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Old March 22nd, 2011, 09:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, I'm a first time smartphone buyer (I know, I'm living in the stoneage with my EnV2 LOL). There's no 4G coverage where I live, and I really don't care about 4G, though I'd like to make a decision ASAP as I don't want to wait for Verizon to up the 4G prices before I get a phone (since they're all 4G this year). I've been waiting for the Thunderbolt release since January when I decided to get a phone. Before this, my top choice was the Droid X. I have a few questions I hope you could answer: 1). If I get the Thunderbolt and don't like it, do I have to pay the restocking fee or other charges to swap to the Droid X within the 14 days? I'll be renewing my contract for it (I know I can ask Verizon, but their employees have lied to me before - no trust!) 2). Is there a good chance the battery issues with the Thunderbolt will be resolved soon? (I'm not in the loop as to how long it takes to fix issues, or if things like this even get fixed) 3). Is there a good reason I should go with the Droid X over the Thunderbolt? I'm really liking the front-facing camera as my husband is in the service and it would be great to video chat no matter where I am, you never know when they might get a chance to. Thanks so much!

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Yes you will have to pay the $35 restocking fee. The battery isnt really that bad and supposedly HTC is working on bigger batteries the same size as stock so we will see. Also future updates can help with the battery I mean look at the inc had the same issues and updates helped a little with battery. I would go with the tb that way you get locked in with unlimited 4g even though you arent in a 4g area. Not to mention you can put custom roms and HTC is pretty good with updating their phones where motorola may not since they have newer phones out.
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Very good questions, but probably more time to get a good read on the things. Seems better to wait, since VZW only has a 14 day return policy and you can only exhange a phone model one time.

If the price for the Droid X is within $150 of the TB and you are still stuck to a contract, seems the TB would be a better bet:

1. Two year lock for 4G unlimited (at least a year wait for 4G in my area though)
2. Better features (IMO)
3. The chipset has the protection keys needed so apps like Hulu and Netflix will work.

The hanging issue is the battery, but even that depends on your usage habits.
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