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  1. youngdoc

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    I have a 4G Verizon USB modem (by LG) and I am getting insanely good 4G speeds here in NE Ohio -- significantly faster than my Time Warner "turbo" home cable Internet connection, even on its best days. I would love to have a phone with that kind of speed in my hand. But on that subject -- the "in my hand" bit -- I'm not sure how I feel about a phone with the Thunderbolt's dimensions.

    Here are the specs that that I find, for the sake of comparison:

    HTC Droid Incredible:
    117.5 mm (4.63 in) (h)
    58.5 mm (2.30 in) (w)
    11.9 mm (0.47 in) (d)
    Weight 130 g (4.59 oz)

    Motorola Droid X:
    127.5 mm (5.0 in) (h)
    65.5 mm (2.60 in) (w)
    9.9 mm (0.4 in) (d)
    Weight 155 g / 5.47 oz

    HTC Thunderbolt:
    122 mm (4.80 in) (h)
    66 mm (2.60 in) (w)
    13mm (0.52 in)
    Weight 164 g / 5.78 oz

    HTC Evo
    122 mm (4.80 in) (h)
    66 mm (2.60 in) (w)
    12.7 mm (0.50 in) (d)
    Weight 170 g (6.0 oz)

    I have highlighted in red the largest competing specs for these three phones. Let me know if you are seeing anything different and what you think about carrying a phone of this size.
     

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    I don't mind it, but you would need to probably hold the phone yourself to make the decission...
     
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    Yeah im sure you will have to hold it and see how you feel I know if it feels bigger than the droid x then that will deter me I didnt like how the droid x felt and was a pain to pocket the droid x since it took up most of my pocket. Wish they would have made the thunderbolt in 4 inch screen I think that is the perfect size but im sure some people like the 4.3
     
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    You know, I originally ordered a Droid Incredible. It was backordered for a ridiculous amount of time. After a long time of waiting, I decided to just cancel that order and get the Droid X instead. I got the X, and the size wasn't too much of an issue, but I had second thoughts because I had originally wanted the INC. So I ordered the INC so that I could compare the two and make a decision. In the end, I kept the Incredible because it was just overall smoother, the camera is better, and the screen is so much clearer.

    However, with that being said, I really, really miss the screen size of the X. I miss typing on it and having more real estate. I cannot wait to get my hands on the TB!
     
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    Oh, and while I am on the subject, here are some average tx/rx speeds that I am getting consistently, for comparison:

    Home cable Internet connection (Time Warner "Turbo" cable): 20-25 mb/sec down, 0.5-0.7 mb/sec up

    HTC Incredible 3G: 0.5-2.0 mb/sec down, 0.4-0.7 mb/sec up

    LG 4G LTE modem: 25-30 mb/sec down, 5-8 mb/sec up

    All three devices were measured at my desk at home, where I am getting 4 out of 5 bars on the mobile devices, WiFi turned off, obviously. I used Speakeasy.net's speed test in the web browser connected to each device. Naturally, your mileage may vary for a multitude of reasons.

    In any event, if Verizon's 4G phones get the same kind of speeds that their 4G modems do, the Thunderbolt may really live up to its name.
     
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    I wonder how that 4g speed will change once all of the phones get on the network. Right now, there are very few people using it so I would expect it to be pretty quick. I guess it does show that there is a potential for speed, I'm just worried that those numbers will not hold up due to more users.
     
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    I'm an Inc user now and LOVE the phone, but have always been jealous about the screen size (insert inferiority complex jokes here), so that is one of the big reasons why I am going with the Bolt. I won't even have 4G speed where I am in upstate NY, but that is not going to stop me.
     
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    Yeah, I have the same concern as I'm currently rocking the Samsung Omnia which is much more pocket friendly. I'm going to wait until I can hold the thing. For a while phones were getting smaller and smaller, but the scale has tipped in the other direction with these smartphones.

    If the Thunderbolt is too big, maybe I'll wait for the HTC Lightfoot. :p

    (Obscure Clint Eastwood movies anyone?)
     
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    Haha, brilliant! Will Jeff Bridges promote one and Clint the other?
     
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    That would be awesome! Those guys wouldn't come cheap, so I doubt HTC is going to go for that ad campaign.

    Seriously, to get an idea of the size I guess I can go in any Sprint store and try jamming the EVO in my pocket (no, I'm not going to walk off with it).
     
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    The size is definetely a concern for pocket purposes, but I've learned that I am really a khaki cargo kind of guy, so that's not a concern and when I go to work in the dress pants, dress shirt and tie deal, I just plop my phone in a side pouch of my bag anyway. So, I'm hoping I will be happy having the extra realestate. But, I am guessing it will feel like a big bulk difference from my current Inc.
     
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    If it's the same size as the aspire, which I believe it's close to, it's big, but not HOLY CRAP big...

    I mean come on, it's not a Dell Streak or something.
     
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    Yeah, there's obviously a reason why these phones are larger than before and I'm seing the reason. Like I've mentioned, I have loved my Inc, but have been a smidgen hamstrung by the smaller screen occasionally. As much as I'm on the device, I'll gladly sacrifice a bit of pocket space for the extra abilities.
     
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    Yeah, I've just become a "member" and not a "junior member" anymore. I feel like I've graduated. I'd like to celebrate by treating myself to a new phone. ;)
     
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    It's not the size or weight of the phone. It's how you use it that matters :)
     
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    Dont forget you can root your phone, enable wifi tethering, and get rid of your USB modem and the extra cost per month.
     
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    Yeah I am the same way but I keep my phone on me at work since I am able at times to get it out and use it just with the dress pants it looks like I have a brick in my pants but I did hold an EVO and liked the size/feel of it
     
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    Refer to post above yours. Man, this is too easy.
     
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    Nice to see comparison to the EVO I held an EVO and liked the size and feel of it just needed a better screen which the thunderbolt has.
     

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