It's big, it's bright, it's fast — but is it worthy of the Droid name?

Samsung Droid Charge

How many 4.3-inch 4G LTE smartphones does Verizon need? How many you got? Because with the launch of the Samsung Droid Charge, Big Red now has a pair of large, fast Android 2.2 smartphones.

The Droid Charge finds itself coming into existence at a weird time. It was announced at CES in early January 2011. And now, four months later, finally is coming to market. And in that time we've seen Samsung unleash the likes of the Galaxy S II which is, in a word -- sexy.

So we've got a few reservations. A few worries. One is in Verizon's LTE network and its ramifications on hardware. While it's blazing fast, it'll drain a battery faster than a blogger drains a beer. And another is in Samsung's perceived inability to update the software on its phones in a timely fashion. Whether or not that's true, well, that's another matter.

So join us after the break as we dive into the Samsung Droid Charge.

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The hardware

First off, let's take a spin around the Droid Charge, shall we?


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All set? Then let's go.

Let's not mince words -- this sucker is pretty big. It's 5.11 inches tall and 2.66 inches wide. That's taller than the HTC ThunderBolt and Evo 4G, and just a smidge taller than the Droid X. But like the Droid X, it's surprisingly slim at 0.46 inches. And at 5.04 ounces, it's a nearly perfect weight. We're not really into the uber-light smartphone. We don't want a brick, but just a bit of heft is fine. And the Droid Charge is proportional.

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The front of the phone is dominated by the 4.3-inch display. And that display is gorgeous. It uses Samsung's new Super AMOLED Plus technology, which is a fancy way of saying "Damn, that looks good." There's no non-nerd way to describe it, other than to say that each little dot on the screen -- called a pixel -- is made up of subpixels. And whereas a normal AMOLED display uses 8 subpixels for every pixel, Super AMOLED Plus ramps things up to 12 subpixels for every pixels. As a result -- things just look better. Does that mean you shouldn't buy a phone that's not Super AMOLED Plus? Nah. But if you have the option, we certainly recommend it.

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The bottom of the phone tapers off to a sort of shield-like point. And that's where you'll find four physical buttons in the menu-home-back-search configurations. Physical buttons are kind of hit and miss. And the buttons on the Droid Charge are really good in terms of how they feel -- they're big and have very little wiggle (unlike, say, the Droid X buttons), and they've got just the right amount of clickiness to them. But on the front of the device, with that large, glossy screen, they almost look out of place. It's just a pretty harsh break in what otherwise is a sleek design. They're not an afterthought -- there's a tiny amount of texture to them -- they just look a tad off. But functionally, they're just fine, though we'd love for one of them to wake the phone when pressed so we don't have to reach all the way up to the power button (it is a good 4 inches or so away).

Above the screen you've got the phone earpiece that continues the shield-design metaphor, the Verizon logo and the 1.3MP front-facing camera. Something's missing here, though. We'd really like to see some sort of notification light. But for whatever reason, Samsung and/or Verizon just won't put one up there.

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Flip the phone over and you'll see the rear-facing 8MP camera with flash, speakerphone and a little bump that we're more used to seeing on Samsung phones on T-Mobile. It's the old reverse chin, folks.

The battery cover is made of a hard (but thin) plastic. It pries off from the notch at the bottom of the phone. And once you've opened it, you see the 1600mAh battery, spring-loaded 32 microSD card (nice!) and SIM card. If you're new to LTE, it uses the same size SIM card as you'd find on a GSM phone. The battery is removed easily enough should you need to swap it out.

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The left-hand bezel is home to the lanyard holder, volume rocker and microUSB port. The right-hand bezel has the power button and microHDMI port. On the bottom is the microphone, and up top is the 3.5mm headphone jack and secondary noise-canceling mic. And the bottom almost looks curved, a nice little trick on the eye.

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All in all, there's not anything overly spectacular about the Droid Charge's design. It's a big black slab with a really nice screen, and despite its size, it's pretty slim and is a good fit in the hand.

What's under the hood

Droid Charge QuadrantThe Droid Charge sports one of Samsung's Hummingbird processors running at 1GHz. It's single-core, which should be OK for most everything you want to do with it.

As far as RAM and ROM, if you're into that sort of thing, you've got 512MB of both. We're really starting to want a good 1GB of program storage, but you can move apps to the SD card if need be.

Benchmark-wise, the Droid Charge does about 1,000 (give or take) in Quadrant. But except for when we're running benchmark tests, we never really think about those scores.

Bottom line is the Droid Charge is a speedy phone, hands-down. Don't think too much about the specs.

But let's talk about the battery for a minute: Our tests with the Droid Charge came at an interesting time -- namely, Verizon's 4G network was in the dumper, and still kind of touchy. (So much so that Verizon delayed the launch of the Droid Charge because of it.)

But even without 4G data, we were getting OK battery life. Not spectacular, just OK. Like, by the end of the day we're glad we didn't have anywhere else to go, because we were looking around for something to plug into. You have to remember that you've got a 4.3-inch display on the Droid Charge, and it's going to use some battery. Add on LTE data, and, well, this could get interesting. We'll update later with our findings.

The software

The Droid Charge is running Samsung's Touchwiz user interface. If you're used to Touchwiz, well, it's the same old UI we've had for a year now. If you're new to Samsung phones, you get a colorful UI and bevy of widgets that Samsung dubs "Smart." The idea is to present a wealth of information that you use every day, from calendars to social networking to news and messages.

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OK, so that's the same as what other UIs (HTC's Sense, for example) are trying to do. And Touchwiz does it pretty well. If it's not your cup of tea, you can install a third-party launcher on top of it, no sweat. But there are a bunch of little tweaks that we're rather fond of, including the toggles for Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS and mobile data in the notification pull-down, and the ability to swap out the phone, contacts and messaging icons in the bottom dock.

Between Samsung and Verizon, the Droid Charge is loaded with apps out of the gate. Here's the list:

  • AllShare (Samsung's multimedia sharing app)
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Bitbop
  • Blockbuster
  • City ID
  • Daily Briefing (Touchwiz's news/weather/finance/calendar app)
  • IM
  • Let's Golf 2
  • Media Hub (Samsung's TV and movie store)
  • File browser
  • Rhapsody
  • Rock Band
  • Slacker Radio
  • ThinkFree OFfice
  • TuneWiki
  • VCAST Media
  • Voice recorder
  • VZ Navigator

That's quite the list, eh? And you're not able to uninstall any of those apps. While some may be more useful than others, we'd love for them to -- OK, let's not mince words here -- not be there. The Android Market is huge. Let us pick our own apps, please.

The camera

Let us just say this about that: The Droid Charge has one of the better shooters we've used on Android. It's an 8-megapixel sensor, and you've got a flash (for what that's worth). You're still pretty dependent on having good lighting (no surprise there). But outdoors? This thing's nice.

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Indoors, with flash, left; without flash on the right

Our only real complaint we have is with Samsung's camera software. You have all the usual settings and such. But you don't get a preview after snapping a picture, so you either have to hope you got a good one, or go running to the gallery.

And Samsung has added a locking feature to its camera (and video playback, for that matter). It's not new, but it's still a pain. If you're in the camera app and press the power button, you'll see a little lock appear on the screen. None of the physical buttons will work until you unlock it by pressing the power button again. That's handy if you're shooting video, so you don't accidentally stop before you're ready. But it's kind of a pain the rest of the time. If you want to take a quick picture, then turn off the camera, you have to press home or back first.

The video camera function will shoot at full 720p resolution, if you want. It's not set that way by default, so you'll need to dive into the camera settings to enable it. For a day at the fountains with the kiddos, it worked great.


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Other odds and ends

  • Keyboards: You've got Samsung's custom keyboard active by default. Swype is on there as well, as is the stock Android keyboard.
  • Speakerphone: It's actually pretty loud. Not the loudest we've used, but it'll do.
  • HDMI out: It's there, it works. But does anybody actually use it?
  • 3.5mm headphone jack: Can't quite put a finger on it, but for some reason the silver ring on it looks especially stylish.
  • Guided tours: There are a number of videos on the phone that will walk you through the basic functions of the Droid Charge. If you're new to Android, they're worth watching. There's a shortcut to them on the main home screen.
  • GPS: Locked on quickly. Very quickly. Maybe Samsung's finally beat that gremlin.
  • Hackability: Samsung does a nice job of not actually locking down its phones. So expect rooting and ROM action to take place.

The wrap up

Let's step back and take a look at what we've got here. The Droid Charge is a big phone with a big, colorful screen. Is it a big Samsung Fascinate? Eh, kind of. You get sort of the same feel. And that feel is plastic. Hardly a deal-breaker, but we know how that turns some of you off. (We're just fine with it.) We like the physical buttons, but they look just a bit out of place. The phone's large, but not unwieldy.

As for the Super AMOLED Plus screen? Consider us sold. We wouldn't turn down an otherwise awesome phone that doesn't have Super AMOLED Plus, but it's definitely a nice evolution.

We're just now seeing the first dual-core smartphones. Do we miss that in the Droid Charge, with its single-core processor? Nah. Unless you just have to have that sort of gaming and power, you'll be just fine without it. We are, however, very curious to see what kind of battery life we'll get on a dual-core LTE smartphone.

A question you'll undoubtedly ask is "If I don't have 4G, why would I want this phone?" Well, maybe one day you will have LTE data. And in the meantime, you're getting a very nice smartphone with a beautiful (large) screen -- one certainly worth of its "Droid" name.

 

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Samsung Droid Charge review

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Color me cynical, but given the chance to post a video to show off a camera, I'm not sure that one of my kids and other little kids in bathing suits would be my first choice.

Well I don't know about the aesthetics of the buttons, but in terms of functionality, I'd much have my old Storm 1's large soft buttons than my Droid X's rigid stubborn little buttons. It's the only thing I don't like about my Droid X.

Dude I've been rolling with the X for 9 months and the physical buttons rule, they are a little hard to push for a reason. My girlfriend has an EVO with the soft keys and they are accident pushed ALL the time (not too mention they switch the home and menu buttons but I digress).

nice phone.
but like the previous comment says, the buttons are a little bit of a worry.
that close to the bottom of the phone creates a potential issue with pressing them with one hand. hold the phone in one hand, try to tap the bottom buttons with your thumb--wouldn't the phone fall forward or lose balance? might not be an issue for people with larger hands

I have no issues. I have the GT-I9000 with the single physical home button. The trick I use it to rest the bottom of the phone on my pinkie finger with the next three fingers across the back of the phone. I find it easy to shift the phone back and forth as I need to. I do have big hands though, or more like long fingers.

Samsung's phones are so slim the they fit into the hand really easily and are very comfortable to hold. hey can feel a bit slippery though so that is something to be aware of.

Maybe trivial but.. Does this have any of the features that came with 2.2/2.2.1 for the GS? Homescreen previews? Pinch or click home button when at home screen? ( GT-I9000) App drawer screen previews? Pinch while app drawer is open. Nice if you use TouchWiz, I don't :). Also, Samsung added the ability to take screenshots. Hold back button and click home button. ( again, GT-I9000)

Looks like a nice phone, I could do with those physical buttons but I am in love with the single physical home button with capacitive back and menu. It's nice to be able to wake the phone with the home button.

*in robotic voice*
"Droid Charge, prepare for flight. Operation: Download everything possible super fast and drain battery within 6 hours!"
Whoa!! I just blacked out there for a minute...
Honestly, this is a pretty freakin' awesome phone. I actually love the look. It's so different, it will stand out among the black slab cousins. I for one welcome the change in design. Maybe Sammy won't get sued by Apple for copying designs with this phone...

This review sounded like a very back-handed compliment. From beginning to end, you can tell that the author's attitude about this phone is unenthusiastic..."ehh...." so it kind of made it a very annoying read. For someone trying to decide on which phone to get comparing both the thunderbolt and the droid charge, this review will definitely be of no help. The reality is, the Droid Charge and the Thunderbolt are in direct comparison with each other, and there should have been discussion on the two, and an argument as to why someone would be behooved to decide on one or the other.

I wwould agree with some of the comments above. The phones screen looks even larger with the way its made, and it looks so different than any other smart phone. IF it was dual core, I'd call it one of the best out. But I think Sammy is holding that for the sg2.

So the fact this phone gets blown away by other new phones (DInc 2 for example) and even some pr-existing phones, we should just totally disregard that altogether if we're thinking about picking up a new phone? Basically a non-factor?

I don't see how this phone is "blown away" by the dinc 2. Its got a better gpu, screen and camera bigger battery and LTE. Also, I don't currently feel ad if dual core is immediately necessary. My bolt runs everything quite well without disappointment. The GPU and colorful screen is all that I miss from my fascinate, and this phone packs it all.

I will give Samsung credit on these AMOLED displays. They are pretty incredible! I am an HTC guy myself but I would take serious look a at getting a Samsung device next time I am ready for an upgrade, just because of the display technology

Hooray another near identical phone to what Vzw already has, and another kick to the nuts of those waiting on a good slider.

Dear reviewer:

But what about its qualities as a phone: voice quality on your end and on the other end? Some of us still do care about that!

Also, what about web browsing? Some reviews have reported lagging in page rendering on the web with this device. What have you found??

No problems with the 3 calls I made in the middle of a professional office building, the 4G surfing is very smooth and I was surfing 3G most of the day inside the middle of the building and it seemed to be a nice experience. I would give this phone a try on a test run. I like mine. If it came with an inductive charging back like the Thunderbolt is going to have, I would buy it. I may just buy the media charging stand since I am at work most of the time.

After holding this phone and the thunderbolt I realized how cruddy and plasticity of the phone feels compared to the bolt. Just felt like a really expensive plastic toy. I love Samsung don't get me wrong but man HTC just knows how to make a nice feeling phone. Samsung needs to get away from plastic and hardware buttons

Wow...
$299 with 2 year contract???
For just bigger screen (and possibly Android 2.2, if Facinate is never updated) than Facinate?
When there are a lot of dual core phones coming out?

I think I'd rather wait for Galaxy S2 than buying this one...

Rooting and roming will make this a beast! Almost every review I have read online details great battery
life while using LTE in comparison to the Tbolt.

nice review. But what I'd like to know is why anyone would prefer this phone when the Galaxy S2 is coming out sometime this summer?

As for those trying to compare this to the Thunderbolt, based on specs alone, the Charge is better. Better screen, larger battery, and at least imo, touchwiz is much better on battery life than sense. Unless there's something specific about the Thunderbolt that you'd prefer, I don't know why anyone would buy a Thunderbolt with it's pathetic battery and blood sucking UI.

After owning a fascinate which is this minus LTE and samoled+ and now having a dinc2 I will say this the samoled looks great but whites sucks and text isn't that great don't expect that to change much on this. My dinc2 gets much better battery life than my fascinate ever could with a smaller battery oh and that blood sucking UI is much better its a UI made for adults not school age girls. Don't get me wrong touchwiz has some nice things about it but on the whole sense is better. I only miss the fascinate's gpu at times

for those of you mentioning the tbolt and asking for a comparison.. honestly just go to your local verizon and get a hands on of both devices when the charge launches..no better way to make up your own mind than to get a a look at them yourself. both are great, would really boil down to which ui you prefer really.. Me, i didnt much care for the fascinate. I found it to be a problematic device. Dont know if its verizon that junks up the device but ive seen the vibrant and captivate which is the equivalent devices for att&t and tmobile, but those devices were nice..they didnt lag or freeze up like the fascinate did. I prefer the sense UI on htc devices. Much smoother feel to it than touch wiz. Plus i dont like the way Samsung went out of their way to make the fasciante look like a iphone 3gs..lol..

i know i mentioned the fascinate in my previous commment instead of the charge but just did so to express my dislike of touch wiz..lol.. only experience so far with it..

The interface should not matter at all. If you don't like it get Launcher Pro or ADW. Both should also remove any interface lag as well as enabling you to hide unwanted apps from the app drawer. The real difference is the screen and feel in your hand. Samsung is, however, a but notorious for slow updates--although some blame that on the carrier.

I have never liked Samsung products. They probably have improved since my last Samsung device, but one bad apple doesn't make me interested in trying again........I prefer HTC I love the Sense UI

Love the screen technology, have it on my Galaxy Tab. But other than that, im waiting for something like the Droid Bionic. To me, the next evolution is Dual Core. Going to wait and still think with the Gingerbread leak on my Droid X I have one of the best smart phone s out there!

Who says the SG2 is a lock on Verizon, and if it is coming it likely won't arrive with LTE, not if Samsung wants to keep that super thin design. It has been discussed that the internals are so tightly packed on the AT&T variant that there is just no room with the 1st Gen LTE radios. Maybe next year.

"Let us pick our own apps, please." The fact that all these apps cannot be uninstalled is a deal breaker for me. I would never use half of the apps on this phone. What a waste of space and battery life! And I will have to look elsewhere for my upgrade.

OK.. here is the straight poop. I walked into the Verizon store asking about the Droid Bionic, knowing that the Charge was released on that Saturday May 14th. I tried it out and I thought I would have 14 days if it was horrible; however, this phone seems to be the single core version of the Bionic. I am a dentist and I started my day by waking at 6:45 with the phone alarm on a fully charged phone. I made 4 phone calls today, surfed the web a bit, read some e-mails, and played 3 games of pinball and the phone lasted till 6 or 7 pm. My daughter was playing some other games on it when I got home and I also downloaded a few apps so it has a very decent battery for a 4G phone in my opinion. I had the WIFI and GPS turned off because I do not need them normally, but my e-mail client was set to push my hotmail and gmail on automatic push. I also had live wallpaper running on it of an Asteroid Field ( very nice by the way) The mechanical buttons are great... nothing like the Storm. Bloatware was not an issue, the phone has 32 gigs of space.. I just dragged the icons off into the garbage, who cares if they are still on the phone. I never saw them again and I did not see any issues with this phone. I had a 1st generation Samsung Omnia with SPB shell skinned as my replacement phone. It made the Omnia look like the slow pig that it was. I NEVER used the Omnia for web, it made me want to throw it into traffic and run over it with my car. All in all, it is a very nice phone and my only complaint is that I am in Rochester with heavy rain and the 4G was sporadic depending on where I moved in the building, but I always had the 3G to fall back on and even that was pretty zippy surfing compared to some of my friends Incredibles or Iphones. I give it 8 out of 10 stars and I am keeping it.

Just got my Droid Charge on Saturday. Pretty much love it, with a few niggles. Pros: It's lightweight, great screen, perfect size, feels good in my hand. The battery lasts most of the day with normal use, but with WiFi and GPS I was down after about 6 hours - not complaining. I was surprised it lasted that long. Though I'm not in a 4G market. And, BTW, it charges very fast. I like the interface, for the most part- love the pull-down toggles for WiFi, BT, etcetera. Love the sort-of tabbed email. Cons: The power button is right where my right thumb goes, which is also where the Vol Up switch is on my old HTC Incredible, so I have a tendency to shut the phone off by accident. Not a big deal; just some getting used to. The biggest con is the App drawer icons - very stupid looking where they put all the regular icons inside colorful boxes. Very gay. Very "Asian", I think. Luckily, they don't do that on the Home screens. Hopefully, some new themes or skins will come out to take care of that ugliness. Also, a lot of the dialogs are in UPS brown and gold colors. Who the F did the color palette here? Clearly a retarded blind monkey. Of some major concern is the fact that I'm not having a great experience with WiFi, GPS, or the Mobile Hot Spot action. Took a bit to get it working, and the speed kinda sucks, but it could be the weather affecting the network and all that. Also, the speaker-phone has good volume, though it sounds a tiny bit muffled, compared to the Incredible. Totally livable though.

Overall, I give it 4 stars out of 5. Give me some themes or skins for the interface, and it's a 5. Assuming there are no real issues with the WiFi, GPS, and tether. My guess is there isn't, and if there is, it'll be fixed up pretty quick in an update. Definitely love the size, weight, screen, and functionality.

Nope. Even the modded Netflix packages online won't work with it right now. Supposedly, Hummingbird procs aren't supported yet and Snapdragons are because of the DRM methods included with it. However, I hear it will eventually spread to more devices including those with hummingbird.

I have to admit, I've had the phone for about a month right now and I love it. Now, if I could find instructions on EXACTLY how to root the darn thing I would be doing even greater. I use the mobile hot spot all the time, because out where I live there isn't the greatest of internet and I will admit it will run a game of black ops great; the only problem I have with it is 3G's inability to run data and phone conversations at the same time ( my girlfriend called me while I was on an eleven killstreak and it booted me from the game lol. )

Look on the forums. There are ways to upgrade to EE4 software update with root.

I have to agree, it's one great phone. I have had it for a month as well, and the screen is just gorgeous. Even without ROMs installed, it's mostly snappy, but it 'lags' (a slight stutter) occasionally when you switch screens. A ROM fixes this, but I wouldn't recommend it if you are not especially computer savy (Opening a file with the right application, having patience, cautiousness in doing stuff).

Pictures taken with the device are just incredible. I have to agree, the default camera application is a pain (No quick preview? Really?) and flash just doesn't cover the entire area. But, what do you expect from a cell phone with one LED flash? Colors really pop, especially with that sAMOLED+ screen. I've seen the Fascinate, and the jagged lines and slightly dim colors were not good enough to warrant a convert from regular LED screens, but this is just nice.

Battery life is excellent, even with 4G signals. I wouldn't worry about it draining unless I'm heavily using the phone.

Plastic is meh to bleh. One thing I wish is that there one day maybe sold a different battery door with soft plastic so it doesn't feel as cheap. For christ sakes, this is a $300 phone, make it feel like one Samsung!!!

The glass is exceptionally tough, even while I'm doing yard work and things are scratching at my pocket. Not a scratch.

I'm very happy with my phone, and I was feeling that I may feel buyers remorse because the Droid X2 has better performance and I feared the GS2 would come out soon, but I'm not upset with the purchase.

It's big, it's bright , it's fast. BUT MOST OF ALL IT WORKS, AND WORKS WELL.
I gave up on the TB, to many issues. Charge works great right from the start. Great connectivity even in the remote north wood's of Wisconsin.

There is a reason it is called "Samsung Droid CHARGE" and that is because it is useless without being constantly plugged in. Verizon's 4G drains the battery in about four hours even if it is NOT BEING USED! God forbid you would actually need a MOBILE phone because if you actually used the phone for email or data, while unplugged from its umbillical cord, you get about an hour, maybe two, of actual battery life on a full CHARGE. In the five weeks since purchasing this phone, I have replaced the battery three times, replaced the phone once, been in to the Verizon store seven times for technical advice (the latest advice: turn off the 4G and use CDMA/3G to save battery life - great advice for a 4G phone!!!!). I don't use apps, play games, watch videos, none of the fancy stuff - mostly because I am afraid of draining the battery down when I need it most to simply make phone calls or read/reply/compose email/texts - e.g., doing my job!

I guess I can overlook the fact you have to purchase an app to get html emails on your outlook exchange server (instead of using the email system that comes standard on the CHARGE), or purchase another app to open (rather than save to your SD card) .wav file voicemails in your business email, or purchase yet another app to open (rather than save to your SD card) Word/Excel documents, or even yet another app (this one is free at least) to open (rather than save to your SD card) pdf files! If you are a business user accustomed to the ease (and yes, lack of trendiness) of a Blackberry, DO NOT BUY THE CHARGE UNLESS YOU HAVE ENDLESS AMOUNTS OF TIME TO SIT ON THE PHONE WITH VERIZON, YOUR IT DEPARTMENT, OR SCAN DROID FORUMS FOR HELP. It has become a full time job just to use my CHARGE.

I and think it might be easier to simply lug around my laptop and 20 year old cell phone than to use the CHARGE. Cheaper too. Worthless piece of junk, but at least it looks good.

you couldnt have said this any better! I totally agree with you and I think everyone who owns this crap phone needs to be given a refund and a free better phone!!!!

looks all fancy and cool but a piece of SH*T!!!!!!

Your comment made my day! Thank you!!!!

THIS PHONE IS THE WORST PHONE! THE BATTERY LIFE SUCKS! ITS CALLED THE CHARGE BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT ON CHARGE ALL THE TIME!!! ONLY GOOD THING IS THE 4G LTE!! VERIZON AND SAMSUNG SHOULD PAY ME FOR HAVING TO DEAL WITH THIS CRAP PHONE! THE PHONE STOPPED WORKING AFTER 1 MONTH! THEN I HAVE GONE THROUGH 3 OR 4 OF THESE IN LESS THAN A YEAR! THEY NEED TO PULL THIS PHONE OFF THE SHELVES AND GIVE REFUNDS AND A FREE BETTER PHONE! I CAN NOT WAIT TILL THE IPHONE 5 COMES OUT!! IF I COULD RATE THIS PHONE -100 STARS I WOULD!!! IT DOESNT EVEN DESERVE 1 STAR!!!!!

biggest piece of crap I've ever owned Verizon replaces phone twice and 2 SIM cards and hard boot it if anybody ever offer you 50 dollars to take this phone turn around and run the other way Verizon will not supported junk junk junk junk junk run forest run
what they're trying to do is force you into a new phone so they can steal you're unlimited data package by selling you a new phone and a new 2 year contract and taking away your unlimited data package don't let them get away with it buy a new phone from Amazon but make sure it is factory unlocked that way you don't need to sign I knew contract and you can keep your unlimited data package tell Verizon to go to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you very much and have a great day