Home Screen and Notifications
After going through the initial set up, you will see the home screen. The first thing to notice is the weather clock widget which displays the current time and weather conditions. As you personalize the home screen it may become a bit crowded, so you can create multiple home screens. Up to seven home screens are possible with the HTC Thunderbolt. Slide your finger horizontally across the screen to the left or right to view the additional home screens. Press the Home key to return to the main home screen. To view all seven home screens in thumbnail view, press the Home key while on the main home screen or pinch the screen.
On top of the home screen is the status bar. It contains status icons such as signal strength, battery status, and Bluetooth connections to HTC Thunderbolt accessories. The status bar also contains notifications for new messages, missed calls, and upcoming events. Notifications are also displayed on top of the phone through LED lights. The HTC Thunderbolt user guide states that a solid green light indicates that the phone is connected to a computer or power adapter and the battery is fully charged. It is a solid red light when the battery is charging. When the battery is low, the LED light is red and it is flashing. When there is a pending notification, the green light flashes.
When several notifications are available, you can easily view them all by opening the notification panel. To do this, press and hold the status bar and slide your finger downward. In addition to the notifications, the recently opened apps are listed and accessible from the panel. To close the notification bar, press the Back button or press and hold the bottom bar of the notification panel and slide your finger up the screen.