Samsung Droid Charge is a 4.3-inch phone and it’s the slimmest 4G LTE Smartphone from the Verizon network. This phone runs Android 2.2 Froyo which is a little bit outdated for a phone with such specifications. It’s nothing like revolutionary in any field of specs, but if you compare features with the present smartphones nothing is missing here. So we can call it just another perfect smartphone which has the capability to satisfy most of the users.
The 4.3-inch display comes with a good resolution of 800 x 480 pixels which is great if you are used to mobile entertainment. It’s also pretty slim having just 14mm thickness even if it gets thicker at the bottom which reminds us about the recently released HTC Thunderbolt.
The only problem with this phone could be the plastic built which may have given a glossy look, but as soon as you have some scratches on it the show is over. It looks a bit cheaper too. Unlike most of the Android phones this one has four physical buttons at the bottom which includes a search button besides the other three usual buttons.
Droid Charge is also different from Samsung Galaxy S II as it does not coming with a dual core processor. It comes with a 1GHz Hummingbird processor which is not so bad for using it, though it may be bad in benchmarking, but this won’t bother the average users. This phone has got one aspect that no such smartphone can beat: the battery life. This phone can survive two days of moderate usage including Wi-Fi, GPS, taking pictures and recording videos. This might be the blessing of the Single core processor powered by a 1600 mAh battery.
The OS being Android Froyo may be a bad thing for many in this time of Gingerbread triumph. But the Samsung customizations are good and the best thing among them is the lock screen which is a puzzle with a missing piece. Placing it at the right place will unlock the phone. The useful thing is if there are missed calls or messages, there will be extra missing pieces placing which will take you directly to your desired screen. These customizations also come with a cost: you will have loads of unremovable bloatwares and demo games filling three pages in the menu which may be a little bit excessive for many users.
The 8-megapixel camera is impressive and works great in different lighting conditions. It features autofocus even when you are recording videos and the video quality is also good (till you compare it with a 1080p phone).
The worst thing about this phone should be one of the two things, the plastic design or the price. Yes, this phone is one of the most expensive phones in Verizon’s catalog costing $299.99 on contract, but if you compare with the other phones, the battery life and display will justify this price.