Some people can’t go for too long without being wired in some way or another, and we don’t blame them. So if staying connected and having access to media is a priority for you when you’re away on your summer vacation, we recommend getting your hands on the HTC ThunderBolt.
You can’t always account for delayed flights or rainy days during your vacation, so, should you find yourself holed up somewhere, the HTC ThunderBolt is an entertainment powerhouse, with a 1 GHz, lightning-fast processor powering it. It’s great for playing games and watching movies on its giant 4.3-inch screen, and is complete with a flip-out kickstand on the back of the device to prop it up during extended viewing sessions.
For your movie-viewing needs, your media doesn’t even need to be local. The ThunderBolt comes pre-loaded with the Blockbuster Video app, giving you access to a myriad of titles and allowing you to rent and stream movies on the go.
Also helping you stay connected is the ThunderBolt’s 1.3-megapixel, front-facing camera so you can stay in touch and video chat with friends and loved ones while away on vacation. Though the phone doesn’t come with any pre-loaded video chat software, there should be a version of Skype for the ThunderBolt available soon (which has already leaked out on the Internet and isn’t too hard to find).
And for when you’re actually off gallivanting on your vacation, finally free of the confines of the airport or your hotel room, the ThunderBolt sports a rather impressive 8-megapixel camera that serves as a more-than-capable point and shoot device; it’s especially handy in those spontaneous moments that call for a photo and your camera isn’t readily accessible. It also shoots video, doubling as a camcorder for shooting those on-the-fly videos.
The HTC ThunderBolt is available now on Verizon’s high-speed, 4G LTE network, and you can pick it up for $569.99 or $249.99 with a two-year contract. For more specs and information on the HTC ThunderBolt, head on over to our first-look and full reviews.
Hear the Thunder
If your ThunderBolt is going to be serving as your entertainment hub in addition to its other duties, you’re going to want to be able to hear it loud and clear. So, we recommend tossing the Aluratek Bump, a portable speaker, into your bag. To see what we thought of the Aluratek Bump and to learn more, read our full review.