Review: Samsung Droid Charge
Verizon's second Long Term Evolution 4G phone, the Samsung Droid Charge, is a huge, spaceship-sized device that represents all the promise of things to come. Does it fulfill those promises?
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The Samsung Droid Charge is the newest LTE smartphone to join Verizon's small-but-growing lineup of 4G devices. If the latest-and-greatest hardware is all you care about, the Charge makes an obvious and compelling choice. But there are drawbacks.
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Testing use results
The 4G LTE coverage in the greater Seattle area has been solid. The only spot I have lost a data signal was in a tunnel that also caused my other phone to lose connection. Even here, the coverage was quickly restored to 1G and then seemlessly switched to LTE. I have had no problems with phone reception, as another user mentioned. I took it on a train trip through an area with no 4G coverage, and it did fine with the 1G and 3G networks.
The only two immediate issues that I have found with the phone are the battery life and quality of the phone voice. The speakerphone, which I use often, is distorted. Also people have...
Very poor reception
Download speeds with my droid x about 1.4-1.5 meg. With the charge 400-500k max.
What is up with this?
A Bit Disappointing
The inability to switch back to 4G would be a dramatic problem, one not reported for the HTC Thunderbolt. As 4G rolls out the ability to be agile switching between networks would be essential.
Out of th...