New HTC Thunderbolt 4G Already Has Problems

Lindsay Mannering
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thunderboltThey had me with the little green guy. The HTC commercials are so darn good, sometimes I don't fast-forward through them. "And you, and you, and you, and we ..." love it. It gets me psyched every time, and I just want their little green alien mascot to be my pet. So when I read that the Thunderbolt release date is coming up on the Verizon network, I got a little excited, and started humming the HTC theme music.

The Thunderbolt has already run into some trouble, though. With price increases and delays, HTC fans on Verizon are getting antsy. Why wait for this 4G phone, when the iPhone is now available?

If you're a tried and true Android fan, then I suppose you have no choice but to wait, but get out your checkbook. The Thunderbolt was originally advertised by Best Buy for $249 with a two-year contract, but now it's listed at $299 with the same deal. A 20 percent price increase is a lot. And the release date was generally thought to be this Thursday, February 24, but skeptics don't buy it.

If you're willing to wait, the Thunderbolt has got some pretty neat features. There are two cameras, one forward facing for video chat, one rear facing for HD photos, a 1Ghz processor, and a 4.3-inch touchscreen. High definition video on a 4.3-inch screen means this could replace my TV.

While a 4G HTC Android phone has gotten my attention, I'm curious to hear reviews before making a decision. I'm cautioned by my experience waiting for the BlackBerry Storm, which was a complete disappointment and disaster. It had the same issues with pricing and release dates as the Thunderbolt, so I'm worried.

I'm in the market for a new Verizon smartphone, and can't decide between the iPhone 4 or an Android, possibly the Thunderbolt.

What's your experience with Verizon smartphones?


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