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Samsung Droid Charge vs HTC ThunderBolt

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Samsung Droid Charge vs HTC ThunderBolt
The Samsung Droid Charge comes with a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 328MB of RAM, while the HTC ThunderBolt uses a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 768MB of RAM. When running the Quadrant Benchmark app, the Droid Charge would score between 940-1050, but the ThunderBolt was always over 1800, though some have pointed out that Quadrant does not work well on Samsung phones. We also ran AnTuTu System Benchmark, which got 1886 on the Droid Charge and 1991on the ThunderBolt. Despite these differences, both phones feel fast. The only thing we noticed was an occasional lag on the Droid Charge when moving between the 7 home screens, though this could be caused by the TouchWiz layered interface.

One area that we were not impressed with on the HTC ThunderBolt was its lower than average voice quality, as we could hear a continual “hiss” in the background, and there was also a buzzing distortion in the earpiece speaker whenever someone would talk. Thankfully, none of those issues were present on the Samsung Droid Charge, as there was no background noise, and voices sound clear and natural.

Signal reception was about equal on the two devices, showing 2-3 bars with -89dBm to -92dBm signal strength, and we didn’t drop any calls. But like we mentioned earlier, our concern is with both phones having a problem staying locked to the 4G signal.

When it comes to the battery life, there really is no comparison, as the 1600mAh battery on the Droid Charge was able to provide up to 10 hours of continuous talk time, or 12-14 hours of mixed usage. While the 1400mAh battery on the ThunderBolt could only provide 7 hours of continuous talk time, or 5-6 hours of mixed usage.


At this point, it is really hard to decide which device is better, as both have some good points and flaws, so it really comes down to which flaws you are willing to live with. The Samsung Droid Charge has a Super AMOLED Plus screen that is visible outside in the sun, and the call quality and battery life is also good, but it likes to drop down to 3G most of the time and web sites with a lot of Flash content will lock-up the browser. The HTC ThunderBolt can stay locked to 4G more (using the force LTE mode) and the web browser works well, but the call quality and battery life aren't that great, and the TFT display can be difficult to view in the sun. So there are your choices.

We should point out that it might as well be a wise decision to wait a bit. There are two more 4G phones due out this summer for Verizon - the LG Revolution and the dual-core Motorola Droid Bionic (Targa). Maybe those will be all-around better choices than the Samsung Droid Charge and HTC ThunderBolt, in case you don't need an LTE phone right now, that is.

Software version on the reviewed Samsung Droid Charge:
Android 2.2.1
Baseband: i510.06 V.ED1
Kernel: se.infra@SEI-28 #1
Build: SCH-I510.ED1
PRL: 15011

Software version on the reviewed HTC ThunderBolt:
Android 2.2.1
Build 1.12.605.6
Kernel, Sat Feb 19 2011

Samsung Droid Charge vs HTC ThunderBolt Video Comparison:


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posted on 09 May 2011, 10:20 8

1. the joneses (unregistered)

So basically both of them are half baked :)
Love it....
Give us more half designed / half tested / rushed out/ not thought trough expensive crap so we can spend our money on them every few months...

posted on 09 May 2011, 10:23 4

2. Rich (unregistered)

i have had no problems on my thunderbolt. never experienced the 4G, 3G, 1x cycle as the article mentioned.

The only thing is the battery WAS terrible. Until i rooted my phone and used setcpu. Now my thunderbolt lasts all day + more. So thats no longer an issue.

posted on 13 May 2011, 08:19 1

12. davyjones (unregistered)

I had 3 (THREE) of them.
This 3rd one seems ok, only minor probs. like
-speaker is distorted,
-the call quality has tin-can-syndrome,
-all incoming calls start on the LOUDEST volume (no tty, all settings are checked by me and htc tech and it still does it.) Every call is on MAX VOLUME. The only way to get rid of it is when s.one calls I got to move up the volume slider to max, then down. Pretty annoying from a new phone.

posted on 09 May 2011, 10:37 2

3. LionStone (Posts: 844; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

Yea, mine did the cycling thing and the second day I had it, I returned it for a new model that works properly. Maybe other people should do that too and give accurate reviews instead...oh and call quality is great on mine too. I use it in the mountains all the time and the quality and reception is fine.

posted on 09 May 2011, 11:02 3

4. MalakiMills (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)

The only thing about this review that pulls me toward the Charge is the Super AMOLED Plus, that is a beauty of a screen. But everything else that it has better aren't really that impressive. I would prefer the camera, sense, build quality, and "better" performance are the deciding factors. And the less than average track record for updates from samsung don't bode well with me either.

posted on 09 May 2011, 13:34 1

5. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

IMHO, both of these devices are too late to the market. 4G is the only thing separating them from the competition...and that has enough reviews (not just on this site) to feel disappointing. Looks like the cameras are junk, too. I'll wait for the dual-core monsters to rear their heads to see what my next upgrade will be. Going to take quite a bit to pry my jailbroken iPhone 4 away.

posted on 09 May 2011, 13:47 1

6. ajsdfasdkj (unregistered)

PhoneArena never checks facts anymore do they.... the thunderbolt is not a standard lcd it is a Super LCD, also it has 768mb of ram not 512. phonearena has become morons.

posted on 11 May 2011, 07:09

9. James123ab (unregistered)

Actually Thunderbolt is not Super LCD...looks like someone should recheck their checking.

http://www.technobuffalo.com/mobile-devices/phones /htc-thunderbolt-review-fastest-droid-yet/

posted on 09 May 2011, 13:51

7. Hey You! (unregistered)

If the Thunderbolt had a Super AMOLED plus display who would win then?

posted on 09 May 2011, 16:25

8. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Think I'd take the Droid Charge, although I must say I like the look of the Tbolt. But, I want an Omnia 7 on Verizon anyway.

posted on 12 May 2011, 07:03

10. immolate (unregistered)

Here's a thought and probably a point for comparison.

Samsung Droid Charge: $300
HTC Thunderbolt: (as low as) $129

posted on 13 May 2011, 08:12

11. davyjones (unregistered)

The dual core, ATRIX 4G with better display, better battery, fingerprint reader..etc....is $99.99. It was 119 when the Tbolt was 249....
I don't mind to pay more if the phone is new AND BETTER what p.me off is that they hang these 250-300 tags on them just because it's "new" NOT BETTER. Yet other phones already on the market are ahead of these....

posted on 18 May 2011, 06:40 2

13. (unregistered) (unregistered)

and the winner is....Iphone! Again, poor quality and outdated technology from the "new" android phones...they're just not built as well as the iphone whether you're an Apple fan (which I'm not!) or an android fan..This is why Apple is still King.

posted on 18 May 2011, 16:59 1

14. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)

i have both sitting here side by side and the picture us far more brilliant on the thunderbolt. BOTH phones have more flaws than any other phone i have ever had. PROBABLY because they are the first 4G phones and if i have ever learned anything else before, never buy something that is the first of its kind. wait and let things get perfected.

posted on 21 May 2011, 16:58 1

15. heckman45 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 May 2010)

Since both have been out, we haven't sold a whole lot of them. I mean really, Verizon, get it together. You put out your first dual-core processor in a 3G DEVICE? Yet, your 4G phones are both single core. Doesn't make sense. Not to mention, the Thunderbolt will last you a good 8 hours if you aren't doing ANYTHING on it. Maybe 4 hours with data usage. Fail.

posted on 26 May 2011, 07:15 1

16. Think (unregistered)

You guys are bitching about No Dual Core and low battery life. Do you realize how much worse battery life is going to be when your feeding twice the cpu draw?

Agree, the facts they post here about both phones, is not accurate. very odd.

posted on 27 May 2011, 22:35

18. Eric (unregistered)

My Atrix is 4g, Dual Core and the massive battery lasts two days. CDMA is your enemy.

posted on 26 May 2011, 19:47

17. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)

Where'd you get that flash drive with the Verizon logo on it? I want one of those! =)

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 20:51

22. pia (unregistered)

I got one at a verizon wireless seminar. It's only 1gb though.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:18

21. listener68 (unregistered)

Droid charge Great phone, but lastest 2 days and 4G, went to 3G. then DOA.. Intermittent and flaky at best, and call s were broken and stuttery even in suburban metro area.

posted on 14 Jul 2011, 06:36

23. charger (unregistered)

To all the iphone users saying that the iphones number one...its pretty much the same software and stuff in a new skin with a different number. Dumbass to go out every six month and buying the new iphone. And steve jobs a f**king joke. When you're buying an apple product you're paying for the logo.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 00:11

24. flynmedic77 (unregistered)

I have a droid charge, it is the biggest piece of crap ever! I am on my 3rd one this week. I push the messaging button and the internet opens, the internet opens the phone freezes. The replacement phone they sent keeps restarting itself every couple of mins. I have not downloaded or made any calls from it before it started doing this. I complained enough they are sending a thunderbolt instead, I hope it does better!

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 23:22

25. joe (unregistered)

I am not a tech guy, but I have purchased at least one of the latest phones over the past five years to use when doing business. The Droid Charge definitely feels like the best thing that I have ever used. I like that it is light and the screen actually looks bigger than the HTC. I have never felt more organized and the speed is amazing to me. Consumers always want more, but I am very satisfied with the Droid Charge and it is definitely an example of giving the consumer more!

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 11:36

26. Anthony Douglas (unregistered)

I have had 6 Thunderbolts and just got my Charge this week. The camera and video quality are waaaay better on the Thunderbolt. I went to a wedding last night & every single one of the photos taken on the Charge were crap! Even after I tweaked the settings. The Thunderbolt (even after the update) would power cycle on is own, drop from 4g to 1x ALL the time no matter what city I was in or while sitting on my front porch...I have not had that issue on the Charge.
I did root my last Thunderbolt and the battery life was wonderful after removing all the bloatware crap from it but it still doesn't compete with the Charge.
I wish I would just combine these phones or have Verizon put out something that was worth a damn. My contract doesn't expire until 2013 but I am breaking it to switch back to Sprint where the plans are cheaper, the service is the same as Verizon's in my area & the cities I visit & everything is TRULY unlimited.

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