Not to a gadget-hound.
No, not Intel's Thunderbolt port. The HTC ThunderBolt that recently opened for pre-order at Best Buy. Sure, this LTE smartphone has seen delay after delay. But now an inventory screenshot from Phandroid has it launching on March 10.
That puts the ThunderBolt in a very awkward position. As nice as the LTE is (and as wonderful as the new version of Sense is) the ThunderBolt is a single-core phone positioning itself as a high-end device. Summer is coming, we're a few weeks away from far better phones hitting all across the high end of the market. The ThunderBolt's special LTE status won't be all that special for long.
If you buy a ThunderBolt in March, you need to be aware of two things.
1. You are no more than a month or two away from a more powerful LTE device launching at or near the same price.
2. That 1 GHz processor is going to feel real damn pokey in two years, when every smartphone on the market has two or more cores.
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As nice as the ThunderBolt feels- and it is a well built piece of tech, it is getting woefully close to "aged". If you just want a solid handset that will work and deliver LTE speeds, you won't regret this buy. But if you are an early adopter gadget hound with a thirst for the best, it behoves you to wait. Dual core LTE smartphones are right on the horizon. You can hold on until the Summer...can't you?