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To Thunderbolt, Or Not To Thunderbolt

The HTC Thunderbolt is  launching today, for real this time. Finally, after a much longer than anticipated wait, we will have the device in our hands. However, the question remains. Will you be picking up an HTC Thunderbolt, or has the time it took Verizon and HTC to launch this bad boy been a buzz kill.

There are many reasons why one would pick up an HTC Thunderbolt. This phone has a 1ghz processor with 768 mb of ram and will be HTC’s first 4.3 inch phone on Verizon, in fact it will be their first phone on Verizon since the Droid Incredible. One of the biggest reasons people will get the Thunderbolt is to get a taste of Verizon’s 4G/LTE network. Even without 4G this is a pretty sweet device, so even if you don’t have 4G in your area it is still a very solid device.

There are reasons not to get it, though. One that I previously stated, if you aren’t in a 4G area this phone may not entice you as much as it will others. Another is some people are waiting for dual-core phones to hit Verizon. Some people just don’t like HTC. Whatever your reason for getting or not getting the Thunderbolt, we will hear soon whether or not the lengthy time it took for the phone to get here affects sales. The HTC Thunderbolt did get a final firmware update before release, and it has leaked onto the internet. The update, PG05IMG, doesn’t have many changes that are very noticeable, but there is still no sign of Skype anywhere. In fact, there hasn’t been any signs of Skype anywhere at all, and Verizon and HTC are removing it from the ad campaign and sending out stickers to cover up the logo altogether. This is another big hit to the Thunderbolt, considering it would be the first Android phone to feature Skype Mobile with video calling.

So I will ask the question once more: Will you be picking up a Thunderbolt. Some people will and some people won’t, but how many people will, is the big question for Verizon. With the Droid Bionic, Droid X2, Droid 3, and Incredible 2 on the way is it worth getting a Thunderbolt now or holding out a little longer. Let us know your answer and reasoning in the comments.

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