Samsung Droid Charge

Basic Specs

Thickness 0.46 inches
Weight 0.32 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Carriers Verizon Wireless
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 2.2

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias SCH-I510
FCC ID A3LSCHI510

Hardware

Height 5.12 inches
Width 2.68 inches
Thickness 0.46 inches
Weight 0.32 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black
Loudspeaker Mono

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Technology Super AMOLED Plus
Pixel arrangement PenTile
Resolution (Y) 800 px
Resolution (X) 480 px
PPI 217
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers Verizon Wireless
CDMA Yes
CDMA frequencies supported 1900, 800 / 850
LTE Yes
LTE frequencies supported 700
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes
Media streaming DLNA

Processor

Manufacturer Samsung
Brand / family Hummingbird
Clock speed 1 GHz

Storage

Internal size 828 MB
External Yes
Max external size 32 GB
External type microSD

Front Camera

Resolution 1.3 megapixels
Video resolution VGA

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 720p

Software

Operating system Android
Launch OS version 2.2
Notable apps Samsung Media Hub

Interface

Video out Yes
Other ports Micro USB, Micro HDMI

Sensors

Sensors Proximity, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Yes

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6.0

Average User Review

of 2 total reviews
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  • Design 6
  • Display 9
  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 7
  • Performance 6
  • Software 4
  • Battery life 4
  • Ecosystem 8

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by tsayguy (Previously owned)

    The Droid Charge is a decent smartphone, but it is dragged down by a single-core processor that just cannot keep up with demanding, inefficient software. The display is as gorgeous and the LTE speeds are as blazing as advertised, but these cannot compensate for the negatives.

    Design: Apart from the SAMOLED+ display, I don't actually mind the plastic exterior or the overall design. I'll grant that there are far better designed phones available, but I feel neutral to somewhat positive on this aspect. The design isn't onerous.

    Software/Hardware: I actually don't have too much to beef about Touchwiz- since coming from an HTC phone running SenseUI, I much prefer Touchwiz as the lesser of the two skinned-Android evils.However, just a few months' experience with the Charge has made clear that it suffers from inefficient software (even the recent OTA upgrade to Gingerbread did not solve persistent matters such as screen redrawing and lags) and hardware that either cannot support the demands of the software (the aforementioned Hummingbird processor- surprisingly inadequate) or otherwise fall short of modest expectations (the camera suffers either from the stock app or below average performance).

    Battery Life: LTE sucks battery like a boss. The SAMOLED+, while beautiful, does not help matters. Until LTE modem design (or smartphone battery and hardware design?) matures, this is what it is. I gave it such a low score, however, because it often seems like the OS is allowing programs to leech battery while it is supposed to be asleep or inactive.

    Recap: A decently spec'ed phone that can be used as a daily driver, but one that will leave you wishing for better performance. It actually is a few key upgrades away from SGSII territory, really, but since you can't make those upgrades yourself (short of root, etc.), that is small consolation for a device that definitely falls short.

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by frickandfrak (Currently owns)

    For those interested in the Droid Charge: beware the brown UI. It is quite possibly the ugliest UI I have ever experienced on the phone. A lot of the brown can be covered up by using replacement apps for the dialer, messaging, etc. but it is an eyesore.

    In addition, Touchwiz, for the uninitiated, is a painful experience. It is a hybrid between iOS and the stock Android, but in an unappealing and unsuccesful way. From my experience, it is the worst of the Android skins (old Sense and Motoblur are better, with stock being the best), and it cheapens the experience of using this phone. A launcher replacement like LauncherPro or Zeam is necessary.

    In conclusion, why buy this phone? It was a nice 4G phone, and it has a great screen. It has bad battery life, only 1 core, it's big, the 4G radios are a mess, and it will never see a product update after Gingerbread due to Samsung's inability to produce updates. The 4G signal is wonky on my unit, and I am on my third replacement due to hardware malfunctions (broken SD slot, and broken USB charging port).

    At least it doesn't look like an iphone clone.

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    • Software 4
    • Battery life 4
    • Ecosystem 8
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