First 4G Smartphone Launched, The HTC Thunderbolt

The HTC Thunderbolt from Verizon was launched yesterday and is garnering mostly positive reviews.

The phone is the first 4G smartphone and boosts of having the fastest internet speeds ever. In addition to its fast connection speeds, it has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and uses the latest Android operating system.

Features include: an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video, and a second forward facing 1.3-megapixel camera for videochat. A high resolution 4.3 inch screen. 8gb of built in memory. DLNA connectivity is also built in, allowing users to wirelessly send photos, music, and movies from the phone to a compatible HDTV or other DLNA device. It can provide a wifi connection for up to five mobile devices when Moble Hotspot service is activated.

The most common complaint against the HTC Thunderbolt appears to be battery life. “…using the 4G LTE network really kills its battery life,” stated Sascha Segan at PCMag.com. However, HTC and Verizon say they will soon have a higher capacity battery available. It will sell for $49.99.

Price wise, the HTC Thunderbolt is selling online for $199 at both Wirefly and LetsTalk with the purchase of a new Verizon account. At Verizon stores, the phone is listed at $249 with the purchase of a new plan.

Unlike the summertime releases of the Droid Incredible and Droid X, there have been no reports of short inventories with this Verizon smart phone. While there was some early concern about the recent earthquake in Japan disrupting the supply chain, Peter Chou, HTC’s chief executive, said that the “HTC global supply chain and distribution channels remain unaffected and operating as normal.”

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Faroh Sauder has spent more than 30 years working as a journalist and educator. He has written on politics, international affairs, civil rights, and consumer education. Now mostly retired, Faroh continues to stay current on tech and consumer issues and reports on his interests here at News For Shoppers.