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General From OG Droid to Droid Charge

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by BlueBiker, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Android Expert
    Thread Starter
    Jan 16, 2010

    Jan 16, 2010
    New England
    Hey all, I have temporary use of a new Droid Charge, so here're initial thoughts after a day's use:

    Display: Definitely lives up to its reputation w/sharp and vivid colors, even at extreme viewing angles. Yes, the SAMOLED+ is a winner! 4.3" is a great size, makes browsing better.

    Responsiveness: Fast & smooth compared to unrooted OG Droid. Buttery scrolling.

    Connectivity: No problems repeatedly switching between 3G and WiFi, but no trace of 4G (inside or out on front or side porches), even though 4G LTE Network | Verizon Wireless claims I'm in an LTE area. Will try in a surrounding town to see if it comes in. Phone's correctly configured to rec'v either LTE or CDMA.

    Battery: Slow charging compared to OG Droid, possibly explained by its larger capacity and/or lower mAh of the old USB charger I'm using for now. Disconcerting "Drooooiiiidddd" audio notification upon charge completion, but I think other threads discussed disabling that. Battery life is okay, but I'd definitely carry a spare or extended battery when traveling.

    SD-Card: Came from Amazon Wireless w/faster Class 4 card. Nice.

    TouchWiz: Not my taste, but no real objections and I can see how it could give a newby a head start before they start playing w/apps. LauncherPro still the way to go.

    GPS: Very slow lockon indoors (verified w/GPS Test), fairly quick outside. Haven't used in a car yet.

    It's a thin featherweight. The Gorilla Glass is doubtless durable, hope the rest of the phone is too. Recommend insurance as w/all high-end smartphones.

    Initial hiccups: SMS sending & youtube video didn't work immediately after the system update, but are both fine after a reboot. Twitter wasn't preinstalled, so that wasn't the problem.

    Android OS: 2.2.1 seems fine, hope there's a 2.3 upgrade forthcoming.

    VZ Navigator: Why is this app still present and featured? What user will prefer it to the free and excellent functioning Google Navigator?

    Summary: Quite a nice phone, IMHO the best choice currently available on Verizon for anyone intending to keep the phone for the duration of a 2yr contract who isn't also a hardcore gamer in need of dual-core and/or 1GB RAM. Lovely display! It'll be hard to give up the Charge to go back to my OG Droid!


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