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HTC Thunderbolt versus HTC EVO – get to know a gadget

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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.

AG is not affiliated with any companies mentioned above.

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  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.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-3MOvuPFvU&feature=player_embedded

    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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LG G Flex will have a curved display: why it even matters

The LG G Flex is exciting as it is curved, but there are much deeper implications of this announcement that your company should take note of before your competitors do.

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LG G Flex to feature curved display

You may have heard that Samsung will launch a smartphone with a curved display (although they’ve so far fallen short on their plans to produce their smartphone prototype that is completely flexible), but did you know that LG is hot on their heels, with rumors of the LG G Flex launching this November?

As depicted above, what is believed to be called the LG G Flex is similar to a standard smartphone in shape, with just a slight curve, using plastic OLED screen technology

CNET reports that sources close to the project say the G Flex will have a six-inch display and November is the projected unveiling, but that could always be pushed back (although to be in time for the holiday shopping season, we suspect it will be a November launch).

Samsung will likely unveil their curved display phone this month, and there are rumors that the Galaxy Note 3 could feature a curved display as well.

Curved does not equal flexible

So why develop a curved display? Analysts point to the device actually fitting around your face naturally for making calls, and others note that it fits in a rear pocket more comfortably with a curve.

Curved does not equal flexibility, though, as the devices are still stationary, but the reason the LG G Flex being curved matters to you is that mass production of this type of technology is the precursor to what’s coming next – flexible devices.

Looking into a crystal ball

LG already introduced a curved 55-inch OLED tv panel, and was first to the finish line with the ability to mass produce fully flexible plastic screens, announced last year with their electronic paper display (EPD) product, sold overseas.

The LG EPD is not just flexible, allowing the screen to bend up to 40 degrees from its center, it is a 6 inch, 1024 x 768 e-ink plastic screen. The technology used mimics the way traditional ink appears on paper, which many prefer over the backlit flat panel displays of tablets and computers. The EPD is only 0.7mm thick, weighs 14 grams (that’s 1/33 of a pound) and is said to be scratch resistant when dropped.

Flexibility is next, and it is relevant for your brand not just for the novelty of having a flexible device, but because the way people interact with your website or app could be changing sooner than you might suspect.

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iPhone 6 concepts beginning to emerge

With all the hub-bub about iOS 7 and iPhone 5, several iPhone 6 concepts have emerged. The most prominent feature is the wrap around screen.

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Looking into the future

Whether you are an Android lover or an Apple fanatic, people love to fantasize about what the newest phone release will bring, from hologram keyboards, an added projector, and so forth. As for the iPhone 6, the most common feature designers and fans think it will have is the wrap around screen. AGBeat has featured this concept several times, and while it has yet to become reality, there seems to be high hope for the iPhone 6 release.

Dribble users have designed and shared several concept models, all of which have the wrap around screen, also known as the infinity screen. This design allows a more engaged user experience, by removing the side casing. The sides have a flat, touch-responsive volume control and a much thinner design overall. And some additional revisions (based upon Cladio Guglieri’s original) have included wifi, Bluetooth, do not disturb, airplane mode, and rotation lock icons, right on the side.

These additions give you instant access to your most used controls, without the need to tap through to gain access to the settings screen. Also, with the extra features, the opposite side of the phone shows your message status, emails, and music controls. DeviantArt also has multiple postings of the infinity screen design. This is absolutely amazing to me because there is so much information in such a limited amount of space. The thickness of the phone in the concept states 0.30 inches; it is really hard to believe an email icon can fit and be legible, but it does.

Other futuristic possibilities

There are also several versions that include aluminum plus carbon fiber casing, in many different variations. Although most still remove the edges from the iPhone 5 design. Behance users have also created several examples of this design concept. With touch sensors wrapping the display edge, concept designers believe no borders means nothing between your hands and the display. And they hope accidental gestures can be prevented with the sensors, although this is just a concept. You certainly would not want to pick the phone up to answer a call from your boss and accidentally start your iTunes playlist.

The only problem I see with this beautiful design is protecting the edges, despite designers touting the durability of the new technologies. As someone who frequently drops their phone, and attempts to keep it safe by using a protective case, I wonder how you can utilize the edges, but still keep the phone safe. Also, I would be interested to see, how often holding the phone triggers the side sensors. Otherwise, I think the wrap around design is both beautifully functional and a long overdue, welcome feature.

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Contacts+ app adds productivity to any Android

Android users: Contacts+ is a great new way to manage your contacts, making a potentially frustrating process simple and streamlined, adding productivity to your phone.

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Contacts+ is more than a contact manager

Contacts+ is more than just a contact manager though, it is also a dialer app and combines photos with information from all your connected services: WhatsApp, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. Contacts+ is a welcome alternative to the Andriod favorite Smartr. Since Smartr was recently acquired by Yahoo!, Contacts+ could not have come at a better time.

You can send free and regular messages without switching apps, sync pictures to your contacts, including cover photos, from Facebook and get birthday reminders.

How the app works

With optimization for both Android phone and tablets, you have the ability to sort your contacts in a variety of ways without worrying if you will be able to see all the data. You can sort by groups, favorites, smart contact (prioritization by frequency or A-Z), and search message history of your contact from one place. If you happen to have the same contact in your phone more than once, Contacts+ will sync them together to save you any confusion.

One tap opens a contact card, and then you can tap again to make calls or email them. Once the contact card is open, you can also catch up on their social media life. Leo from Contacts+ writes, “they have a sync process with Facebook and Google+, essentially users connect their accounts (authentication is performed securely through the respective service) and once an account is connected, Contacts+ links and syncs contacts based on unique identifiable information, enabling them to automatically connect your contacts and their identities.”.

New features have been added

The newest features include high res picture sync, a new black theme, T9 search in the call log, Dialer+ shortcut that can be opened over your call log/contacts screen, the ability to call back directly from the incoming message pop up and ignore accents improvements.

The only drawback is that some of the “sorting” features are a bit harder to find. You will need to tap through a couple of different options to find the ability to sort by last name, for example. But, once you get used to it, it really is a nice way to manage your contacts. Contacts+ is free in the Google Play store.

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