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May 5, 2011

Samsung’s Droid Charge Review

by Franz Bicar

Having seen different types of Android phones, I really can’t say which one is the best. But with Samsung’s Droid Charge, the question of being the best just might be answered. With its outstanding 8-megapixel autofocus camera, and large Super AMOLED Plus display, the Droid Charge might just be the winner.

The Droid Charge is not a slim or as classy compared to other Android phones by Samsung. With its 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 display, the Droid Charge is quite a handful. It’s .46-inches ata its thinnest point and curves slightly towards the bottom. It weighs around 143g which is caused by its plastic exterior. The plastic molding feels cheap and cludgy which is one of the Droid Charge’ bad points.

At the front, you’ll find 4 physical buttons - menu, home, back and search, which to some might be considered a nice change from all the touch-sensitive buttons currently popular on other smartphones out in the market today. On the right side are volume keys and the microUSB charging port, while on the left is the power/lock button and, under a small flap, a micro HDMI port.

The Droid Charge is not an overly powerful smartphone. Its 1 GHz single-core processor won’t run circles around the competition, but performs well at every day tasks.

As mentioned, the Charge’ display is the Super AMOLED Plus from Samsung, which, by the way, makes colors look magnificent. The display is bright and vivid and is simply outstanding. Setting the display to maximum brightness makes the colors pop.

As this is an Android phone, you can have your pick of over 20, 000 apps, both paid and free, from Google’s Android Market. But for those who are not really that tech savvy, the device has 28 pre-installed apps. We won’t discuss each app here on this review, but these, including those in the Android Market, is enough for your every need.

What is disappointing is that the Droid Charge comes with Froyo 2.2. As this is one of Samsung’s latest models, a lot of people would appreciate if it would come with Gingerbread, Android’s latest version.

On the front panel, you’ll find a 1.3 megapixel camera for video chats and self portraits. At the back, you have the 8 megapixel camera quality videos and photos. The camera is absolutely impressive. It captures bright and clear images even when lighting conditions are less than optimal.

As mentioned, the Charge is not the most powerful smartphone out there. Its 1GHz processor wont give you ridiculous benchmark scores. But, this is an advantage with its battery life. Since its 1GHz single core processor is not that powerful, it eats less power. With tests, the Droid Charge can go through the whole day of typical smartphone use - with both GPS and WiFi on, and taking pictures and videos.

All in all, Samsung’s Droid Charge is not perfect, there are still issues that some people will find on the Droid Charge. But to others who aren’t that particular, the Droid Charge is simply one of the best Android smartphone out there.

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  1. pretty solid looking phone.
    I have a fascinate, I love it, minus the periodic crashing, but the size and weight is what I like most. The droid x is freaking huge and you KNOW it’s in your pocket. the fascinate is so light i forget i even have it with me. I like this quality of the samsung line of phones. a mobile computing environment isn’t supposed to be rugged, it’s supposed to be mobile, a nice companion to travel with. and “cheap” is not a word I use when it comes to these phones. I know what kind of work goes into making these things and it ain’t cheap.
    p.s. I’m an electrical engineer/full-time nerd.

    Comment by Mike — May 5, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  2. I agree with the reviewer about it feeling cheap. It doesn’t matter how much work or money went into the design of the phone. The actual phone does feel like cheap, flimsy plastic. For a phone that is $300 with 2 year contract, or $700 without a contract, it should have a much more solid build quality. As a daily use phone, you will not get $700 of value out if it as I’m sure it will be looking extremely rough within the first month.

    Comment by Ryan — May 7, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

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