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HTC ThunderBolt For Dummies

Your Internet overlords have provided this Cheat Sheet to help you become acquainted with your Android OS ThunderBolt smartphone. ThunderBolt is a delightful gizmo, but a bit daunting. This online guide provides you with references to popular features on your phone, methods of working the ThunderBolt, plus other tips and tricks that you can’t find anywhere else.

The HTC ThunderBolt Smartphone's Home Screen

The main screen on the Android OS smartphone ThunderBolt is called Home. You can have as many as seven Home screens on your ThunderBolt phone, all of which are illustrated here:

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Soft Buttons on the ThunderBolt Smartphone

The HTC ThunderBolt phone features four soft buttons, found below the touchscreen. The Android OS smartphone's buttons provide a welcome consistency, so knowing how they work is important to getting the most from your phone.

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Basic HTC ThunderBolt Smartphone Touchscreen Operations

It takes a certain finesse to work a touchscreen gizmo. (That and teensy fingers.) Here are some of the common operations you can perform using your fingers on the Android OS ThunderBolt smartphone's touchscreen:

Action How to Touch the ThunderBolt Screen
Touch Tap once.
Double-tap Tap twice in the same location.
Long-press Touch a spot while keeping your finger pressed down.
Swipe Touch a spot and drag your finger left, right, up, or down.
Flick Touch the same way as when you swipe.
Pinch Touch with two fingers and bring them together as you continue to touch the screen.
Spread Touch with two fingers close together and then spread them apart as you continue to touch the screen.
Rotate Touch with two fingers and then pivot them around a central point, like you're dialing the combination on a safe.

ThunderBolt Smartphone Tricks to Remember

Here’s an assortment of handy, time-saving tricks for you to keep in mind while you use, abuse, or excuse your new Android OS ThunderBolt smartphone:

  • Dictation! You can speak into the phone as an effective and quick alternative to using the onscreen keyboard.

  • Long-press the Home soft button to recall recently used apps.

  • The Quick Lookup app can be used to define a term, translate text, or look things up on Google, Wikipedia, or YouTube.

  • Feel free to add and remove icons and widgets on the Home screen as you see fit. It’s your Home screen.

  • Choose a new skin for the phone’s interface by touching the Personalize button on the Home screen and choosing the Skin command.

  • Press and hold a key on the onscreen keyboard to confirm that your stubby fingers have selected the right character.

  • Quickly put the ThunderBolt into Vibration mode by pressing the Volume Down button until the phone jiggles.

  • When you’re on the phone, press the Power Lock button to lock the phone and turn off the touchscreen.

  • Use the kickstand to keep the phone propped up on your desktop.

  • Whenever possible, try to use the ThunderBolt’s Wi-Fi Internet connection, to avoid incurring data usage charges.

  • Use the Search soft button to look for information on the phone, on the Internet, or in a specific app.

Help and Support for Your ThunderBolt Smartphone

When things get tough with your Android OS ThunderBolt smartphone, contact HTC or your cellular service provider at the following numbers and addresses. You could also try the Android Market (where you download your phone’s apps) and Google’s own Android support.

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