iPhone vs. Android/Thunderbolt

Chuck Zimmerman

iPhone or Android? That is the question. It’s pretty easy to answer in my opinion. I’ve had an AT&T iPhone since they came out and earlier this year I got a Verizon HTC Thunderbolt (4G). The iPhone wins this comparison hands down. Even the AT&T network seems improved, which was a major complaint I used to have for it. Here’s a photo of each phone displaying the AgWired App (iPhone on right). Maybe when the Motorola Droid Bionic comes out I will change my mind.

So why do I think the iPhone is better? I think it’s much more user friendly. The camera is better. The size if perfect for my hand. The battery lasts much, much longer. There are more and better apps than you will find for Android. But one of the best things I’ve found is that when I tether my computer or iPad to it the connection seems to be rock solid and it’s not on my Thunderbolt. Maybe that’s a problem still with the Thunderbolt but I can’t use it tethered to my computer for more than about 15 minutes before it no longer provides an internet connection. Even when it is providing one it seems to blip in and out. For example, when I’m uploading photos using Flickr tethered to the Thunderbolt I will often get an error in mid upload. That never happens on the iPhone. I love the speed of 4G on the Thunderbolt when I can find it. However, I’ve had several instances of having a good 4G signal and all of the sudden it disappears and I’ve only got 3G. At that point I might as well be using my iPhone.

Apps seem to crash more on the Android. I use the Weather Channel app a lot. On the Android it will not show me maps. It just crashes with an error report. I’ve uninstalled it and started over with the same problem.

The Thunderbolt eats battery. Even if I don’t use it for a day it will be out of battery and that’s with all services like bluetooth, wifi, etc, turned off. It has to be charged constantly. And you can’t use it tethered with 4G unless it’s plugged in. I can sometimes go two days without charging the iPhone depending on use and I’d call myself a power user.

I like to text on my iPhone with one hand. The Thunderbolt is just too big for that. I’m sure there are other Android phones out there that would be slimmer. I just doubt they’d perform any better than the Thunderbolt when it comes to user friendliness. I like being able to put my apps into folder and not have a lot of screen space to scroll through to find what I want.

I thought this would be a good pre-AgChat Agvocacy 2.0 post since I’ll be on a panel talking about using mobile technology to enhance productivity. When it comes to using apps on these phones the ones I use most are for email, Twitter, weather, camera, music, texting, contacts, calendar and oh yeah, the phone. I also do quite a few of my on location interviews with the iPhone too. I’ve also started doing most of my video clips with the iPhone. Then I can just upload them straight to YouTube when I’ve got a good wifi connection. As a road warrior the iPhone seems to help make me more productive than the Thunderbolt. I hope this helps. Let me know if you’ve got questions.

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Comments 69

  1. Um…..You can make folders on the desktops! Long press and create folder, name it what you want. By the way, my data connections are rock solid including tethering, I think that’s a geographical issue not a phone issue. The battery is going to wear out faster, the phone itself is faster, the data connection is much faster, and the screen is bigger. So you put an extended battery on as I have. As far as texting with one hand, I agree with Dave’s comment above, I text all day with one hand, in fact I wrote this whole thing with one hand using swype.

  2. Um…..You can make folders on the desktops! Long press and create folder, name it what you want. By the way, my data connections are rock solid including tethering, I think that’s a geographical issue not a phone issue. The battery is going to wear out faster, the phone itself is faster, the data connection is much faster, and the screen is bigger. So you put an extended battery on as I have. As far as texting with one hand, I agree with Dave’s comment above, I text all day with one hand, in fact I wrote this whole thing with one hand using swype.

  3. User friendly, in my opinion, is allowing the user freedom to define their own user experience that best meets their needs and situation. Something that cannot be done with an iPhone.

    Apple believes that use friendly is dumbing the interface down to the lowest level. For those at that level, the iPhone is perfect. For those who want more, you need to look elsewhere. So far, Android is the best choice.

    If you want to let Steve Jobs decide what is best for you then go ahead and keep your iPhone. I need more.

  4. User friendly, in my opinion, is allowing the user freedom to define their own user experience that best meets their needs and situation. Something that cannot be done with an iPhone.

    Apple believes that use friendly is dumbing the interface down to the lowest level. For those at that level, the iPhone is perfect. For those who want more, you need to look elsewhere. So far, Android is the best choice.

    If you want to let Steve Jobs decide what is best for you then go ahead and keep your iPhone. I need more.

  5. By the way. You never need to connect your Thunderbolt to a computer.

    You have to sync an iPhone/iPad with iTunes before you can even use it. Always have to keep Apple in the loop. They know best.

    Also. Tethering is rediculous when you can have a WiFi hotspot. I connect my Motorola Xoom to it often and have more than enough bandwidth to do what I need. Even had an iPad (WiFi) that I connected through the Thunderbolt and can share the connection with a friend if I need to.

    Can’t do that with an iPhone.

  6. By the way. You never need to connect your Thunderbolt to a computer.

    You have to sync an iPhone/iPad with iTunes before you can even use it. Always have to keep Apple in the loop. They know best.

    Also. Tethering is rediculous when you can have a WiFi hotspot. I connect my Motorola Xoom to it often and have more than enough bandwidth to do what I need. Even had an iPad (WiFi) that I connected through the Thunderbolt and can share the connection with a friend if I need to.

    Can’t do that with an iPhone.

  7. Your article should be titled “iPhone vs. Thunderbolt,” since most of your complaints have to do with it, rather than the OS. If you want a similar experience, compare your iPhone to one of the Nexus phones.

    Anyhow, many Android phones have excellent battery life. On my Nexus 4G, 2 days without charging is fine. You can even underclock and undervolt the phone if you want more longevity.

    It’s really simple to share videos you’ve taken on the phone with Youtube or Facebook. Just hold down your finger on the video and select “Share”. Done.

    Some things you may want to try to see what the iPhone is missing: Chrome2Phone, Syncing of Facebook contacts and Address book, seamless and free backup of everything to Google, and desktop widgets.

    Cheers and enjoy both your phones.

  8. Your article should be titled “iPhone vs. Thunderbolt,” since most of your complaints have to do with it, rather than the OS. If you want a similar experience, compare your iPhone to one of the Nexus phones.

    Anyhow, many Android phones have excellent battery life. On my Nexus 4G, 2 days without charging is fine. You can even underclock and undervolt the phone if you want more longevity.

    It’s really simple to share videos you’ve taken on the phone with Youtube or Facebook. Just hold down your finger on the video and select “Share”. Done.

    Some things you may want to try to see what the iPhone is missing: Chrome2Phone, Syncing of Facebook contacts and Address book, seamless and free backup of everything to Google, and desktop widgets.

    Cheers and enjoy both your phones.

  9. guess you never played with your thunderbolt extensively. for i know that you can create folders and move apps to it too. and you don’t need to swipe thru the 7 screens provided. you can use a gesture to display all 7 screens or click home button twice. I can upload 720p video straight to youtube or facebook on 4G too. and to top it all you can root it and you will have more fun.

  10. guess you never played with your thunderbolt extensively. for i know that you can create folders and move apps to it too. and you don’t need to swipe thru the 7 screens provided. you can use a gesture to display all 7 screens or click home button twice. I can upload 720p video straight to youtube or facebook on 4G too. and to top it all you can root it and you will have more fun.

  11. You’ve made a Choice & it’s a good one for you. It’s plain to see, however, that ALL your listed ‘cons’ of the Thunderbolt are with the LTE service from Verizon. NOW do your same comparison with an Evo or Sensation or even the 2 yr old Nexus One… I’m Confident you’ll find ALL the user experience to be equal to & even Surpassed by these ANDROID phones… There’s a REASON why Apple maintains a 18% worldwide marketshare while ANDROID has a Steadily Increasing 48+ % worldwide marketshare.

  12. You’ve made a Choice & it’s a good one for you. It’s plain to see, however, that ALL your listed ‘cons’ of the Thunderbolt are with the LTE service from Verizon. NOW do your same comparison with an Evo or Sensation or even the 2 yr old Nexus One… I’m Confident you’ll find ALL the user experience to be equal to & even Surpassed by these ANDROID phones… There’s a REASON why Apple maintains a 18% worldwide marketshare while ANDROID has a Steadily Increasing 48+ % worldwide marketshare.

  13. iPhone or Android? It’s always been a no-brainer for me, because…
    Apple’s decision to not let customers change their iPhone’s battery has always been a deal-killer for me. That’s just plain stupid. Batteries for my Android phone are so ridiculously inexpensive nowadays, I always keep two extra, fully-charged ones with me everywhere I go. At the end of a long, high-usage 15-hour day (or night), it takes me less than a minute to swap batteries, and I’m INSTANTLY ready for another 15 hours! As active as I stay, cord-charging (AC or DC) has never been a good option for me. The ability to swap-out batteries anytime and just keep going is a MUST for my mobile phone choice. Seems like Apple will never understand that…

  14. iPhone or Android? It’s always been a no-brainer for me, because…
    Apple’s decision to not let customers change their iPhone’s battery has always been a deal-killer for me. That’s just plain stupid. Batteries for my Android phone are so ridiculously inexpensive nowadays, I always keep two extra, fully-charged ones with me everywhere I go. At the end of a long, high-usage 15-hour day (or night), it takes me less than a minute to swap batteries, and I’m INSTANTLY ready for another 15 hours! As active as I stay, cord-charging (AC or DC) has never been a good option for me. The ability to swap-out batteries anytime and just keep going is a MUST for my mobile phone choice. Seems like Apple will never understand that…

  15. Ui preference is probably because you are used to ios.

    In terms of tethering that is probably more a test of the network… Att vs verizon in your area tethering is rock solid on my droid.

    Thunderbolt has 4g radio… Much faster download at the expense of battery life. shut it off for battery test. The iphone does not even have 4g. Size is personal preference… But you did pick one of the largest android phones.

    You really are comparing a thunderbolt to an iphone… And you picked one of the recent poor android devices for your test.

  16. Ui preference is probably because you are used to ios.

    In terms of tethering that is probably more a test of the network… Att vs verizon in your area tethering is rock solid on my droid.

    Thunderbolt has 4g radio… Much faster download at the expense of battery life. shut it off for battery test. The iphone does not even have 4g. Size is personal preference… But you did pick one of the largest android phones.

    You really are comparing a thunderbolt to an iphone… And you picked one of the recent poor android devices for your test.

  17. You compared the buggiest, most battery draining, most complained about Android, to the iPhone. That’s like comparing a Ford F350 Pick-up Truck, to a Toyota Prius. Honestly, this comparison is completely ridiculous. You said iPhone has “More and Better apps”? Last time I checked Android has 430,000+ apps, while iPhone has 390,000+. So “more” is wrong. Also “better”? Not really, anything there is on the iPhone, Android has it, and its usually free on Android, ahem ahem Angry Birds anyone? Android has more freedom, and Android also has the greatest notification system of any kind, so great that iOS 5 will be copying it and fighting off lawsuits for it. Also, tethering problems? I tether my Android and play Call of Duty for hours upon hours, uninterrupted. Apps never force close on me, like they did on you. Also Android has folders in case you didn’t notice. And my battery lasts me 27 hours of heavy use. I am using the G2 on Android 2.3.4, the latest version, but even before it was updated, when it was still on 2.2, I had no issues at all. Only difference is that 2.3.4 has given me an extra 5 hours of battery life, going from 22 hour battery life, to a 27 hours battery life. The Thunderbolt has a terrible radio system, the processor and system RAM have terrible integration, therefore making it such an impotent brick of cell phone. In the case of iPhone vs. Thunderbolt, you are correct. But you’re arguement seems to try to incinuate that the problems faced with the Thunderbolt are problems that come with Android, which is far from the truth. In that case the hardware is the problem, not the software. If we are talking iPhone iOs vs. Android 2.3.4 , Android takes the cake hands down.

  18. You compared the buggiest, most battery draining, most complained about Android, to the iPhone. That’s like comparing a Ford F350 Pick-up Truck, to a Toyota Prius. Honestly, this comparison is completely ridiculous. You said iPhone has “More and Better apps”? Last time I checked Android has 430,000+ apps, while iPhone has 390,000+. So “more” is wrong. Also “better”? Not really, anything there is on the iPhone, Android has it, and its usually free on Android, ahem ahem Angry Birds anyone? Android has more freedom, and Android also has the greatest notification system of any kind, so great that iOS 5 will be copying it and fighting off lawsuits for it. Also, tethering problems? I tether my Android and play Call of Duty for hours upon hours, uninterrupted. Apps never force close on me, like they did on you. Also Android has folders in case you didn’t notice. And my battery lasts me 27 hours of heavy use. I am using the G2 on Android 2.3.4, the latest version, but even before it was updated, when it was still on 2.2, I had no issues at all. Only difference is that 2.3.4 has given me an extra 5 hours of battery life, going from 22 hour battery life, to a 27 hours battery life. The Thunderbolt has a terrible radio system, the processor and system RAM have terrible integration, therefore making it such an impotent brick of cell phone. In the case of iPhone vs. Thunderbolt, you are correct. But you’re arguement seems to try to incinuate that the problems faced with the Thunderbolt are problems that come with Android, which is far from the truth. In that case the hardware is the problem, not the software. If we are talking iPhone iOs vs. Android 2.3.4 , Android takes the cake hands down.

  19. U r comparing the hardware not the OS itself, if that the case u shud use Samsung galaxy s II. Remember not everyone can afford iPhone.

  20. U r comparing the hardware not the OS itself, if that the case u shud use Samsung galaxy s II. Remember not everyone can afford iPhone.

  21. The only reason the battery is draining with everything switched off is clearly because you have installed a dodgy app. At least android gives you the choice to do this, unlike the idont.
    Get a battery monitor, identify and uninstall that app, and i bet battery will be a lot better.
    My desire hd can easily last a day without charges and heavy use.
    If i turned off all the radios and left it alone (like your example with the thunderbolt, it would probably last more than a week)

  22. The only reason the battery is draining with everything switched off is clearly because you have installed a dodgy app. At least android gives you the choice to do this, unlike the idont.
    Get a battery monitor, identify and uninstall that app, and i bet battery will be a lot better.
    My desire hd can easily last a day without charges and heavy use.
    If i turned off all the radios and left it alone (like your example with the thunderbolt, it would probably last more than a week)

  23. Screen on iPhone is too small now that I have an Infuse (4.5 inches!). Seemed big at first, but now I can’t look at an iPhone. Too small.

    Also – why can’t you put your android apps in folders? Do you know how to use the phone? long press on the home screen and you can put a folder.

    What about widgets? iPhone doesn’t have them and they are great.

    I don’t know what apps you want that you can’t get on android.

    Overall this is a pretty biased review. Yes switching to android from iphone is a learning process, but sounds like you haven’t made it up the learning curve yet.

  24. Screen on iPhone is too small now that I have an Infuse (4.5 inches!). Seemed big at first, but now I can’t look at an iPhone. Too small.

    Also – why can’t you put your android apps in folders? Do you know how to use the phone? long press on the home screen and you can put a folder.

    What about widgets? iPhone doesn’t have them and they are great.

    I don’t know what apps you want that you can’t get on android.

    Overall this is a pretty biased review. Yes switching to android from iphone is a learning process, but sounds like you haven’t made it up the learning curve yet.

  25. This crap article should’ve been called iPhone vs. Thunderbolt. I’m sorry your experience with one model of one vendor’s version of Android has left you wanting, but to cast judgement on an entire operating system seems a bit silly. I think both OS’s serve different types of markets equally well. To say an iphone is better because of how it fits in your hand and its camera is better that one phone is very subjective. Pretty worthless.

  26. This crap article should’ve been called iPhone vs. Thunderbolt. I’m sorry your experience with one model of one vendor’s version of Android has left you wanting, but to cast judgement on an entire operating system seems a bit silly. I think both OS’s serve different types of markets equally well. To say an iphone is better because of how it fits in your hand and its camera is better that one phone is very subjective. Pretty worthless.

  27. Thunderbolt is one of the worst android phones out right now. Verizon is practically giving them away because of the issues stated in your article. Wait for the droid bionic.

  28. Thunderbolt is one of the worst android phones out right now. Verizon is practically giving them away because of the issues stated in your article. Wait for the droid bionic.

  29. You’re comparing iPhone(hardware) to Android (OS)… that’s apples to oranges.

    Your titles should have been iPhone vs HTC Thunderbolt

    You really can’t compare the baterry life of Android, the OS.

  30. You’re comparing iPhone(hardware) to Android (OS)… that’s apples to oranges.

    Your titles should have been iPhone vs HTC Thunderbolt

    You really can’t compare the baterry life of Android, the OS.

  31. This article is totally biased. I have a VERY low end android phone and it beats the hell out of my dad’s iphone Which crashes every five minutes, he can’t follow links from an sms without the springboard crashing.

    As for your tethering problem it’s probably because you’re using a crappy tethering app. I can tether my computer to my phone all day without any problems at all not to mention your comparison of the two is highly unscientific considering that you changed more than one variable at a time. Comparing an Iphone on at&t to an android on verizon is like comparing apples to bowling balls. You can’t rightly go on claiming that Iphone is better than android when you’ve also changed providers. How do you know your issues, such as tethering aren’t a problem on your provider’s end and not the phone itself?

    Like I said before I have a very VERY low end android device that doesn’t have any of the problems you’re talking about. I VERY rarely have app crashes (especially compared to my dad’s iphone) and I can tether all day without ever losing my signal. As for the Iphone’s user friendliness sure I agree with that but in exchange for user friendliness you lose the power of having full control. I’m not going to go into the multitude of ways that android is more powerful than the Ios because that’d be a whole article in itself.

    As for losing your 4g connection have you even considered that it’s more than likely a problem with the provider than the phone itself? My personal opinion of verizon is that it sucks. At my friends house I had to stand in the middle of his driveway on the trunk of my car to get any service where att, virgin mobile and boost/sprint (the latter 2 being prepaid and typically known for having crappy reception) had full bars anywhere in his house.

    Well there’s my 2 cents on why this article is complete hogwash. Next time you try to compare two things do so in a scientific manner and then maybe your opinion will hold some weight.

  32. This article is totally biased. I have a VERY low end android phone and it beats the hell out of my dad’s iphone Which crashes every five minutes, he can’t follow links from an sms without the springboard crashing.

    As for your tethering problem it’s probably because you’re using a crappy tethering app. I can tether my computer to my phone all day without any problems at all not to mention your comparison of the two is highly unscientific considering that you changed more than one variable at a time. Comparing an Iphone on at&t to an android on verizon is like comparing apples to bowling balls. You can’t rightly go on claiming that Iphone is better than android when you’ve also changed providers. How do you know your issues, such as tethering aren’t a problem on your provider’s end and not the phone itself?

    Like I said before I have a very VERY low end android device that doesn’t have any of the problems you’re talking about. I VERY rarely have app crashes (especially compared to my dad’s iphone) and I can tether all day without ever losing my signal. As for the Iphone’s user friendliness sure I agree with that but in exchange for user friendliness you lose the power of having full control. I’m not going to go into the multitude of ways that android is more powerful than the Ios because that’d be a whole article in itself.

    As for losing your 4g connection have you even considered that it’s more than likely a problem with the provider than the phone itself? My personal opinion of verizon is that it sucks. At my friends house I had to stand in the middle of his driveway on the trunk of my car to get any service where att, virgin mobile and boost/sprint (the latter 2 being prepaid and typically known for having crappy reception) had full bars anywhere in his house.

    Well there’s my 2 cents on why this article is complete hogwash. Next time you try to compare two things do so in a scientific manner and then maybe your opinion will hold some weight.

  33. What the i-phone fans never mention is the choice that android provides, want a smaller phone – you can have it, want a larger phone – available, want a keyboard – check, removable battery – check, removable memory – check, avoid itunes – check, check, check. If you want an iphone for functionality fine, but if you want other features, Apple will not give them to you…

  34. What the i-phone fans never mention is the choice that android provides, want a smaller phone – you can have it, want a larger phone – available, want a keyboard – check, removable battery – check, removable memory – check, avoid itunes – check, check, check. If you want an iphone for functionality fine, but if you want other features, Apple will not give them to you…

  35. So the “conclusion” of this article is that the author likes or prefers the iPhone. That is all! It is not really iP vs. Android after all!

  36. So the “conclusion” of this article is that the author likes or prefers the iPhone. That is all! It is not really iP vs. Android after all!

  37. Two things –
    1) The weather channel app for Android is just awful. Period. That is a developer problem, not an android problem (It is terrible across a spectrum of phones I have tried it on, it used to be good then they redesigned the UI and – just awful, crashes like crazy and is just ugly)

    2) The other problems you mention seem to be complaints about the thunderbolt, not android. I tether with my phone just fine, using wifi or usb. never drops (aside from when on a train and have no signal for a minute)

    3) it fits wonderfully in my hand, and lasts the entire day, despite using it for tethering quite a bit.

    You should consider this before you write a review for ‘android’. Although my guess is you were not interested in a serious OS comparison.

    You should rename your review iPhone versus Thunderbolt, because that is all you seem to be comparing.

  38. Two things –
    1) The weather channel app for Android is just awful. Period. That is a developer problem, not an android problem (It is terrible across a spectrum of phones I have tried it on, it used to be good then they redesigned the UI and – just awful, crashes like crazy and is just ugly)

    2) The other problems you mention seem to be complaints about the thunderbolt, not android. I tether with my phone just fine, using wifi or usb. never drops (aside from when on a train and have no signal for a minute)

    3) it fits wonderfully in my hand, and lasts the entire day, despite using it for tethering quite a bit.

    You should consider this before you write a review for ‘android’. Although my guess is you were not interested in a serious OS comparison.

    You should rename your review iPhone versus Thunderbolt, because that is all you seem to be comparing.

  39. You should definitely try a different Android phone. The Thunderbolt is FAR from one of the best, and is actually known to be quite buggy. Try the Galaxy S II or Droid X2…

  40. You should definitely try a different Android phone. The Thunderbolt is FAR from one of the best, and is actually known to be quite buggy. Try the Galaxy S II or Droid X2…

  41. The thunderbolt fits in my hands just as well as the iphone. I agree with Dave, you must have girl hands. That said I agree the iphone is the better phone. I dont like android because there are to many choices. I am a apple lover, and while I do admit apple is copying android in ios5, I find android fits too many features into one os before its ready. I prefer simple devices and yes I know the iphone specs suck, but I rather have something that doesnt crash. After all Steve Jobs protects us from bad things.

  42. The thunderbolt fits in my hands just as well as the iphone. I agree with Dave, you must have girl hands. That said I agree the iphone is the better phone. I dont like android because there are to many choices. I am a apple lover, and while I do admit apple is copying android in ios5, I find android fits too many features into one os before its ready. I prefer simple devices and yes I know the iphone specs suck, but I rather have something that doesnt crash. After all Steve Jobs protects us from bad things.

  43. You admitted to using the iPhone since it came out. Of course it is going to feel more user friendly to you, you have been using it sonce existance, you idiot. If you cant figure that out, you dont need to be writing misleading web articles. I had an iPhone for almost a year and traded somebody for their Captivate. Then bought the Thunderbolt when it came out and it is a way better phone than the iPhone in my opinion.

  44. You admitted to using the iPhone since it came out. Of course it is going to feel more user friendly to you, you have been using it sonce existance, you idiot. If you cant figure that out, you dont need to be writing misleading web articles. I had an iPhone for almost a year and traded somebody for their Captivate. Then bought the Thunderbolt when it came out and it is a way better phone than the iPhone in my opinion.

  45. You should change the title of this article. This is not an Android vs. iPhone article. This is a Verizon HTC Thunderbolt (4G) vs. iPhone 4 article.
    I have a HTC Desire HD that is amazing compared to my wife’s iPhone 3G but I don’t say that Android is better than iPhone. Although I do think the HTC Desire HD is better than the iPhone 4 in all ways except possibly the camera. That said I can’t complain about the camera on the Desire. Regarding apps, there are only a couple of apps that iPhone that Android doesn’t that I would like (e.g. Vimeo) but Android (and HTC Sense) has features that I love that you can’t get on the iPhone yet.

  46. You should change the title of this article. This is not an Android vs. iPhone article. This is a Verizon HTC Thunderbolt (4G) vs. iPhone 4 article.
    I have a HTC Desire HD that is amazing compared to my wife’s iPhone 3G but I don’t say that Android is better than iPhone. Although I do think the HTC Desire HD is better than the iPhone 4 in all ways except possibly the camera. That said I can’t complain about the camera on the Desire. Regarding apps, there are only a couple of apps that iPhone that Android doesn’t that I would like (e.g. Vimeo) but Android (and HTC Sense) has features that I love that you can’t get on the iPhone yet.

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    Thanks all for your comments. Love the name calling. Hope you feel better now. I did amend the title although I do have thoughts posted on Android. I’m not a fan. So what if I’ve used an iPhone more. I have invested a fair amount of time in using my Thunderbolt and it’s a mess. Was just on 4G in St. Louis airport with it. Last 20 minutes before internet connection died. So, yeah. I think it’s crap for an Android phone and as I noted, perhaps then next one I try will be better. I don’t think this is a provider problem. The last Thunderbolt software update was supposed to fix this problem. IMO it has not. So I’ll deal with them when I have time.

    No, I actually don’t have girly hands. Quite a few people who review for a living have made the same comment on this phone.

    Glad I could stimulate some discussion. Seriously.

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    Thanks all for your comments. Love the name calling. Hope you feel better now. I did amend the title although I do have thoughts posted on Android. I’m not a fan. So what if I’ve used an iPhone more. I have invested a fair amount of time in using my Thunderbolt and it’s a mess. Was just on 4G in St. Louis airport with it. Last 20 minutes before internet connection died. So, yeah. I think it’s crap for an Android phone and as I noted, perhaps then next one I try will be better. I don’t think this is a provider problem. The last Thunderbolt software update was supposed to fix this problem. IMO it has not. So I’ll deal with them when I have time.

    No, I actually don’t have girly hands. Quite a few people who review for a living have made the same comment on this phone.

    Glad I could stimulate some discussion. Seriously.

  49. I have used Iphone-orginal/ then 3g until swtiching to Verizon for the Thunderbolt-loved the 4g speed & other features but lousy battery life gets old very quickly. I use many google services/ gmail. I will look closely at the features of the new iphone 5. If it rocks, I will switch back-giving up some unneeded option for a device that just works. However, if it launches with an issue like antenna-gate–I will swap out to another Android device with the exact specs I am looking for.

  50. I have used Iphone-orginal/ then 3g until swtiching to Verizon for the Thunderbolt-loved the 4g speed & other features but lousy battery life gets old very quickly. I use many google services/ gmail. I will look closely at the features of the new iphone 5. If it rocks, I will switch back-giving up some unneeded option for a device that just works. However, if it launches with an issue like antenna-gate–I will swap out to another Android device with the exact specs I am looking for.

  51. I know where you’re coming from with the choppy signal while tethering, which can be a little annoying. Also with the newest update they built in an option to switch between cdma + lte/evdo and cdma/evdo. Its basically a 3G/4G toggle switch and it helped a lot with battery when i don’t need the extra power of 4G. iPhone is a fine phone and it really is easy to use, but I prefer using Android and my Tbolt for the increased support for google services and the more customization the Android launcher supports. Sorry for the name-calling and thanks for your opinion.

  52. I know where you’re coming from with the choppy signal while tethering, which can be a little annoying. Also with the newest update they built in an option to switch between cdma + lte/evdo and cdma/evdo. Its basically a 3G/4G toggle switch and it helped a lot with battery when i don’t need the extra power of 4G. iPhone is a fine phone and it really is easy to use, but I prefer using Android and my Tbolt for the increased support for google services and the more customization the Android launcher supports. Sorry for the name-calling and thanks for your opinion.

  53. Now this is funny, I see you totally rewrote the article, even took out your name you had for Android, whatever it was. Way to backpedal.

  54. Now this is funny, I see you totally rewrote the article, even took out your name you had for Android, whatever it was. Way to backpedal.

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