Samsung Droid Charge User Reviews
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Borrie69 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I've owned this phone for quiet a while now. i always have 2 phones at any given time, this one is my steady phone. The other I use for a few months to test it out then move on. For an older phone it isn't too bad. The sigle core is the main hassel, along with battery, but if you don't care much for specs then good phone to have. It is kind of sturdy, decent built, crappy on recieving blows (like if you drop it), the camera is on the lower end, the speakers could be a whole lot better. texting is ok, freezing up a lot but that is due to the crappy single core. Recpetion is pretty good considering.
The battery is pretty horrible as well, then again it is a 4 LTE phone so can't complain. Has a difficult switching between 3G and 4G but that is easily solved by going on the Market and downloading an app for it. The single core is one of the worst things about this phone. There are son many times when it freezes then shut off by itself. When trying to send texts it freezs up and I have to soft reset the phone. There are many time when the screen just loses it's touch, tried to fix it by turning off the display then turning it on but still nothing. After many hrs of reserch and trouble shooting i found out that the problem can only be completed by doing a hard reset. which sucks and very time consuming. So thus the reason for the bad review. it's a decent phone with many issues that you should take into considerration before buying this phone. If you do not plan on doing anything...
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Finally, the Perfect Phone!
Mark_Washington has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Super long battery life with everything turned on, the best screen on a phone - wow factor, stable and wifi-like data speed and call quality on verizon 4g lte. Runs all android apps and games flawlessly with no lag. What more can you ask for?
I consider myself a power user but not a spec geek, so the lack of gingerbread update & dual core does not bother me, as they have no impact on how I use my phone - it just needs to be fast, stable and last 24 hours. Everything on android right now works fast and perfect with this phone. By the time when dual core is actually being utilized as oppose to a spec innuendo the geeks obsess over, my 2 year contract will have expired for a new phone. This along with every other flagship phone will be nothing more than a $100 outdated doorstep on ebay.
Some perspective, I have tried the iPhone on AT&T (constant call drops, communication error running apps), the LG g2x dual-core android on T-Mobile(horrible signal strength, only has EDGE instead of even 3G in a lot of places) and the ThunderBolt on Verizon 4G LTE, before settling on the Samsung Droid 4G LTE.
Unfortunately your phone is only as good as the network, and in the US, there is just no comparison to verizon 4G LTE, so no matter how good the hardware is, if it's not on verizon 4G LTE it's meaningless.
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Well it was the first 4G phone on verizon's network.. Thats about it
sam3481 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Got this phone from Costco right before Verizon ditched the unlimited data plan. No complaints about the data speed it was fast but the processor, memory, graphics and just about everything else was very dated even when it came out brand new. This phone replaced my HTC Incrediable and i was dissapointed with it almost from day 1. Obviously Samsung was pushing to get Verizon a 4G phone before they had the hardware ready.
Modification Requires Root and Fresh ROM!
Pyrus has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
ROOT this smartphone at all costs. Go to the droid charge forum website. Find the rooting and rom- how to manuals. It is a smooth running phone. Just got to tweak it. It has pretty sturdy hardware. I have dropped this phone about 7 times. No cracks, but one tiny dent on the corner. I never used any screen protecters and do not have any scratches. Very lightweight phone. Go to ebay and buy a couple larger phone batteries up to 3600 mah. Buy a Yiboyuan universal battery charger. Make sure you get the modified back cover for larger batteries. This phone on simple low power settings will last three days. Use the battery charger and you will never be stuck next to a wall ever again. The freedom of not even caring how low your battery gets is great. Just change the battery and get on with life. DO NOT EVER CHAIN YOURSELF TO A WALL WITH A PLUG IN CHARGER. It is 2015 and I still use this phone.I had it since it came out. Cause it works when I need it. It does take some upkeep. but this phone is old. I do not recommend using more than three to four apps at a time. Its core will get the job done. but it can lag if you push it too far. My next phone will have an octocore, quite a jump. I have no problem waiting.
shonnygrl has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Battery Life sucks, it freezes, text messages take forever to send, and it takes too long to dial out, when i first got the phone i was super happy that i finally got a smart phone but after a couple of months it started to act up..the keyboard would stop working so i would have to keep closing the text messaging app and opening it again just to send ONE message. i would get so frustrated to the point where i don't even use my phone at all...only if i really need to. this phone has put a sour taste in my mouth for all androids and that's why im switching to apple
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It's an OK phone but nothing compared to whats out there today
tg1088 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I've had this phone since June 2012. I feel that the overall quality is kind of cheap as many other smartphones are built with stronger plastics, even metal and kevlar these days. This phone's battery life doesn't hold up, even with phones that were built around the same time, the battery would drain in less than 10 hours, even with light usage. Since this phone only has a single core processor and 512 GB of RAM, it is relatively slow and will end up freezing frequently if multiple apps were running. I'd say the best things about the phone is the super AMOLED screen - its very bright and colorful and also that it was available on Verizon's reliable network.
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Samsung's worst device ever created: HEED THIS WARNING!
urface19 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
This phone is not a phone, this phone can barely be considered to be a paperweight as it's so fragile I could sneeze and cause it to freeze! At times the phone lags so much that when imputing text into a text message the phone won't even register what I am typing until I close the app from the task manager, MULTIPLE TIMES!!! Calls are almost damn near impossible due to the fact it that I will type in a number and after hitting send it disappears and doesn't make the call. Then suddenly will make that call minutes later on its own free will. There is no hope for this device. Data streaming (even though it is 4g LTE) is nothing short of sad....... the processor is the slowest most unstable one I've ever encountered. I have used many phones for many different networks and brands (apple, htc, moto, other samsungs, nokia etc.) and even the worst nokia smartphones DESTROY this phone in all aspects of a phone and a smart phone....... There are many other cheap alternatives to this phone that would be better. I owned a droid 2 that was much more stable, even faster with data streaming. I could go on and on but please heed this warning all the other positive reviews are false.
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Buy a better phone cuz you'll regret this one
nc1161 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
NEEDS BETTER PROCESSOR! Cannot use many more demanding apps....This was my first real Smartphone (upgraded from blackberry), at first I was relatively happy as I love the android platform and variety of apps which all droid/iphone/window phone smartphones provide but the limitations of the phone quickly became obvious. As is a usual complaint with most droids, the battery life is a serious issue even if you closely monitor it (I tried taskkiller software and batterylife apps that are supposed to improve battery life...it didn't matter...my battery went bad within 6 months...I've bought two replacement batteries since...secondly and more importantly many apps (primarily games) cannot run effectively (excessively lagging) due to the very small and slow CPU...for example (disclaimer: I like game apps) You can't play jetpack joyride, temple run, subway surfers and dead trigger just to name a few...pretty much any somewhat demanding graphically intensive app will lag excessively. Also, the software can only go up to android 2 (most current is 4)...due to the inferior OS their are some bugs...speakerphone sometime doesn't work and the camera has a serious problem freezing if photo is too bright...ridiculous...
I'm not sure if I would get this phone again BUT
chlorinediva has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
This is not a terrible phone, but at the time of my upgrade, it WAS the best value out there. I did my homework before making the final choice and I would agree with most of these reviews. The phone gets the job done, but does not have any real WOW factor.
The exterior of the phone is very slippery and has a very plastic feel. I ended up getting a cover since I will be stuck with this for 2 yrs and the case has helped the phone not fly off my shoulder when talking and writing down a note!
Graphics... AWESOME. The large screen is great and over time it does seem like the phone has slowed down a bit. It could be my area but I'm ostly getting 3G service, but when 4G kicks in I tend to love this phone a little bit more.
I have had some issues where the phone restarts itself, but then again I came from a Droid X and near the end of its life, this happend too.
Terrible battery life. Good thing I have an extra charger at work and in the car. Normal usage has this phone craving for a boost around mid afternoon. then again... arn't all smartphone users atune to always looking for an outlet at some point during the day?
Texting is horrible. It could be that I have giant fingers but I never had so much autocorrect in a phone EVER.. I do not like the layout of the Samsung keyboard display. Its hard to use and never seems to learn the new word that i have added to the phone.
OVerall? If this is your only choice for a phone...just get it.
Definitely a serviceable phone
mwellscubed has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
The Droid Charge may not be the fastest phone, the thinnest phone, or even the prettiest phone. It may not have the latest version of Android, and it may not have great battery life. But it was, and is, a phone that rarely pisses me off. With my luck with phones, this is quite an accomplishment.
The screen is rather nice, and one of the main reasons I bought the phone over LCD-clad competitors. With all AMOLED screens, the blacks are amazing, the saturation is a bit overbearing, but the colors definitely pop.
Build quality is kind of on the cheap side, especially the back cover, which scratches endlessly. I do quite like the design, especially the subtle point that the bottom of the phone comes to, gives the phone a bit more character than most of the rectangular slabs that dominate the market.
Battery life is on the poor side, given that this is a first-generation 4G LTE device. If you turn data off, the phone lasts nearly forever, but with 4G enabled it's pretty pitiful. I usually make it about halfway through work before the low battery alert comes up.
The camera is average, good at outdoor photos, not so much indoors. Pretty standard for Android. Not much to say.
Overall, as I said, this is definitely an alright phone. It's not cutting edge, and it never was, but it fills a solid role in the mid-range market. Discontinued now, but up until a few months ago, this phone could be had for free if you could catch the right sale. I paid $70 for mine, and I have no regrets.
Worst phone I have ever had
doncomon has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I can hardly believe any of these positive reviews on here, they must be plants. I get static bursts in my ear every couple of days that sound like a high pitch fax machine on my end, but just cuts outs on the other end. Have to do a restart, good for a day or two before it comes back. The numbers I punch in the handset don't always match what they get on the other end. SO the screen sauss 8877 and they get 0077 or 888877. Try getting on a conference call and can't of this or some days can't get vocie mail. Been to Verizon ten times over this, terrible. Then I get another brand new phone and it is good for about 3 weeks. I could go on for long about many more things about this phone. Try touching the screen that keeps fading away when you are trying to do something.
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May 16, 2011: When Technology Advanced
Droidchargesc has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
When i heard of this phone, i knew it would be a great phone, that would officially advance technology & out-do the iPhone. Everything about this phone is really good, except the speaker. When i first used this phone at the verizon store, i knew i would get it at one point after my plan was up. This has a decent build, great reception, really good call quality, good internet, fantastic media, an exorbitant camera, ok UI speed, is great for everyfay usage, has the best text input, better than the iPhone's, great display, and an ok battery. Overall, this phone is amazing. I would really recommend this phone, i don't care if it came out 8 months ago. It is just as good as the Droid RAZR, and better than the iPhone.
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dakota1202 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I was a former U.S. Cellular customer with the Samsung Freeform (P.O.S) and i finally made the switch over to verizon and love the service i am getting with them as well. when i switched i had the choice between the htc thunderbolt and the samsung droid charge.. after weeks of debating with which one i should go with searching this site and youtube watching comparisons and the pros and cons of each one, i decided to go with the charge. i love the phone dont get me wrong i love the feel in my hands and especially the super amoled screen, very vibrant and colorful! the now that i have had if for a bit it seems to be slowing down to the max and the UI tends to be very laggy and unresponsive and jumping from even my messaging to my homescreen takes a long time to load up everything which is causing me to do alot of power cycles and constantly on the task manager clearing the RAM memory and closing apps to sort of help the lag. overall i do still like my phone but on some days i really wish that i would have went with the htc thunderbolt.. i work at target mobile right now and i am trying to get a consession line so i can have the thunderbolt and when and if i get that i will try to write a review and see how they compare and see if that one runs smoother than my charge!
teasamp has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This is a great phone with a big and beautiful screen. The call quality is the best i have heard on any smartphone. The media hub is great and they gave me a 25.00 credit to use there. Only complant would be lack of 4g coverage in my area to get this phones full potential. This phone is far and away better than the Fasinate that I replaced.
wknixon1987 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I bought the phone on the 2nd day that it came out. I replaced my old phone ( Palm Pre Plus) and I will tell you that it is a huge difference in performance and quality. Samsung has done a great job especially with the new AMOLED screen which is bright and smooth like a display screen should be. The battery life is great on my palm if I used Pandora for more than 30 minutes on a full charge I would be below 50% but with the Samsung Charge it barely used anything. I suggest the phone is worth the money and if you can afford it you should GET IT.
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As good as it gets for the moment.
timothytim has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Had this phone for two months and have never looked back at the WM phone I had before. Also it is way faster and has a better than any PDA I have had. The only issue I have is if WiFi is active and there is an AP available, it will pick WiFi over WAN even if WiFi is weak and WAN performance would be better. Also if WiFi is lost, the transition to WAN is not smooth. So I activate WiFi only when I know I am not going to be moving around and will have a strong signal.
Where CellPhones should of started from
Dinno Velvet has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
First smartphone! First real cellphone provider! Nice having a phone with a "linux"distro. Funny how Droid is leading the cellphone Operating System market. So many people have no clue they can run a simlar system with even more abilities on there desktops/laptops at no cost. Its amazing how individuals rate any Droid poorly off of software that can be changed something as simple as a theme. The Charge is very nice, now finding and configuring the phone to my personal preference where its tuned up and tuned in...is going to take sometime. Droid makes development very tempting
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Switching from Palm Pre to Android was hard at first!!!
Barry mann has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
My daughter wanted an iPhone and i wanted to get better reception, so we switched from Sprint to Verizon, and I got the Charge because of the big beautiful screen and the better incorporation of voice commands than the iPhone has. As i got terrible battery life on my Palm Pre, i was ready for the bigger brighter Charge to use up the battery even faster, but with screen brightness turned low (not automatic screen brightness which chews up the battery), and GPS and Wifi off, I get 16-20 hours of battery life making about 30 minutes of calls, checking sports scores on the internet, texting my daughter, listening to podcasts and PAndora radio for 90 minutes a day, playing a few games and using G-tasks and Business Calendar widgets and live wallpaper from Nexus.
I love the great selection of apps in the Android Market and the free app of the day in the Amazon market app. I love the home screen widgets with Go Launcher that let me see everything i need on a few home screens instead of having to launch multlple apps on an iphone. I wish i was better at typing on the on-screen keyboard, but i use the voice commands to do most things so i don't have to type much.
Barry mann alternatives:
started with thunderbolt.....was sent droid charge
rasheedah1984 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
hi..... i started with the htc thunderbolt.....well that was a piece of s**t...so i called verizon and sadi send me another phone or im going with sprint....hence i have the droid charge...its basically the galaxy s big brother...it a great phone...also not that buggy
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Great Device, battery good with a little management...
MichaelB has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I have had mine over a month now, and love it. Yes, red colors are a bit blown out, but otherwise awesome display and really great camera! The main complaint I see from others is the battery life; my battery life is great! Here's are some tips that work for me: Turn off GPS when your not using it, it's a major drain. When you have a WiFi connection, turn of 3/4G. When you are on 3/4G, turn off the WiFi. Only turn on the Bluetooth when you are going to use it. Use an optimizer App to help keep the running apps under control. It's not too much trouble to do, and I go about 2 days between charges with normal use of browsing, phone calls, texting, etc... and even a little gaming.
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Charged up about Samsung Charge
Charged has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I wouldn't recommend anybody try this at home but I accidently knocked my naked, unprotected (no otterbox or other case) Charge off the chair arm and, as luck would have it, it landed in a xlarge cup of sweet tea. It was immediately retreived, turned off, wiped off, back removed and (according to the moisture sensors) determined there was no moisture damage. I put it all back together and all is well.
Great Phone with 1 major problem
maira has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I was so excited to get the newest and greatest. Went in the store to buy the iphone and walked out with the CHARGE. I love the phone overall and what it has to offer but battery life is not working for me. I can not leave home without my charger the phone is dead within hours. I wish there was a way to fix this problem :-( looks like i may need to return and go with my original plan Iphone.
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Roseylisa has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Love the Samsung Droid Charge much better ,than the droid x2 they were trying to pull the wool over everyones eye,with that hyped up so called phone. It is fast and I'm only in a 3g area. Only problem I've had is with the camera freezing when I go to take a picture and getting the puzzle piece together to answer the phone and the music sounds like it has to much base in it.
I love it!
K_A_E has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
The Charge is a great phone. I love everything about it--the big screen, the organization of the phone, the camera, the speed. It does take some time getting used to if you have never had a Smartphone. If you just play with the features, it is easy to figure out! I would recommend it! The Droid App Market has a lot of great Apps!!!!
No Cons yet.
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Charge is horrible.
B_Trey has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
It has already been messing up freezing on me and most of the texts hardly go through. I hate it and regret switching from the Thunderbolt. I wish the phone had better features or just been built better. The touch screen is sorry as well, it's just ridiculous. DON'T GET THIS PHONE!!!
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