Samsung Droid Charge Review
0. phoneArena 30 Apr 2011, 06:08 posted on
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 HTC ThunderBolt...
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1. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; 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 (unregistered)
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: 293; 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: 6330; 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 (unregistered)
328mb of ram??? i thought it was supposed to be 512!
14. cheetah2k (limited) (Posts: 1586; 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.