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HTC Thunderbolt review: Verizon strikes at 4G speed

Verizon's first 4G Android phone arrives. And the HTC Thunderbolt is a zippy masterpiece.

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The 4G war is heating up among smartphone providers, and Verizon's first salvo has hit store shelves in the form of the HTC Thunderbolt, a beast of a phone that is as speedy as it is beefy.

The HTC Thunderbolt is the first of many phones that will use Verizon's 4G LTE network, which currently is available in only a handful of metropolitan areas but will expand to over 100 areas by the end of the year.

Even setting aside its 4G capabilities, the Thunderbolt is worth consideration.


The overall design of the Thunderbolt is very familiar to anyone who has seen a smartphone from HTC Corp. It's a bit thicker than recent smartphones but can still slip into a pocket easily. The back is a soft touch material that feels nice in the hand, with a (blessedly) large volume rocker on one side, power button on top and micro-USB port on the other side.

This phone is also a bit heavy, even compared with HTC phones of the same size. The additional 4G hardware inside is likely to account for that (and the slightly thicker profile), but we actually like the heft of the Thunderbolt. It feels like a tool instead of a toy, and the weight — 5.78 ounces (164 grams), only an ounce heavier than Verizon's iPhone 4 — is by no means unbearable.


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