The Samsung Droid Charge is a 4G LTE smartphone that comes packed with features including a brilliant Super AMOLED Plus screen, a camera that can also shoot HD video, and super fast 4G Internet speeds.
When you first pick up the Droid Charge, the screen immediately stands out. It is large, bright, and has stunning colors, making it one of the best screens on any phone. Even with the big screen, the phone is thin and light, easily fitting in a pocket without any hassle.
The hardware included in the Droid Charge is no slouch either. Under the hood is a 1GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, making this phone one of the quickest out there. The Charge also comes with a 32GB micro SD card which gives you plenty of room for any applications you want to download.
Being a Droid phone, the Charge runs the Android operating system. Unfortunately, it ships with Android 2.2 which feels old and outdated compared to newer releases. Samsung's TouchWiz user interface doesn't come close to other options such as HTC's Sense interface. There are also many applications that come installed on the phone that do very little other than take up space and slow the Charge down.
Another drawback to the Charge is the virtual keyboard. While this works fine on many phones out there, the Charge is not one of them. The keys, especially the space bar, are placed in awkward positions and it is easy to hit the wrong key. Battery life is also not very good at all, but can be improved by turning off the 4G function when you are not using it.
Despite the drawbacks, the Samsung Droid Charge is a strong performer in an ever-growing market of 4G phones.
Need to Know: Samsung Droid Charge
1. The Super AMOLED Plus screen is awesome. (The Good)
2. 4G speeds make surfing the Internet better than ever before on a phone. (The Good)
3. The virtual keyboard is clunky to use and needs improvement. (The Bad)
4. The user interface and use of Android 2.2 instead of a newer version is disappointing. (The Bad)
Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)
Vibrant screen, solid 8-megapixel camera, and an attractive build quality
The Samsung Droid Charge will give you quick speeds, high-quality pictures and a crisp display
Great battery life, high-resolution and bright display
The Samsung Droid Charge could've been an absolutely killer piece of Verizon hardware if it didn't suffer from this Android-variant of BSOD. The performance was definitely more than acceptable, and had some very great battery life. It wasn't too heavy, and it always had consistently good signal strength. However, every aspect of the device that made me want it for my next phone was crushed when that first blue screen incident happened.
Because of it, I simply cannot give the Droid Charge a good review at all. If I knew for a fact that this was a software issue, and could be fixed, I... Full review
Fast 4G data speeds, fantastic display screen, fantastic display screen
The Samsung Droid Charge has the best display that we’ve seen on a mobile phone. We found it even superior to the iPhone 4’s Retina Display. The screen is crisp and clear. Colors pop and details are a delight to the eye. Combine that with a good solid design, very good call quality, excellent cameras, and the speed of the Verizon 4G LTE network and this is definitely a smartphone worth considering.
The plastic casing may be a turn-off to some, but it does make the phone a little lighter than similarly-sized competitors. While we would prefer a vanilla Android experience, the Touch... Full review
If you want in on the carrier’s blazing fast data now, the DROID Charge is your best bet
If you’re looking for 4G speeds, the Samsung DROID Charge is the phone to beat — but you’ll need deep pockets. Sure, I’d take HTC’s Sense user interface over TouchWiz any day, but the DROID Charge offers a few things HTC’s ThunderBolt doesn’t, namely a gorgeous Super AMOLED Plus display and an out-of-the-box option to turn off 4G to save on battery life, which meant I was able to get through a full day with moderate usage when I didn’t need to surf the Web at blazing fast speeds.
The DROID Charge is priced at $299, which... Full review
The DROID Charge may be a very nice phone
The Samsung DROID Charge is the second 4G LTE capable smartphone to hit Verizon Wireless, following the HTC ThunderBolt. It features a lot of the same attributes of the ThunderBolt; a 4.3-inch screen, a 1GHz processor, an 8 megapixel camera, and of course that 4G connectivity. Is the Charge something that buyers should consider instead of the ThunderBolt when looking for the fastest of the fast?
In a nutshell, no. The DROID Charge may be a very nice phone, with high-end features and every option ticked, but I ran into a number of problems with the Charge during my review period,... Full review
The Droid Charge doesn't measure up to the Thunderbolt
The choice should seem obvious at this point. We have two phones diverged in a wood—the HTC Thunderbolt and the Samsung Droid Charge. The Thunderbolt has the better Sense interface, more out-of-box storage, and a kickstand. The Charge has its Super AMOLED+ screen, and that's about it. Our vote is for the Thunderbolt because it's a better-equipped device, but if you're used to the Galaxy S experience, then the Samsung Droid Charge is worth taking a gander at. However, we feel as though Samsung had an opportunity to take down HTC with its first 4G LTE phone, but blew it at the end of th... Full review
The plastic design is the only real dissapointment, everything else is surprisingly impressive
The Droid Charge is a total sleeper. We'll be perfectly honest that we weren't expecting to be wowed but, well, we're certainly impressed. In terms of performance it's more or less on par with the recently-released Thunderbolt, but battery life is far superior and, while the Super AMOLED Plus display has its quirks, we think they just add character. The imaging sensor 'round the back is top-notch and, overall, this is a very good phone. The only real disappointment? A plastic design that probably will be looking a bit rough after a few months in your pocket.
And then there's the... Full review
It has both the best camera and the best screen
I was prepared for an average device when I started using the DROID Charge but what I experienced blew me away. In my opinion, the DROID Charge will launch as the phone with both the best camera and the best screen (Super AMOLED Plus), with 4G connectivity to boot. These facts alone mean I can confidently recommend the DROID Charge, especially if taking pics and big screens are your thing. To enjoy these features, you’ll have to endure Samsung’s Touchwiz interface, lack of LED notifications, plasticky and light build quality, and a processor that seems slightly underpowered cons... Full review
You're going to enjoy this phone as long as you are comfortable with its few drawbacks
The Samsung Droid Charge has a lot going for it. It is a good looking phone, despite its hulking shape. The 4.3 Super AMOLED display is outrageously awesome. It puts every other smartphone display to shame.
As for the basics, the Charge handles Verizon's 3G network with no problem. It digs itself in like a tick. The 4G performance is a bit less consistent. When it connects, i'ts awesome. When it doesn't, it is a hassle. The last thing you want to worry about when you need to connect is the actual connecting part.
The robotic voice quality concerns me a bit, but if yo... Full review
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