Samsung Droid Charge Review
While the European already got their hands on Samsung Galaxy S II, the smartphone everyone craves for, the Americans will have to wait a little more longer until the latest and the most awesome smartphone form Samsung arrives in North America. Until Samsung Galaxy S II arrives on the American lands, we got our hands on Samsung Droid Charge, a smartphone device that uses the same Super AMOLED Plus 4.3-inch display. Once we get our hands on Samsung Droid Charge we were pretty impressed by it, but we are sure that it’s way behind Samsung Galaxy S II, but until we get our hands on it let’s review Samsung Droid Charge.
Samsung Droid Charge Hardware
Just like we expected, Samsung Droid Charge feels great with it’s 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, with 16M colors and a resolution of 480×800. But even though Samsung Droid Charge is 130 x 68 x 12 mm we don’t find it too big for the standards of today’s smartphones. Of course it could have been slimmer, but we don’t find this an issue. Samsung Droid Charge gets even fatter at the bottom where it’s about 14mm thick. But if you compare it to HTC Thunderbolt 4G, you’d find out that Samsung Droid Charge has about the same dimensions as the recently-released smartphone from HTC.
Samsung Droid Charge weighs in 143g, so when it comes to weight, the Samsung device is lighter than HTC Thunderbolt 4G(which has a weight of 177g). But being how did Samsung managed to build a lighter smartphone? The answer it’s simple: plastics. Here, at Softsailor.com we don’t quite like the plastic parts, because, even though they are lighter, makes your device look cheap. So, Samsung stop using plastic on your devices, and start learning from Apple that looks are very important.
But even though Samsung Droid Charge is a little heavy, the buttons located at the bottom of the device change it’s center of gravity, so when you hold it in your hand you’d say it’s lighter. We kinda like the materials used for the back case of Samsung Droid Charge, though we believe that the surface in the back of the device is prone to scratches. On the back of the Samsung Droid Charge, you will also find a shiny grille around the loudspeaker. Talking about loudspeaker, when you use speaker of Samsung Droid Charge it hears pretty loud and clear. We should also say that the in-call and audio quality of Samsung Droid Charge is good overall.
Right bellow the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display of Samsuing Droid Charge you will find 4 buttons. Go ahead and press them, and it will take you back to the beginnings of cell-phones. It seems that Samsung forgot about the touch buttons, but some Samsuing Droid Charge owners quite like them. We don’t, but we would have probably liked them more if they were a bit brighter.
Samsung Droid Charge Display
As we mentioned above several times Samsung Droid Charge comes with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, just like the one of Samsung Galaxy S II, we find awesome. We’ve seen 480 x 800 resolutions before, so this is nothing to amaze you. But the colors and the contrast are great. The same are the viewing angles, and when it comes to getting Samsung Droid Charge under the direct sunlight, even though some say that AMOLED displays are crappy there, we found the display of the Samsung device more than acceptable.
We told you that the colors are great, but not if you have the automatic-brightness function enabled. With that function turned on, we were able to see the display of Samsung Droid Charge falling towards green. Anyway, if you disable the automatic-brightness setting you will also be able to save some battery, so why not do it. As about the customizable colors function that Samsung Galaxy S II has, we must say that it’s missing on Samsung Droid Charge. But this is not making the Super AMOLED Plus display of Samsung Droid Charge less impressive.
Samsung Droid Charge Performance and Battery Life
Samsung Droid Charge is featuring a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 Hummingbird CPU, just like is cousin from Samsung, Galaxy S. Even though the 1GHz Hummingbird processor of Samsung Droid Charge is not part of the dual-core family, it helps the smartphone move very smooth, and you’d even say it never lets you waiting. With the 1GHz Hummingbird chipset propelling Samsung Droid Charge, we found it moving just as fast (if not faster) than it’s main rival, HTC Thunderbolt 4G. Summing up we believe that the Hummingbird chipset is enough for Samsung Droid Charge, as besides running quite fast, it also helps save some battery life.
Speaking about battery life we were amazed by Samsung Droid Charge. Believe it or not we were able to keep the Samsung smartphone awake for 36 whole hours. And this with GPS and WiFi functions turned on, we took a lot of pictures and even played some video games. Summing up, the battery life of Samsung Droid Charge is way above the competition’s, and we believe that the 1GHz Hummingbird CPU is one of the reasons for the increased battery life. Thus, two thumbs up for the 1,600mAh battery of Samsung Droid Charge.
But the battery life of Samsung Droid Charge is not the most impressive feature of the device. We tested to see how fast the LTE connection is on Samsung Droid Charge. We were amazed and our average cable modem blushed. Samsung Droid Charge scored a download speed of not less than 15.1Mbps and an upload speed of 3.9Mbps. Pretty fast huh? Also learn that you can share all those Mbps with up to 10 devices (whether are phones or tablets) using the Internet sharing feature.
As for the GPS performances of Samsung Droid Charge, it haven’t amazed us nor let us down. Indoor (I mean near a window) Samsung Droid Charge fought hard to lock the position, but when we brought it under the clear blue sky, it found satellites quick and was able to provide its location within meters.
Samsung Droid Charge Software
As you probably know (or not) Samsung Droid Charge comes with Android 2.2 Froyo firmware, which would seem a bit out-dated to you if you got the feel of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Anyway, we believe that Froyo 2.2 looks better on Samsung Droid Charge, mostly because of the fresh look the Super AMOLED Display offers to it. But Android 2.2 Froyo firmware comes with some fresh features, like the unlocking screen, as now you will have to put a puzzle piece to its place, instead of sweeping glass (like the one of Samsung Galaxy S) to unlock.
Talking about homescreens, learn that Samsung Droid Charge comes with not less than seven customizable homescreens. Here you can add windgets or even choose which of the seven homescreens to be the default one, and now you can ping-to-zoom in any one of them. As about the windgets, there are a few new more, but nothing too impressive.A dual-clock windget was added, so now you can see the both the local and some other hour on the screen of your Samsung Droid Charge. As well a task manager windget will help you control the opened apps better than the Android 2.2 Froyo stock one.
A lot of cool applications are available for download and install on Samsung Droid Charge via Android Market. Oh, by the way, we found quite unusefull the endless list of applications that come as stock with Samsung Droid Charge. All these applications that you can’t remove are filling the device’s storage space, but more than this, it’s a bit odd to have three pages of application on your Android device when you first get your hands on it.
Samsung Droid Charge Camera
Samsung Droid Charge comes with the same 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus camera with LED flash like the one of Samsung Galaxy S II. We liked it on Galaxy S II, so why wouldn’t we like it on Samsung Droid Charge. The chrome frame around it helps Samsung Droid Charge’s camera take clearer and smoother images when the light conditions are not helping you. We quite enjoyed the tap-to-focus feature that comes with Samsung Droid Charge, and to our surprise, the 8M camera installed on the device uses auto-focus while video recording.
When it comes to playing the video recordings, you will hear the focus noise, but nothing to disturb you. You will hear every tap when you choose to focus manually (and you probably will as the auto-focus function of the Samsung Droid Charge’s camera is a little slow). Anyway the quality of the video footage of Samsung Droid Charge is nowhere near the 1080p that Samsung Galaxy S II boasts about, but it’s quite good.
Samsung Droid Charge Conclusions
Summing up we have to say that Samsung Droid Charge is a good phone overall. We quite loved the battery life and the Super AMOLED Plus 4.3-inch screen which is… errr… super. We also enjoyed the high (not highest) – quality videos taken with the 8M camera coming with Samsung Droid Charge. We also like the performances of Samsung Droid Charge which we could say are equal (or maybe a bit better) than the ones of it’s main rival HTC Thunderbolt 4G. Minuses? The cheap plastic case, which we believe is quite scratches-prone. Anyway, fell free to let us know your opinions about Samsung Droid Charge, or even if we misjudged the device in anyway.