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Samsung DROID Charge vs. HTC ThunderBolt Comparison

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May 4th, 2011

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The HTC ThunderBolt was the first 4G phone for Verizon Wireless. It had a very successful introduction, as “intro fever” built to a frenzy when the phone launched in March. Verizon now plans to introduce its second 4G phone, the Samsung DROID Charge. The DROID Charge features Samsung’s highly regarded Super AMOLED display technology, this time in the form of a 4.3-inch touchscreen. And this new display got a boost in technology, so it’s now called “Super AMOLED+.”

With both the HTC ThunderBolt and the Samsung DROID Charge wooing Verizon’s 4G smartphone customers, how do these two phones compare? Is one better than the other for certain applications? Which phone would you like in your pocket or purse? One thing is certain: Once you experience the speed of 4G downloads and web browsing, it’s hard to go back to 3G.


Samsung DROID Charge HTC ThunderBolt  
Samsung DROID Charge HTC ThunderBolt

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Carrier Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless
Operating System Android 2.2 Android 2.2
Interface Samsung TouchWiz

HTC Sense

Display 4.3″ AMOLED, 480 x 800 pixels 4.3″ LCD, 480 x 800 pixels
Data Speed 4G LTE 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
GPS aGPS aGPS
Mobile Hotspot Yes – Optional Yes – Optional
Camera 8-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus 8-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera Yes; 1.3-megapixel Yes; 1.3-megapixel
Video Capture Yes; 720p HD Yes; 720p HD
Apps Android Market Android Market
Music Player Yes Yes
Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash 10.2 Adobe Flash 10.1
Storage Space 2GB onboard; 32GB microSD pre-installed 8GB onboard; 32 GB microSD pre-installed
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Battery 1,600 mAh, lithium-ion 1,400 mAh, lithium-ion
Processor single 1 GHz processor Single 1 GHz processor
Memory RAM: 512MB RAM: 768MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 5 oz 6.5 oz
Dimensions 5.1″ x 2.7″ x 0.5″ 4.8″ x 2.6″ x 0.5″

Key Differences

  • Display: The HTC ThunderBolt has a 4.3-inch LCD display rated at 480 x 800 pixels. The Samsung DROID Charge also has a 4.3-inch display, but it uses Super AMOLED+ technology. The DROID Charge’s display is also rated at 480 x 800 pixels.
  • Operating system: Both phones ship with Android 2.2, a fast and stable operating system.
  • Processor and RAM: The HTC ThunderBolt has a single-core 1GHz processor and 768MB of processor RAM. The Samsung DROID Charge has a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM.
  • Keyboard: Both the Samsung DROID Charge and the HTC ThunderBolt have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards. Neither has an actual physical keyboard.
  • Storage Space: The HTC ThunderBolt ships with 8GB of on-board storage and a 32GB pre-installed microSD card. The Samsung DROID Charge ships with 2GB of onboard storage and a 32GB pre-installed microSD card.
  • Camera: Both The HTC ThunderBolt and the Samsung DROID Charge have 8-megapixel still-image cameras that can record HD video at 720p. Both phones have an LED flash for the camera.
  • Battery: The HTC ThunderBolt has a 1,400 mAh battery, while the Samsung DROID Charge has a 1,600 mAh battery.

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6 Responses to “Samsung DROID Charge vs. HTC ThunderBolt Comparison”

  • Having gone from the HTC Droid Incredible to the Samsung Charge, I experienced a very noticeable and consistent lag in performing tasks on the Samsung Charge. I suspected this was due to less RAM, but the Incredible and Charge both have 512MB. That leaves Samsung’s processor (S5PC110 processor) as the culprit, compared to Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon series.

    Whatever the cause, the lag was annoying enough to switch back to an HTC device. I got the HTC Thunderbolt, despite gripes about its weaker battery performance.

  • Another typo on the comparisons of the ram. It says that the thunder bolt has 768MHz instead of MB

  • Started with the Thunderbolt, but ended with the Charge….here’s why:

    Thunderbolt: Battery SUCKS! I was lucky if the phone would last 5 hours, (and that was only making a few phone calls), Heavy weight! The phone is very noticable in the pocket. Poor body design! The phone feels like it will slip out of your hand because of the rounded back.

    Charge: Much better battery life. I dont even use “task killer” apps, and it lasts up to 24 hours with moderate use. Lighter than the thunderbolt, it feels less noticable in the pocket. Great body design.. feels great in the hand..(the flat underside helps). The CONS about this phone are..Phone call sound, and the the way it feels against the ear. Phone calls sound “boxy”, and not as clear as Thunderbolt, and it feels flat against the ear, unlike Thunderbolts rounded corners.

    Ok.. thats my story, and im stickin to it!

    Dave

  • Typo: “Keyboard: Both the HTC EVO 4G and the HTC ThunderBolt have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards. Neither has an actual physical keyboard.” Should be Samsung Droid Charge, not HTC Evo.

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