Today, we will compare two handsets, HTC ThunderBolt and LG Revolution. The latter has been released recently in the market.
Both HTC Thunderbolt as well as LG Revolution enjoy a candy bar shape, are big or rather bulky, and weigh 6.23 oz and 6.06 oz. respectively. These models are constructed of plastic and also feel reasonably sturdy. LG Revolution is black in color with chrome accents whereas the Thunderbolt sports a charcoal gray color. Both these devices make use of a soft touch coating at its back that will help you to hold this device properly. However, none of these phones appear very striking.
Although both HTC Thunderbolt and LG Revolution feature a 4.3” WVGA screen and TFT display, the one on the LG Revolution appears brighter, thereby ensuring better visibility, even if you are outside. The colors are more saturated although this is still not as powerful as is the case with Samsung Droid Charge that uses a Super AMOLED Plus display.
If you are concerned about the sensors and ports, both these handsets sport similar features. This includes a 1.3 Mp front camera, proximity and light sensors, 3.5mm jack, microUSB ports, and 4 capacitive keys. The only important difference in this case is that LG Revolution hosts a HDMI port.
Since both HTC Thunderbolt as well as LG Revolution uses Android 2.2 Froyo, both these models enjoy the same operating system, doing similar tasks. However, their interface looks different. LG makes use of the Optimus 2.0 user interface on its Revolution. This allows for some extra desktop widgets to be placed on seven home screens and also a custom layout of the application menu. This filters icons by news & search, communication, media, applications, downloads and tools. However, the only thing that is not found here is themes for the desktop. This is an arena where Thunderbolt excels as it makes use of the user interface of HTC Sense. Not only does this come with a wide range of widgets compared to the LG Revolution, but at the same time, it also hosts six scenes and five different skins that can be used for personalizing your desktop. We also like the standard application menu of the ThunderBolt, as icons here are very easy to locate. Both these gadgets are very fast to swipe between seven home screens. We did not even notice any lag.
LG Revolution hosts Microsoft Bing integration which uses their own map and search programs. Thankfully, you can also download Google applications from the Android market.
Contacts and messaging
An area where both these devices perform perfectly is messaging and contact management. LG Revolution would integrate your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google accounts, while HTC Thunderbolt add contacts from Flickr, AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Skype and Yahoo Messenger. Although there are some visual differences between the HTC Sense UI layout and LG Optimus 2.0 UI, both these gadgets would allow you to see the contacts list together as a part of a single list. You will be provided with the opportunity of editing them from your phone as well.
The messaging application looks different in HTC Thunderbolt and LG Revolution but performs similar tasks. You can also set it up to work with email accounts – that includes IMAP, POP3, AOL, Microsoft Exchange, Gmail, Verizon.Net, Yahoo Mail and Windows Live Hotmail. It also hosts a Mobile IM application to remain connected with Yahoo, Windows Live and your AIM buddy list.
As none of these models feature a physical keyboard, you need to opt for the on screen virtual keyboard. Between these two, we find that the one on the LG Revolution is much easier to use. The keyboard is large and the keys are well spaced out. You are less likely to press the wrong keys by mistake. Revolution also hosts a Swype keyboard option that some people prefer to use.
Connectivity and internet
Both HTC Thunderbolt as well as LG Revolution have the capability to remain connected with the 4G LTE data network of Verizon. Earlier, ThunderBolt continually cycled amidst 3G, 4G and 1x modes even if the user was located in a 4G area, but this trouble has been fixed now.
There is a difference in the 4G speed of these two devices. LG Revolution clocked 6.96 Mbps while the ThunderBolt blazed past at 8.90 Mbps. Both these gadgets were using the Speedtest.net app and were connected with the same server. Uploads were somewhere between 4 and 5 Mbps. Both these devices also host a Webkit based browser that can display websites as they appear in PCs. It also features handy pinch to zoom. Thankfully, no phone suffered from browser Flash issues that were noticed with the Samsung Droid Charge.
A mobile HotSpot application is available on both these devices and can support around eight devices that can be connected to it through Wi Fi. A problem that we faced while using the Mobile HotSpot application is that it got disconnected after it was used for five minutes with the LG Revolution. This problem did not occur with the HTC ThunderBolt.
Another feature that is available with both these devices is the availability of Internet Connection Mode. You can tether your phone to your PC using an USB cable.
Multimedia and camera
The main difference between these two gadgets is LG Revolution features a 5MP camera with a LED flash whereas HTC ThunderBolt uses a 8MP auto-focus camera with a twin LED flash.
If you compare pictures taken with the aid of these gadgets, the one on the Revolution lack fine details. ThunderBolt, in contrast, tends to saturate some colors although they do not appear as lifeless as in the LG Revolution. Both these handsets over expose bright areas like the sky, making it appear white and not blue. In indoor pictures, the ThunderBolt performed much better as images looked much sharper as well as focused.
Between the LG Revolution and HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Thunderbolt appears to be better as it hosts a better user interface and also takes better pictures and has a long battery life.