HTC Thunderbolt

Verizon this morning on Twitter offered a little teaser as to when we might actually see the HTC Thunderbolt (see our hands-on) go on sale. No exact date, but we did get:

Many have waited for the Verizon #iPhone. Some looking for the #4G #LTE HTC #Thunderbolt. May be sooner than we expected!

That mean we'll see it before the expected Feb. 14 launch at Best Buy? Guess we'll find out in the coming days. [@verizonwireless] Thanks, Droid Hungry!

 

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Verizon, on Twitter, says we may see Thunderbolt 'sooner than we expected'

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Yes! Can't wait to get the Thunderbolt. Hopefully today is the day to get official pricing and the date!

It was expected in March, so "earlier than expected" could be the Feb. 14th date that seems to be more and more popular.

It was never expected in March. Verizon said back in December that their first 4G phone would be out in February. It was a few commenters claiming March 17.

It's interesting the we're seeing more Android devices this year where the manufacturers seem to want to get them out ASAP. Last year, most of the phones announced between CES and CTIA were given broad windows like "Q2" or (a phrase I really dislike) "in the coming months". Manufacturers are now falling all over themselves to beat each other to the market.

I hate to say it, but Apple is a marketing/hype juggernaut. This has become increasingly clear to me as a OG Palm Pre owner - who waited 6 months from announcement to release. Companies are getting it that there's SO much new stuff flooding the marketplace that they only have a limited window of mind-share before their product starts to fade into the crowd. Heck, Leo Apotheker of HP has just said that HP webOS products will launch within a month of announcement from now on.

Everyone's taking a page out of Apple's book, and I believe that it's in their best interest! The T-bolt (my personal fav) lost all sorts of cool points as soon as the Atrix was debuted. And now that 3D phones are starting to be teased, the poor AWESOME Atrix doesn't even seem as cool anymore.

Later to announce, and faster to release is the new business model. Get them excited, and get it in their hands while they're still excited.

Well for me, personally, I don't need dual-core (c'mon dude, it's a freaking phone I don't need dual-core!) And I am just excited enough to get off Sprint WiMAX to LTE. Also, its the only HTC phone that is LTE and I would most likely only buy a HTC and a lot of others prefer HTC too. Also, the thunderbolt is the only phone that will support not only 4G simultaneous voice and data but ALSO voice and data over 3G (a new technology called SVDO). Just because something else (the bionic) has higher specs doesn't mean its quality. Also, in regard to bionic vs thunderbolt, people are worried moto might lock the boot loader and a lot of people like sense better than moto blur.

Though I agree on some of your points, HTC flat out makes lower spec phones. They cut corners in a lot of places that Motorola, for instance, doesn't. I understand for some of you that a locked bootloader is a big deal, but for me, it isn't. Motorola simply has the best combination of hardware specs and support going. Yeah, Blur does suck. Yeah, some people are upset about locked bootloaders. But for the rest of us, it's Motorola for the win.

The fact that we get a choice at all is part of what makes Android great. ;) Personally, I don't think we have anywhere near enough info on Android + dual core CPUs right now to make a judgment call on that... It might be a lot more efficient if the OS is optimized enough to push background tasks unto the 2nd core; but then, dual core optimizations are only available on HC no? so it'd have to be a kernel/manufacturer add-on... Who knows?!

However I'll take HTC's update support over Moto's slightly higher build quality and Samsung's screens any day of the week. SuperAMOLED might look pretty but the colors aren't accurate at all, and SuperLCD looks just fine (even regular old LCDs look fine if you aren't comparing them directly). All that being said, I'd still take Moto over Samsung's plastic overload and lack of updates any day of the week.

If LG makes a good enough impression w/their high end models, even they have a chance to pull ahead of Samsung amongst geeks and enthusiasts.

Good points. I would like a better screen thou. The amoled on the INC was unreadable outdoors. Did I see somewhere this phone eat the lunch of the Bionic in quadrant and other tests? Nice!

I have a newer Dinc with SLCD, the same screen the ThunderBolt has. It's very crisp and easy to read outdoors.

FroYo nor Gingerbread support multi cores. Good luck waiting on a phone version of Honeycomb. These phones may not even get it. The Bolt has new gen Snapdragon. As far as screen, it has SLCD. It looks every bit as crisp as Amoled. I have a Dinc. It has SLCD, and looks very nice.

HTC uses S-LCD screens, which are the smaller form factor of the S-PVA screens. They are inferior to both IPS and AMOLED, which Motorola and Samsung use respectively, but the technology is superior to the typical TN screen you'll find on most low-end equipment. In short, they are cheaper screens than other manufacturers use.

Finally I can get rid of my Black Berry; I have been out of contract since Oct. 3rd!!!!!! Woo Hoooooooo..... Eff RIM!!!!!!!