Anyone Else Noticing Performance Issues With the HTC Thunderbolt?

I don’t know what is happening lately, but my love affair with the HTC Thunderbolt may be coming to an end.  It seems with each passing week my Thunderbolt’s performance is degrading.  I’m not sure if this is just an isolated incident, or more widespread, but if things keep going the way they are I may be on the lookout for a new smartphone sooner than I expected.  The main issues I’m now experiencing with the Thunderbolt mainly lie with the battery, performance speeds, and signal integrity.

The battery issues come as no surprise as this has been a complaint from the get go, but the damn thing seems to be getting worse by the day.  I can’t explain it but each day I have a varying degrees of battery performance.  Some days I can unplug my phone and within minutes I’ll lose 10% of the battery power, while other days it could take an hour or so to see the same battery loss.  It just doesn’t make sense.  It’s not like I’m installing new apps, or toggling settings each day, which could affect the battery performance.  I actually use my Thunderbolt less than I used to now that I have the iPad 2, so considering that I lose more battery power now that I don’t use the phone as much (also wiped many apps) disturbs me.  If I didn’t have a car charger, or the USB cable with me at all times, there’s no chance in Hell that my Thunderbolt would make it a full day of moderate use, but it did in the past, so that’s what is so concerning to me.  How bad will this thing actually get as time goes bye?

Even more disheartening than the battery issues I’m facing is the fact that my Thunderbolt’s overall performace seems to be degarding as well.  When I look back to those first few weeks back in March when I first scored Verizon’s only 4G LTE phone I was amazed at how snappy the device was.  It seemed to handle whatever I threw at it with ease even with its girly single-core processor.  But just like the battery, the phone’s performance seems to slowly get worse with each new week.  I’ve even tried restarting it at least a few times each week to make sure its guts have been refreshed every once in awhile, but that doesn’t seem to help.

The performance issues I’m facing aren’t too different that what a PC user may face with a Windows OS that hasn’t been restarted in awhile.  Applications seem to open slow, sometimes my keyboard doesn’t work, and I’ll experience mini-crashes that take up to 45 seconds for my phone to recover from.  It’s a very sobering experience that is leaving a bad taste in my mouth.  If Google’s partners could get their sh*t together so Google could push out Android OS updates when they’re actually published I feel like many of my issues would be resolved.  Considering that it takes years to get a new Android OS on certain platforms I’m not holding my breath for the rumored Gingerbread update for the HTC Thunderbolt.  By the time I get the now out dated OS Ice Cream Sandwich will be making its debut!

Finally, I’ve got a constant battle for a stable signal on my Thunderbolt, which is becoming a major pain in my ball sack!  It seems as more users come onto the Verizon LTE network the worse my 4G signal gets, and that’s if I can even get one.  I’ve already had to replace my SIM card due to an issue where I couldn’t even connect to 3G let alone 4G.  Since then I’ve had better luck staying away from the dreaded 1X connection, but I still have problems maintaining a quality signal at all times of the day.  It even seems as if the wireless signal if funky these days as well.  I’ll have it connected, go to bed, and when I awake I find a phone that can’t connect to its cellular network nor the wi-fi network.  It’s as if having both communication methods on for too long bunks the phone’s ability to communicate period.

The Phone on the Left Could be Mine One Day

Am I alone with these issues, or some of you other Thunderbolt early adopters noticing the same funkiness?  I still enjoy the phone and appreciate its abilities when it’s cranking on all cylinders, but if things keep going the way they are I may have an expensive brick for a phone in the next few months.  It may just be me, because I tend to have ZERO patience for slow gadgets.  I’m talking to the point of seeing veins popping out of my face type of anger when it comes to a slow piece of tech.  My gadgets know that if they f*ck off for too long they’ll be relegated to my Wife, and I’ll be off to Best Buy to find its new replacement.  I’m interested in hearing what the rest of you have to say on the matter, so please use the comment section below to dish on your HTC Thunderbolt experience.  You’ve now realized that the Entertainment Buddha is one fickle geek…


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