Review: Samsung Droid Charge
The Samsung Droid Charge ships with a modified version of Android 2.2.1. The modifications are mostly visual, in that Samsung has applied its own design aesthetic to the menus and application icons. As with the Galaxy series of devices from Samsung, I can't stand the bright xcolors and overall cartoonish look of the user interface. The ridiculous use of primary colors (especially blue and green) make me want to find Barney and strangle him. That's just me, though, you might like 'em just fine.
The Charge has seven home screens, most of which Samsung has taken pains to stuff with widgets and shortcuts. As with most Android phones, the home screens can be adjusted at will to suit individual tastes.
The main menu is laid out in 4 x 4 grids. Rather than use a single "page" for the main menu that scrolls up and down, Samsung prefers to have rigid pages that slide from side to side, like the iPhone. Sliding the main menus left or right jerks the screen sideways to the next grid of 16 apps.
Applications are listed alphabetically by default, but it is easy to rearrange them into any order you like. The main menu can also be set to appear in a single list view.
As for performance, I saw a few hiccups here and there, but the Charge charged forward with all actions for the most part. Screen transitions were smooth, applications opened quickly, and the device didn't crash during my review period.
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.
Aug 27, 2012
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.
Mar 20, 2012
Verizon Wireless today indicated that it will begin pushing a system update to the Samsung Droid Charge in the coming days. The update will add the same remote diagnostics tool that Verizon recently delivered to the LG Revolution.
Aug 4, 2011
Skype has provided an update to its Android application that adds the video chatting feature to a large number of new Android handsets. Skype notes that Gingerbread is required to use the video chat feature, so owners of the following phones are encouraged to make sure their system is up to date.
Jun 13, 2011
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.