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Review: Samsung Droid Charge

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Apps

The Charge comes with 58 applications on board. That's outrageous, especially since many of them are crappy Verizon bloatware (such as Guided Tours, and Let's and can't be removed. The one saving grace is that the Charge has 1.2GB of internal memory, in addition to support for microSD cards. Aside from the Media Hub, there aren't too many apps from Samsung on board. Obviously, you have access to the full Android Market to find what the Charge lacks out of the box.

Bluetooth

The Charge can pair with mono and stereo Bluetooth headsets, as well as PCs and more devices for basic file sharing. I was able to pair and connect to mono and stereo Bluetooth accessories with no problem, I did run into trouble pairing it with PCs, though.

Clock

The lock screen offers an anemic clock that is shoved way down against the bottom edge of the display. There doesn't appear to be a way to improve the clock without heading to the Android Market. In bright sunlight, the stock clock on the unlock screen is more or less invisible.

GPS

The Charge is preloaded with a flotilla of location apps. In addition to Google Maps, there is Google Places, Google Latitude, Google Navigation, and VZ Navigator. As much as I like how all the Google apps work on their own, it would be nice to see some better integration. I mean, do we really need Maps, Latitude, and Navigation to be thee separate apps? That niggle aside, they all work well, and were able to pinpoint me with scary accuracy. VZ Navigator is the same old software, and also works well if you don't mind the monthly $10 tithing.

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