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Review: Samsung Droid Charge

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The Samsung Droid Charge has a lot going for it. It is a good looking phone, despite its hulking shape. The 4.3 Super AMOLED display is outrageously awesome. It puts every other smartphone display to shame.

As for the basics, the Charge handles Verizon's 3G network with no problem. It digs itself in like a tick. The 4G performance is a bit less consistent. When it connects, i'ts awesome. When it doesn't, it is a hassle. The last thing you want to worry about when you need to connect is the actual connecting part.

The robotic voice quality concerns me a bit, but if you aren't a big yapper, perhaps the Cylon-esque vocals won't bother you so much.

Battery life is an important factor to weigh. In 3G regions, the Charge kicked butt. Bring the Charge into a 4G region, though, and battery life drops off a cliff pretty quickly. In just a few short hours in Orlando under full 4G coverage, the Charge went from 100% to 40%. If you're only in 4G sporadically, or have constant access to power, this may not concern you.

The Charge handles the rest of the expected feature set with aplomb and is a solid performer all around. The camera software is robust and leads to good images. The music and video playback options are exceptional. The lack of photo editing is the only real ding I can hit the Charge with.

Bottom line, there's lots to like with the Charge, and as long as you are comfortable with the few drawbacks going in, you're going to enjoy this phone.

In the words of Maj. Gen. George Pickett, "CHARGE!!!"

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