Do you remember the Samsung Droid Charge?



In the history of the DROID brand, there have been several manufacturers that have used the name on mobile devices. Motorola, of course, is the most famous since it has made the most DROID branded products, and continues to do so to this day. HTC was an early DROID producer with the HTC DROID Eris and the HTC DROID Incredible. One company often overlooked is Samsung. In 2011, the company released the Samsung DROID Charge for Verizon, which has an exclusive on DROID devices in the U.S.

The DROID Charge carried a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with a 480 x 800 resolution. Powering the phone was the Exynos 3 chipset with a single-core 1GHz CPU and the PowerVR SGX540 GPU. 2GB of native storage was inside with a 32GB capacity microSD slot for those who needed additional storage. The rear-facing camera was 8MP and a 1.3MP selfie snapper was also on board. A user replaceable (!!!) 1,600mAh battery kept the lights on. Android 2.2 was pre-installed and the device was updated to Android 2.3.

The DROID Charge was Verizon's second handset to offer 4G LTE connectivity after the HTC ThunderBolt. At a time when most handsets were priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract, the Droid Charge had a subsidized price of $299.99. Our review gave the unit an 8.5 out of 10. You can read it for yourself by clicking on this link.


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Droid Charge
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 2 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1600 mAh(11.00h talk time)

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10 Comments

1. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Best phone till this day

2. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I had the phone and it was pretty good with battery life and the camera was quite good along with the HTC thunderbolt. The speakers were loud and clear and the dock accessory made the phone my go to alarm clock. The only shortcomings were somewhat stuttery performance and the available RAM was only 384MB and was the only 1st gen LTE phone that didn't go too far past the original Android version it shipped with due to the amount of RAM.

8. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Funniest thing I have read today.

3. Alpha1

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 06, 2016

The HTC Thunderbolt was the worst phone HTC ever made. It was the start of their downfall. I had a friend who had to charge his 3 times a day to keep it going.

5. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

The Facebook phones were their worst IMO. The wildfire gets a distant third. The thunderbolt was just a first gen device, have to break a few eggs and all.

6. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

It had truly abysmal battery life.

7. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yea he was probably on FB all day ha...please, it wasn't that bad or worse than the other 'first' LTE phones. I tell you what, for it's time it had great downloads speeds for me anyway because I had killer signal and coverage.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? The Thunderbolt was cool, though not as cool as the Droid Incredible.

4. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

This phone almost made me switch from my OG DROID but I was still heavy into Motos interface. Plus I had my eye the Droid X2 so I wasn't too worried about this phone.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes. The worse Samsung phone ever. I bought this phone right after I wasted time buying the Windows Phone 7 version of it, the Focus. It was slow, as heck even without any apps on it. Unless the used one I bought had messed up internal storage. First time I used TouchWiz after using Sense for years, I wanted to try a device with TW to make sure it was something I could deal with. After seeing TW evolve, I can say it is surely better now than it s back then.

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