Verizon Samsung Droid Charge

The venerable Samsung Droid Charge is about to get another software update. And included in version FP1, along with a bevy of bugfixes, is the new Verizon Remote Diagnostics application we've already seen added to the LG Revolution. That's the one that -- with your permission -- would allow Verizon customer service to temporarily take over your phone "for troubleshooting, device training and application demonstrations." Again, we (and Verizon) stress that nobody's taking over your phone without your permissions, and Verizon already has told us that this isn't a background monitoring tool.

Other additions in this software update include:

  • Updated User Interface (UI).
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
  • No longer receive a promotional notification popup when using Mobile Hotspot.
  • Device allows for USB tethering while in Wi-Fi mode.
  • No longer lose data connectivity when the USB cable is connected or disconnected.
  • Easily view data activity with the Wi-Fi icon located in the status bar.
  • Complete calls without experiencing choppy audio, clicking noises and/or one-way audio noises.
  • Resolved “no tones” dial pad issue, allowing for easy access to voice mail and other automated systems

Plus, VZ Navigator has been updated, Google Play Books, the Play Store and Gmail apps have been updated (that really should be done outside of a software update, folks), the browser now defaults to google.com, and desk dock crashes are said to have been resolved.

Source: Verizon (pdf); More: Droid Charge forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

 
There are 12 comments

jldad says:

Who has this phone? Verizon offered to replace my Thunderbolt with the Charge but I really like my Thunderbolt when it works. On my 4th TB in less than a year. Any suggestions?

awal1987 says:

I like it. It has a nice display and is fast, but only when you dont have many apps open. It tends to bog down when many apps are running in the background. Battery life is pretty good with Juice Defender running. Ive never used a TB before, but I had an eris (yes, the little phone that could almost), and i think sense is alright, but not great, in my book.

Its worth a shot going to the VZW store and playing around for a few, and seing how you like it.

Danrarbc says:

Better screen and a faster phone. But the developer support lags behind the Thunderbolt. There still is no fully working AOSP ROM for it so all that's left are two modified TW ROMs (Infinity and Tweakstock). And TouchWiz sucks on this phone without these mods.

I only hope the effort to get ICS running works out, because I like the phone. Well, okay it has signal strength issues - I hear the radio updates for the TB fixed most of those, not so much on this.

rmcray08 says:

It's an okay phone. I mean, if you're on your fourth Thunderbolt at this point, I would definitely suggest giving the Charge a whirl. Battery life is decent for a first-generation LTE phone and the screen is pretty gorgeous. The fact that there are no official plans for an ICS upgrade really pisses me off though. As others have said previously, the Charge is like the red-headed stepchild of the Samsung Galaxy S family.

Danrarbc says:

The Galaxy S line won't get ICS anyway.

heathro1281 says:

My wife and I have both had this phone. She loves it, has had it since it came out. Seeing hers flipped me from the Droid 3 to this. I had it until I got the Galaxy Nexus on day 1.

I recommend this as the non-current phone to get. If you aren't getting todays phone, then I say get the Charge. Screen is gorgeous, too bright though in a dark room unless you drop brightness way down.

Kage87Z says:

Horrific GPS and no ICS killed the deal for me so I bought a Thunderbolt off craigslist... And I dont see anything on this list that addresses the well-known problem.

jnaught says:

I've never had a problem with the GPS - I think it's better than my wife's Garmin!

"venerable" Droid Charge?

Sigh...

P.S. I do like this phone.

SteveIowa says:

This is a very solid phone. So much so, U.S. Cellular is betting their 4G/LTE launch with it. As the 'Samsung Aviator' will be available in about 2 weeks. Only a tried & true handset would be, should be, used for such an event.

f117nghthawk says:

Got the charge when it first came out. It had alot of problems with me. Hated touchwiz so I installed Go launcher. Finally got tired of stock so I went to altered beast. Then to Gummy Charged for a while. Then HumbleComb, Nameless, eclipse and many others. I am currently on Humble 5.0 and I'm wishing there was CM rom for the chafge bhut sad there is none.

Orionis says:

I like mine quite a lot. The display really is beautiful. I wish it had a little more RAM and dual cores considering how much I paid for it and considering it is less than a year old, it's disappointing we won't be getting any ICS for it.

I believe one of the biggest reasons developer attention is lagging behind is because Samsung has never released the RIL info for the phone so modifying/tweaking stock ROMs is about the best we can hope for.