With the upcoming Verizon release of the HTC Thunderbolt, it’s bound to create some confusion for Android Smartphone lovers Stateside. The HTC Thunderbolt features some truly impressive specs, and with 4G connectivity to boot, is looking to be one of the hottest smartphones in 2011. Followers of the latest hardware will likely decry its lack of a dual core processor, a qHD screen, but we can dismiss these assertions. The HTC Thunderbolt is the successor of one of 2010’s hottest Android phones, the HTC EVO. Also, despite all the rumors over poor battery life, release date mix ups and all the other confusion, the HTC Thunderbolt is slated to release, officially, on March 17th!
HTC Thunderbolt Specs:
We believe it will be one of the hottest phones on Verizon’s network for at least nine months. Having spoken with some of the kind folks at HTC, we have been assured that the anticipated battery life will be a vast improvement over the original HTC EVO. This is partly due to some significant design tweaks, and also because of the new Qualcomm MSM8655 1GHz processor, which offers substantial savings in the battery department.
Networks: LTE 700, CDMA EvDO revA
Operating System: Android™ 2.2 + HTC Sense
Display: 4.3” WVGA TFT capacitive touch screen
Camera: 8MP with autofocus, LED Flash (2x LED), 1.3MP front facing camera
Memory: 8GB mmc + 768 RAM Memory card, preinstalled 32 GB microSD™
WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth: 2.1 with EDR (3.0 when available)
Battery: 1400 mAh
Special features: Dual mics with noise cancellation, Surround sound, Compass sensor, G-Sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, 3.5mm audio jack, MicroUSB, FM radio, LTE SIM slot , TI audio DSP
Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM8655, 1GHz, Qualcomm MDM9600
Motorola Droid Bionic
Despite its lack of publicity, this phone is packing an amazing feature set with some of the most powerful hardware we’ve ever seen in a phone. Despite having less than half the memory of the Motorola Atrix, it boasts a higher quality 8 megapixel camera, and a larger 4.3 inch qHD display. Like the Motorola Atrix, it also features the dual core Tegra 2 1Ghz processor for serious mobile computing performance.
Motorola Droid Bionic Specs:
Network: 2G Network GSM 800, 1900 MHz 3G Network CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, LTE 700 MHz
Dimensions: L x B x H 125.9 x 66.9 x 13.3 mm Weight 158 grams
Display: QHD Capacitive Touch Screen Size 4.3 inches Colors & Resolution 16Million Colors & 960 x 540 Pixels
System Properties Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo CPU Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-core Processor with 1GHz Speed, 512MB RAM/ 2GB ROM
Storage Capacity Internal Memory 16 GB of on-board storage Expandable Memory microSD card slot for expansion up to 32GB
Browser & Messaging HTML, Flash MMS, SMS, IM, Email, RSS
Camera Still, 8 Megapixels, 3264×2448 pixels, Dual LED Flash, Digital Zoom, Auto focus, Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization. Secondary – 0.3 Megapixels VGA Video Recording 720p HD video recording capable @ 30fps, 1280×720 Pixels
Connectivity Bluetooth & USB v2.1 with EDR Stereo & v2.0 Mini USB Headset 3.5mm stereo headset jack Radio – WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n DLNA GPS A-GPS 3G Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps, LTE
Video & Audio Video Formats MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI Audio Formats MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
Battery Type Li-Ion 1930mAh Standard Battery
Oh the iPhone. It always tries so hard, and it deserves the sales it gets. Some Apple loyalists believe that Apple innovates, while others follow. While this has been true to a point in the past, it certainly isn’t the case today. What we are currently seeing is the product development cycle of the world’s most advanced mobile phones accelerate past Apple’s ability to innovate. Ever attached to preserving its profitability, Apple is more than content in releasing one iPhone per year. And why not? The iPhone still commands impressive market share, and is selling like hotcakes abroad. The iPhone really set the standard for what a mobile device could be when it was first released. Since then, Androids have constantly improved, month after month, quarter after quarter, and year after year, finally arriving at the point where Android has surpassed the iPhone in market share growth.
By now, you probably know the iPhone 4 specs by heart, but here they are for good measure:
iPhone 4 Specs
Processor: Apple A4, clocked at 800Mhz
Storage: 16 & 32 GB
Dimensions: 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm (24% thinner than 3GS)
Display: 3.5-inch, TFT capacitive, Multi-touch, Scratch-resistant surface, 960 x 640 Resolution
Camera: 5 MP with LED Flash, 2592 x 1944 pixels, Autofocus + Touch to focus, Geo-tagging
Video Recording: 720p HD video recording @30fps + Editing LED video light Geo-tagging
Front Facing Camera: VGA for Video Conferencing (Over WiFi only)
Networking: GPRS, EDGE, 3G (HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps) Wi-Fi 802.311 b/g/n Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, aGPS
So, if you are looking for our opinion, than we’d have to say we love the Android Phones over the iPhone any day. We’re especially a fan of the Motorola Droid Bionic, with its amazing hardware and high resolution screen. The Tegra 2 dual core 1Ghz processor is looking to be one the one to beat in 2011, and will only get better as the software matures. As it stands, Android 2.4 will be the release when dual core processors are fully utilized and taken advantage of. For now though, the benchmarks we’ve seen are incredibly impressive, with the Droid Bionic only being beaten by the LG Optimus 3D and the Motorola Atrix, with its 1GB of RAM. Either way, if you are really into customizing your experience, its important to know that HTC has a great history of making their phones easy to customize and work with. Currently, the ‘scene is hard at work coming up with cool custom ROMS and other goodies for the HTC Thunderbolt. This is in stark contrast to Motorola devices, which have a history of being known for being extremely difficult to fully customize, thanks to their encrypted bootloaders. Both are great devices, and would be amazing to own. It’s really a matter of personal choice. Time will tell which one is more popular, of course, so we leave the decision of which phone is best to you – the readers!