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Samsung DROID Charge Review – Verizon

Ahhh yes, the first ever 4G LTE “DROID” has landed.  After a couple of weeks of delays to make sure Verizon’s new network was stable enough for it, the DROID Charge by Samsung is available for purchase at the arguably high price of $300 on a 2-year contract.  It’s a device we saw go nameless for months, but one that eventually found its way into our favorite brand of smartphones.  Can it live up to that exclusive name though?  Normally when a new phone comes out with the “DROID” brand on it, we expect it to dominate, so let’s see if the Charge can.  

The Good:

  • Screen:  There is no denying that the 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen on the DROID Charge is a thing of beauty.  As the first device in the U.S. to sport one, you at least have that to brag to your friends about.  The colors are incredibly vibrant and do wonders even in outside light.
  • 4G LTE:  Who doesn’t love ridiculously fast download and upload speeds on their handheld device?  While in San Francisco last week for Google I/O, this and the Thunderbolt allowed me to continue to pump out stories while the spotty WiFi connections tried to bring me down.  As long as you are in a 4G LTE area, you are going to love having this in your pocket.  Oh, and they extended the free hotspot offer through June 15!

  • Battery:  Well, it’s not the greatest battery on the planet, but when we compare it to the Thunderbolt, it’s a winner.  My device suffered from signal issues for the first couple of weeks while Verizon tweaked their new network and the Charge cruised through it all.
  • Camera:  The Charge has an above average 8MP camera.  Someone tell Motorola to kang whatever Sammie is doing with their cameras, because it’s nothing but right.  Check out the two shots below which have been untouched aside from resizing.

  • HDMI mirroring:  The Charge has full HDMI mirroring and it definitely works well.  Plug in your device, switch your TV over and BAM!  In seconds you are up and running your device on your big ol’ screen TV.
  • Feel:  The weight of this device is pretty exceptional.  It’s definitely made out of 100% plastic which we’ll talk more about later, but in your hand anyways, it feels pretty good.  The size isn’t too intense coming from a Thunderbolt or DROIDX, and with it being lighter than both, it’s definitely manageable.
  • Notification pulldown:  This may sound like a simple little “Good”, but I love the fact that TouchWiz puts your toggles into the notification bar.  HTC is doing this with Sense 2.1+, but Samsung has been doing it for a while.  I still hate TouchWiz, but they at least got this one thing right.

  • Video chatting:  The front-facing camera on the Charge is 1.3MP and allows for pretty decent video chatting with friends.  We would have loved to see Android 2.3.4 and Google Talk on there, but only 1 device currently has that.  There are plenty of options out there to choose from though, so we have to give them props for at least going beyond VGA.

The Not-so-Good:

  • TouchWiz:  I know that many of you despise Motorola’s Blur, but I’m hear to tell you that nothing is as bad as Samsung’s TouchWiz.  It’s an iOS ripoff that makes even decent hardware chug along at a pace not seen since 2007.  It’s buggy, appears to be designed by a children’s book company, and can’t be masked by LauncherPro fast enough.  If there was a ever a reason to start the “We want stock only!” petition, this would be it.

  • Old hardware:  If this was worthy of the “DROID” tag, it should have had something other than the same guts as the Samsung Fascinate which came out in 2010.  Sure, they added a front facing camera and an 8MP shooter on the back, but the rest of it is all the same including that god awful RFS file system.  Where is the dual-core?  The massive amounts of RAM?
  • Plastic casing:  The device is made of plastic and isn’t going to last you 2 years.  I’ve had it for about a month now and already managed to scuff the edges from simply pulling it in and out of my pocket.  I haven’t seen this happen on any other device in the life of this blog.  At least when HTC makes a phone out of plastic, it almost feels like metal and not like something your 2-year old will crush in less than a minute.

  • Android 2.2:  As I’ve said with every Verizon device over the last couple of months, it’s almost sickening to see them launching with Android 2.2.  Gingerbread has been out for almost 6 months now, yet we’re releasing phones with one that came out a year ago?  Just wait and see how happy new Charge owners are going to be when the entire DROID lineup from Motorola has GB by the end of June and it’s still sitting at 2.2.
  • Verizon Bloatware:  The amount of bloatware that Verizon tossed onto this thing is intense.  I’m not sure I can even count that high to tell you the truth.  While we’re no longer surprised that they will continue to fill up Android devices with this crap, we’ll still point it out so that Big Red doesn’t forget how much we hate it.
  • Look:  This is a personal thing, but I’m not a fan of the Alienware-esque exterior of this phone.  The hump on the back doesn’t allow the phone to lay flat on a desk, the pointy shield speaker/camera housing/chin all remind me of something from Star Trek, and those massive physical buttons just seem well, silly.
  • “DROID” tag:  You get the feeling that since the original Bionic was delayed, that Verizon panicked because they no longer had a 4G LTE “DROID” and decided to slap the tag on this phone.  Sure, the marketing campaign is super slick, but this device should never have donned this elite tag.
  • Slow wake time:  It may sound like I’m nitpicking here, but when you press the unlock button on your phone, it shouldn’t take 3 seconds for it to come on.  Such is the case with the Charge and I still can’t figure out why.

Unboxing:

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Benchmarks:

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Gallery:

The Verdict:

I’m going to be perfectly honest and blunt here – this phone has no business having the “DROID” tag next to it.  Is it an above average device with a few stand out specs?  You betcha it is.  Is it capable of dominating the smartphone landscape for the next 1 or 2 years?  Not a chance.  While we came away incredibly impressed by the Super AMOLED Plus screen, camera, and battery, we struggled to come up with much else to love about it.  The alien-inspired look is not our thing (but may be for some) nor are the oversized physical home keys.  We’re also becoming increasingly sick of seeing phones launching with Android 2.2 which is now a year old and custom skins that make phones feel like they were manufactured by monkies.

So should you buy the DROID Charge?  At $300 on a 2-year contract it would be tough for me to tell you to do that.  If this phone launched somewhere around $199, I’d tell you to seriously consider it, but unfortunately that’s not the case.  The plastic exterior has me questioning just how long this device will stand up to daily wear and tear and of course there are still questions about Samsung’s OS update support.

Is it time for carriers and phone manufacturers to stop releasing last year’s tech with this year’s marketing slogan?  I’d say so.

DROID Charge Specs | Other DROID Charge Coverage

  • Jon

    Hands down (after owning multiple droids such as thunderbolt, charge, droid x, droid 2), this phone, the droid charge, is the best. Everyone that listens to the quadrant standard scores are idiots.  This phone is faster than the Droid X, 2, and maybe as fast as the thunderbolt.  Those scores mean nothing.  I was debating between 4g or dual core.  4g is the way to go.  It will future proof you for a little bit.  The battery life is good and the screen is amazing.  Dual core can get you good quadrant scores… 4g can get you info faster.  If you want to brag to your friends with iphones about dual core, go ahead. But when 4g blows them out of the water, then they will feel bad.

    #screwiphone
      

  • Tomblue

    Indeed removing Advanced Task Killer solved the battery drain (also leaving it plugged in throughout the night versus unplugging when charged 100%)

    I did 5+ hours 3g 80% and 4g 25% of the time yesterday. It is the nicest piece of technology that works just fine software and speedwise (except a bit slow on the 3g <768kbps during  the day, nights 1.1-1.2MBps but that could be midtown Manhattan environment that my Charge is in)…..of course 4g LTE = 9,12,15-23MBps — but no battery life and 3g works sufficiently and changing 3g4g back and forth takes about 2-3 minutes

    I really like this phone and the ability to hold it on the right in landscape mode as it has the physical buttons that are not easily swiped SO it gives me the whole 3.5″ to thumb scroll and tap with. Very responsive as in 99percent so all is well with this Froyo 2.2.

    I have to learn more about good android apps like video editors to edit videos while on the bus etc. productivity best of apps can’t wait to shop again ::::

    Thanks everyone. To heck with “just” low RAM and ‘slow’ singlecore 1GHz it works and it works well and it is a display i can see while on the seat on the sunny side of the bus!  All that bus language is fantasy until i get the Otterbox Defender Case to actually take this outside safely for all-day use — unless anyone else knows of a case with a good screen protector that doesn’t have to get ironed on because i never found a good one….yet (to hold me over until the Defender Case).

    stay cool Chargers
    -t/nyc

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730415462 Hansel Jaramillo

    Thing is…if this isn’t “worthy” of the Droid title, then the Droid Incredible 2 shouldn’t be either. Droid X2…don’t make me laugh. All they did was give it a dual core and a qHD screen and BAM! NEW DROID! No LTE and no FFC…it’s not even a worthy successor to the original Droid X.

    I personally enjoy my Fascinate. I chose it over the Droid X, Droid 2, and Droid Incredible. I haven’t looked back since. Sure, the Droid Charge is somewhat lacking in hardware oomph, but so is almost everything on Verizon at the moment. I like that shield-y design. It sets it apart from the other phones on Verizon. One look and you’ll KNOW it’s a Charge, unlike the boring old designs of its android colleagues.

    All in all, I think this is a good Droid phone. IF/WHEN the SGSII launches in the States, Verizon should label it as a Droid phone, perhaps giving a slight CPU boost and maybe a cool name(Droid Stealth).

  • Tomblewitt

    I left the Samsung Droid Charge off overnight after charging to 100% and when I turned it on this morning it started at 73%!?

  • Tomblewitt

    Thanks for that empowering posting Raiderwill — I kept coming back to this charge phone that works for me but wow if you could direct me to what is in our opion the best site to reference he rooting and other delightful things to do to this equipment, please feel free to let me know — i am novice and there are so many ways to do it it seems (being a novice)
    thanks! tom charge owner nycawaiting otterbokes

  • Raiderwill

    I own this phone.. And I would pay $1.00 to see all of your faces who are waiting on the sidelines for “Vaporware” in the Samsung Galaxy S2 which WON’T be here until Ice Cream Sandwhich O/S devices are released early 2012 ( You all have not figured that one out yet huh..) and will NOT have a 4G radio..( Sorry..) you are truly going to be shocked.. In the mean time, Us Rooted, O/C’ed, 2.3.4 Gingerbread, Nexflix running, 4G Charge owners are having a Blast !!!  Enjoy your wait for your Dual-Core Heaters ! Lets see how soon apps are created to take advantage of your Dual-Core Glory.. Not Synthetic Benchmarks.. But “Real World” speed over a 1ghz Gingerbread 2.3.4 ( Silky & Cool ) running Single-Core Rooted Beast…. Happy waiting!!!

    • Mark Miller

      Loving my Droid Charge here as well. I got it from a lady 30 minutes away who didn’t like it and got an iPhone instead off another line on her account. I paid $200 bucks for a 2 week old Droid Charge without any contract and I think it’s the best decision ever.

      Rooted, flashed to 2.3.4 with all the bloat removed (tried to get AOSP as possible) and this thing flys, battery is great, netflix rocks, and on top of that I’m 4G ready (my city is on the list for before Decemember). Best $200 bucks on a phone spent yet!

      • Ortizchief

        good how do you root your charge please sent me the link and information about the roms at ortizchief@gmail.com thank your

  • Tomblue

    I am very appreciative and love the technology of this phone. However, it says with minmal usage of browser and other things that 71% of battery is used by display and 2 hours 53 minutes was the time that the display was lit (and that was on auto-brightness)

    other than that , the RAM is max at 328Meg and I haven’t figured out how to keep  Android 2.2 Froyo from ALWAYS having apps open?! even when I have not used them! Where is the auto quit versus just using Advanced Task Killer?

    But I guess I will keep it as the only other 2 4g choices were inferior except for some great features of Thunderbolt

    • Tomblewitt

      update: the battery life on 3g (while slow on speedtest it is solid and efficient like an ipad on wifi) is very long and standby especially while employing airplane mode or turning off phone overnight is lasting going on 2 days .. and this is before i learn even more enhancements other than task killer versus task manager loaded with The Charge (and why task manager always says no apps are open but clearing memory results in it saying 4 or 7 or whatever apps were closed!)
      Keping it. Itt is too nice too bad about the way low RAM

  • steph

    Samsung Charge only gives you 5 seconds to read a long text.  I called tech support and they said there was nothing that could be done to stop it.  That sucks! any suggestions????

    • Don

      I have a Droid Charge and have no idea what you’re talking about.   If this about text messages, I’ve never experienced a time limit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kgbeezr1 Kirk Beres

    I agree about the materials quality not being the best, but i’m puzzled by the repeated mentions of the phone not being worthy of the “Droid” name. I’ve had a Droid X and this phone seems superior, or “as good as” in every way but materials quality and battery life. Thinking of other phones that have carried “Droid” branding, I can’t imagine why this phone, in comparison, would be sub-par. So the processor is a year old, after putting a good ROM on it and converting the file system to EXT4, in every day use this phone is just as fast as any of the dual-core’s that i’ve tried, even the Quadrant score nears 1750. People get too hung up on superficial, almost symbolic ideas that don’t really mean that much in reality. Even in terms of materials quality, it doesn’t really feel any cheaper to me than the Thunderbolt or Revolution which are also plastic, the Charge is just smooth whereas the others have some texture on them. I was surprised after getting the Charge and then picking up the other two in the store. I was expecting a substantial difference in feel, but aside from a small difference in weight, I didn’t feel it. That being said I would still like nicer plastics, or even better, metal.

  • Olvarez

    THE SAMSUNG DROID CHARGE HEATS UP ALOT PLUS IT FREEZES UP TO OTHER THAN THAT IT’ S A GOOD PHONE BUT I HAD TO GET ANOTHER PHONE BECAUSE I COULDN’T HAVE IT LIKE THAT.

  • Morganfreeman

    Sounds like alot of you guys want the phone to be indistructable or something lol. its so funny that nurds  just want stuff to bitch about reguardless of the product. Keep going with the rants, nobody is listening anyway. They buying the shit out of them! You just cant afford it or your contract isn’t up yet for an upgrade. Iphone? great product! Extreamly limited. Must have a credit card on hand 100% of the time. Crapware?  Itunes is a Shitty piece of software wont even decode movies and crashes more Ipods and deletes whole Music files than any other. Droide playback is cool, just trasnfer files and they play. MS exchange for us folks who work, File reading like word Excell and Power Point.. HDMI output rocks! great for presentations. If you read the instructions you will be impressed other than trying to sound like you know about Operating systems and wild idea hybrid’s. Overpriced?
    C’mon!  Iphones are freaking way exspensive But worth it!  a great product. You make it sound like its a free phone or something.. No hotspots or tethering, it wont communicate with any other device other than apple products (very Well) No other device can playback Real HD. Its claimed other products do but they do not.

    And its funny i dont even own a charge. I have an iphone 4 and its cool! my wife just recently got a Droide charge for work purposes and it is a way way better phone for people who use the features  and dont set there all day benching the damn thing. (just so you know that is extreamly bad on any phone) Kills the battery and shortens CPU life. Just thowing that out there. Kudos

  • Raiderwill

    I just purchased a Droid Charge.. And I am Loving It ! Let me tell you something Boys & Girls.. You are listening to the hype.. “Oh.. Its 2011.. Ya gotta have a Dual Core.” Why ? To Youtube ? Nope.. 4G is quite enough.. ” But Nexflix ! ” Eh.. Nope.. 4G whatcha need to run that there smoothly.. ” My webpages need Dual Cores to play flash content ! ” Eh.. Sorry.. The Droid Charge has a real nice Vid Processor to do that one smooth as silk..  I mean Really? what do you do?? Sit around with your friends and speedrace to a website? To do that,  You need 4G LTE not Dual Cores..  Root & Go Baby ! Get Off The Sidelines ! By Xmas your “Bionic / GS2S will be OBSOLETE anyway.. Think about it.. Then Go Get Your Super Amo Screen Charge with a little 4G… You’ll  Quickly See !

  • Tom Kassab

    I just got mine the other day from Costco for $179 including the car charger and leather case – same price they offer the Thunderbolt for. The phone is incredible! The best screen I have ever seen. I am coming from a Droid Pro so this device is really incredible. It’s fast,with no lag or hangups. My Pro had Gingerbread… It’s not a big deal to me that this one does not have it just yet.  The features and benefits of this phone especially the screen, camera and battery life made this an easy choice for me. No other phone on the market can touch the beauty of the screen this unit provides. 

  • Jzwerlz43

    my droid x running 2.3 gingerbread is better than this hunk of junk…..

    • Goodnote Steve

      Your droid x is fine. So is the droid charge.  Take a deep breath and relax.

  • Mr. Ring Tone

    I have my droid charge and love it. 

  • Bigguywes

    you guys are dumb this phone is amazing. Love everything about it besides battery life but thats what a charger is for. very fast with 4g

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

      I trust Droid-life sorry

      • Bob

        Droid-Life is wrong

    • Don

      I’m with you Bigguywes!  I phone IS amazing..  The negative comments here are largely from those who don’t own one and believe every last word of someone else’s opinion. After having it for 3 weeks now, I can truly say I’d buy it again in a heartbeat.

      Genuine Samsung brand chargers are available on ebaY for $5 with shipping.  The available combination Holster/Sleeve protects the plastic, gives it a really expensive feel, and provides a convenient kickstand. NOLED makes up for the lack of missed call/text message indicator and Launcher Pro fixes what ails the Touichwiz haters.  BTW, Touchwiz is NOT so bad people, shheesh………..

  • vetdroiduser

    At first I felt exactly the same as the reviewer but after having had the phone for a few days now I can honestly say I love it. After installing adw launcher of course. Now its time to root. Im coming from a rooted droid x.

  • http://theurbanblend.com Damian015

    So agree with you guys on this one. Too expensive, too old and too cheap (quality)

  • Scott Diiorio

    Let’s clear a few things up. The processor is not the standard A8 core. Reason. FOr thsoe of use playign around with the 2.4 (icecream) pre release as testers/dev tools, you woudl realize on install and diagnostics it has twice the thread ability over the old fasicinate, as well as higher over clock ability (that will eat up batter ylife in 2.2 and 2.3 without the 2.4 changes). Note Samsung has 4 variants of the A8 Cortex A, C, E, and G chips.

    Samsung announced it will not release 2.3 variants of ANdroid on the CHarge and supproted phones with the E and G chips. I don’t blame them since it was a buggy mess needign constint fixign and is goign to be replaced with 2.4 which is a much more stable coding. The Charge is marked as a device that will recieve the 2.4 mobiel update. No date specified. It does fucntion in the test versions very well due the the E mark chip, but required some tweaking for optimized display use.

  • Palap980

    i have this phone. You need to get the altered beast rom (and then clear your data to make the battery better). My bench mark was at1486, above even the nexus one by a good amount. it also solves that long wake time problem, and makes the phone at least 5x faster, and rids it of all the pointless bloatware (when you wipe it). It makes the phone actually deserving of the droid title.

  • Prickee

    Cruised over to Costco today and peeped out the Charge.  Man right off the bad that screen is a killer.  Makes T’Bolt, and LG Rev. look lost.  Then guy showed me a youtube video to showcase the snappiness and DL speeds of phone/4G.  I asked him between T’Bolt, LG Rev, & Charge which one does he recommend.  Without delay he said Droid Charge.  I told him I, like the reviewer am not a fan of TouchWiz.  Pretty much end of conversation lol. T’Bolt Battery was the only thing had to say negative, but boy it’s a biggie I see.  Uhh so want to grab a T’Bolt but I guess my OG Droid with PEv6 is just gonna have to wait a little longer….tick tock, tick tock.

  • Anonymous

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the Droid name supposed to indicate that there’s something special about the phone over and above a normal Android phone? Why then is this phone a Droid and the TBolt isn’t? It doesn’t really out-perform it except that it has a slightly larger battery.

    And then what’s the deal with the Incredible2 out-performing it in the benchmark tests? I know that the DInc2 isn’t 4G LTE, but aside from that I can’ see any justification for spending the extra $100!

    My two cents for whoever cares… or doesn’t. Lol!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jesus-Lopez/100002210504205 Jesus Lopez

     The Droid Charge is definitely a top notch phone, especially with the improvement on battery life compare to the Thunderbolt and super AMOLED plus display screen. Paired with my employee Sling receiver from DISH Network, this phone will be the ultimate mobile device. With my Sling receiver from DISH Network, I can stream live and recorded HD TV to my Android phone wherever I have 3G coverage or WiFi.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=595730011 Nick Adamany

    Yes, because Samsung never updates phones…oh wait, who was the first
    non-nexus on 2.3..  Facts people, it’s not Samsung it’s the Carriers. 
    Samsung updates promptly and 2.2 was done a long time ago for the
    Fascinate, Verizon just refused to release it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=595730011 Nick Adamany

    Double post ftl.

  • Tjharkness

    I know that I posted a few days ago that I loved this phone but im gonna have to go back on my word and say THIS PHONE SUCKS compared to the HTC THUNDERBOLT 

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  • Rob

    Kellex….take a look at your video and aroung minute 6:45 and you do state that you like the 4 physical hard buttons and in your review you say you dont like them…come on…get the stroy right!

    Too many complaints! 

  • Junkemale

    I wanted to like this phone but after test driving it in the store, it was sluggish as all git out. Can’t imagine anyone paying $300 for this phone.

    • GoodNote

      I am using the Droid Charge I bought over the weekend, I’m in a 4G area, and it is NOT sluggish at all. Not at all.  

  • Rob

    Ok Kellex…..I dont want you complaining next week when the DX2,the Revolution and the D3 ALL COME OUT WITH ANDROID 2.2!!!!! 

  • Rob

    Ok Kellex…..I dont want you complaining next week when the DX2,the Revolution and the D3 ALL COME OUT WITH ANDROID 2.2!!!!! 

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  • Booboolala2000

    Haven’t really heard much, but is the bootloader locked or signed or anything with this phone? I have it and the TBolt and the TBolt is kind of a mess to root not as easy as the old days (16 mos ago).

  • Booboolala2000

    The droid name isn’t what it was in the past. I think that it means that there will be lots of cases and rocks and such. Still, seems like it’s a bit more better on batterbattery life than the TBolt. Updates will be key. This is a pretty high profile device for vzw. And one would hope for Samsung. It would damage their credibility hugely if they did not put gingerbread on this by July. They have the nexus s with it so I would hope that this gets it too.

  • aaroneusmaximus

     I got this phone as from that charge landing thing so I have been using it for almost a month now. The screen is nice but that’s about it. I only got 4g when i first got the phone and was in nyc. That’s it. so for a month i’ve been on a glorified droid x with an awful UI and front facing camera AND no ability to root and remove bloatware. If you are going to plunk down $300 for a 4g phone, make sure that every damn inch of space you walk to has 4g. otherwise why would you get this? The plasticy build is no big deal because i got a case the same day but I dont understand what they were thinking on some of the other stuff. I instantly put a replacement launcher because touchwiz made me want to vomit. why do i have push so many damn buttons to go from my homescreen to dialing someone in my favorites… they added extra steps. Also, why dont they say the actual number percentage of battery left. its simply not there even when on the charger. why is there no led to tell me about texts and calls that i recieved? thats very annoying. without root, this processor is 1 ghz. my D2 was overclocked to 1.25 ghz and had better battery life and could handle avi videos and my psx emmulator so much better. and did i mention the pointless front facing camera? without 4g, i have to use wifi for good quality and at that point i could just video chat on my computer. im waiting for the dx2 review becasue if i cant get root on this soon im selling it. i’m gonna keep the 32 gb card though :-P

  • Davros

    WOW, I never really checked out WIZ before and thats exactly what it looks like. It reminds me of Japanimation cartoons which I hate, except the soft core ones of course :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_APZKKVJ7LZEZRHXMVKZWQNREJ4 MCKLEIN

     Thanks for the honest review…I will patiently wait for the bionic.

  • Guest

     For my wife (a non-techy), the screen, battery, and camera made all the difference.  The $100 upgrade credit didn’t hurt either.

    • http://twitter.com/lvmydroid Brandy Love

      how’d u get a 100 dollar credit, do tell :) im looking into upgrading soon i have the droid 2 and im not happy with it :( its stock ( damn it i should buy a pc already) i have a mac so . . .i find it hard to do all the fun stuff you boys talk about. looking forward to upgrading either tbolt or this, but tbolt is pretty much a year old evo no?

      • Dean2359

        I went from the  which i liked to the bolt and I have likes and dislikes. Likes: the Bolt is very fast and smooth,quadrant out of the box of over 1800,my rooted X had a hard time achieving that.I like the sense UI,everyone is different but i like it. The LTE is crazy fast and I do prefer the touch buttons over physical ones. Music on the phone sounds better and i appreciate the kickstand which I initially thought was a gimmick but may be hard to give up.  Dislikes: Even with a 1600 battery the battery life is not  too good. I do prefer the way the X feels in my hand,and i wish the bolt was lighter. I went to see the charge but  the screen transitions werent smooth and I did a quadrant in the store and it was awful,right around 850 i believe. Also its very tall but thinner,thats a trade off.The screen however was amazing. There doesnt seem to be a perfect phone out there yet,although i’m looking forward to the samsung gal s 2,so i’d say wait for that.. good luck in your decision making

        • Dean2359

          Supposed to say i went from the X,sorry ’bout that… 

  • skinja99

    I am no fan of this phone….BUT it does have two things going for it:

    -Right now, it is the only phone on verizon with a front cam and hdmi out. Yes the LG revolution will be out soon.

    -It comes with a 32GB micro sd card, which is awesome

    If the Incredible 2 had an HDMI out, it would be the best phone on Verizon. I think VZW intentionally stops manufacturers from offering everything on one device.

  • cowdog

    I think I can live with last year’s hardware.  I just don’t want to pay for last year’s software.

    I keep wanting to get excited about a new phone, so I can move on from the OG DROID.  Not yet.

  • LODE

    As far as crapware goes….I just setup my parent’s AT&T Atrix phones for them this past weekend and it was a great being able to uninstall all the bloatware off the thing.  Definitely the way all phones should be…. put the crap on the phone for release if you have to, but allow the owner to remove them afterwards.

  • http://twitter.com/__paolo Paolo Ozaraga

    You can use Widgetsoid to put toggles in the Notification bar, and you can pick which ones you want.

    It has a bit of a learning curve, but it is free: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jim2&feature=search_result

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

      ^^ Bonehead ^^

  • Pnoymagnetix

     i think they are only selling this for $300 because samsung knows that after selling a phone like this, they won’t be selling any other for a long time and they are trying to get as much money as possible! lol

  • Guest1A

    Bottomline, the Charge has the best screen out
    there on the market (and probably for the rest of this year), not to mention a
    screen that isn’t even worth comparing to the old-outdated-unimpressive-dull
    screen on the Thunderbolt, and considerably better battery life than the
    Thunderbolt.  There really isn’t a phone
    worth waiting for, or worth comparing to, until the Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes
    out on Verizon.  Who cares about TouchWiz?  Everyone out there uses LauncherPro or
    ADWLauncher anyway.  It’s not like Sense
    or Blur are much better (Sense 3.0, although flashy, is just going to be
    another thing that drains battery life faster; 
    all it is is a bunch of flashy animations).  There are developers, at Xda, already hard at work to enable us
    to change the file system from RFS to EXT4, the phone is already rooted, and
    ROMS with Android 2.3 should be available soon thereafter.  Who actually expects ANY phone to “dominate
    the smartphone landscape” for the next 2 years?  Will the Droid Charge be a solid phone for whoever purchases
    it?  With an amazing camera both on the
    front and back, 4G LTE speeds, very good battery life, and the best screen out
    there, those are enough selling points to establish that this is a great
    phone.  Android is customizable enough
    to mitigate any of those “negatives” about the phone.  When the community is able to change from RFS to EXT4, you know
    those “quadrant scores” are gonna shoot from 1000 to 1500-1800.  Then what’s left over to mope about? It’s
    basically just the 512MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM. The Droid Charge isn’t going
    to be the best phone that’s released in 2011, obviously.  But it IS a solid phone that will make any
    owner of it happy.  Btw, Costco, and
    many other retailers out there are selling the phone for $249.99, so reviewer,
    you can quit trying to whine about the $300 price tag.   

  • Guest1A

    Bottomline, the Charge has the best screen out
    there on the market (and probably for the rest of this year), not to mention a
    screen that isn’t even worth comparing to the old-outdated-unimpressive-dull
    screen on the Thunderbolt, and considerably better battery life than the
    Thunderbolt.  There really isn’t a phone
    worth waiting for, or worth comparing to, until the Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes
    out on Verizon.  Who cares about TouchWiz?  Everyone out there uses LauncherPro or
    ADWLauncher anyway.  It’s not like Sense
    or Blur are much better (Sense 3.0, although flashy, is just going to be
    another thing that drains battery life faster; 
    all it is is a bunch of flashy animations).  There are developers, at Xda, already hard at work to enable us
    to change the file system from RFS to EXT4, the phone is already rooted, and
    ROMS with Android 2.3 should be available soon thereafter.  Who actually expects ANY phone to “dominate
    the smartphone landscape” for the next 2 years?  Will the Droid Charge be a solid phone for whoever purchases
    it?  With an amazing camera both on the
    front and back, 4G LTE speeds, very good battery life, and the best screen out
    there, those are enough selling points to establish that this is a great
    phone.  Android is customizable enough
    to mitigate any of those “negatives” about the phone.  When the community is able to change from RFS to EXT4, you know
    those “quadrant scores” are gonna shoot from 1000 to 1500-1800.  Then what’s left over to mope about? It’s
    basically just the 512MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM. The Droid Charge isn’t going
    to be the best phone that’s released in 2011, obviously.  But it IS a solid phone that will make any
    owner of it happy.  Btw, Costco, and
    many other retailers out there are selling the phone for $249.99, so reviewer,
    you can quit trying to whine about the $300 price tag.   

    • http://twitter.com/lvmydroid Brandy Love

      no one is whining. 300 bucks is a lot for a phone, i remember when i got my first cell ( i was 12) it was 0,01$ a whole penny lol . . . sounds like a good phone, but still skeptical, we still have the whole summer for a better phone. Samsung should have better ideas on their phones UI, cmon we want android phones not iphone mock ups . . . yuck!
       

    • Anonymous

       The only thing this phone has over the tbolt is better battery life, other than that, nada..  Go ahead and buy this phone then and tell how much you just LOVE IT!

      • Anonymous

        I just got it today.  I wanted this over the TB because of its battery life.  I also kinda like the look.  Its different.  I didn’t like the pictures online. Much better in my hand.  Feels great.  So far I must say I DO love this phone!  Now, I may get tired of the TouchWiz interface and all the pre-installed apps so I most likely will be rooting this and praying Cyanogen releases a ROM for this phone.  But I must say. I really like it and I’d take this over a TB any day. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

      formatting fail… ^_^ 

  • Anonymous

     I got the ThunderBolt instead

  • http://twitter.com/SoDroid Eli Asfaw

    “when you press the unlock button on your phone, it shouldn’t take 3 seconds for it to come on”.
    This is NOT nitpicking. This would drive me insane! I’m glad you pointed this out!

    Definitely should not have Droid branding. If “DROID’s” are supposed to be elite, and Verizon thinks the Charge is elite, us Verizon customers are in trouble.

    • Guest1A

       I have no idea what the reviewer is talking about.  3 Seconds is a gross over exxageration.  Is there a slight .0005 second delay, compared to how responsive, to say…the Droid Incredible was on the lock screen? yes.  but it’s soo minimal that it’s not worthy of stating that it’s a con.