Samsung Droid Charge 4G Verizon Smartphone Review

Introduction & Specifications

We knew HTC's Thunderbolt wouldn't be the only 4G LTE smartphone available on Verizon Wireless' network for long. Less than two months after the Thunderbolt made its debut, the Droid Charge by Samsung joined Verizon Wireless' lineup of 4G LTE smartphones. This smartphone boasts of a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GHz application processor, rear-facing 8 megapixel camera, front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera, and mobile hotspot functionality.

The Droid Charge definitely has an impressive list of features. Certainly for data-heavy users, the fact that this phone is capable of 4G speeds will be the key spec that makes the Droid Charge stand out among other smartphones in the Verizon Wireless lineup. When you're in one of Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE coverage areas, Verizon Wireless says you can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps from the Droid Charge. Of course, when a 4G connection is unavailable, you'll still get respectable data speeds on Verizon Wireless' 3G network.

The Droid Charge runs on Android 2.2. It is currently available through Verizon Wireless for $299.99 with a two-year contract and compatible data plan. Nationwide Talk plans for the phone begin at $39.99 per month. Unlimited 4G LTE data packages start at $29.99 per month. For a limited time, Verizon Wireless is offering the mobile hotspot feature for no additional charge.

Samsung Droid Charge SCH-i520
Specifications & Features

Processor and memory
1GHz Hummingbird
2GB built-in, 32GB microSD card preinstalled

Operating System
Android 2.2

4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen
Size and weight
5.11 x 2.66 x 0.46 inches
5.04 ounces

Cameras and multimedia
8 megapixel camera with LED flash
front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera
3.5mm Stereo Headset Jack

Additional Features
Mobile Hotspot capability
Samsung Media Hub

Usage Time: Up to 660 Minutes
Standby Time: Up to 280 Hours

Verizon Wireless
In-Box Content
Standard Lithium Ion Battery 1600mAh
32GB microSD card preinstalled
Wall/USB charger
Product Safety & Warranty Brochure
Quick Reference Guide

$299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement


Indeed, the Droid Charge has all of the key specs it needs to be a competitive phone in today's hot smartphone market. But does the Droid Charge live up to expectations? Find out in our hands-on review...

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