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Samsung Droid Charge Review

Samsung Droid Charge

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The Samsung Droid Charge runs on Android 2.2.1 Froyo and makes use of Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 interface layered on top. Because of this, its form and function is pretty much identical to what we saw last year with the Samsung Continuum and Fascinate – so no surprises here.

TouchWiz attempts to add extra functionality to the Android operating system. There are four dedicated buttons at the bottom (phone, contacts, messaging and applications), 7 home screens, a reorganized the app drawer (that uses swipeable pages, but can be changed to a list-view), and some other reworking on things like the phonebook. TouchWiz also brings along a few custom widgets, including a dual time zone clock, WeatherBug clock, calendar, daily briefing, feeds and updates for social networking, buddies, and a program monitor.

The homescreen of the Samsung Droid Charge - Samsung Droid Charge Review
The homescreen of the Samsung Droid Charge - Samsung Droid Charge Review
The homescreen of the Samsung Droid Charge - Samsung Droid Charge Review
The homescreen of the Samsung Droid Charge - Samsung Droid Charge Review


Even though the TouchWiz 3.0 interface on the Droid Charge is leaps ahead of the older versions, we still believe that HTC’s Sense UI (as used by the ThunderBolt) is the only custom skin to truly enhance the overall user experience for Android. HTC has some very nice applications, such as their contacts and dialer programs, which add significant functionality beyond what stock Android has to offer. The Buddies Now widget on the Droid Charge, for example, takes up an entire screen but only displays one assigned favorite contact at a time, which you have to scroll though. Thankfully, this time around, the bottom four icons on the screen and all the icons in the app menu can be edited and moved around.

The main menu - Samsung Droid Charge Review
The main menu - Samsung Droid Charge Review
The main menu - Samsung Droid Charge Review
The main menu - Samsung Droid Charge Review


Contacts:

Of the other customizations Samsung has made to the default Android interface, the most notable are in the Phonebook. Going into the Phone screen will open up to the dial pad, but there are also tabs at the top for the call log, favorites, and contacts. Tap on one of your saved contacts, and you are taken to their respective screen, where you can view their info, message history, posting activities, and media (pictures).

The dialpad - Samsung Droid Charge Review
The phonebook - Samsung Droid Charge Review
Samsung Droid Charge Review
Samsung Droid Charge Review

The dialpad

The phonebook

  


The Android 2.2 phonebook groups all of your phone, Google, and Facebook contacts into one scrolling list. Samsung furthers this by adding the contacts from your Twitter, Skype, AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo! Messenger and MySpace accounts. Furthermore, you can import and export contacts to the SIM card. It also does a good job of linking contacts together that have the same name, but you still have the option of doing it manually. Pretty much all of the contacts’ details are visible and editable on the screen at once.

The Samsung Droid Charge allows you to add contacts from other services - Samsung Droid Charge Review


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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
Size5.11 x 2.66 x 0.46 inches
(130 x 68 x 12 mm)
5.04 oz  (143 g)
Battery1600 mAh, 11 hours talk time

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