Verizon Wireless has three super smartphones to choose from that have 4G LTE access. All of the three 4G LTE smartphones - the LG Revolution, Samsung Droid Charge and HTC ThunderBolt - have great features making it tough to choose between them.
Let's compare the LG Revolution vs Samsung Droid Charge vs HTC ThunderBolt.
Before you compare the Verizon Awesome 4G-Threesome, determine what you need in a smartphone and what you like. The choice boils down to screen style, HDMI output, search preferences, battery life and need for speed. At the end of this article is a chart showing all the features of all the smartphones.
The HTC ThunderBolt was released first and received the best reviews for fast data, browsing, and the HTC Sense UI. Since its release, it has had a few problems with battery life when using 4G data and also glitches with rebooting after an update. Users have found that buying an extra battery has helped. It lacks an HDMI-out port to connect to an HD TV. If you need to connect to an HD TV via HDMI, then the Samsung Droid Charge or LG Revolution may be a better choice for you.
Amazon Wireless has discounted the price of the HTC ThunderBolt to $129.99 for new customers with a contract and $179.99 for renewing customers.
Samsung Droid Charge
The Samsung Droid Charge was criticized by reviewers for its plastic case and older processor. However, it was praised for the Super AMOLED screen, great camera/camcorder and fantastic 4G LTE speeds. Battery life has been reported to be better than the HTC ThunderBolt and LG Revolution. The Samsung Droid Charge at Amazon Wireless is discounted to $179.99 for new and renewing customers with a contract.
Reviewers rated the LG Revolution 3.5 out of 5 and were kind of "Meh" because of the preloaded Bing search throughout, which cannot be changed, poor call quality and lackluster battery life that was better than the HTC. It is the only 4G-smartphone on the Verizon network that allows you to view Netflix. The best features of the LG are the bright 4.3" touchscreen, HDMI, Dolby sound quality, snappy processor, and good camera camcorder (720p). It feels hefty in your hand. The 4G LTE LG Revolution is priced at $149.99 at Amazon Wireless for new customers with a contract.
If you love Netflix, then the LG Revolution is your only current choice. If you hate Bing search, take a look at the others.
For HDMI connections, you can choose the Samsung Droid Charge or LG Revolution. If you prefer Super AMOLED, then go for the Samsung Droid Charge.
The best battery life of the three has been reported to be the Samsung Droid Charge.
The added-on user interfaces are HTC Sense, Samsung hubs and LG's own UI. The HTC Sense makes sense if lots of social media integration. The Samsung Media hub offers movie buying from Samsung. The LG UI is least intrusive to standard Android.
Gadget University tested all three of them with four-bar 4G connections, in Atlanta. The HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung Droid Charge averaged 27-28 Mbps download speed and the LG Revolution avearaged 11.5 Mbps down.
Most reviewers showed data download speeds to be about the same for the HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung Droid Charge. Download speeds vary according to area nd network loads.
After comparing specs, your best bet is take a look at the phones in person to see what you like. Currently Verizon Wireless offers unlimited 4G LTE access, however at some point, they plan to limit data, if you buy now, you should have unlimited data until your next smartphone purchase.
Check out the HTC ThunderBolt video tips, battery tips, backup tips, or social media HTC Sense tips. We also suggest that users check HTC's Eric Lin's tips, which has been one of our top tips articles.
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