One thing about Android fans is that they’re always on the hunt for a new phone. Since the platform is so open, there’s really no shortage of Android phones to be had. Of course, it wasn’t always that way. Early on, Android phones were few and far between. Today the landscape has changed to include dozens of great phones that are just waiting for you to check them out.
One of the complaints some of our visitors had is that we don’t focus enough on Verizon-ready phones. We can definitely fix that — meet the Samsung Droid Charge. This is a phone that will make any Android fan happy, especially if they’re looking for a good switch.
Before we get started, we have to admit that this is not a super brand new phone, but that’s okay. It might be new to you. It might be a phone that could finally fulfill your needs. You won’t know until you check it out, and you won’t check it out until you get some more information. So, onward!
We have to start with the display. The Droid Charge has a huge one. Display, we mean. 4.3 inches and you know it’s going to be a Super AMOLED Plus display. The colors pop, and there’s enough screen space to really look at all of those Facebook photos you’re not supposed to be looking at because you’re at work. Not that we’re going to tell on you. For the techies among us, that’s a 800 x 480 display.
You might suddenly have flashbacks to the Thunderbolt, which also came out around the same time as the Droid Charge did. However, this is a little thinner than that phone.
For those that are looking for a phone with buttons, you’ll find them here on the Droid Charge. There’s four little navigation buttons and it might make some Samsung fans remember that old school phone they rocked at the start of the millennium. Retro has never looked so good.
If you’re worried about performance and battery life, don’t. The Charge isn’t a dual-core member, but there’s still a 1Ghz Hummingbird processor. You’re going to find some modestly good performance waiting for you.
As far as battery life goes, most early adopters found that they could go through nearly two days of normal use and not need to go back to the charger until late at night. This is a good sign — battery life in the normal sense is determined by how much you’re using GPS, Wi-Fi, and in the case of Verizon phones, LTE.
There are some downsides, and they’re mostly represented in the software side of things. The Charge comes with 2.2 Froyo — which is disappointing because we’ve already moved on so much in the Android world. Verizon is working on trying to get updates out a bit faster, but things are still hit or miss.
Touchscreen love is in full swing with the Charge. You can pinch items to zoom out, along with the usual dragging and shuffling.
Other early adopters dinged the phone because it comes with so many demo apps — not really what you want when it comes to a new phone. Still, we think that the features do speak for themselves. Custom widgets? Yes please.
Worried about camera abilities? No problem. The Charge is going to still come through for you. There’s an 8MP camera, which includes autofocus as standard.
There’s even a front facing camera that is 1.3 megapixels. So you don’t even have to try hard to get those self-portraits anymore!
Samsung thought ahead when it comes to their market, and there’s a lot of capacity to store all of your photos and videos. You can expand out to 32GB of space, which means that you won’t need to upgrade for a while if you’re the type that likes to hold onto phones.
Since this is an Android phone, you can bet that plenty of care has been put into the browsing experience. You will be able to view HTML5 as well as Flash websites with ease. There are built in apps for Facebook, MySpace, Picasa, and Twitter.
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and email support are also standard. There’s no longer a need to worry about how you’ll maintain your digital file while you’re on the go.
Who is this phone for? Well, even though you might be thinking about a higher end phone, we really do think that the Charge is a good buy. While it might not get everything absolutely perfect — the way people expect their experience will be with the Galaxy S line — it still gets enough things right that we’re pretty happy with it. Why not check it out for yourself?