Verizon Samsung Droid Charge

The Verizon Droid Charge is off to an inauspicious start. Announced at CES in early January 2011, it was slated to go on sale today, April 28. Such is not the case, however, due to some major hiccups with Verizon's LTE network. But we've got a Droid Charge in hand, and it's time to give Verizon's second 4G-capable phone the what for.

Hardware-wise, it's the same as we saw it four months ago. You've got a 4.3-inch touchscreen at 800x480, powered by a 1GHz processor, with 512MB of RAM. We've got 2GB of on-board storage, and our review unit came with a 32MB microSD card. Nice.

Despite being a large phone -- it's a hair over 5 inches tall and is about 2.6 inches wide -- it's less than a half-inch thick and weighs just 5.04 ounces. It's big, but it feels pretty good in the hand, if a tad plastic. The Droid Charge tapers to a point down at the physical buttons -- which are blissfully large -- giving it the look of a shield.

Samsung's TouchWiz interface is on board, same as it ever was. Otherwise, you've got all the usual accompanying features. There's an 8MP rear camera with flash, front-facing 1.3MP camera, HDMI out, and so on and so forth. It's a big, light, Android phone with LTE.

The full review's coming up, folks. In the meantime, peep the pics after the break.

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Verizon Droid charge initial review

The puzzle to unlock looks stranger than usual on that phone. Like you said, it looks like a shield. Shame they didn't change the lockscreen to go with the theme.

Does anyone know if it has an LED indicator? Still miss that little blinking light when I have a message. And no, I don't like NoLED.

I don't think it's ugly at all. I think it's nice that it looks different rather than the same ol' boring-ass black slab. This is like a black slab, but with a perk to it. And it resembling a shield is kind of neat, I think.

edit: Even the camera on the back is designed to resemble a shield. Pretty cool! I'm on AT&T though.

I agree with you. Almost all other Android phones have the same design - a candy bar, whereas the Samsung Droid Charge tapers down and has some personality.

I like the bottom edge of the device with the over sized android keys & the slight point, but I think it would look slightly better if they had just rounded the bottom.

Also, I can't tell from the pics but it kind of looks like the device is narrower at the bottom than it is up top - which I don't think I'd like...

Jonneh brought up a good point - take away the brand and carrier logos on most phones now a days, and it's almost impossible to tell them apart. Cheers for doing something different - even if it is a little rough around the edges.

I find it humorous that many people sit here and complain about all the phones looking all the same and wanting change, then something different comes and everyone complains..I mean seriously what do you guys want haha.

I wonder how it compares to the Galaxy S-series. I have one (an AT&T Samsung Captivate) and like it except, of course, for the GPS often-times being an absolute headcase.

As for the looks--as I've said before, looks don't mean a thing to me. It's not a woman in a bikini. I care about its functionality and could give a wit less what it looks like. Some of the priorities I see expressed with that sort of thing really amaze me. It reminds me of the late 80s when certain persons were really big on the Suzuki Samurai because "aww, it's so cute!" even though it had serious rollover problems to the point of being deadly.

I like the looks of this phone and agree with jonbgood - it does remind me of a Blackberry as well.

I like the point on the bottom - that will surely help orient the phone in the right way. Most black slab phones are impossible to tell which end is up. The optical track ball in my HTC Incredible helps me orient it whenever I use it. I'm going to miss that trackball when I finally upgrade.