HTC ThunderBolt vs. HTC EVO Shift 4G

Posted on Jan 7 2011 - 6:13pm by Thomas Sharp

HTC phones have grabbed a lot of the attention at CES 2011 and with good reason. A couple of the top ones which are on display are the HTC ThunderBolt and the HTC EVO Shift 4G, so it is worth comparing the two of them to see what they offer us.

We will start with ThunderBolt, which you may have read about before under the code name Mecha. It is 4G enabled, has a 1GHz processor, an LTE modem and a 4.3 inch touchscreen. There are two cameras, one at the front and an 8 mega pixel one at the back. Internal memory wise there is 8GB.

The operating system on the ThunderBolt will be the Android 2.2.1. It can pick up Wi-Fi hotspots and has been subject to rumours and leaks since last summer. Now that it has been officially unveiled in Las Vegas we like the look of it and can’t find much fault with the list of features.

The other big HTC phone announcement of the last couple of days is around the EVO Shift 4G. It is going to be on release in the States in the next week or so and when bought with a contract deal it will work out at $150 or so.

One of the first things that strike you about this phone is the fact that the keyboard slides out neatly. It runs on Android 2.2 and has a 3.6 inch screen with an 800 x 480 resolution. The processor it runs off is the 800 MHz Qualcomm. The back facing camera gives you 5 mega pixels although there is no camera on the front of this one. The EVO Shift is 4G enabled just like the ThunderBolt.

As you can see the ThunderBolt definitely has a high level of specs and looks like being a better bet, although a lot will depend upon the respective UK prices when they are released here. Which one, if either, will go on to grab a big market share here?

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