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OK I Feel Stupid Now I Never Knew This About The Thunderbolt

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Silent Thunder, May 19, 2011.

  1. Silent Thunder

    Silent Thunder Well-Known Member
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    The complete outer frame is metal! How cool is that?

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  2. dguy

    dguy Android Expert

    No, it's plastic. The Inspire and Incredible 2 are metal, the Thunderbolt is plastic all around.
  3. Silent Thunder

    Silent Thunder Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Read here. This is why the antenna is built into the battery door.
    HTC Thunderbolt RUU Leaks
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  4. Silent Thunder

    Silent Thunder Well-Known Member
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  5. xkingofgodzx

    xkingofgodzx Android Enthusiast

    Ok if you own the phone and handle it daily, you should know its plastic and not metal.
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  6. Vance

    Vance Android Enthusiast

    My understanding is that the battery cover is plastic, but the rest is aluminum unibody.
  7. waremaster

    waremaster Well-Known Member

    It is metal. I have taken one apart.
  8. TxGoat

    TxGoat Guest

    It's made from Unobtainium and unicorn farts.
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  9. The_Superhoo

    The_Superhoo Android Enthusiast

    I am holding it right now and it's all plastic on the outside...
  10. namoroman

    namoroman Well-Known Member

    Its plastic. And the antenna is not built into the battery door. Take the battery off the phone. Where is this antenna?

    Edit: Also, when I take the battery door off, the phone does not instantly lose reception, which it should.
  11. BaadAndy

    BaadAndy Member

    The antenna is in the door look at the connectors on it. The signal drops when removed but not completely due to big reds tower coverage :)
  12. jadixon

    jadixon Lurker

    It's metal. I'm holding one right now.
  13. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert

    Yes to the OP, It is part metal, and yes the Antenna prongs are inside the battery door.
    Why do so many people need to go out of they're way to disagree.
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  14. Agreed sean76 - The outside frame is metal, the back is plastic ... there would be too much weight and durability issues for all plastic.
  15. TheSultan

    TheSultan Android Expert

    well...glad that's settled! wait...is it plastic or metal?
  16. dguy

    dguy Android Expert

    Do you know what unibody means? Anyone who has any doubt: Take your Thunderbolt into an ATT store and compare it to an Inspire.
  17. ILoveMyDroid

    ILoveMyDroid Android Enthusiast

    Don't believe that the unibody is only plastic or metal. It's an aluminum composite thats coated with a thin layer of polyethylene for durability and lasting endurability.
  18. jmz768

    jmz768 Android Enthusiast

    Then you got screwed buddy because mine is metal except for the battery door.
  19. deed_i_do

    deed_i_do Lurker

    Here's the antenna locations on the Thunder bolt per the FCC. My question is where the hell is the EVDO antenna?! Is it that little piece of painted conductive material, or is there a copper strip somewhere that I don't see.

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  20. nateap87

    nateap87 Android Enthusiast

    Well seeing as how there's only one version of the thunderbolt, we all have plastic. End of discussion. If you wanted aluminum, you got the wrong phone. Verizon sucks at requesting certain things out of their phones from the manufacturer. You think Verizon didn't have a say in the battery size? Lack of HTC.com support? Lowest technology of screen display? They didn't ask for a metal body design. Sorry.
  21. BetaMan

    BetaMan Android Enthusiast

    Not wanting to get into a fight with ANYONE, but MINE clearly appears to be plastic. Wish it WAS aluminum.
  22. Gravytrain

    Gravytrain Android Enthusiast

    Mines rubber
  23. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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    No need to name call or double-post.
  24. jreed2560

    jreed2560 Android Expert

    Wow people, just wow. Let's not argue for the sake of arguing. So far all the tech sites have stated the tbolt has an aluminum body. Those that believe this to be untrue, find something to support your claim.
  25. jackdubl

    jackdubl Android Expert

    This thread made my day. Thanks to all you plastic posters.

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The HTC Thunderbolt release date was March 2011. Features and Specs include a 4.3" inch screen, 8MP camera, 768GB RAM, Snapdragon S2 processor, and 1400mAh battery.

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