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Samsung Droid Charge unboxing

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Samsung Droid Charge unboxing
On April 28th, Verizon will release its second 4G LTE smartphone, the Samsung Droid Charge SCH-i510, which will sell for $299.99 (after rebate) with a 2-year contract.. We recieved our review unit a few hours ago and so far we have been pretty impressed with what we've seen.

The large 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus display at WVGA resolution shows crisp text and images with good color saturation. With the brightness turned all the way up on the Droid Charge, it is easy to view outside on a sunny day, where the TFT display on the HTC ThunderBolt is dark and hardly visible.

We also like that there are physical button on the bottom of the Samsung Droid Charge, similar to the Motorola DROID X, which cuts down on them being pressed accidentally. The overall size of the Droid Charge is pretty close to the ThunderBolt, though the ThunderBolt is slightly thicker and a bit heavier. But one thing we do prefer is the soft-touch coating on the back of the ThunderBolt, which gives it a nice grip, instead of the slick plastic back on the Droid Charge.

Included with the Samsung Droid Charge is a 1600mAh battery, 32GB Class 2 microSDHC memory card, wall charger with a detachable 1-meter microUSB cable, and user guides.

Below is our unboxing video, and be sure to check back for our upcoming full review of the Samsung Droid Charge.


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posted on 27 Apr 2011, 00:31 1

1. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


A 32 GB card preinstalled? Damn, okay, I can kinda see the 300 buck tag being justified now. 32 gig cards are almost a hundred by themselves.

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 12:19 1

9. itsjustryan (unregistered)


BTW. Thunderbolt also has a 32 Gig card preinstalled and still costs only $250. $300 is still too high.

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 18:12

12. kiesha (unregistered)


u are so right still costy but im want the charge

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 01:16

2. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Turn off: 1600mAh battery, Single core 1000 mhz / 1 ghz, Android 2.2
turn on: Screen, LTE enabled, 32 GB card free
neutral: $300 ok, its from Verizon -__-, Made by samsung :\
now you dont have to research the phone xD

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 01:40

3. doubler86 (Posts: 319; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


I hope this one is good. The fascinate really made people not like samsung because they put the worst phone on their line up on the biggest carrier. Talk about a bad move. Hopefully this phone will redeem them. I still wish they would've just released the Samsung Galaxy S II for Verizon in the summer and they would've dominated.

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 02:39

4. uh... (unregistered)


this wasn't even an unboxing...

just sayin.

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 03:00 1

5. phbelov (Posts: 122; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)


The box is great :D

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 11:26

6. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Does this have Gorilla Glass like the Samsung Galaxy phones? At least the battery is bigger than the Thunderbolts and their UI is less power hungry than the HTC's.

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 11:47

7. abit (unregistered)


There were rumors(?) that one is able to choose stock android launcher or touchwiz on the Droid Charge. Is that true?

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 12:19

8. Dave (unregistered)


Just install Launcher Pro or ADW Launcher if you want stock plus a few extra goodies. Other than slow updates Touchwiz should not be an issue at all.

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 16:38

10. Dave (unregistered)


I really hope this phone is more "polished" than the Thunderbolt is, in regards to the radio firmware. The Thunderbolt has been horrible, jumping between 1x/3G/4G constantly... often times leaving me with no data whatsoever.

I'll switch to this in a heartbeat if Samsung's firmware is a better. (couldn't be any worse I suppose)

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 17:01

11. sharon (unregistered)


Dave, Verizon is having problems with their LTE/4G network today which could explain the problems you are having.

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 22:11

13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Yea Motorola and samsung both use gorilla glass on their high end phones.

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 22:24

14. Josh (unregistered)


I have had issues with the Thunderbolt switching between 1x and 3g randomly since day one. On of the reasons I'm looking at the charge. Also this Thunderbolt lags much more than my Droid x yet has higher Quadrant scores.

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