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Verizon to launch Samsung Droid Charge April 28th for $299.99; 16 units to be given away

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Verizon to launch Samsung Droid Charge April 28th for $299.99; 16 units to be given away
As expected, Verizon has stamped "Official" on the speculation that the next LTE handset would be launched next week. The Samsung Droid Charge will be released on April 28th and as we earlier reported, will be priced at $299.99 with a 2-year contract. Verizon customers might be shocked at the price, considering that the phone has a 1GHz single-core processor under the hood. But the rest of the specs are certainly high-end including the 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the 8MP camera in the back that captures video at 1080p, the front-facing 1.3MP camera and the 1600mAh battery. One other minor disappointment is that Android 2.2 is on board rather than Gingerbread.

The other day we told you that the Droid Landing site was being reactivated for a new Droid device and sure enough, it turns out that it is for the Droid Charge. Online clues will be available to help you find locations in 16 different cities that will help you to win a free Droid Charge. Each of the 16 cities will have one winner. If you are 18 or older, you can participate in this "scavenger hunt". For more information, simply click on this link.

source: Samsung

Win one of 16 Samsung Droid Charge handsets by playing the Droid Charge Scavenger Hunt

Win one of 16 Samsung Droid Charge handsets by playing the Droid Charge Scavenger Hunt







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posted on 21 Apr 2011, 13:35 1

1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i'm participating in the search, better to get one for free then to have to decide whether or not to shell out $300 for one later.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 22:01 2

28. Goldeneye (Posts: 361; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


It'll be stuck in 2.2 forever, watch.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 13:39 1

2. Monique27 (unregistered)


does it have 32gb of internal memory or something like that to warrant a $299 pricetag? I know it's a 4G phone but $299 is still pretty steep nowadays when smartphones can run as low as $49 (and sometimes free)....and it's only equipped with android 2.2....where are the phones with gingerbread? seems like the only phones that have gingerbread are the nexus 1 and nexus s....what's up with that?

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 13:43

4. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


Definite sticker shock, particularly when you consider the Thunderbolt, with an abundance of memory (albeit a slightly smaller battery) sells for $50 less. Kinda makes one wonder what VZW is going to be commanding for its dual core phones when they launch.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 13:45 1

5. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


it's probably just a really expensive phone to build being that it has an LTE Radio and a Super AMOLED+ screen. i imagine more of Samsung's upcoming, high-end offerings will be priced similarly like the Samsung Infuse for AT&T which will have HSPA+ and the Super AMOLED+ display.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 13:59

8. Monique27 (unregistered)


yeah, it makes me wonder if these 4G Lte chips are expensive, which would drive up the cost of the phone...the G2x on t-mobile has better specs than the Droid Charge but is priced $100 less...so, maybe it is the 4G LTE chip....that's the only thing I can think of to warrant this pricetag....I mean vzw, really doesn't profit off the sales of the phones themselves, they really make their profits from the data plans that go along with getting a smartphone...I'm guessing that the manufacturers set the price of phones...my only concern is how much the samsung galaxy s2 will costs since its specs are way better than the droid charge....

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 14:32

11. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


I love this phone only if it had dual core and if it had stock ice cream if it was out yet

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 13:42 1

3. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


i only see that price tag sticking around for a few weeks. dual core w/ ginger bread will be the norm in no time. im not sure why anyone should consider this device and certainly not for this price tag.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 13:51 7

6. jrcoakley (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Before we all argue about the $299 price tag, remember the iPhone4 32 GB phone is $299 with no 4G radio, less specs. I am not a fan boy or anything like that but just stating the obvious.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 13:58 5

7. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


But that's the iPhone. LOL jk!

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 14:02 1

9. jrcoakley (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Exactly LOL.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 14:05 4

10. Monique27 (unregistered)


yeah, I get what you're saying but the droid charge specs are pretty similar to the iPhone's....same 1ghz processor and the screen on the iPhone is on par or probably a little better than the super amoled plus)...also battery life is probably better on the iPhone as well....the only thing this phone has over the iPhone is the 4G radio and 8 megapixel camera (however the 5 megapixel camera on the iPhone 4 has matched up quite nicely with other 8 meg. cams that are currently available)....so, yes $299 is still too much unless it comes with 32gb of internal storage or has an apple logo on it LOL

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 14:38

14. jrcoakley (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


You called it right, Monique. Would I get this phone, probably not BUT everyone is going to argue the price when the iPhone4 has been sitting at $299 for a 32 gb phone for months. Now, I do believe that the Droid Charge will have a 32gb SD card with it, which is nice.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 14:42 1

15. jrcoakley (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


I'm not going to get into the spec differences between those two phones but specs are greater in the Droid Charge. But might not miles greater like iPhone4 to EVO 3D.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 18:52 1

25. Brainfart (unregistered)


Woops forgot to mention the most important feature between the two and thats 4G LTE something the Iphone is probably not going to have even when the Iphone 5 come out. Keep up riding that Iphone train!!!

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 14:35 1

12. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 412; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


The Samsung Galaxy Tab cost $599 when released 6 months ago. Now it's $199.00. The Charge is not worth it at all, especially with the spotty 4G coverage on Verizon. This phone is no different than the Fascinate. Adding 4G (if you have it in your city) and costing $200 more than the Fascinate. http://network4g.verizonwireless.com/#/coverage
http://www.vzbuzz.com/2011/04/droid-charge-spec-comparison/
Only 512 ROM..., same as Fascinate. Bigger Screen. .3'', added 4G, (if you have it in your city). What is warranting $200 more in cost over the Fascinate.

posted on 23 Apr 2011, 15:54

37. anony (unregistered)


The fascinate only has 385 MB of ram not 512....fyi

posted on 25 Apr 2011, 11:32

39. jkapster (Posts: 49; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


actually Droidx0430 is right....the fascinate has 512MB RAM.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 14:36 2

13. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 412; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


It has the correct name because you will definately have to Charge it to buy it.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 16:56

20. cthunder (Posts: 104; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Haha!
Ain't that the truth! Only way I am getting this phone if I am one of the lucky ones who got it for free

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 18:09

23. derp (unregistered)


this thing will need to be on the charger 24/7.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 14:53 4

16. jrcoakley (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


My problem with all of these latest and greatest phones is that the phone manufacturers are throwing all of these amazing pieces of hardware into the phones like dual-core, surround sound speakers, etc and we get 1300mAh battery for the phone. Hard to enjoy the 4G speeds with such a small battery. Then on top of that, the phone carriers takes away unlimited data. You won't be able to use the phone like you want to. What's the purpose of these 4g phones if you would need to get on WiFi or adjust many settings to control your data. Just doesn't make sense to me.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 14:58

17. jrcoakley (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


At some point, all phone carriers will eliminate the unlimited data plan so that was what I was mentioning above when I say 'takes away unlimited data'.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 15:12

18. licking it (unregistered)


well just wait two months, this phone will be half that price at best buy mobile or wirefly. I always wonder why these fools pay for the full price the first month or so. What is one or two months to save half price? or better yet, at 6 months, with bugs worked out, updated os. and you get the phone sometimes for free? now that is what it is really worth.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 17:00

21. cthunder (Posts: 104; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Because we as consumers are programmed to have the latest and greatest product out on the market. Whether it be Shoes, clothing, cars, electronics or even cell phones. I admit I used to be that guy. But then I woke up. I don't buy anything at just came out except for music CD's and maybe a movie. I give everything 3-6months.

posted on 22 Apr 2011, 17:53

34. tedkord (Posts: 5283; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Because more than likely in two months the unlimited 4G data will be a thing of the past, and you'll be paying $25 for 2GB, with $10 more for each GB you consume.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 16:12

19. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


so is the same exact processor as the galaxy phones? or is it a next gen??

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 17:46

22. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 60; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)


$300 for a damn Samsung?!! Who does Samsung think they are?

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 21:57

27. Goldeneye (Posts: 361; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


They think they're Apple, look at the UI, oh wait they just got sued, Sammy would kill to be Apple, seriously, and yeah I'm an Android fan.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 18:31 1

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


If this was Verizon's version of the Galaxy S 2, then yes I would buy it. But it's pretty much old gen with new gen price tags. I'm not saying it's a bad phone and I'm not saying it doesn't have decent specs. But comparing it to the Galaxy S 2, it's nothing. Sure it has the Super AMOLED PLUS screen but without the dual core processor it's not worth 300 dollars. Also it is running 2.2 and from what we all know about Samsung and updates, I am really nervous about buying an already outdated phone through them again. No my money is on the Bionic or Targa, whatever it's called.

posted on 25 Apr 2011, 11:42

41. jkapster (Posts: 49; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


I agree. I love the super amoled on my fascinate, but the OS outweighs display in my book, and with samsung lagging in that department, im pretty sure i will not be going with them again.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 21:23 1

26. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


Someone brought up a valid point that the iP4 has been $299 for awhile now so why is a $299 price tag on a Samsung stinking up the place? Only Apple has the right to charge these prices apparently. 8MP cam, LTE connectivity, 4" screen. If Apple can do it with last year's features why can't Samsung take the same route. It's not like we are talking about an Atrix here (sorry couldn't resist).

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 22:16 1

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


Because fanboys would pay 600 dollars for their precious iphones like they did at the very begining. The rest of us want a fair deal because we are smart buyers, not brainwashed sheep. lol jk

Everyone needs to just chillax about the price tag. I am sure amazonwireless and other retailers will sell this phone 100+ dollars cheaper anyway.

I mean the Motorola Atrix is 200 dollars and amazon had a special for it for only 50 bucks and now it's still at a low 99 dollars.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 22:06 1

29. Goldeneye (Posts: 361; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Ok so $300 retail right, how much on contract? Lol

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 22:13

30. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6740; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Kinda sucks Verizon still charge 299$ for their 4G phones.

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 22:45 1

32. theo14461 (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Yeah, They charge what they want, because people will always come to buy.

posted on 22 Apr 2011, 13:36

33. Mjolnir (unregistered)


34gb of memory, price matched for 32gb iphone. stfu about price

posted on 23 Apr 2011, 09:09

35. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


Iphone Sucks, this Charge sucks, 4G OverRated Just like the Verizon Network, Ill wait for the Samsung GSII, may not look pretty but im just gonna put a cover on it like every other phone i owned.

posted on 23 Apr 2011, 15:12

36. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


GS2 is overrated as well...so you should add that to your ridiculous list of unimpressive phones.

posted on 24 Apr 2011, 20:33

38. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6740; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


NO THANKS WILL NOT BE SPENDING 300$ ON A 4g PHONE THAT'S TOO MUCH MONEY right their Tmobile and AT&T phones are only 199$ i could care less bout AT&T 4G network as long I have my Atrix I'm happy.

posted on 25 Apr 2011, 11:38

40. jkapster (Posts: 49; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


Why get a phone with single core processor when dual cores are already out and will be more readily available later this year? I mean phones with dual-core, dual memory, and dual channel are coming out shortly, why waste your money on this POS? Also, Samsung takes way too long for OS updates. The 2.2 update just came out a couple days ago for my fascinate when it was supposed to be out last fall. I don't think i'll be going with Sammy again! Better HTC, LG, or Moto.

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