threads about the "next phone," I still don't have one for sure. Maybe a Casio LTE device.
    02-07-2012 05:39 AM
  17. johnriii's Avatar
    That isn't isolated to HTC. I doubt any android device aside from maybe the Razr Maxx would get that kind of usage and they only accomplished that by cramming in a battery twice as big as most others are shipping with.
    I knew that...my comment was meant to be sarcastic!! Netflix uses about 11% battery per 30 minutes on
    4G...9/10 times, I'm watching netflix in my truck, which means I'm usually plugged into the charger anyway. either way, HTC admitting this is encouraging, but does that really mean they're going to do something about it? I'm stuck with my Tbolt until July 2013, and I'm done griping about the battery. if it were the ONLY phone with horrific battery life, then I would be but it's not, and I've figured out how to manage it, with the stock battery.
    02-07-2012 10:35 AM
  18. zog1977's Avatar
    thunderbolt is a great phone, maybe best ever.....
    johnriii and baztekdroid like this.
    02-07-2012 10:37 AM
  19. JerseyDubbin's Avatar
    My tbolt with stock battery lasts 8-10 hours. Which is more than enough for me. The only days it dies is if i'm skiing and forget to turn data off. Other than that I can always charge it at some point 99% of the time. If it dies then that just means i'm disconnected from social network...o noess

    I have an iPhone 4 for work and that battery lasts 5 days. There are days I don't even unlock the phone because I get my email other places. I'm sure I could get my tbolt to last more than a day with everything turned off (facebook, twitter, gmail, etc).
    02-07-2012 11:31 AM
  20. dpham00's Avatar
    I just bought my TB 3 weeks ago and I am extremely happy with it. The best $50 I've spent in years.
    I bought the Rezound for $ 50 on upgrade back in November, IMO, at the same price point, I think that the rezound is a better phone in just about every aspect, stock for stock.

    Though, i can see why the rezound didn't sell well, they should have focused on making a better phone rather than the beats gimmick.
    jroc likes this.
    02-07-2012 11:52 AM
  21. flipbeats's Avatar
    I think, They really just need to upgrade the soundcard, the screen to amoled and the battery be like the razr max and thats all I'd want.. and of course ice cream sandwhich. But to be honest I love my tbolt no problems or anything with it except my case from seidio kinda broke.
    02-07-2012 12:17 PM
  22. anon(394005)'s Avatar
    The article or what HTC said really has no bearing on how I feel about the Thunderbolt. IMO, it's still a very well designed phone. I really like the squared edges and how the capacitive button area and the top of the phone are highly minimized to allow the screen to use the most real estate. It also looks very sleek with the standard battery door and the kickstand is a killer feature. I do admit the 1400mAh battery is under powered, which IMO is really the only knock against the phone. It should've shipped with at least something like the Rezound 1620mAh battery. The extended battery and door, while adding much needed capacity, do add too much bulk and changes the look of the phone in a negative way. But until battery tech improves, you'll have design compromises either way to allow larger capacity batteries which mean either thicker or wider. Case in point, the RAZR/RAZR Maxx has a larger battery mainly due to the phone's width. The battery is flat and fills most of the inside back of the phone. For me, I dislike that width as much as added thickness in other phones. Anyway, while I eagerly look forward to what HTC has in store for this year, I’m fully content to keep rockin the Thunderbolt for the foreseeable future.
    02-07-2012 01:47 PM
  23. dragonsamus's Avatar
    The small battery does suck but the extended does the job even if it's ugly. ;-)
    808TBolt likes this.
    02-07-2012 04:53 PM
  24. the_introvert's Avatar
    The Rezound battery fits the Bolt? Is that with the standard door or with the extended door?
    02-07-2012 06:36 PM
  25. baztekdroid's Avatar
    I am very happy with my tbolt. It has been dependable and since GB the battery life with the rezound battery has been incredible. I consistently get a minimum of 16 hrs before I plug it in at bed time. I am a bit of a phone geek so I am always looking to see what's new and to date, I haven't seen anything that has impressed me enough to even entertain giving up my bolt. Let's see what's just over the horizon.
    02-07-2012 06:55 PM
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