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HTC Thunderbolt versus HTC EVO – get to know a gadget

The release date for the much anticipated HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon is finally upon us and pre-orders are currently being taken with standard sales beginning February 24th. Regularly priced at $749.99 at Best Buy, it can be purchased for as low as $250 with a two year contract with Verizon (the standard with smartphones these days).

So I started looking at the Thunderbolt and it struck me as the same as my HTC Evo minus the different carrier. So here are the specifications between the two phones:

  • Both: digital compass
  • Both: Android operating system
  • Both: micro USB
  • Both: dual-LED flash
  • Both: still image resolution of 3264×2448
  • Both: 720p video
  • Both: 4.3″ screen
  • Both: 480 x 800 pixel
  • Both: 8mpx rear cam, 1.3mpx front cam
  • Both: up to 32GB
  • Both: microSD
  • Both: bluetooth
  • Both: MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Both: flip stand in back
  • Thunderbolt: LTE
  • Thunderbolt: CDMA
  • Thunderbolt: 16M colors
  • EVO: 65k colors
  • EVO: Rev. A up to 3.1mbps
  • EVO: HDMI port

There aren’t very many differences between the two phones besides the carrier, the way the flip stand looks, price, the colors and HDMI port capability, so as EVO fans, we say hooray for Verizon’s new Thunderbolt.

Tell us in the comments what you think of the Thunderbolt.

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Kelly Ruck- Demeri via Facebook

    February 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Was just trying to find info on the bolt. How convenient.

  2. Kelly Ruck- Demeri via Facebook

    February 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Was just trying to find info on the bolt. How convenient.

  3. Matt Wilkins

    February 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    As a Sprint customer who has been deciding whether to buy a used EVO off craigslist or just take the opportunity to switch to Verizon for the TBolt I’ve been doing some research on this lately. Sprint WiMAX is not in my town and even though I can drive 5-10 miles to get coverage I’ve been told it may be YEARS becomes they light it up here while Verizon LTE is already active in my area.

    From the videos I have seen with both phones running through benchmarking programs the Thunderbolt has about TWICE the performance of the EVO. This is due to the TB having a newer processor and 1.5 times the RAM of the EVO.

    Another rumor I’m excited about is the ability of the ThunderBolt to do simultaneous voice and data over BOTH 3G and 4G. Since I want to be able to tether my phone to a laptop and/or iPad this is HUGE for me when working in the field with clients.

    Yes I have been Sprint for a long time because at the time in 2008 when I came back they had a real price advantage over Verizon but between Verizon redoing their pricing and Sprint adding on required add ons such as a “Premium Data Fee” for many people like me the price advantage has narrowed if not disappeared.

  4. jay Great Falls

    February 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I also spent some time looking deeper into this.

    Thunderbolt has significantly higher RAM and processes functions/data much faster. One benchmark was showing a 1950 versus 1100 performance rating.

    The Thunderbolt comes with internal 8GB storage versus 1GB. I’ve been reading that its 4G is faster but need to confirm that….So I”ll take it with grain of salt.

    The kickstand is much more sturdy–especially for vertical standing–obviously a non issue for a huge portion of users anyway.

    But the more modern tech for processing matters a lot.

    They’ll both get gingerbread–many Evo users have already downloaded G-bread if they rooted their phones. I”m still scared to root my Incredible.

    Next to make a viral video lambasting Verizon for refusing to sell me their phone now even though my 20 months aren’t up. They can either get my 250 now or a year from now so what is the obviously smart business decision? Take the money and run. Let’s see if I can negotiate an exception with one of several Verizon super center locally. One of these managers or owners has to concede.

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