CNET First Look
Samsung Droid Charge (Verizon Wireless)It's not particularly pretty but the Samsung Droid Charge takes advantage of Verizon's great 4G data speeds, while offering better battery life than its competitor.
-Hey everyone, I'm Bonnie Cha, senior editor at cnet.com and I'm here to bring you first look at the Samsung Droid Charge. This is Verizon's second LTE smart phone after the HTC ThunderBolt. So, now you have more than one option if you're in the market for 4G phone from the carrier and having choices is always a good thing. The Droid Charge might grab your attention first because as you can see, it is a pretty big device and so it's a thunderbolt, but the charge os longer and lighter. I have small hands and I felt really awkward for me to hold the phone while on a call, so personally probably wouldn't be my first choice and I also wish they added a soft touch screens on back because it feels free to press. To Samsung's credit load, they kept it pretty late, so at least it's not big and heavy. The real reason to charge my catcher eye is the 4.3-inch super AMOLED plus touchscreen. It offers more clarity and better outer regular LED than Samsung's previous super AMOLED display, and shows off really rich and bright color. I was impressed at the sharpness from watching video clips and experience well to the iPhone retina display. Smart phone features are pretty standard on today's high end devices. Comes preloaded with a number of apps including sync-free Apple fleet, Amazon Kindle app, and Samsung's media hub video store. There's also an 8-megapixel camera on back and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera for video calls, like I said all pretty standard, but luckily Droid Charge has 4G capability to help extend out from the rest. Just like the Thunderbolt, we experienced some really fast data speed on the smart phone, costume [unk] and browsing the web with [unk]. It can also be used as a mobile hotspot and we hooked it to relapse this morning, and downloading the 14 track album in just a couple of minutes. Even better, battery life isn't horrible, I still needed to charge the phone at another day, but at least you are worried about having finding outlet by mid afternoon like I did with the HTC Thunderbolt. Pricey, I think Droid Charge is a bit overpriced at 2000 dollars on contract. Specially since it doesn't have the dual core processor anything like that, but if battery life is at top of the priority list, then I would say the Droid Charge is the better choice. I'm bonnie Cha