We're hearing from... well, let's call them "people familiar with the matter" that HTC's Thunderbolt -- a phone that's supposed to be Verizon's first with LTE
-- is experiencing positively miserable battery life that's making it
difficult for testers to avoid carrying a second phone around as a
backup. How bad? Two to three hours from full to empty in some cases. Of
course, we wouldn't be surprised if battery life was really bad with
the LTE radio left on -- the EVO 4G
wasn't much different at launch with WiMAX lit up -- but the word on
the street is that the power situation is largely responsible for the delays we've been seeing. In fact, our source tells us the phone is currently working on its sixth retail delay at the moment. More on this situation as we get it.
Update: We've just heard from another trusted tipster
that there's definitely a new firmware in the works to address battery
life and signal issues (which -- you guessed it -- are interrelated).
Thanks, HTC Kid!