Critics are generally impressed with the Samsung Droid Charge, which comes "loaded with all the trimmings you could ask for," says Todd Haselton of BGR.com. Reviewers rate it highly for its brilliant 4.3-inch touch screen, fast 4G speeds, and high-quality camera and camcorder. Short battery life and older hardware may be a drawback for some customers, but the Charge still manages to beat out the HTC Thunderbolt (*Est. $150 with contract) in several performance tests.
Measuring 5.11 inches by 2.66 inches by 0.46 inches, the Charge is quite large, yet it weighs less than the Thunderbolt. Though its plastic body "lacks any feeling of prestige in the hand," Tim Stevens of Engadget.com says, most reviewers say buyers will overlook this when they see the screen. The 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display combines vibrant colors and rich, dark blacks for a display that outshines the Galaxy S line and challenges Apple's Retina Display.
All that screen space is put to good use with the Charge's "painless" media streaming and web browsing, as Bonnie Cha of CNET describes it. Thanks to Verizon's 4G LTE network, most reviewers experience speeds that would "shame your average cable modem," says Engadget's Stevens. The 1GHz processor, paired with Android 2.2, "won't blow your mind with ridiculous benchmark scores," he says, "but, more importantly, it never left us waiting." Samsung's Media Hub allows users to download movies and TV shows and stream directly to their televisions using the HDMI port. The 8-megapixel camera takes "bright and sharp photos even in dim environments" and captures stellar 720p HD video recordings, Cha says.
Reviewers agree that call quality is excellent, and the battery lasts longer than the HTC Thunderbolt. However, Grant Hatchimonji of BrightHand.com says that with the screen lit up the "battery drains like a tub." Despite this, the Charge's vibrant screen and 4G speeds make it a strong choice for "people who like to stream high-quality video, use video chat or play Web-based games," Mark Sullivan of PCWorld.com says.
CNET offers the most comprehensive review of the smartphone's specs and performance, while Engadget.com compares the Charge to the Thunderbolt and the Samsung Galaxy S II. PCMag.com posts a well-rounded overview of its features and hardware, and BGR.com presents a brief look at its performance. PCWorld.com offers a short review of the phone, while BrightHand.com delves into more detail.
Awarding the Droid Charge 4 out of 5 stars, Bonnie Cha covers the key features and performance specs of this Verizon smartphone. She says it offers impressive speeds and decent battery life but is rather large.
Review: Samsung Droid Charge (Verizon Wireless), Bonnie Cha, May 3, 2011
The Droid Charge earns a score of 8 (out of 10) from Tim Stevens of Engadget.com for its brilliant display and long battery life, though Stevens says the plasticky design and single-core processor are downsides to the smartphone.
Review: Droid Charge Review, Tim Stevens, May 2, 2011
Jamie Lendino praises the Droid Charge for its fast performance and ultra-vibrant screen but says the phone feels cheap and sports less than terrific battery life. Lendino awards the Charge 4 out of 5 stars.
Review: Samsung Droid Charge (Verizon Wireless), Jamie Lendino, May 6, 2011
Todd Haselton discusses the tech specs of the Droid Charge and says that although it has its flaws, it's still "the phone to beat" in terms of 4G speeds.
Review: Samsung Droid Charge Review, Todd Haselton, May 9, 2011
5. PC World
Calling the Droid Charge a "strong" choice, Mark Sullivan offers a roundup of the phone's pros and cons.
Review: Samsung's Droid Charge a Strong Second LTE Phone for Verizon, Mark Sullivan, April 27, 2011
In a detailed review, Grant Hatchimonji says the Droid Charge is a high-quality phone "in theory" but doesn't quite live up to expectations in terms of 4G speeds and battery life.
Review: Samsung Droid Charge Review: Great Screen, Terrible Battery, Grant Hatchimonji, June 14, 2011