Verizon 4G Faceoff: HTC Thunderbolt or Droid Bionic?

Fasten your seatbelts, friends: Verizon's first 4G smartphone has finally arrived.

The long-anticipated launches this Thursday, March 17. It'll sell through Verizon for $250 with a two-year contract (though you can get it for $200 if you buy from a third-party retailer like ).

The Thunderbolt has plenty going for it: Running Google's Android operating system, the phone boasts a giant 4.3-inch display and a look similar to HTC's popular device. Like the EVO, the Thunderbolt even comes with a kickstand.

The Thunderbolt has more horsepower than its Sprint-based predecessor, mind you -- 768MB of RAM compared to the EVO's 512MB -- and a good bit more storage space, too. But the Thunderbolt is also going to have some serious competition in the form of Verizon's next high-profile 4G smartphone, the .

So is it worth springing for the HTC Thunderbolt now, or would you be wiser to wait for the Bionic to arrive? Check out this comparison and see what you think.