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Samsung Droid Charge Review

Samsung Droid Charge 8.5

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The second-generation 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 328MB of RAM do a good job on the Samsung Droid Charge – for the most part. When moving between the 7 home screens, they are usually fluid; though we did notice a few times they did lag behind our finger. We preformed the Quadrant Benchmark on the Droid Charge, which tests the CPU, memory, I/O, 2D and 3D graphics, and got a score of 1014, which is better than the Fascinate’s score of 892, but is still much lower than the ThunderBolt that got 1863. When we ran NeoCore, the Droid Charge would get 56.8 fps and the Thunderbolt would get 59 fps. Finally we ran AnTuTu System Benchmark, which got 1886 on the Droid Charge and 1991 on the ThunderBolt.

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One area that we were not impressed with on the HTC ThunderBolt was its lower than average voice quality, as we could hear on continual “hiss” in the background, and there was also a buzzing distortion in the earpiece speaker whenever someone would talk. Thankfully, none of those issues are present on the Samsung Droid Charge, as there is no background noise, and voices sound clear and natural, just like on the Fascinate and Continuum.

Signal reception was good in the South FL area (despite the issue with the device going between 4G and 3G modes) and showed 2-3 bars with -89dBm to -94dBm signal strength, as we didn’t drop any calls.

The included 1600mAh battery with the Droid Charge provides 200mAh more capacity than the battery with the ThunderBolt, so it comes as no surprise that the device lasted longer between charges. It is rated at 11 hours of talk time or 11.6 days of standby time. During our testing, we were able to get up to 10 hours of continuous talk time on the Droid Charge, which is 3 hours longer than on the ThunderBolt. And with mixed usage, which includes some talk, text, email, web, app use, and standby, we were able to get up to 12 hours of use before charging, while the ThunderBolt would only last 5-6 hours. It is clear that the Droid Charge is the clear winner between the two when it comes to battery times.


Samsung Droid Charge Review
Before, there was only one choice if you wanted a Verizon 4G LTE smartphone: the HTC ThunderBolt. Now with the Samsung Droid Charge, the bar is raised and there is some competition on the field. We love the large 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus screen, and the 8MP camera does OK for most outside pictures, even though the video recording is a bit of a disappointment. Some of the issues we have with the ThunderBolt are not present on the Droid Charge, such as the poor voice quality and battery life, but unfortunately the Droid Charge likes to drop down to 3G whenever we are indoors. Hopefully this problem can be resolved within the Verizon network and isn’t a hardware issue on the phones. At this point we would recommend you try both of them out at a local store before deciding on which one to purchase, as the Samsung Droid Charge is $299.99 (after rebate) with a 2-year contract, which makes it $50 more than the HTC ThunderBolt.

Software version on the reviewed unit:
Android 2.2.1
Baseband: i510.06 V.ED1
Kernel: se.infra@SEI-28 #1
Build: SCH-I510.ED1
PRL: 15011

Samsung Droid Charge Video Review:


  • Impressive Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Fast 4G LTE data speeds
  • Good call quality
  • 32GB memory card included
  • HDMI video port


  • Can drop to 3G when indoors
  • Video recording looks out of focus
  • Slippery plastic feel
  • No LED notification light
  • Large Flash sites will lock-up the web browser
PhoneArena rating:
8.5 Excellent
User rating:
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posted on 30 Apr 2011, 07:26 3

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.

posted on 02 May 2011, 02:51 2

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

This phone sucks!!

posted on 02 May 2011, 17:46

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).

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 13:31

41. phandroid (unregistered)

the Bionic is dual core and the charge is only single core.

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 10:01 5

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.

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 10:24 3

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.

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 18:01 1

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

looks very cheap and weak

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 19:33 4

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 !

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 23:53 1

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...

posted on 26 May 2011, 13:15

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...

posted on 01 May 2011, 08:51

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

posted on 01 May 2011, 09:34 1

9. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Phones need 1GB RAM, not less than half of that. Looks interesting, though...

posted on 01 May 2011, 11:24

10. qwertyu (unregistered)

wow, the score of my dhd is much higher

posted on 01 May 2011, 13:32 1

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.

posted on 01 May 2011, 23:33

12. mgobear (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

328mb of ram??? i thought it was supposed to be 512!

posted on 02 May 2011, 06:56 3

14. cheetah2k (Posts: 1576; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

Interesting... the score has dropped from 9 to 8.5....... close but it should be an 8 guys

posted on 02 May 2011, 10:16 2

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.

posted on 02 May 2011, 12:51

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.

posted on 03 May 2011, 10:18

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..

posted on 04 May 2011, 22:13

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.

posted on 06 May 2011, 08:06

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.

posted on 07 May 2011, 22:21

28. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Umm...ok? Did you not see "perhaps"?!

posted on 07 May 2011, 22:28

29. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

The pervasive hostility on the internet...

posted on 10 May 2011, 11:09 2

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?

posted on 11 May 2011, 12:18

32. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Much agreed.

posted on 03 May 2011, 12:23 1

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.

posted on 02 May 2011, 12:51

17. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

I'd love to see this phone in person.

posted on 02 May 2011, 12:51

18. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Or an Omnia 7 for that matter.

posted on 03 May 2011, 15:46

22. somebody (unregistered)

how can I bypass the activiating screen?

posted on 05 May 2011, 13:28 1

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.

posted on 06 May 2011, 08:34 2

26. vantenkiest (Posts: 311; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)

umm what phone are you talking about heres the droid charge specs again.
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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
Input Multi-Touch
Proximity Sensor for Auto Turn On or Off
Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
Light sensor
System Properties
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo (Android 2.3 Gingerbread update later)
CPU 1GHz Hummingbird Processor
512MB RAM / 512MB ROM
Storage Capacity
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

posted on 06 May 2011, 08:36 2

27. vantenkiest (Posts: 311; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)

read next time before you flame... Flame about something thats true..

posted on 08 May 2011, 18:07 1

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.

posted on 12 May 2011, 20:02 1

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*

posted on 12 May 2011, 20:05

34. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)

Wait, so does it have 512mb or 328mb? Different websites are saying different things. *confused*

posted on 17 May 2011, 19:02

35. SWEAT (unregistered)



posted on 21 May 2011, 21:02

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

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 21:08

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.

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 21:13

39. hitdog042 (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Apr 2011)

Taco50- this just in. Android os is now #1 in the world. You dope.

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 13:54

40. Drew (unregistered)

Since the battery is changable, is it possible to buy and even higher capacity battery for the charge?

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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera8 megapixels
Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
Size5.11 x 2.66 x 0.46 inches
(130 x 68 x 12 mm)
5.04 oz  (143 g)
Battery1600 mAh, 11 hours talk time

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