Review: Samsung Droid Charge
Samsung doesn't break any new ground in the messaging department. You'll find a communications feature set on the Charge that mirrors that of most Android handsets.
The SMS application remains robust and user-friendly. Users can address messages without the need to key in any information unless contacting someone for the first time; the contacts app fills in the blanks whenever possible. Messages are threaded in a conversation style, and media (photos, video, audio) fall inline with the text.
The usual two Android email applications are also present. There's the generic email app for POP3/IMAP4 and Exchange, as well as the native Gmail application. I didn't notice any new features that make them stand out.
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On the instant messaging side of the equation, the stock GTalk application is on board for Google chatters. There is also a catch-all application that supports AIM, Windows Live and Yahoo chat. It isn't pretty, but it gets the job done.
Oddly, the Charge does not include Samsung's “Social Hub” for social networking. It does, however, have a home screen widget for accessing generic feeds, such as Twitter, Facebook, and so on. The feed works well, but I found it to be a bit limiting and not nearly as feature-rich as the full-fledged social networking applications themselves.
Speaking of the social networking applications, you're going to have to go to the Android Market and download them yourself; they aren't pre-installed. That's just annoying.
Hands-On: Samsung LTE 4G smartphone.
Samsung's baby is so new, it hasn't even been named yet, so we'll just call it the LTE 4G smartphone. We got hands-on time with the new phone at Verizon Wireless' CES press conference.
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Samsung Droid Charge Update Repairs Mobile Hotspot
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