Samsung Droid Charge

7.6/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


The Samsung Droid Charge's screen is 4.3 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.


There is a Samsung Hummingbird 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

828 MB

Internal memory is 828 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 11.5 days standby time, 660 minutes (2G).

Reviews summary

Based on 15 reviews

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.

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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 Unfortunately, it ships with Android 2.2 which feels old and outdated compared to newer releases.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

from Cnet
If you're perplexed by the $199.99 Samsung Galaxy S Aviator and where it fits into U.S. Cellular's roster of smartphones, you're not alone. The device features a great screen and everything users need for a basic Android experience and 4G LTE data where you can find it. Yet, its sluggish performance and steep price give me pause. A better deal would be to spring for the Samsung Galaxy S II, which for the same price offers dual-core processing but without 4G... Full review
Top Ten Reviews

The Samsung Droid Charge will give you quick speeds, high-quality pictures and a crisp display

from Top Ten Reviews
The Droid Charge touch phone runs on the 4G network. It has an 8MP camera with an LED flash. The Droid Charge also comes with 32GB of expandable memory. It has a single-core processor and uses the Android 2.2 operating system. The display on this smartphone uses Super AMOLED Plus. The phone may be slightly slower than some other phones with touch screens; however, it'll still move quickly and give you a brilliant display... Full review

Great battery life, high-resolution and bright display

from Pocketables

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

Hardware Secrets

Fast 4G data speeds, fantastic display screen, fantastic display screen

from Hardware Secrets

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

from BGR

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

from MobileBurn

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

from InfoSync

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

from Engadget

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

from Phandroid

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

Phone Scoop

You're going to enjoy this phone as long as you are comfortable with its few drawbacks

from Phone Scoop

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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Full Specs

Release date April 28, 2011
Regions available USA
850/1900 MHz
1700 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo

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Processor Samsung Hummingbird 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
828 MB
RAM 512 MB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.01 W/kg
Body: 1 W/kg
Languages English, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
660 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 11.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Mirror Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.0 x 6.8 x 1.2 cm
(5.1 x 2.7 x 0.5 in)
Weight 144 grams
(5.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Screensavers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad / Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Yahoo, Windows Live, Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out Yes
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Zoom Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info 1.3 Mpx
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung 4G LTE smartphone, Samsung SCH-i520, Samsung Inspiration, Samsung Galaxy S Aviator

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