HTC Thunderbolt battery issues completely overblown
The HTC Thunderbolt has been available to purchase for less than 24 hours and we’re already seeing report from bloggers who are claiming that the device suffers from poor battery life. One report has taken things to a whole new level, by reporting that the Thunderbolt consumed 92% of its battery reserve in 3 hours and 34 minutes. The report claims “average to heavy” usage, but the screenshot they provided clearly indicates that the phone was awake for nearly 78% of 3:45 time period. One man’s definition of “average to heavy” usage can really mean anything, but I would tend to classify 78% awake time as “extremely heavy.”
Like many other bloggers, I’ve been playing around with the HTC Thunderbolt for a little more than a day. I have not done any stress testing on the battery yet, but I have used the Thunderbolt today as my main device for news, Twitter, phone calls, Gmail, and some light gaming (20 minutes of Dungeon Defenders). After being off the charger for 8 hours, the HTC Thunderbolt still has 30% battery life remaining.
I’m not here to claim that the HTC Thunderbolt has amazing battery life. It does feel like it will fall short compared to the HTC Inspire 4G or even the EVO, but I don’t think it’s half as bad as some other bloggers are reporting. I simply hope people don’t jump to any conclusions about the HTC Thunderbolt’s battery life before some thorough testing is completed. After a full week of testing, I’ll be giving you guys my final opinion of the HTC Thunderbolt’s battery. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: You can now easily toggle the Thunderbolt’s LTE connection with LTE OnOFF. Early reports indicate that turning off LTE when not actively using the web saves a significant amount of power.