Samsung Droid Charge 4G LTE speed tests

Samsung Droid Charge 4G LTE speed tests
Since the Samsung Droid Charge is now the second 4G LTE smartphone for Verizon Wireless, we were interested to see how its web and data speeds would compare to the HTC ThunderBolt.

We ran the app on both devices, and connected to the Miami, Miami Beach, and Naples Florida servers. The Samsung Droid Charge got on average 4-6 Mbps download and 3-4 Mbps upload, while the HTC ThunderBolt showed slightly faster downloads at 5-7 Mbps. Please not that we had to use the older version of the app, as the new updated version is having issues and will only show downloads of 0.5 Mbps.

Up next we used the web browser, and loaded the web site. It took about 30 seconds to fully load on the Samsung Droid Charge, but the HTC ThunderBolt was quicker at about 24 seconds. One thing we noticed on the Droid Charge, was after we rotated the screen, so that web pages were in landscape mode, the browser began to lock-up and would not scroll (you can see this on the video below). But after we turned the phone off and back on, it seems to have resolved the issues, though we will keep an eye on it while we prepare our full review.

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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)



1. ........ unregistered

i see verizons LTE is starting to slow down a bit espically from it averaging 20mps dam what a diff a few extra users will do lol

2. celljrod

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 07, 2011

Those were peak test speeds. Verizon has never claimed it would get more than 5-7Mbps in real world speeds

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I get real world speeds of 5-7 Mbps in a large city on Sprint WiMAX. Right now there is really not too big of a difference in WiMAX & LTE. Verizon LTE beats my Sprint WiMAX by 2 to 3 second difference. To me I am fine with that. Plus Sprint is cheaper than Verizon. I was reading on this site that Sprint is looking into LTE also. I guess I will stick with Sprint to see if that materializes. I am ok with WiMAX, it’s so much faster than EVDO rev. A.

5. celljrod

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 07, 2011

In some cases that is great. In my situation with a 5 line family plan, I would only save about $15 per month and I travel around a lot so I actually need the better coverage I get with Verizon

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

With my Sprint plan I get roaming included. I pick up the Verizon towers when I am not in a Sprint area & I have no issues. That only happens when I am at the mountains or in the middle of nowhere. I was at the Blue Ridge Mountains in N.C. for vacation with my family recently & that is where I got the Verizon towers. Both are CDMA & I was able to make my calls.

3. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

No, when lte was getting in upwards of 20mps that was because the speedtest app was not updated to support lte devices. It recently has and this 4-8mbs is real speeds that lte is getting

6. Allday28

Posts: 340; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

For only having 2 bars of service that is pretty impressive.

7. gmoney2384 unregistered

I was in Indianapolis, Indiana this weekend on full full strength bars I got 14 down and 21 up so my thunderbolt is fast

9. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

I get 4.2 mbps on my iPhone 4 (att) in Orlando.

10. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Get outta here with your Iphone. Your not welcome here

11. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

I think the app is garbage. My reasoning: I did a wifi hotspot and connected my pc to my Thunderbolt in LTE coverage and got speeds 12-25 down and 3-7 up. The app, however is only showing 4-6 down and 2-3 up. Also, I have connected to my home wifi connection which normally gets 12-18 down and 1-3 up, but when I connected my tbolt to the same wifi connection it said that I was getting at max 7 down and 1-2 up. I tested the speed on my pc and on the phone from the same distance from the router at the same time. Also, I have gone from my Dolphin HD browser on my tbolt and seen identical speeds as I saw when using the wireless hotspot feature on my laptop.

12. ajcarroll9 unregistered

I live in Orlando Fl, and I get speeds well over 20mbs on a regular basis. Only dipping down to the mid teens when I am in either my closet areas or near my bathroom. My top speedtest reading was over 27mbs. So I don't know why you guys are only getting 5-7... I took these results in to my local Verizon store to show them and they said it was common in my area. When tethered wirelessly to my computer I get no less than 12mbs. I am using a thunderbolt.

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