Absolutely love this phone! Great speeds, great picture quality, 4G Rocks, FM radio and... oh yea, GREAT speeds. Unfortunately I found 2 design flaws that hopefully can be thought about for new phones in the future.
First off, when taking a video recording; the mic doesn't pic up what your recording as well as the person who is holding the camera. Maybe there could be two microphones rather than just the one?
Second, the kickstand is really cool but while watching videos the battery is sucked dry. Unfortunately, the charger plug for the phone is just in the wrong spot! You can't charge the phone and have it up on the kickstand at the same time... kind of a bummer really.
Other than that I absolutely think this is the best phone out! Thanks HTC!
I LOVE THIS PHONE!! AWESOME! HOWEVER, the battery is funny....I would be embarrassed if I were HTC/Verizon! They should have bumped up the battery no doubt. I live/work in areas that switch from no 3G to 3G to 4G LTE!! So I am the prime example of what the worse case scenario is for this phone (I am guessing)! Still love it......though I feel that HTC/Verizon should either supply the owners FREE extended batteries or FIX THE DRAINAGE PROBLEM!! I am also getting "Force Close" from the Zillow app when I was traveling around looking at homes yesterday. This happened multiple times.
Please feel free to contact me....HTC! I would love to help you guys! Please send me more batteries!!
I also am enjoying this new phone. The synching is not going very well however. At first it worked great with my home PC, I especially liked the ease with which it synched my WMP music setlists. But when I synched with my work PC i got duplicated appointments and now new appointments on my work PC are not synching at all.
I also see a 30+% drop in battery life during my morning commute, which entails moving from 3G areas to 4G, some email reading and maybe some book reading. That is way too much. Luckily I can recharge from my work PC.
I was recharging today and was at about 85%. Then I was advised by Verizon to power off, remote and reseat the Sim card and then reboot. To do that you need to remove the battery. When I rebooted, the battery indicated over 90% charged, so I'm not sure we are getting a good reading.
I also am getting a lot of forced closes from the B&N Nook eReader app when connected to 4G. It seems the app cannot validate my account or synch my library over 4G! What kind of BS is that? When I turn off the radio (airplane mode) I can open my book just fine. Come on BN stop validating my account every time I try to read my books and fix the 4G problem!
Good phone so far. As mentioned by many people the battery is an issue as it was on the incredible i previously used. I like HTC devices, but they really need to get the battery problems worked out. For a short time I used the samsung fascinate and the battery life on it was far better. As also previously mentioned, the bluetooh volume on my Ford Sync Speaker System is dismal. Had the same issue with the incredible. Althought only slightly better, the fascinate had higher volume levels so I am convinced it is an issue wth BT stack on HTC's part. It's perfectly fine on media streaming so it's just strange to me that the incoming call volume is such a pain in a keester. Please fix these HTC and this will be a stellar device.
Ditto on loving this great phone. 1) I agree re: the design flaw (?) or "what were they thinking" about the placement of the Micro USB connector and/or the kickstand angle. This is a big hit against HTC. 2) On the battery life or lack there of.... I ordered an extended life battery (2750 vs the std 1400)... and I asked the Verizon store manager about the 'known" battery issues with the Thunderbolt. He said this is an HTC decision and they do not believe there will be any adjustments, changes, etc for owners. Too bad HTC selected the Std 1400 battery rather than kicking it up a few notches to the extended battery which is available for the Thunderbolt.
I also love the phone, the battery life is definatly worse then my Droid 1 and the USB connecter and kickstand is an issue. But the bluetooth is the worst issue of all!!!! I have a Lincoln with Sync.... I am not only having the volume issue, but the phone freezes up when I try to use the blue tooth. It says on the phone that he bluetooth is connected, I start the call.....but then the call suddenly goes back to the phone. The phone is completely frozen at this point. I can not even shut down the phone, I have to take the battery out.
This is not only an annoyance, BUT A HUGE SAFTY ISSUE having the phone calls drop back to the phone and the dam thing frozen.
HTC please fix this.
I am completely new to the droid/smartphone market. I've been putting it off, so I thought I'd go with the newest and what was purported to be the best. Well having all these great things but not being able to use them unless you are tied to an outlet is an issue to say the least. I'm in sales myself and would never ever set myself up for failure like that! The reason I signed up here to begin wiht is to comment about the poor design i.e the kickstand and the charger port. not only can you not use both at the same time and since your phone is constantly plugged in they may as well have left that stand off! Hoping the phone somehow redeems itself in the next few days before my option of return is over. I've survived for 13 years as a verizon customer without having access to email on my phone. I guess I can go a while longer.
Aside from the short battery life, this phone is a beast! As often is the case with world firsts, this phone had to be designed with access to a very limited choices of components. Thunderbolt, being the first LTE phone in the world, uses an LTE chipset that was designed for USB modems. The Qualcomm MDM9600 is a power hog because it wasn't designed with power being a major concern (since USB is constantly powered by the host).
I'm sure with Thunderbolt's success and Verizon's LTE gaining steam, more power efficient solutions will surface very soon.
I have to agree that this phone has the potential of blowing away the competition. However, having gone through 2 phones in 4 days due to technical problems is not making me consider switching back to a BlackBerry or IPhone. Even with the KillAp's set to auto, GPS and WiFi turned off the standard battery can't make it through 8 hours of medium use. This is terrible and reminds me of some of the first Windows Mobile phones. The extended life battery might be better, but will not work with any belt clip type of case yet.
I do have to agree with Jchadw001 regarding the USB charging port location. I am astonished that none of the engineers or beta testers or pre-production team noticed that you can't use the charger with the kickstand.
HTC had a great shot with this phone, but there are too many issues to make it a success.
I bought an hTc Thunderbolt on the first day they were available for in-store purchase. I have had nothing but a massive headache from both my phone AND Verizon. My guess is that this phone was pushed to release TOO early for the 4GLTE network. If I'm on my phone for more than 5 minutes (and business calls HAVE to go over that), it freezes up. My only options are to remove the battery or let the battery die. EVERY TIME. I sent it back. Verizon sent me a new one and required the return of my old one. They sent me to the wrong place to return it which costed me gas money. The 'new' replacement they sent me not only locks up JUST the same if not more often, but also resets itself randomly at least three or four times a day. If hTc doesn't fix the thunderbolt, I'll find creative ways to get my 250 back from them. I don't pay this much money for this kind of junk. Get an iPhone or go Motorola. hTc doesn't know what they're doing or how to do it right.
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