For the most part, Android phones have always suffered from poor battery life. It’s not necessarily faulty coding within the OS, but being connected and continuously pulling data from the web can dramatically affect how long your Android phone will last. But things seem to be a little different for the HTC Thunderbolt and its 4G LTE connection on Verizon’s network. Customers are complaining that the battery on the Thunderbolt drains a lot faster than it should and most are blaming the devie’s LTE connection. We’ve spent a good amount of time with the handset and can attest to the battery issues. We were able to squeeze 7-8 hours of life out of the Thunderbolt’s battery, but that’s a lot less than the 10-12 hours we are typically used to.
In order to lend a helping hand, TeamAndIRC has just launched LTE OnOFF which gives Thunderbolt users the ability to easily toggle the device’s preferred network settings. Simply open the application and you’re presented with the option to switch between five different settings.
Many of the comments on the Android Market indicate that switching off the Thunderbolt’s LTE connection does help improve battery life. While we can’t guarantee that LTE OnOFF will get you an extra 2-3 hours of battery life, it will at least give you the ability to control your handset’s data connection as you please.
Be sure to leave us a note if LTE OnOFF makes a difference for you. We’re hoping that HTC and Verizon are already keeping a close eye on the Thunderbolt’s battery woes and will soon be releasing afix of their own.