A few weeks ago, I wrote about why I had kept my ThunderBolt for so long. Four months is a long run for me. I typically switch phones every month, if not more. But last week, I broke my streak and gladly deactivated my ThunderBolt for another phone. An iPhone.

Seeing as I'm not exactly a big fan of the Cupertino-based company, a lot of people were surprised when they discovered I had switched back to the dark side. But to be honest, it was a much wanted and needed switch that had to be made. The ThunderBolt – despite being a great device – has been driving me crazy for the past three months. Here are just a few reasons why I traded in the original LTE phone for a nearly one-year-old piece of tech:


I have always loved HTC's hardware. To date, they're the only company that has given Apple a run for its money in terms of build quality and materials from the Android and Windows Phone camps. One area that HTC doesn't exactly excel in though, is minimizing the device footprint. The ThunderBolt was a hefty device and weighed down my pockets. I don't mind a bulky phone, especially when it packs a 4.3-inch display. But I have always thought the ThunderBolt's bulk was a bit excessive. The iPhone, on the other hand, is extremely compact and the hardware is top notch. Not to mention, the white makes it stick out from the dozens of black and gunmetal phones I've owned over the past year.


One area the ThunderBolt has always struggled has been with software stability, and that could easily be said about most other Android devices, especially HTC-made phones. Sense UI is bug-ridden and known to be the culprit for lag and battery drains. The likes of custom ROMs proved to be no better as development for the 'Bolt has hit quite a few road blocks over the months.

Battery life

Little needs to be said here. Android is notorious for poor battery life. Although I tweaked my ThunderBolt seven ways to Sunday (I tried out new ROMs, kernels, radios … everything), the battery life never changed drastically. There was a time or two that I squeezed about 19 hours out of my ThunderBolt battery, but that was mostly standby time. I need something that will last through a day of heavy use, and BlackBerry 6 will no longer cut it for me.


This could easily be the main reason for switching back to iOS. To be short, I missed some applications that just aren't available on Android like Camera+, Instagram, Twitter for iPhone (push notifications) and the million other image manipulation apps I've used. I have tried their Android alternatives and they just aren't the same.


This, too, is self-explanatory. The iPhone has one of the best mobile cameras available. Although the ThunderBolt's camera is 8-megapixels, the iPhone's 5-megapixel shooter can put it to shame in several categories. As much as I use the camera on my phone, having a great shooter over a mediocre one is a huge plus.

It's time for a break from Android

As much as I love the Android platform, it's time for a break. In the past year, I've owned over 25 Android devices, both tablets and phones. I eat, sleep and breathe Android at the moment, and it's time to take a step back and diversify. Being on another platform is a welcomed change. Fear not, faithful followers. I still have an Android phone that I will use on a daily basis, but it will not be my primary.

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"Would you trade an HTC ThunderBolt for an iPhone 4?"

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Luis Lopez
Luis Lopez I wouldn't trade it, but I would get an iPhone 4 just to have the best of both OS worlds.
Matthew J Callaway
Matthew J Callaway No way, thunderbolt is the best 4g phone.
Tony Nichols
Tony Nichols You can have my Bolt when you pry it from my cold dead hands.
Dylan Mechling
Dylan Mechling Of coarse. Just jailbreak an iPhone it makes it the shiz
Kenneth Moody
Kenneth Moody I have an lg revolution 4g and an iPhone I'm sorry iOS is just better I got the customs roms widgets and all that shit. But android users don't realize you phone doesn't have to force close, auto reset and doesn't have to have a factory reset after every update to work. I've had a droid x and a fascinate all had the same problems sorry people my iPhone never has problems. I'll take a stable os over widgets that don't work have the time any day.
Sina Balouch
Sina Balouch Hell no
Cheng KokSiang
Cheng KokSiang i believe many people go to apple because of its branding and their apps. nothing else.
Gainaako Munyal
Gainaako Munyal If I somehow lost my mind then sure.
Nathan Nesen
Nathan Nesen I believe the iOS is the smoothest running, non glitching operating system out or that I've seen simple and well designed but still not perfect of course. Other then that the thunderbolt still has way more to offer and to trade the thunderbolt for an iPhone 4 would just be insane.
Troy Wright
Troy Wright iPhone is stable, htc is glitchy
Nathan Parks
Nathan Parks look at all the people saying the thunderbolt is outdated and buggy. the iphone 4 was out dated even before it launched. just cause it's the most current iphone doesn't mean it's the most up to date phone. my tbolt doesn't have any issues. fast 4g, battery gets me through the day, great hardware. why do iphone fan boys have to make things up just to put my phone down :(
Oliver Ojtj
Oliver Ojtj whats the 2nd and the 3rd ticket?
Marekus Fluellen
Marekus Fluellen Apple is like a Lexus. Its nice to look at, expensive, and people swear by it. A Lexus is an over priced under performing Toyota. Its not the fastest, best made, quality, product out there, but lots of people still buy them anyway as status symbols. Lexus350 and Toyota Camary are the exact same car with a 15k price difference. Android vs IOS is only part of the problem, APPLE vs GOOGLE is the real battle. control vs freedom, bland vs style, etc etc. Apple isn't all bad, but don't think for a second that Android isn't kicking its but!
Marekus Fluellen
Marekus Fluellen With all of the old android phone you have man, don't you want to give one away? or at least sell them? What do you do with all the old phones? I'm in the market for one? any Verizon phones?
Marrion Bell
Marrion Bell Iphone 4 is shiting on all android phones because they all freeze their nice but iphone do every thing and more and mac do freeze is like lexus vs kia thats why they still out selling the rest
Cristian Reyes
Cristian Reyes no
Joanna Enrique Ramos
Joanna Enrique Ramos I rather stay with android
Joanna Enrique Ramos
Joanna Enrique Ramos I love my galaxyS 4g!!!!!!
Tim Anello
Tim Anello Should of sold it and bought a galaxy s2 its worth every penny. I don't see any phones coming out that can hold up to the s2.
Jesus G. Nolasco
Jesus G. Nolasco I rather be phoneless
Flako Ramirez
Flako Ramirez Im thinking of doing for the next iphone coming out not for an iphone 4
Ken Guthrie
Ken Guthrie Waiting for the right phone to get, so I am staying put for now.
Ken Guthrie
Ken Guthrie Love the Iphone, but hate the network(s) that they are on. They both have issues.
Jobany Zamora
Jobany Zamora MAYBE??? they are both good fones for me???
Ayoub Hage
Ayoub Hage Does a polor bear shit in the woods?
Tazeen Wasi
Tazeen Wasi where i have to entre my ticket number?...plz any one help me
Anthony Ray Rodriguez Parada
Anthony Ray Rodriguez Parada IPhone sucks! So NO
Jon Jerico Calanio
Jon Jerico Calanio Nope. The Tbolt is a solid device that does everything the iPhone can't.
Helen Quinto Soriano
Helen Quinto Soriano Not in apples dreams.
JB Tesla
JB Tesla Nah. Does the thunderbolt have its issues? Of course. But every phone does (And don't try to say that iPhones don't have issues). It's still a solid piece of machinery that blitz's most other phones. If I want a paperweight, I can get a prettier one then the iPhone 4. Folks are saying the android flavored interfaces aren't intuitive, but I just don't see it. The android interface is so easy a retarded fruit fly could use it, so if YOU can't...what's that saying about your intelligence? As for battery life, I can live with something shorter when I am getting more power and more options out of it. And frankly, if the trend keeps up with the power consumption it will force companies into looking for newer and better battery technology instead of taking the Apple rout of using outdated and underpowered hardware. The future is pushing the boundaries, not making old gen technology "look pretty." Skyne- er...Android is the way to go.
Henry Murillo
Henry Murillo Meh... My HTC is sooo laggy and buggy which sucks... Hope they make better UI or fix it through an update because its gettin in my nerves!! I was actually considering selling and gettin iPhone but its true how Sence is the shiz! Love it, it just needs a major tuneup to run butter smooth
Gerardo Ortega
Gerardo Ortega I traded my thunderbolt and got my EVO 3D, so glad that I did.
Evan Fleming
Evan Fleming No. IPhone, as nice of a device as it is, has no personalization and customization. That's why I like my Thunderbolt so much, custom ROMs and even just the plain customizing apps and launchers offered without root.
X-Javier Chippy Cruz
X-Javier Chippy Cruz I wouldn't Android is the shit fuck apple
Cheng KokSiang
Cheng KokSiang No way man. Android suck? Sorry but a4 chips are produced by Samsung. And Samsung are making android phones.
Zaben Hashish
Zaben Hashish Yes! When i phone 5 comes out i agreed to give apple my first born! omg i cant wait ughh i love steve jobs! nah fuck apple...
Eddie Velasquez
Eddie Velasquez Maby
Anonymous Lol, I had the thunderbolt and tossed that piece of crap back to that aweful, overpriced, worthless carrier it came from. Screw you Verizon!
John Oliva
John Oliva YES!!!..
Travis Lamar Pachan
Travis Lamar Pachan Why trade a superior phone for an inferior phone.
Jourdan Fletcher
Jourdan Fletcher That's like trading a BMW for a Chevy.... Hell No!!!!!
Javier Segura
Javier Segura Hell yes I would trade any piece of junk Android for an iPhone 3Gs and for a 4 I would trade 4 Thunderbolts.
Linda Waters
Linda Waters Yell Yea!
Nick Sanchez
Nick Sanchez Yessssssss!!!!!!!
Avina Guillermo
Avina Guillermo Would you trade cable modem for a 56k modem?
Joel Moran
Joel Moran No fucking way!!
Daniel Lujan
Daniel Lujan never!
Kip Count
Kip Count In a heartbeat. As long as I kept my VM bill.
Aoleon Alegun
Aoleon Alegun *wouldn't
Aoleon Alegun
Aoleon Alegun Well I have an ipod touch, and I'm one of those people were that likes to change in my OS every so often and getting the iphone would be more of the same so no I would trade in any phone for that matter for the iphone 4.
George Espinosa
George Espinosa Yup
Zion Pettigrew
Zion Pettigrew Never
Gilbert Galvan
Gilbert Galvan Never.
Mohamed Ibrahim
Mohamed Ibrahim U wish! The iPhone is nothing if u take the appstore away from it, if u did the same to almost any other Android device u would still get a lot out of it
Tomas Mijares
Tomas Mijares That simple No....!!!
Christopher E. Truty
Christopher E. Truty That's a dumb question to ask phone dog. Why would anyone trade a great device for a lame iPhone? Not me. Fuck no!!!!
Rian Kapadia
Rian Kapadia I prefer my Evo 3D
Ross Silva
Logan Jack Newman
Logan Jack Newman Yeah, android sucks. I wish google would make their own hardware
Rian Kapadia
Rian Kapadia No, iPhone is crap
Frankie Paz
Frankie Paz Have to say....I love HTC sense. It's a great UI. my iPhone is boring, don't get me wrong, but that's what the apps are for. But aye aye aye! The notifications drive me crazy. Can't wait for iOS 5!
Bobby Stephens
Bobby Stephens HELL NO!
Joe Napierala
Joe Napierala Htc sucks I had the thunderbolt for 16 hours before trading for my iPhone 4
Tyson Moffitt
Tyson Moffitt I would like to trade MY iPhone for a Thunderbolt.
Dean Musarra
Dean Musarra NO!
Tyrone Wilborn
Tyrone Wilborn Already did,
Tony Allen
Tony Allen Nope, not a chance in hell.. all that more stable BS about the iPhone is a load of bull.. my ipad crashes all the time when something in the web browser is too much for it, or an app exceeds its capability.
Mitch Lopez
Mitch Lopez Yep!
Ernesto Moreno
Ernesto Moreno Hell no! I would trade an iPhone 4 for an HTC Thunderbolt though
Cameron Edward Chenault
Cameron Edward Chenault Never!!
Anonymous In a heartbeat
Sarah Kratz
Sarah Kratz I had a htc inspire after my first iPhone 4. I traded it right back in two months for another iPhone 4. Android is pretty beautiful with it's widgets and rooting power don't get me wrong. However, the sgs2 is probably the only android phone that comes close to the iPhone in responsiveness. The lag and battery life, not to mention force closes, etc make any android phone not worth it to me. My iPhone works great, it's smooth, and it lasts me nearly 3 days on battery. I'd rather have a reliable phone than something I have to charge more than once a day. On a side note, the galaxy s 2 is absolutely beautiful. I just don't need a 4.3 inch screen on a phone. I may give that phone a chance someday though.
Erman Guido
Erman Guido hahaha... NO.
Jason Allen Lucas
Jason Allen Lucas Hell no lol
Casper Mok
Casper Mok I would trade a broken iPhone 4 for an iPhone 4
Huey Liggins
Huey Liggins You have to constantly charge it. Especially while it's running 4g. It's not as stable. And the iOS is simple. People say android is much better than iOS but other than certain designs and widgets I don't see how. So Uh yes I would but I'll save my money and rock with my 3GS. Btw, I think android and iOS are neck and neck.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline The thunderbolt is glitchy garbage. And it's getting outdated already lol.
Oscar Zavala
Oscar Zavala Heck no I wont! The thunderbolt is an awesome android phone!
Taavi Kala
Taavi Kala I would actually trade an iPhone 4 for a Thunderbolt. Honest.
Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson Oh no! Never!
Taavi Kala
Taavi Kala I wouldn't even trade my socks for iPhone 4
Nick Koval
Nick Koval No way the thunderbolt is an awesome phone...
Leo Gomez
Leo Gomez No way.iphone is so yesterday.
Rafael Guzman
Rafael Guzman No way.
Santos Jaco
Santos Jaco no
Keaston Brooks
Keaston Brooks Lol what's a iPhone?
James Patrick Descant
James Patrick Descant In a heartbeat. I like using a phone that doesnt have to live on a charger like an HTC.
Mark Mann
Mark Mann No Way!
Chris Mcnug Michniewicz
Chris Mcnug Michniewicz Hell no
Venancio Hernandez
Venancio Hernandez I did
Marcus NinersEmpire
Marcus NinersEmpire I rather have a old skool cell fone bck n da day Yal knw da big ass fone wit da long ass antenna shyt so big u couldn't even fit n ur pocket lol
Kuba Rdzak
Kuba Rdzak But by the way I'm in love with HTC Sense :( iPhone will never get that cool UI as HTC has :(
Tarsha Denverbroncosfan Webb
Tarsha Denverbroncosfan Webb Negative!
Dee Nazario
Dee Nazario Why would I trade my corvette for a prius? Really phonedog? You be trollin'.
Nick Trujillo
Nick Trujillo HELL NO!!!
Christopher Ashcraft
Christopher Ashcraft Definitely yes. Just traded in my Evo for an iPhone 4 and I'm lovin it.
Casey Lovell
Casey Lovell This is a joke, right?
Nathan Parks
Nathan Parks I love my tbolt. I prefer the os over anything. But sense does suck. The hardware is definitely better than iphone
Jeremy Stewart
Jeremy Stewart I did trade my tbolt for an iPhone 4 stability
Jay Perez
Jay Perez Nope, the only thing that Iphone has going for it is that there are soooo many items that are compatible with it (e.i. Car stereos, alarm clocks, boom boxes, etc...) Once Google creates a standardized platform for added accessories, they will dominate the world!
Adrian Jordan
Adrian Jordan Hell yeah, but I'm already an Apple fanboy and a iPhone 4 owner :)
Kuba Rdzak
Kuba Rdzak Yeap... 'cuz iPhone 4 will get update to iOS 5 :)

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