I’m writing this now because the “Bolt” is available from Verizon for less than $50 with a new two-year contract. Comparable phones are a lot more. There might be a temptation to spend the extra bucks or wait until they come down in price, but that’s hardly necessary, as you’ll see.
I’ve had my Thunderbolt for about four months. I’m actually on my second, because I discovered on this summer’s trip to the High Plains that they don’t do well when falling onto concrete from the seat of an Explorer, even with a protective skin. The screen didn’t break, but its spirit departed instantly. I took it to Verizon and had a new phone the second day, via FedEx. Popped in the SIM and SD card, downloaded my backed-up apps, contacts and tunes, and I was good to go.
Ah, the screen! — glorious at 4.3 inches diagonally (about 9-1/2 square inches). I think 4 to 4.5″ is about as big as is practical for a phone. Any bigger and it would be difficult to manipulate with one hand, and would cease to be really pocket-sized. The colors are brilliant, detail excellent. I’ve compared it side-by-side with the iPhone and my old eyes can’t tell the difference, although the numbers make it sound inferior. Numbers aren’t always the answer. Continue reading