Samsung Droid Charge Review

Introduction and Design

It has been a little over a month since we reviewed Verizon’s first 4G LTE smartphone, the HTC ThunderBolt, as we were impressed by its data speeds, software, and overall performance, though we are still having an issue with the device cycling through 4G, 3G, and 1x for no apparent reason, which we discussed here. Now with the new Samsung Droid Charge approaching release, we have high hopes for it, as it comes packed with a Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, an 8MP camera, and of course 4G LTE. Let’s see if it has what it takes to steal away customers from buying the ThunderBolt.

Included in the retail box is the Samsung Droid Charge SCH-i510 phone with a 32GB Class 2 microSDHC memory card pre-installed, 1600mAh battery, wall charger with a 1-meter detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.


Even though the Samsung Droid Charge is not in the “Galaxy” line, its overall design does remind us some of the Samsung Fascinate and Samsung Continuum for Verizon, as it has a plastic construction with chrome around the edges, and a gray colored back that is slick to the touch. When compared next to the HTC ThunderBolt, the Samsung Droid Charge doesn’t feel quite as thick, and is also not as heavy, though we do wish it had the soft-touch coating on the back to give it more of a grip.

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Located on the front is the impressive 4.3” WVGA resolution Super AMOLED Plus display. The “Plus” means that the display on the Droid Charge is brighter than the (regular) Super AMOLED screen that is used by the Fascinate and Continuum, and it also uses a standard RGB pixel matrix, so that text and images are sharper than before. More information about Super AMOLED Plus and how it compares to other displays can be viewed here. We used the Droid Charge outside on a sunny day and could still view the screen, while the TFT screen on the ThunderBolt was dark and unreadable. This is one key advantage the Droid Charge has over the ThunderBolt.

Above the screen is a 1.3MP camera (on the left) and the proximity sensor (on the right), but not present is a LED notification light – which we find unthinkable to be missing on such a high-end device. Below the display are four physical buttons for accessing the menu, home, back, and search. We like having the real physical buttons, as the touch-sensitive ones (like on the ThunderBolt) can be easily pressed by mistake. Along the sides of the Droid Charge are the volume rocker, microUSB port, 3.5mm headset jack, power/lock key, and HDMI video port. One thing we noticed is that all of these side-buttons are larger and easier to find and press than the ones on the ThunderBolt. On the back is the 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash, and removing the battery cover will allow access to the 4G SIM card slot and the pre-installed 32GB microSDHC memory card.

Samsung Droid Charge 360-degrees View:

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