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Review: Samsung Droid Charge

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Browser

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.

With the browser, you're talking intuitively fast browsing. Web sites load in tenths of seconds. Simply put, it is fast as hell.

 

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Customize

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.

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