Samsung Droid Charge vs HTC ThunderBolt
Even though an 8MP autofocus camera is included on the Samsung Droid Charge and HTC ThunderBolt, their images look a bit different, though neither one impressed us much. Pictures taken outside with the ThunderBolt have over-saturated color, which some may prefer, while the Droid Charge has more neutral looking color. Fine detail is about equal, but we noticed that both suffer from a tendency to over-expose bright areas, such as the sky, making it look almost white instead of blue. But for indoor pictures, the ThunderBolt did a better job, as images were sharper and looked in-focus, while images from the Droid Charge looked soft and almost out of focus. The dual LED flash on the ThunderBolt also does better at illuminating a night scene than the single LED flash on the Droid Charge.
Samsung Droid Charge
Samsung Droid Charge
Samsung Droid Charge
Samsung Droid Charge Sample Video:
HTC ThunderBolt Sample Video:
Both phones can playback pretty much any video file you have, including MPEG 4, H.264, DivX and XviD. Naturally, viewing them on the Super AMOLED Plus screen with the Droid Charge is more eye appealing than the regular TFT screen on the ThunderBolt.
For the music lover, both devices have a pretty good music player that is a nice upgrade from the standard Android player. It shows the album art while playing a song, and both have cover art flow when the phone is in landscape mode. We did notice that music quality was better on the Droid Charge and sounded more open, even though we did flip-open the kickstand on the ThunderBolt that covers the rear speaker.
1. the joneses (unregistered)
So basically both of them are half baked :)
Give us more half designed / half tested / rushed out/ not thought trough expensive crap so we can spend our money on them every few months...
2. Rich (unregistered)
i have had no problems on my thunderbolt. never experienced the 4G, 3G, 1x cycle as the article mentioned.
The only thing is the battery WAS terrible. Until i rooted my phone and used setcpu. Now my thunderbolt lasts all day + more. So thats no longer an issue.
12. davyjones (unregistered)
I had 3 (THREE) of them.
This 3rd one seems ok, only minor probs. like
-speaker is distorted,
-the call quality has tin-can-syndrome,
-all incoming calls start on the LOUDEST volume (no tty, all settings are checked by me and htc tech and it still does it.) Every call is on MAX VOLUME. The only way to get rid of it is when s.one calls I got to move up the volume slider to max, then down. Pretty annoying from a new phone.
3. LionStone (Posts: 743; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Yea, mine did the cycling thing and the second day I had it, I returned it for a new model that works properly. Maybe other people should do that too and give accurate reviews instead...oh and call quality is great on mine too. I use it in the mountains all the time and the quality and reception is fine.
4. MalakiMills (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)
The only thing about this review that pulls me toward the Charge is the Super AMOLED Plus, that is a beauty of a screen. But everything else that it has better aren't really that impressive. I would prefer the camera, sense, build quality, and "better" performance are the deciding factors. And the less than average track record for updates from samsung don't bode well with me either.
5. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
IMHO, both of these devices are too late to the market. 4G is the only thing separating them from the competition...and that has enough reviews (not just on this site) to feel disappointing. Looks like the cameras are junk, too. I'll wait for the dual-core monsters to rear their heads to see what my next upgrade will be. Going to take quite a bit to pry my jailbroken iPhone 4 away.
6. ajsdfasdkj (unregistered)
PhoneArena never checks facts anymore do they.... the thunderbolt is not a standard lcd it is a Super LCD, also it has 768mb of ram not 512. phonearena has become morons.
9. James123ab (unregistered)
Actually Thunderbolt is not Super LCD...looks like someone should recheck their checking.
7. Hey You! (unregistered)
If the Thunderbolt had a Super AMOLED plus display who would win then?
8. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Think I'd take the Droid Charge, although I must say I like the look of the Tbolt. But, I want an Omnia 7 on Verizon anyway.
10. immolate (unregistered)
Here's a thought and probably a point for comparison.
Samsung Droid Charge: $300
HTC Thunderbolt: (as low as) $129
11. davyjones (unregistered)
The dual core, ATRIX 4G with better display, better battery, fingerprint reader..etc....is $99.99. It was 119 when the Tbolt was 249....
I don't mind to pay more if the phone is new AND BETTER what p.me off is that they hang these 250-300 tags on them just because it's "new" NOT BETTER. Yet other phones already on the market are ahead of these....
13. (unregistered) (unregistered)
and the winner is....Iphone! Again, poor quality and outdated technology from the "new" android phones...they're just not built as well as the iphone whether you're an Apple fan (which I'm not!) or an android fan..This is why Apple is still King.
14. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
i have both sitting here side by side and the picture us far more brilliant on the thunderbolt. BOTH phones have more flaws than any other phone i have ever had. PROBABLY because they are the first 4G phones and if i have ever learned anything else before, never buy something that is the first of its kind. wait and let things get perfected.
15. heckman45 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 May 2010)
Since both have been out, we haven't sold a whole lot of them. I mean really, Verizon, get it together. You put out your first dual-core processor in a 3G DEVICE? Yet, your 4G phones are both single core. Doesn't make sense. Not to mention, the Thunderbolt will last you a good 8 hours if you aren't doing ANYTHING on it. Maybe 4 hours with data usage. Fail.
16. Think (unregistered)
You guys are bitching about No Dual Core and low battery life. Do you realize how much worse battery life is going to be when your feeding twice the cpu draw?
Agree, the facts they post here about both phones, is not accurate. very odd.
18. Eric (unregistered)
My Atrix is 4g, Dual Core and the massive battery lasts two days. CDMA is your enemy.
17. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)
Where'd you get that flash drive with the Verizon logo on it? I want one of those! =)
22. pia (unregistered)
I got one at a verizon wireless seminar. It's only 1gb though.
21. listener68 (unregistered)
Droid charge Great phone, but lastest 2 days and 4G, went to 3G. then DOA.. Intermittent and flaky at best, and call s were broken and stuttery even in suburban metro area.
23. charger (unregistered)
To all the iphone users saying that the iphones number one...its pretty much the same software and stuff in a new skin with a different number. Dumbass to go out every six month and buying the new iphone. And steve jobs a f**king joke. When you're buying an apple product you're paying for the logo.
24. flynmedic77 (unregistered)
I have a droid charge, it is the biggest piece of crap ever! I am on my 3rd one this week. I push the messaging button and the internet opens, the internet opens the phone freezes. The replacement phone they sent keeps restarting itself every couple of mins. I have not downloaded or made any calls from it before it started doing this. I complained enough they are sending a thunderbolt instead, I hope it does better!
25. joe (unregistered)
I am not a tech guy, but I have purchased at least one of the latest phones over the past five years to use when doing business. The Droid Charge definitely feels like the best thing that I have ever used. I like that it is light and the screen actually looks bigger than the HTC. I have never felt more organized and the speed is amazing to me. Consumers always want more, but I am very satisfied with the Droid Charge and it is definitely an example of giving the consumer more!
26. Anthony Douglas (unregistered)
I have had 6 Thunderbolts and just got my Charge this week. The camera and video quality are waaaay better on the Thunderbolt. I went to a wedding last night & every single one of the photos taken on the Charge were crap! Even after I tweaked the settings. The Thunderbolt (even after the update) would power cycle on is own, drop from 4g to 1x ALL the time no matter what city I was in or while sitting on my front porch...I have not had that issue on the Charge.
I did root my last Thunderbolt and the battery life was wonderful after removing all the bloatware crap from it but it still doesn't compete with the Charge.
I wish I would just combine these phones or have Verizon put out something that was worth a damn. My contract doesn't expire until 2013 but I am breaking it to switch back to Sprint where the plans are cheaper, the service is the same as Verizon's in my area & the cities I visit & everything is TRULY unlimited.