The Thunderbolt 4G is the first honest-to-goodness 4G phone on Verizon, the first LTE smartphone you can buy in the US. In other words, it's the fastest phone—connection-wise—that you can buy right now. And holy crap, is it fast.
At the same time, it's a phone that feels incredibly familiar because it is: a steroid-infused version of a phone that HTC's been selling us in various guises for a very long time. Albeit, things are better in this version than before. The 8-megapixel camera and screen quality are notably better than what we got in HTC's last take on this phone, the HD7, and there's a slightly fresher version of the weathered Sense UI running on top of Android 2.2. Oh, and for the first time with a Verizon phone, you can talk and surf at the same time—we tried it over 4G and it worked, though the call quality didn't sound great.