Verizon HTC Thunderbolt Vs iPhone 4 Vs Droid Bionic

March 15, 2011

HTC Thunderbolt

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)

GPS: GPS/AGPS

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

iPhone 4

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)

Weight: 137g

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

 

Conclusion:

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!

Also, here’s a great infographic comparing the phones, courtesy of Skattertech & DigitalTrends


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
Form Factor Candybar
Display
Type QHD Capacitive Touch Screen
Size 4.3 inches
Colors & Resolution 16Million Colors & 960 x 540 Pixels
Input/ User Interface
  • Multi Touch
  • MOTOBLUR UI
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
  • Touch-sensitive controls
  • Light-Sensor
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



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Comments

  • anon

    where are the android gyros?

  • Bill

    Any further insight on the Thunderbolts battery life would be great.

  • Sembazuru

    I know the Atrix wasn’t a main focus of this article, but as far as regular phone-mode Android, all it will see is 512MB (apparently when used with the dock it should use the full 1GB). But since Moto has been saying that the software for the dock interface is (eventually) coming from the Bionic, would the Bionic suffer vs. the Atrix when using a dock? Time will tell.