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Comparison - Apple iPhone 4 vs HTC Thunderbolt

July 8, 2011
by Jonathan Cheah

08 July 2011 The HTC Thunderbolt was announced during CES in January 2011and the Apple iPhone 4 was announced in April 2010.  

The Apple iPhone 4 is a quad-band GSM device, with a CDMA version. The HTC Thunderbolt is mainly a CDMA device, supporting LTE and EV-DO connections as well. 

The Apple iPhone 4 weighs 137g and the HTC Thunderbolt weighs 177g. The Apple iPhone 4 displays 640 x 960 pixels onto a 3.5-inch screen and the HTC Thunderbolt displays 480 x 800 pixels onto a 4.3-inch screen. The Apple iPhone 4 is likely to have much better resolution than the HTC Thunderbolt. The HTC Thunderbolt has a bigger screen than the Apple iPhone 4. 

The Apple iPhone 4 has a 5-megapixel camera and the HTC Thunderbolt has an 8-megapixel one. The Apple iPhone 4 has a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera while the HTC Thunderbolt has a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. 

The Apple iPhone 4 uses a 1GHz Apple A4 processor to drive its own iOS 4.x and the HTC Thunderbolt uses a 1GHz Snapdragon processor to drive Android OS 2.2 (Froyo). The HTC Thunderbolt has 768 MB of RAM against the 512 MB of RAM on the Apple iPhone 4. 

The Apple iPhone 4 does not have a microSD card slot. The memory of the Apple iPhone 4 is built in 16 or 32 GBs and the HTC Thunderbolt has 8 GBs. However, the HTC Thunderbolt can accept microSD cards of up to 32 GBs. 

It appears that the main difference would be that the HTC Thunderbolt has an 8-megapixel camera and an expansion slot for microSD cards. The Apple iPhone 4 has a slightly better display and more built-in memory. 

Both the Apple iPhone 4 and the HTC Thunderbolt have its own respective application stores for software. The devices are fairly identical, but the HTC Thunderbolt is a lot cheaper. 

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Apple iPhone 4 (RM 2650 - 2730, Telco discounts available) 

3.5G 7.2Mbps HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen Candybar, 5.0 MP Camera, 16/32GB Memory 

The new hardware includes, a front-facing video chat camera, a 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad), and an improved display. The phone itself saw quite a few changes- a flat back, an aluminium border around the phone, it is also smaller than the 3GS, has a 16% larger battery and smaller components. The storage capacity of the iPhone 4 remains at 16 and 32GB.  

The iPhone 4 has a 960 x 640 pixel display, a secondary microphone for noise cancellation, split buttons for volume, Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic. In addition to the accelerometer, there is a gyroscope for added positional accuracy.  

The iPhone 4 connects with Bluetooth, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and Wi-Fi. 


HTC ThunderBolt (announced Jan 2011 CES) 

4G LTE + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen Candybar, 8.0 MP Camera, 8 GB Memory + 786 MB Software memory + microSD (max 32GB), Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) 

The HTC ThunderBolt is billed as one of the world's first 4G LTE Android smartphones and is currently exclusive to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network. 

The HTC ThunderBolt is one of the first smartphones to integrate Skype mobile with video calling. Rather than relying on a standalone application, a Skype mobile with video call can be made as easily as a standard voice call with features like presence icons that indicate the availability status of friends built into the standard contacts list. A front-facing camera enables simple video calling, and the 4.3 inch display brings friends and family into clear focus. 

It runs on the Android 2.2 platform and boasts a 4.3-inch WVGA display, Dolby surround sound, 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording. With wireless DLNA capability, the HTC ThunderBolt can be easily stream and share content directly with compatible home theater components, including HDTV's and stereo receivers that feature built-in DLNA support.


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ModelApple iPhone 4HTC ThunderBolt
Market StatusCurrent ModelNew Model
TechnologyGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
CDMA 800 / 1900
LTE 700, CDMA EvDO revA (US)
Dimension(mm)115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3122 x 66 x 13
Item Weight137164
Screen size640 x 960 , 3.5 inch (Touchscreen)4.3 inch, 480x800, Touchscreen (Multi-Touch)
Screen ColorRetina display-TFT , 16M colorsTFT 16M colors
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