The second round of Smart Phone Madness starts today, with the HTC Thunderbolt vs. the Samsung Nexus S. Which will win – the blazing fast 4G or the pure Google experience?
As a reminder, this poll will remain open until Sunday at midnight.
The HTC Thunderbolt (which we just reviewed) isn’t just another Android phone. This is the first handset that will be able to tap into Verizon’s superfast 4G LTE network, promising speeds from 5 to 12 Mbps. During our own tests, we saw download rates of 4 to 13 Mbps, and even faster rates when we tethered it via USB. The Thunderbolt has an EVO-sized 4.3-inch screen, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 processor, 8GB + 768MB of RAM, and a 32GB microSD card. The phone will run Android 2.2 with HTC’s smart Sense overlay, feature an 8-MP camera with an LED flash, and sport a 1.3-mp front-facing camera for Skype video calls. Unfortunately, it lives up to its namesake in more ways than one: While it’s as fast as a bolt of lightning, it’s as short-lived as one, too.
The first phone to run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the Samsung Nexus S is the closest thing you can get to a pure Google experience on a smart phone–unless you still have a Nexus One. The Nexus S has a cool Contour Display that’s slightly curved for a better fit against the side of your face, and its Super AMOLED technology provides a bright and crisp picture. Another first is the built-in NFC chip, which will let users instantly look up or exchange information with a tap. (Someday soon you might be able to use this handset as a wallet.) There’s a 5-MP camera on the back, but it can’t record 720p video. We were also disappointed that the phone doesn’t support 4G speeds on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. Overall, though, this is a powerful device.