Samsung’s DROID Charge Is A Speedy 4G Monster [UNBOXING]

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Samsung’s new Droid Charge is a friendly giant, boasting a massive 4.3 inch screen and a hefty waistline.After a delay because of Verizon’s 4G outage, the Charge is due on store shelves any day now.

Click here to check out unboxing photos of the DROID Charge >

The Charge’s Super-AMOLED Plus display is among the best I’ve seen. It’s vibrant, to say the least, and the live wallpapers look awe-inspiring.

The phone runs Android 2.2 Froyo, which is disappointing, but it’s plenty snappy with its 1 Ghz Hummingbird processor.

The real story here is the phone’s 4G LTE capability on Verizon. The Charge is Verizon’s second 4G phone, the first being the HTC Thunderbolt.

Here’s what I think so far:

  • In my initial tests at the office, I got about 12 Mbps downstream and 1.5 Mbps up, which is great, but not as great as the HTC Thunderbolt.
  • The front of the phone feels solid, although the hardware buttons are a stretched thumb away from being convenient. I prefer the software buttons on our Nexus S.
  • The back, however, feels a little crummy. The Charge’s back feels like the back of a Nexus S, except the camera is located in the middle.
  • Also, the plastic towards the top of the device doesn’t sit flush with the bezel. It almost feels like you could snap it off and pop on a cheap alternate skin, instead of just being a battery cover.
  • The phone feels comfortable in your hand, but feels enormous when comparing to another phone like the HTC Incredible 2.
  • The Charge has the usual fare camera-wise: an 8MP camera on the back (with flash) and a 1.3MP camera on the front.

We’ll have a full review of the DROID Charge soon.

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