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Is The Droid Charge a Slug?


Apr 29, 2011, 10:18 AM
There are a variety of benchmarks showing up on YouTube.

-On the Quandrant, which covers a variety of calculations and graphics, it is showing up at just over half the performance of the HTC Thunderbolt or the 3G Incredible 2. The number are about 2500 for a dual core Atrix, 1800 for the Thunderbolt, and 1000 for the Droid Charge.

-Mflops are less than half also

-Another test by PCWorld showed battery life to be WORSE than the Thunderbolt running the same load (it was tested playing movies over LTE) even though it has a bigger battery and the advertised 'up to' number is much higher

-MobileTechReview found the voice reception to be worse, and both MobileTechReview and PCWorld found the sound quality of both mic and speakers to b...

Apr 30, 2011, 9:38 AM
This may have been related to Samsung's Android modifications including Touchwiz. There are numerous reports of Galaxy S models being 'rooted' (creating superuser access on the phone) and then using various modified "ROM"s (the OS core with some applications).

These modification provides the Galaxy S models with performance better than the Thunderbolt and sometimes extra features. A popular mod is to get access to tethering.

Why would Samsung and Verizon (my experience is that it is more likely Verizon) have crippled the Droid Charge's performance to the point where this is an issue.

May 3, 2011, 9:35 PM
The thunderbolt will eat your battery life, that is based on real world experience from daily use. Thunderbolt screen is useless outside you can't even read it, benchmarks can be interpreted and slanted anyway people want them. What good is a phone you can't read and the battery is dead, that is what the ThunderBolt was for me, its gone, sold off.

No decision yet on the Charge but the demo unit certainly didn't fail to get my attention.

May 4, 2011, 5:15 AM
Battery life in both phone appears to be LTE activity dependent. On the Thunderbolt LTE can be turned off, and presumably on the Droid Charge also.

One tester evaluated batteries by streaming video over LTE; the two were very similar with the Thunderbolt outlasting the Droid Charge.

The Droid Charge's benchmark scores must be due to bloatware; rooted and rom'd Galaxy S models with the same processor regularly equal or exceed the numbers posted by the Thunderbolt.

However, outside the US the dual core Galaxy S II appears to be available. It has the same screen as the Droid Charge but includes a dual core processor, Gingerbread 2.3 version of Android with Touchwiz 4.0 (which includes accelerometer integration, and the more conventio...

May 4, 2011, 6:38 AM
Review of Galaxy S II, the phone Verizon should be selling: http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/28/samsung-ga laxy-s-ii-review/

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