Review: Samsung Droid Charge
The Charge comes with the stock Android browser, which includes support for Flash Mobile Player 10.2. This is a good browser. It is one of the better browsers available to any mobile device. It is getting old, though. I'd like to see some new features, such as syncing bookmarks with Google's Chrome browser, for example.
As for browsing, the Charge was a raging beast when it came to performance in 4G LTE areas. I tested the Charge at Newark Liberty International Airport, and I saw some insane broadband speeds there. Peak downloads through LTE reached 18.76Mbps. Average downloads were in the 11.3Mbps region. I'll take that! Uploads were equally impressive, with a peak of 5.48Mbps and an average of 4.21Mbps. Well done, Verizon,
LTE speeds were so fast, I was able to download an MP3 album while sitting in my plane before takeoff. The download took under a minute for a 116 MB album. Not bad at all.
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With the browser, you're talking intuitively fast browsing. Web sites load in tenths of seconds. Simply put, it is fast as hell.
Samsung offers plenty of tools to let most users make the Charge their own. With seven home screens, there is plenty of real estate for apps, shortcuts, and widgets. Wallpapers can all be changed up, as can ringtones, and such.
What continues to bug me is that the customizations made by Samsung with respect to colors and themes can't be adjusted. I can't emphasize how much I dislike the colors enough. It looks like the color scheme was provided by a psychotic kindergartner. But, you many not care as much as I do.
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.
Google Says Android Security Fix Being Pushed Out
Google today acknowledged a security issue recently discovered by researchers that left Android device users' authentication details exposed when used over unprotected Wi-Fi networks. In response, Google said it is pushing out a security update that should fix the problem.
Apple Asks Court to Ban 8 Samsung Phones
In the wake of its courtroom victory against Samsung, Apple today asked the court to ban sales of eight Samsung devices found to infringe on its design and other patents. The devices include the Galaxy S 4G, S2 (AT&T and T-Mobile), S2 Skyrocket, S2 Epic 4G, S Showcase, Droid Charge, and Galaxy Prevail.
Inductive Battery Cover Available for Samsung Charge
Owners of the Samsung Droid Charge can now purchase a new battery cover that will allow the phone to charge wirelessly via magnetic induction. The cover, which conforms to the Qi standard, costs $29.99.
Samsung Droid Charge Update Repairs Mobile Hotspot
Verizon Wireless is offering a new system update to the Samsung Droid Charge that fixes a number of issues, including restoration of the mobile hotspot feature (which was knocked out in May). Other improvements include better battery life, better management of 4G/3G data connections, improved GPS and browser performance, and improvements to the email program's Exchange and folder support.