I promised a review of the Samsung Droid Charge yesterday and I intend on delivering on that promise. So here it is. I will go down a series of features of the phone and review those features and tally up a final score at the end.
- The Screen: What can I say, the screen is beautiful. The colors are rich, vibrant, and the screen definitely pops out even at low brightness settings. This is of course because of the new Super AMOLED screen. Score: 5 out of 5
- Battery Life: This is where the phone starts to get a little shaky. The battery life when using LTE 4G speeds is seriously lacking. You’d think that with a 1600 mAh Lithium Ion Battery it would last a long time but LTE is a battery life eater. Score: 3 out of 5
- Processor: This phone features the 1 GHz Hummingbird Single-Core Processor. Some say that all new phones should be coming out with Dual-Core processors but as of right now there are not many apps out there that will be able to benefit from the performance of a Dual-Core processor. It’s fast, it’s responsive. What else do you want? Score: 4 out of 5
- Memory/RAM: This device features half a GB of RAM but about only 320 MBs of it is available for user-land apps for there is a part that’s reserved for OS usage only. This phone could seriously use more memory. If you run a lot of apps there is a potential for the phone to slow down. This phone should have come with a full GB of RAM. Score: 2 out of 5
- Wifi Performance: The performance of the Wifi is about average with most devices of this type because of a lack of a good solid larger antenna. Like all smaller devices, this will have more of an issue with weaker Wifi signals or Wifi networks that are farther away from the phone whereas notebook computers have larger antenna arrays. Score: 5 out of 5
- Samsung TouchWiz: Love it or hate it, it’s the overlay on top of Android that is presented to you every time you look at your home screen. There is some lag that most people will notice from time to time when switching from screen to screen. You also can’t theme you phone or apply different color schemes or skins. There’s not a lot of customization you can do with TouchWiz. Score: 3 out of 5 I recommend replacing TouchWiz with GO Launcher EX launcher or overlay that has far fewer issues with lag. Plus you can theme your phone with GoLauncher EX whereas with TouchWiz, you can’t.
- Android 2.2 Froyo: For being a new phone, this phone should have come out with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the gate. Sadly, it didn’t. Score: 3 out out of 5
- On-Screen Keyboard: The default Samsung keyboard is bare-bones, not many features are part of the default on-screen keyboard. Score: 3 out of 5 I recommend replacing it with Smart Keyboard PRO.
- LTE Performance: In the areas of the city I’m in that have LTE coverage, it’s great. Sadly, I live in an area of my city that doesn’t have good LTE coverage. Again, as I mentioned above… LTE is a battery eater so unless you want to download really fast, keep the phone on 3G. Score: 4 out of 5
- Angry Birds: Can it play Angry Birds well? You betcha it can! This phone plays Angry Birds and will play even the most demanding of games very well. You won’t be disappointed with the lack of gaming performance. Score: 5 out of 5
And now for the final tally of the scores… 3.7 out of 5.
That’s not to say that this phone isn’t a solid phone, no way, this phone is quite a solid phone and capable of meeting the demands of even the most demanding Android user.
There are rumors that the phone will get Android 2.3 Gingerbread at the end of July but that’s just a rumor and I don’t put much stock in rumors. I hope that the rumors are true for the feature set of 2.3 Gingerbread contains a seriously good lineup of great features that the Samsung Droid Charge will benefit greatly from.
If and when Gingerbread does come out for the Samsung Droid Charge, I will post an updated review.