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Should I get the Thunderbolt or Evo 3D?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by PyroJing, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. PyroJing

    PyroJing Member
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    Been stuck with my iPhone 3G long enough, and I want to switch to a more reliable phone and a better OS. Was waiting for the next gen phones on Verizon, but their new tiered data plans are pushing up the date I need to sign up, at least for Verizon.

    I've decided to make a switch to either Verizon or Sprint, coming from T-Mobile either will be a vast improvement. I'm torn between the Thunderbolt and the Evo 3D. Evo 3D is a killer phone but the Sprint network is meh, meanwhile the Thunderbolt seems like it's about to be dated hardware but it's on a spanking fast, mind melting network.

    I plan to be a heavy data user, Netflix, Pandora Radio, Skype calls, you name it. So I need the unlimited data and I want a fast network. I'm also a tech nerd, I love new technology and when I buy something I expect it to be future proof for a good while afterwards. So that's the dilemma, go for the phone I want and settle for a decent network or get a decent phone and get full access to a super network where I can later add a better phone to it.

    I should mention I live in Chicago and I work downtown, so I can take full advantage of both 4G networks. Problem comes when I go somewhere on the road, like how I'm visiting my family in Louisville for the 4th of July and I'll be stuck on 3G then. Thing is 3G on Sprint is kinda pathetic, meanwhile Verizon 3G can somewhat match Sprints 4G network or at least get half the speed which is still extremely impressive.

    I've looked at both phone extensively, went out today twice to test the Evo 3D. I was all set to buy the TB yesterday but after getting my hands on the Evo 3D I instantly fell in love with it. I love the black trim of it, I like the camera position, brighter LED light, the button styles (hard and captive), even the gimmicky 3D view which I'd only use to show off, petty much everything about it till you get to the back with that awkward rubber grip and the camera that's so big that it gets in the way of your hand while holding. As for the Thunderbolt, I don't like the color scheme, it's ok but I'd rather have a black or gun metal look to it, I don't like how the font camera looks, or the rubberized plastic used on the back. I do however love the kickstand with the nice speaker hidden under it. I'm a bit superficial when it comes to my things, I need to like how they look. Overall the Evo 3D is much more appealing to me, but the TB does have some good points.

    So now back to my question, which phone should I get because I'm having a serious problem deciding. Both are great phones, but the Evo is much better, but Verizon LTE is much better than Sprint's WiMax. Why couldn't the Thunderbolt have been more like the Evo 3D, it would have made my decision a no brainer...

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  2. ArmageddonX

    ArmageddonX Android Expert

    I don't really think you could go wrong with either choice, but I am loving my Evo3D.

    Breaking down the situation is pretty simple. With Verizon you'll get faster 4G speeds. With Sprint you'll get a faster/newer device but a slower 4G network. The decision is yours! Happy shopping. =)
  3. PyroJing

    PyroJing Member
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    I know and that's the hard part. It's not a situation where I could just flip a coin, and at the same time pros and cons for both options kinda weigh themselves out. Both are excellent options, and neither is a clear winner.

    Also by the time I'm eligible for an upgrade Sprint will have LTE available as well, so either way I'll lock myself into an unlimited plan for a great network, only difference is with Verizon I can take advantage of some of the speeds now and I could always pay outright for a better phone and trade in my Thunderbolt, but I'd lose money in doing so.
  4. Jore

    Jore Android Enthusiast

    Decisions decisions......
  5. Chi-TownTx

    Chi-TownTx Well-Known Member

    I live near Chicago myself (Naperville) and honestly would say your best bet is to go with Verizon and either the Thunderbolt or the Charge. I love the Evo 3D and also used to be a Sprint person as well. I can tell you right now at least in the Chicago area Verizon blows Sprint right out of the water.

    Less dropped calls/no signal and the data speed is waaay better.

    What you have to think about imo is the overall future of both companies. Sprint will still be there in a couple years when you upgrade and so will Verizon. But with Verizon you will no longer have the option for Unlimited Data if you don't act now. I recently picked up a Charge mainly to future proof myself into the data plans.

    The 3D kicks ass but in a few years it will be slow compared to what's to come. So don't let one piece of hardware dictate your decision. I say go Verizon now, then in a couple years if they have a phone you like your grandfathered in. And if they don't you can always check out Sprint still too with no data worries.
  6. stanlalee

    stanlalee Well-Known Member

    only consider the Tbolt if you plan on rooting. The "old" hardware is easy to live with rooted (lots of custom kernels and stable overclocking to 1.8Ghz). Fully functioning daily driver shooter (EVO 3D) port is already out there so your software wont feel old.

    If you plan on living with the stock Tbolt relying and relying on verizon OTA's I'd go with the Evo 3D all the way. network cant be that bad.
  7. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    yeah.. you got a tough one.

    verizon.. will cost you more each month. and I think with lte.. they will start to charge you for access limits..

    unlimited data.. to the sites they say you can

    others will be charged access fees.
  8. DocBeech

    DocBeech Member

    Battery life on the thunderbolt isn't very good and I havnt played with one yet but from the reviews on evo 3d the battery life is poor as well. I love my droid charge and the battery lasts through a 12 hour shift no problem.
  9. Ngo93

    Ngo93 Android Enthusiast

  10. PyroJing

    PyroJing Member
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    I think I've decided to go with the Thunderbolt, the design has grown more on me and even though it's a lower resolution I do like the wider screen. I plan on rooting it and getting an extended battery so it should run fine.

    I just figure I could get the phone I want but if the service is just as bothersome as T-Mobile is, at least with calls, data will still be better, then why bother. I rather get a great phone that's on a great service as opposed to a perfect phone on an ok network and lose the opportunity to get back on Verizon's network with unlimited access. Besides most of the apps I use on my iPhone are network taxing and not as much hardware taxing, so having a better network is more beneficial then having a better phone. Not like I'm running large games on them, I have my handhelds for that.

    Also both services would cost me the same, about $80 a month with data, just with Sprint I get unlimited talk and text but I'll get enough on Verizon where I should do fine.

    I just wish black was an option on the Thunderbolt

  11. JoePT

    JoePT Well-Known Member

    I got an extended battery I can sell ya!
  12. PyroJing

    PyroJing Member
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    Actually scratch that last post. I'm now 100% committed to the Evo 3D. I've been doing some speed tests around Chicagoland and Sprint network seems to do pretty well, both 4G and 3G speeds. Even with Verizon 4G reaching super speeds, the Evo 3D still manages to load some stuff quicker just because it's more powerful than the Thunderbolt.

    And the real kicker is the fact my dad's going to let me stay on his family plan, and I just need to pay him $30 a month so it's around the same price he's paying now for T-Mobile. Which is fine by me because on my own either Sprint or Verizon would cost me $80 plus tax a month, so the extra $50+ a month is a pretty good reason, and I'm not complaining because the Now Network seems it will work for me and the phone is amazing.
  13. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    that is great.. that you where able to commit ! ;)

    i just not sure about the part in bold....
    loading stuff... are you talking about downloading stuff over the net and webpages?? if so.. that does not sound right. it does not matter how powerful the CPU; the lte speed should beat the e3d all day.. unless there is something not correct about the actual lte speed
  14. PyroJing

    PyroJing Member
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    It mainly tested Youtube videos, of course I haven't done a proper test around downtownish since the Thunderbolt I tested wouldn't pick up a 4G signal. But the ones I tested a bit further out loaded about the same speed as the 3VO even on 4G. Now downloading stuff will no question go towards the ridiculous speeds on Verizon's 4G network, and I noticed on the webpages I was loading that the Thunderbolt loaded images instantly while the 3VO took a couple second but it still.
  15. I don't like 3D screen, but I think EVO 3D looks better than Thunderbolt.
  16. boyo1991

    boyo1991 Android Enthusiast

    idk.. i looove my HTC inspire.. i love the HTC interface altogether.. idk.. do whichever.. but i feel the inspire rules :p

    evo if i were forced to choose tho :/
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