January 20, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
I know, I know, the HTC Thunderbolt is not exactly on top of anyone’s shopping lists right now, as it’s pretty expensive and only runs that raggedy Android 2.2. But what would you say if you had the chance to get the 4.3-incher for free?
Of course you’re interested now, even thought you probably already suspect that you’ll have to tie yourself on a two-year contract to get this gadget for free. The offer comes from Verizon Wireless and is limited, being only available until January 26.
As you might or might not know, the Thunderbolt comes packing a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and features all the things you could need from a mid-range smartphone nowadays, including an 8 MPx rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, a 1.3 MPx front-facing webcam, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS and Bluetooth 2.1.
While the design is clearly the most important ace up the Thunderbolt’s sleeve (it is sleek, isn’t it?), we should also mention that Verizon Wireless is selling the smartphone with 4G LTE connectivity. That’s a pretty nice feature to have nowadays, especially if you can get it for free.
Sure, the problem with the OS still stands, but hey, there’s still worse things than having Froyo with HTC Sense on top, aren’t there?
The 4.3-inch screen sported by the Thunderbolt is decent, while not unbelievably bright or capable, and comes with a 480 x 800 pixels resolution, while the battery should itself be satisfying, but not extraordinary.
All in all, there are definitely better options than the HTC Thunderbolt on today’s smartphone market, but are there any faster or stronger gadgets to be made available for free? I personally think not, so my advice is to hit the source link right now and to get in line for one of Verizon’s special discounted Thunderbolts!
Update: The HTC Thunderbolt from Verizon ships with Android 2.2, but updates immediately to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as some of you stated in the comments below. Thank you for noticing and sorry for the inconvenience!