Review: Samsung Droid Charge
Samsung massaged the stock Android player a bit with some added features. The basics of navigating through and finding your tunes is more or less the same, but Samsung added something neat called CD view. When CD view is selection, the Charge takes the album art for your music and lays it atop a CD. The CDs are then stacked together sort of Cover Flow-style for a more visually-appealing way to sort through your library. It's not the most thrilling feature ever, but I appreciate the artistic approach to it.
Samsung also decided to offer a number of preset and user-adjustable equalizers for shaping the sound of music playback. Any phone that offers customizable EQs earns brownie points with me.
Music can be played back through attached headphones, or sent via Bluetooth to properly equipped Bluetooth devices. Sound quality of music playback was quite good.
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The Charge also comes with Rhapsody, Slacker, TuneWiki, and RockBand if you really want to get your RAWK on.
Samsung has made similar improvements to the stock Android video player. Videos can be found in several different locations, but are generally available when you need them directly from whatever app you may be using, such as the camera, or gallery, or media folder. The video player itself is a bit more basic, but handled the movie files I loaded on the Charge with no trouble.
The Charge also has Blockbuster for renting/buying movies, V CAST Media, and the YouTube application.
The Charge also comes with Samsung's Media Hub installed. Think of Media Hub as iTunes or Amazon MP3 Store, and you more or less get the idea. Users can access the Media Hub to download movies, music, and television shows. The selection isn't as good as Apple's or Amazon's, but it should be enough to keep most people's wallets spitting money into Samsung's bank account.
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