Samsung Droid Charge Review Roundup: Verizon 4G Speeds Impress

We’ve posted many articles now on the Droid Charge, which seems like a pretty impressive Android smartphone. Recently we gave you news of a review on the Droid Charge in which there were a lot of positive things said about the handset, even though it may not be quite in the league of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Now we thought we’d give you a Samsung Droid Charge review roundup so you can get an overall view on what the people in the know had to say.

Although it was due to be released on April 28 for the Verizon 4G LTE network the phone has actually been delayed, which is a shame as many people were heading for the Droid Charge instead of the Motorola Droid Bionic, which has been delayed until later in the summer. There’s no precise release date now known for the Droid Charge but as it looks likely to be released soon the reviews make for some interesting reading. As a brief recap the 32GB Droid Charge has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GHz processor (not dual-core), a well-sized 1600mAh battery for good longevity, and runs on Android 2.2, Froyo.

First off we looked at a review over on Gotta Be Mobile by Chuong Nguyen, which also includes a video. The Super AMOLED Plus screen came in for praise although the resolution was “nothing to write home about,” and the 4G LTE speeds and battery performance also impressed. In all, the Droid Charge was labeled as a “marked improvement over the Thunderbolt,” which stormed the market when it came out earlier this year, although the Thunderbolt has some benefits the Droid Charge does not. It’s also noted that Verizon appears to be positioning the Droid Charge as competition to the Apple iPhone, with similar pricing, although the 4G speeds for the Charge give it a speed edge at least, over the iPhone 4.

Bonnie Cha over on Cnet gives another review of the Samsung Droid Charge for Verizon Wireless where the handset receives a 4 out of 5 star rating. Plus points for the Droid Charge were that Super AMOLED Plus screen again, the 4G network speeds and once more, that battery performance. Other points noted as good were the camera and call quality. Negative points were the size of the phone, thought to be over-large, and the price, especially as it doesn’t feature a dual-core processor as some of the new and upcoming smartphones do.

Finally there’s a hugely comprehensive review of the Droid Charge by Rob Jackson over on Phandroid who says that although he was prepared for only an average device, “what I experience blew me away.” Special commendation goes, yet again, to the Super AMOLED Plus screen, the camera and 4G network performance and Jackson says he can “confidently recommend” the Droid Charge. Drawbacks are seen as the Touchwiz interface, the build quality of the handset, lack of LED notifications and also the fact it’s without a dual-core processor, but the Droid Charge certainly has many positive points to make up for it.

All-in-all we’d say the Droid Charge gets a pretty high rating from the reviewers and has plenty going for it and if you’re in the market for a 4G Verizon handset and don’t want to wait for the dual-core Droid Bionic, this could be the smartphone for you. Are you intending to purchase the Droid Charge on release, or maybe you have your eye on another handset? Why not let us know with your comments.

  • Vic

    I have a Blackberry for few years and it was ok except Web browsing was slow.
    Some sites are using Java to show graphs. What phones have Java (mobil) if there is such a thing? I woyuld like to trade stocks with TD on a mobil phone. I am planning to get a LTE phone. Thanks, Vic