"Great phone"on by 47states
Pros Fast, great display, nice features
Cons Battery life, Outlook sync process
Summary My last phone was a Blackberry Storm and I upgraded to the Charge. There have been some hiccups going from a Blackberry (and very easy syncing) to the Android platform. If you are a new convert or considering converting:
1. You have to setup a gmail account and you sync through that.
2. Syncing Outlook calendar is easy as Google Calendar has a very easy setup and auto sync.
3. Syncing Outlook contacts is a pain. If you are on a network e-mail client there is a sync program but if you are just an individual you have to go through saving the file as a .csv file. Then import in your gmail account and then sync on your phone. There are some apps that make it easier but they don't support all of the fields I needed and reviews show they wiped some data. But now I have this 3 step process for every time.
4. Syncing files is also an issue. But I discovered Dropbox, free up to 2GB, that allows you to sync files amongst several computers and phones.
The Charge has amazing speed, a very bright and colorful display and is very easy to use if you have ever used a smart phone before. But there are some quirks. It added some icons to the desktop when I never intended it to. The online manual doesn't show how to delete but I found an Android platform that shows if you hold down the icon a delete button appears that you can use.
There are several cool apps for the Android market and many are free. Some that are recommended:
Advanced Task Killer - really helps with battery life
Google Sky Map - hold it up at the sky and it shows the constellations
Battery life is not great. I am charging the phone every other day and not using it that much. But the wall charger works very fast and the USB crawls. In comparison I used to charge my Storm about every 5-6 days.
Uploads and downloads were very fast and it displays if you are on the 4G or 3G networks. Reception in my neighborhood is one bar better with this phone than my Storm. Phone quality is great according to the people I call but on my end I would say average. It doesn't drop calls like my Storm did but even on the highest volume I sometimes cannot hear them very clearly.
You don't need Verizon Navigator with this phone. I cancelled it and have been using Google Maps program for navigation. It works well and it is so much easier to integrate with restaurants. You can see reviews, rate, navigate, call, go to website, etc? Much more detailed than Navigator and it has been accurate so far.
My research covered several providers and phones and I was hoping to try the Droid Bionic but the original phone was scrapped and my Storm was dying so the Charge was my second choice. I am very happy with it but wish someone would make an Outlook - Droid sync program. Most forums have people saying they would pay up to $50 for that program and I agree ?. File integration would be nice too.
Pros Hmmm. Give me a while. I might come up with something positive to say about this piece of crap.
Cons Screen stays locked and won't let me answer phone calls. Randomly replaces my contact phone numbers with incoming phone numbers. TERRIBLE voice quality. Even worse battery life. Infuriating virtual keyboard. A total disappointment in every way.
Summary SAMSUNG SHOULD BE PROSECUTED FOR FRAUD FOR PEDDLING THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE AS A PHONE, SMART OR OTHERWISE. DON'T SAY I DIDN'T WARN YOU.
Pros The OS is a lot of fun! This phone does soooo much more than an Iphone can.
Cons Not every app works, some interfere with others, phone doesnt seem to be the best.
Summary I love getting my hands on tech devices and learning all I can. This OS is a blast, a lot to learn. I wouldnt recommend to someone who has a hard time learning.
PS, this is my first Android phone, I love the screen size, feels good in my hand and easy for me to use. I cant compare to other Androids yet.
Pros 4G is fast, screen is clear and nice, size is not too bad, the phone is better at getting a signal in weak areas than my Incredible
Cons The phone response and app functions are slower, GPS signal access is much slower and weaker than my Incredible, no light to for phone charging or charged, mechanical buttons slow down the the phone, but the absolute deal killer is how Verizon screwed Voi
Summary This is how Verizon has made this phone really suck and why I activated my Incredible and am returning my Charge.
Verizon had Samsung program the phone so that when you try to get to your voice mail, either by a long press on 1 on the keypad or by tapping the home screen voice mail icon, you can only get another screen that gives you 3 buttons, one to get your voice mail, one to delete notifications or a last, largest button to subscribe to the $2.99/month visual voice mail. This screen comes up everytime. They've also eliminated programing your voice mail password, so now instead of being able to push one button and get voice mail, you have to push twice, avoid the ad for Verizon c**pware and then enter your password. All this, each time, every time. I've had Two previous Droids, neither of which required this bs. I just Reactivated my Incredible and it works like a charm. I contacted Verizon support who brought on Samsung. Samsung said that this "feature" was programmed at Verizon's request by Samsung and cannot be changed. I was also told that all of the Verizon 4G phones are polluted with this stupidity. There is no net gain in speed with 4G when you have to spend all this extra time getting your voice mail. Thanks a lot Verizon, the cr**pware kings!
Pros the best battery life of any lte phone,fast screen looks better then the iphone 4
Cons nothing at all
Summary its funny to read posts where ppl bash stuff only to find out its the user has no clue on what he or she is talking about.. I had the thunderbolt which is a nice phone and it is faster but this phone has a better screen and 5 times longer battery life