A few of you have asked to see the boot animation on the HTC Thunderbolt, so here it is. But it's what's inside the phone when you open the battery cover that was a cool little surprise.

The motor that makes the phone vibrate is exposed. You can actually touch it if you want. Of course that's done on purpose, but it's part of a larger design trend, HTC told us. In every HTC phone, you're going to have see some of the hardware exposed. It's a pretty cool feature, and it's not going away anytime soon.

 
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NYBKPRE says:

Just make the hardware transparent so we can see everything. Now that would be cool

iPwn says:

It's a pretty cool?

zakth says:

Yes a transparent case would be awesome... they could name it the HTC Ghost... or MotoGhost or Samsung Ghost... just tossing out some ideas. :) *cough* if you guys use Ghost make sure you pay me something please :p

htowngator says:

You had me really interested for a moment in the "under the hood" comment as I thought MAYBE there was a dual-core after all.

hannsoft says:

Wish I could say I was impressed with the boot time. Can you swipe the "storm" to skip it?

gtg465x says:

This video wasn't indicative of boot time... it was a first boot and everything was being set up.

Jim01 says:

So you can touch the vibration control? That might look cool but why leave something exposed like that? Just seems like one more thing that could break.

iandouglas says:

The first 49 seconds of the video were *riveting*... I could hardly contain myself.

dtreo says:

That was so exciting that I nearly woke up watching it...

fillossofer says:

The first :49 were intended to build suspense.

now just make the animation faster and keep it sitting at the last image for a little while longer and i will actually keep that animation after i unlock and root my thunderbolt

rion_j says:

that was fast boot? hmmmm, not impressed.

Jaunzems says:

Thunderbolt which boots up for half an hour?

radgatt says:

is it me or on the front page under the heading for this article they had a video for a different phone?

Furiouso says:

I always wanna touch it. Thats just how I roll.

sookster54 says:

What's the purpose of exposing the vibrator? For uses in bed?

So much for HTC 2.0's fastboot...

cjohnson481 says:

bootload like a blackberry?!

cj100570 says:

The name actually makes no sense when you think about it; thunder doesn't have bolts, lightning does. And lightning (light) is faster than sound (thunder).

BlaqkAudio says:

A thunderbolt is a discharge of lightning (a lightning bolt) that's accompanied by thunder. And yeah, the speed of light is faster than the speed of sound, but the speed of sound is already pretty fast.

I think you're thinking too much about the name.

cj100570 says:

And you're worried too much about my over thinking....

Jonneh says:

I'm very worried for both of you! Please stop making me worry! I can't take it anymore! :'(

Jude526 says:

I think my Incredible is incredibly perfect. I am happy.

ssethv says:

I think your right.. the thunderbolt is just a little faster and bigger. other than that no real big differences... I am not going to pay extra money every month to access a webpage 1 or 2 seconds faster. I had the X and gave it back to get the incredible.. i love it..

crcr says:

That is eggzactly what I did. The speaker on the X was too weak -- unacceptable. And though the big screen was nice, I found it too bulky and heavy for lightweight and convenient pocketability. For me, the Incredible is the best compromise between cell phone size and portability + weight issues.

mauvil says:

Why would you have to pay extra? I have unlimited data,will that not be enough?

This is exactly how the Inspire 4G should have been designed. AT&T lost.

Fast boot has nothing to do with actually booting the phone. It's just a sleep mode HTC built into their new phones.

XXXdc5 says:

A lame boot animation to go with a lame phone. They pair up quite well

N.Napoleon says:

I'm not really impressed with The Thunderbolt... I'm considering switching over to Sprint and trying the EVO until HTC comes out with the 2nd generation EVO... Plus it would be nice to cut my bill down by $40 and replace it with Sprints everything $69 deal!!!! Has anyone seen any reports on what is to come next to top the EVO since obviously the Thunderbolt so far isn't it?

weehooherod says:

There isn't anything yet.

I don't like the boot screen.

Astrodroid says:

"OH MY GOD, SOMEBODY CALL 911 QUICK!"

"Okay! Hold on... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... "

mjcecil says:

About those four contacts above the battery, next to the vibromotor... Do you suppose those are for a touchstone-style battery cover? My old Pre has contacts just like that (though two, not four) so the inductive coil in the phone back can charge the battery from the touchstone base.

Mark

darkmax says:

Wow... that boot up certainly was impressive... impressively slow, that is.

ssethv says:

Thunderbolt is nothing more than a bigger incredible... I have the incredible and now am not even thinking about the thunderbolt... c'mon HTC... hope you have something better in the future.

whats up with the stupid music? I mean damn that shit gets annoying. So much for a fast boot reminds me of my days with blackberry yawn

Sanewicked says:

Wow. I could have booted up, opened the browser and watched this video twice by the time the Thunderbolt was ready for operation. Samsung Fascinate for the half-win.

papadonna says:

please ignore

BlaqkAudio says:

Everyone who keeps commenting on how slow fast boot is needs to look up what fast boot really is. This is booting from a cold start; of course it's going to be slow. Fast boot is essentially the equivalent of hibernate/sleep on a computer; the phone just goes into a low power hibernation/sleep.

Labrat#AC says:

Thunderbolts of lightning very very frightening, Galileo! Galileo! Magnificico oh oh oh!

mauvil says:

Was the verizon rep saying you needed the 4g to use the skype video chat? or can you use the video chat through skype, Tango or similar apps with the regular phone services?

WilkinsonJ says:

I thought that the new HTC Sense had "Fast Boot" which enabled the phone to turn on in 10 seconds. Or is that a setting that you can enable?