The real battle of Thunderbolt vs Revolution will come down to the available features and the device performance. Looking at the features, the dual cameras on the devices are as good a place to start as any. The Thunderbolt has an 8 MP camera while the Revolution has just a 5 MP. Now, in general, once you get above 3 MP on a camera phone the amount of megapixels becomes pointless. While this is certainly still the case here, in my opinion, the Thunderbolt camera takes better looking images and video. The difference isn’t staggering, but I feel that the HTC device takes images with slightly brighter colors and sharper images. Both devices have low-quality 1.3 MP front-facing cameras for video chatting.
Like all Verizon devices, both of these come with some ridiculous bloatware, but the Revolution loses big here. Verizon and Microsoft have teamed up on several devices to force users to use Bing search and maps instead of Google. Even if you like Bing better, this isn’t the kind of thing that a company should decide for you. I’m fine with including Bing on top of Google, but forcing people to use Bing search is not right. You can still download and use Google maps.
Both devices can use DLNA technology to stream video OTA to other DLNA devices, but only the Revolution includes an HDMI port on the side of the device, a big plus for anyone who wants to watch videos from the device on a TV.
The Thunderbolt comes with 8 GB of internal memory and a 32 GB memory card while the Revolution comes with 16 GB of internal memory and a 16 GB memory card. While the extra 8 GB of internal memory is nice, since Android devices can handle apps on a memory card with ease, the extra 8 GB of overall memory gives the Thunderbolt the edge.
While there isn’t a huge edge here, unless you know you will be using the HDMI port, the Thunderbolt will win this category.
WINNER: HTC Thunderbolt