Yeah, so I’ve been waiting for the Android 4.0 update for like…forever. It seems like my phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, is the last phone on the face of the planet to get the update. Now I wish they hadn’t given it to me at all because my phone is basically a paperweight since the update dropped a few days ago.
I use my phone a lot…All the time to be exact. Now, I’ve never been too happy with the Thunderbolt anyway because it’s basically a huge hunk of underpowered, battery eating crap. I never would have even gotten the thing except that it was the only 4G phone at the time and I needed the speed. I do everything with my phone. I fact check, I do emails, I read up on press releases, I even write articles on it from time to time so I had hoped that the new update would bring an extra dose of haul-ass with it but I couldn’t have been further off base.
No, instead of making my phone snappier, and more robust, the Android 4.0 update has caused it to work so slowly that it may as well not work at all. It takes over a minute for me to get into my email and then when I exit my email, I usually end up at a loading prompt over my home screen for another minute. If I want to change which email account I am looking at, that’s a 30-45 second ordeal and GOD FORBID I try to use a robust application like Skype. That’s 3 minutes to load up and about another 2-3 minutes to shut down. Checking KiK messenger? About a minute to get that to fire up.
Also, the apps menu is now formatted terribly, with the bottoms of all of the text labels being chopped off and icons being a random size. My haptic feedback got shut off and because they moved settings menus around, it took me a full day to figure out how to fix that one and – oh, this one may be the best of all – when the phone rings, the answer and ignore buttons don’t show up on screen until about 2 seconds before it goes to voice mail.
Good job, guys. I’m glad my $500 phone is all fucked to hell and back. I mean, it’s not like I needed a phone or email or mobile web browsing.
Maybe the NEXT update those idiots push out will time travel us back to 1984 before there was any such thing as a cell phone…Because clearly they don’t want to have useful ones anyway.