Samsung Droid Charge Review
HTC ThunderBolt, as we were impressed by its data speeds, software, and overall performance, though we are still having an issue with the device cycling through 4G, 3G, and 1x for no apparent reason, which we discussed here. Now with the new Samsung Droid Charge approaching release, we have high hopes for it, as it comes packed with a Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, an 8MP camera, and of course 4G LTE. Let’s see if it has what it takes to steal away customers from buying the ThunderBolt.
Included in the retail box is the Samsung Droid Charge SCH-i510 phone with a 32GB Class 2 microSDHC memory card pre-installed, 1600mAh battery, wall charger with a 1-meter detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.
Even though the Samsung Droid Charge is not in the “Galaxy” line, its overall design does remind us some of the Samsung Fascinate and Samsung Continuum for Verizon, as it has a plastic construction with chrome around the edges, and a gray colored back that is slick to the touch. When compared next to the HTC ThunderBolt, the Samsung Droid Charge doesn’t feel quite as thick, and is also not as heavy, though we do wish it had the soft-touch coating on the back to give it more of a grip.
You can compare the Samsung Droid Charge with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
Located on the front is the impressive 4.3” WVGA resolution Super AMOLED Plus display. The “Plus” means that the display on the Droid Charge is brighter than the (regular) Super AMOLED screen that is used by the Fascinate and Continuum, and it also uses a standard RGB pixel matrix, so that text and images are sharper than before. More information about Super AMOLED Plus and how it compares to other displays can be viewed here. We used the Droid Charge outside on a sunny day and could still view the screen, while the TFT screen on the ThunderBolt was dark and unreadable. This is one key advantage the Droid Charge has over the ThunderBolt.
The Samsung Droid Charge (L) and the HTC ThunderBolt (R)
The HTC ThunderBolt (top) and the Samsung Droid Charge (bottom)
The Samsung Droid Charge (L) and the HTC ThunderBolt (R)
Above the screen is a 1.3MP camera (on the left) and the proximity sensor (on the right), but not present is a LED notification light – which we find unthinkable to be missing on such a high-end device. Below the display are four physical buttons for accessing the menu, home, back, and search. We like having the real physical buttons, as the touch-sensitive ones (like on the ThunderBolt) can be easily pressed by mistake. Along the sides of the Droid Charge are the volume rocker, microUSB port, 3.5mm headset jack, power/lock key, and HDMI video port. One thing we noticed is that all of these side-buttons are larger and easier to find and press than the ones on the ThunderBolt. On the back is the 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash, and removing the battery cover will allow access to the 4G SIM card slot and the pre-installed 32GB microSDHC memory card.
1. Sniggly (Posts: 7048; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Good review. You recognized the phone's mistakes while having some fair criticisms.
Can't wait to see how Motorola's swing at LTE turns out. In the meantime, it sounds like the Charge is a good choice for LTE users.
19. FightForTheLost (Posts: 20; Member since: 25 May 2010)
The Bionic is (or was, last I checked) having issues due to overheating and harshly low battery life. But, I believe it is/was still outperforming the Charge. Hopefully they don't have the issue of 4G switching to 3G indoors, because that would really be a purchase-killer in my book (not that I don't use WiFi inside my house anyways...but on those occasions where I'm indoors and not near WiFi, I'd like top data speeds lol).
41. phandroid (unregistered)
the Bionic is dual core and the charge is only single core.
2. theo14461 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Browser locking up when trying to load heavy flash content?? Pictures out of focus?? Low quadrant scores?? Why then such a high rating?? Seems like it should only get an 8, at best.
3. Kjayhawk (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
Yeah I'm a bit confused here I thought the Droid Charge defiantly wasn't as good as the thunderbolt... Personally I think the LG 2x was a 9 phone and the charge phone was an 8.
I guess the fact that it is a strong battery life and call quality for LTE must be a bigger deal than i thought.
5. effdee1121 (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Mar 2010)
I don't get how this got a 9? and the G2x got an 8.5?? doesn't make any sense. specs are pretty good but not as current as can be and overpriced !
6. Jay (unregistered)
I'm disappointed as well. The benchmarks I'm not worried about, its that file system not playing well with others again, and smartbench gives a more accurate score than Quadrant.
However the lagging on the homescreen is a problem, I'm just hoping you guys were talking about lagging on the homescreens while they were covered with widgets.
If only the screen and the a/v capabilities work without an asterisk, then I most certainly won't be paying $300 for it...
37. unfotunately (unregistered)
Lag happens out of the box, may be due to the ridiculous amount of apps pre-installed, but home screen still slow when mostly empty...
8. Rami (unregistered)
Wowowow 328 mb ram?!?!?! Wtf. It should have at least 512 if not more. I've seen 512 everywhere else. Are you sure that you didn't type that wrong? Try using system panel to see if there is around 300 mb free that means its 512 ram. If its not then thunderbolt for me
9. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Phones need 1GB RAM, not less than half of that. Looks interesting, though...
10. qwertyu (unregistered)
wow, the score of my dhd is much higher
11. Hellow (unregistered)
What's up with the inconsistencies lately? The actual scores do no mirror what is being said in the reviews. Must be the 4g hype.
12. mgobear (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
328mb of ram??? i thought it was supposed to be 512!
14. cheetah2k (Posts: 817; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Interesting... the score has dropped from 9 to 8.5....... close but it should be an 8 guys
15. serioussam (unregistered)
Seriously Phone Arena.
My Tbolt is crap, I am having the 3rd device becaue the first 2 were defected and this Charge isn't even as good in most aspects. It's a larger/bulkier, slower, more expensive device.
Should be 7 MAX! You are hurting your own credibility guys. How can anyone trust you when you come up with random scores like this?
Btw, the Tbolt score was too high too. (should be 7.5)
You are here to help US and do REAL reviews not to kiss the manufacturers' ass.
If you want the latter one you will lose your audience soon....
Think Top Gear, don't be a wuss.
16. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
It's definitely not bulkier. It's just taller. The speed is around the same or perhaps better on this device. I doubt your Thunderbolt is crap. However, if it is, I will gladly take it.
20. serioussam (unregistered)
Riiiight... it's taller, it's wider, it's larger at the bottom... I wouldn't call that exactly slimmer.. :))
Did you even read the review??
You: "the speed is better on this device"
P.A: "but is still MUCH lower than the ThunderBolt"
Sure you can have my crappy tbolt dear begger, just buy me a working 4G with the same or better specs.
This is my 3rd and while a few things are better on thsi 3rd one the call quality is still total crap. The speaker is muffled too..
23. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
"The speed is around the same or perhaps better on this device" does not translate into "the speed is better on this device". The difference is so blatant and only takes a second to read. You're welcome.
25. serioussam (unregistered)
Riiiiight... "or perhaps better on this device"
Hahaha nice try.... Stop here, you're digging it deeper :) It's OK to mess it up from the ecstasy you got from looking at this fat ass phone. None will judge you but coming back and try to act it out.....c'mon.... you are better than that. Peace.
29. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
The pervasive hostility on the internet...
31. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
3 T-bolts? These phones haven't even been out that long & everyone I know with it swears by it. Maybe its not the phone...maybe its the user. I've never had 3 of any phone...but most consumers are too childish to admit that their own habits may be messing up their phones...its always the manufacturers fault. Most people are quick claim that a phone has issues but in reality 9 times out of 10 the issue is they are causing them. No matter what phone you put these people in it is only going to be a matter of time before they are coming in complaining and wanting another phone. it tends to be a combination of too high expectations for a electronic device & pure carelessness. But hey, you paid x amount of dollars for it so you are never wrong right?
21. phonefan4 (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2011)
I think the thunderbolt was rushed to the market just so htc could say "Hey look everyone we are the first 4g on verizon" instead of making a solid handset.
22. somebody (unregistered)
how can I bypass the activiating screen?
24. Jammers (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 May 2011)
WHAT a joke. This sounded like a pretty great phone, but for two fairly glaring gaps, 328MB of ram, and PHYSICAL keys. WTH? I was even thinking of bypassing the rediculously low memory but if I wanted physical keys, I'd go back and buy my old Royal typewriter! Funny thing Samsung in particular seems to do, they make a great phone with ALLLLLMOST everything you want, and then they gimp it. I'm half surprised this doesn't have Froyo on it.
The cell phone manufacturers need to wake up and smell the coffee, people are more aware who are buying these phones, and they need to start catering to what the actual consumers want. Android consumers aren't your blind Apple customers who'll think your giving them divinity when your feeding them something else.
26. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
umm what phone are you talking about heres the droid charge specs again.
Blog > Mobiles > Samsung > Samsung Droid Charge Full Specifications And Price Details
Mar 30, 2011
Samsung Droid Charge Full Specifications And Price Details
Samsung Droid Charge For Verizon
Samsung Droid Charge (SCH-i510) is the second LTE 4G smartphone for the Verizon Wireless. It is also known as Samsung Droid Stealth. Droid Charge is the Samsung’s first LTE 4G capable smartphone.
Samsung Droid Charge runs with Android 2.2 Froyo and can be upgradable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, sporting a 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus display with 480×800 WVGA pixels, skinned with Samsung’s new TouchWiz UI, running on a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, equipped with an 8 Megapixels rear-facing camera with LED flash and an additional 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, HD video recording, 2GB internal storage, micro-SD card slot support for up to 32GB memory expansion, 4G LTE capability, 802.11 Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, aGPS, HDMI-out, Mobile hotspot, DLNA capability, Android Market, and the full host of Samsung and Verizon services.
Samsung Droid Charge also comes with a multimedia desktop dock accessory, having a built-in battery charger and spare cell and Droid Charge is also capable of sharing its 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices (while connected to LTE).
Samsung Droid Charge With Red-Eye
Full Technical Specifications Of Samsung Droid Charge
2G Network CDMA 800, 1900 MHz
3G Network CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
LTE 700 MHz (4G)
H x W x D 5.11 x 2.66 x .46 in
Weight 5.04 oz
Form Factor Candybar
Type Super AMOLED Plus Display
Size 4.3 inch
Colours & Pixels 16 Million Colors & 480×800 WVGA pixels
Input/ User Interface
Proximity Sensor for Auto Turn On or Off
Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo (Android 2.3 Gingerbread update later)
CPU 1GHz Hummingbird Processor
512MB RAM / 512MB ROM
Internal Memory 2GB Internal Storage
Expandable Memory micro-SD card slot for expansion up to 32GB
Browser & Messaging HTML, WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML 5 support
MMS, SMS, IM, Email, Push Email
Still - 8 Megapixels
- 3264×2448 pixels
- Auto Focus, Geo-tagging, Face detection
Secondary - 1.3 Megapixels
- 1280×768 pixels
Video Recording - 720p HD video recording capability
27. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
read next time before you flame... Flame about something thats true..
30. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Another failed android phone. Maybe windows phone 7 can compete with Apple in a few years.
33. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)
Why would they throw such a beautiful display on a phone and then give it the shaft when it comes to memory and processor? WOW!
I seriously thought the Ram was a typo/mistake until I looked it up on another website. Samsung, what a poor choice with the memory. I wouldn't even had minded the single-core processor but not even 512mb ram? *sigh*
34. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)
Wait, so does it have 512mb or 328mb? Different websites are saying different things. *confused*
35. SWEAT (unregistered)
I'LL JUST STICK WITH THE IPHONE FOR THE TIME BEING UNTIL NEXT YEAR WHEN WE HAVE MORE 4G DEVICES TO CHOOSE FROM. GREAT REVIEW BUT ITS JUST NOT WORTH THE TIME RIGHT NOW BEING LTE IS SO NEW. MORE DEVICES TO CHOOSE FROM WILL TICKLE MY FANCY. PLUS, I WANT TO SEE WHAT THEY DO WITH A NEW IPHONE BY NEXT YEAR IN SEPT. GONNA BE HARD TO WAIT BUT I'LL LIVE. I'M SURE THIS DEVICE WILL DO GREAT BUT IF YOU CANT LAST ALL DAY LIKE THE IPHONE, I CANT TAKE THAT CHANCE RIGHT NOW.
36. B (unregistered)
love the phone so far. just one thing, when i view a pic on a web site and zoom in on it doesnt look very clear. my droid 1 looks much better.
anyone else notice this?
btw: lte is very fast and i like how lite this phone feels. plus it takes great pics
38. hitdog042 (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Apr 2011)
Get a room guys. Honestly with all the 4g issues I'm staying 3G until it's worked out. Why waste the upgrade.
39. hitdog042 (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Apr 2011)
Taco50- this just in. Android os is now #1 in the world. You dope.
40. Drew (unregistered)
Since the battery is changable, is it possible to buy and even higher capacity battery for the charge?
|Display||4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus|
Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
|Size||5.11 x 2.66 x 0.46 inches|
(130 x 68 x 12 mm)
5.04 oz (143 g)
|Battery||1600 mAh, 11 hours talk time|