Those websites that are making statements on the HTC Thunderbolt release are purely speculating, you have more chance at guessing the iPhone 5 release date thanks to routine (WWDC 2011) than you would the HTC Thunderbolt.
With the recent announcement from Verizon on Facebook stating that they wanted the device ‘flawless’, and their CTO explaining this week that the HTC Thunderbolt will come in the first half of 2011, with no hints of a March launch, you should lower your expectations on the release of HTC’s Thunderbolt.
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The reasons for this delay have not been explained officially, we do know directly from Tony Melone, Verizon’s CTO, that the Thunderbolt has “issues” and that there are no “key issues” he can mention. This means it could be a combination of the HTC Thunderbolt price, LTE technology, and something related to Verizon and iPhone 4.
Some readers have complained that Verizon wouldn’t want to launch too many “big devices” together, which would explain the delay but we find this hard to believe. If this were true, then it’s working as we’ve heard of a few Verizon users switching to iPhone 4 because of the Thunderbolt delay.
The main problem with the HTC Thunderbolt release seems be one of expectations, Verizon set these expectations at CES 2011 by saying they would release the Thunderbolt in the first half of 2011, this still seems the case but maybe a silent approach would have been better.
High expectations will most certainly be met with disappointment, we say dream big on what you want, but expect less and you will be happy. Apple doesn’t release details before a new product reveals, and this seems the best approach. You cannot be sure an iPhone 5 is coming, Apple have not said anything, and the first time you will know of iPhone 5 will be at the event it’s revealed, last minute.
What do you think of Apple’s approach to launching products, compared to Verizon and the HTC Thunderbolt? Do you always set high expectations for new products?
What’s Best: Low Expectations or High Expectations?