Samsung Droid Charge vs HTC Thunderbolt | Full Specs Compared | Verizon Droid Charge vs Thunderbolt Features and Performance
Samsung Droid Charge and HTC Thunderbolt are two 4G LTE smartphones. This Droid Charge should not be confused with the Motorola Droid lineup. This is the first Droid from Samsung (Model SCH-i510). The US carrier for both devices, the Verizon has differentiated Samsung Droid with a red eye instead of the blue eye used in Motorola Droid. HTC Thunderbolt was the first phone to take the advantage of 4G-LTE network. Both Samsung Droid Charge and HTC Thunderbolt sport 4.3 inch screen and 1 GHz processor and run skinned Android. There are few differences in the hardware. Anyhow both HTC and Samsung differentiate their product with their popular UIs, HTCSense and TouchWiz.
Samsung Droid Charge
Samsung Droid Charge features 4.3 inch super AMOLED plus WVGA (800 x 480) display and powered by 1GHz Hummingbird processor. It has an impressive memory capacity of 2GB + preloaded 32GB microSD card with support for expansion upto 32GB and a good battery life, which is rated at 660min talktime. Droid Charge is compatible with 3G CDMA EvDO and 4G LTE network. You can enjoy the 4G speed in the LTE coverage area. Also you can share your 4G speed with 10 other Wi-Fi enabled devices with the mobile hotspot feature.
Droid Charge is based on Android 2.2 with Samsung’s own TouchWiz 3.0. The OS is upgradeable over the air. Droid Charge is a Google certified device and thus has full access to Google Mobile Service, which is integrated to the handset for one touch access. In addition to this and Android Market, the handset is also loaded with Verizon special Apps and Samsung Apps.
The HTC Thunderbolt with 4.3 inches WVGA display is made powerful to support the 4G speed with 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 processor in tandem with MDM9600 modem for multimode network support and 768 MB RAM. This handset has 8megapixel camera with dual LED flash, 720p HD video recording in the rear and 1.3megapixel camera in the front for video calling. The phone runs on Android 2.2 (upgradeable to 2.3) with HTC Sense 2 that offers fast boot and enhanced personalization option and new camera effects. It also has an internal storage capacity of 8 GB and preinstalled 32 GB microSD and built in kickstand for handsfree media viewing.
Qualcomm claims that they are the industry first to release LTE/3G Multimode Chipsets. 3G multimode is required for ubiquitous data coverage and voice services.
With 4.3 inches WVGA display, high speed processor, 4G speed, Dolby Surround Sound, DLNA streaming and kickstand for hands free viewing HTC Thunderbolt will give you the pleasure of live music environment.
HTC Thunderbolt has integrated Skype mobile with video calling, you can make video call easily like a standard voice call. And with the mobile hotspot capability you can share your 4G connection with 8 other Wi-Fi enabled devices. The featured applications on Thunderbolt include 4G LTE optimized apps such as EAs Rock Band, Gamelofts Lets Golf! 2, Tunewiki and Bitbop.
The negative side of HTC Thunderbolt is its short battery life.
The latest HTC Sense, which HTC calls as the social intelligence gives a unique experience to users with its many small but intelligent applications. The improved HTC Sense enables fast boot and has added many new multimedia features. HTC Sense has enhanced camera application with many camera features like full screen viewfinder, touch focus, onscreen access to camera adjustments and effects. The other features include HTC locations with on-demand mapping (service depend on the carrier), integrated e-reader that support text search from Wikipedia, Google, Youtube or dictionary. Browsing is made enjoyable with features like magnifier, quick look up to look for a word, Wikipedia search, Google search, YouTube search, Google translate and Google dictionary. You can add a new window for browsing or move from one to another windows by zooming in and out. It also offers a good music player, which is better than the standard Android music player. There are many other features with htc sense that give a beautiful experience to users.
In the US market, HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung Droid Charge have exclusive tie up with Verizon. Both the phones are compatible with 4G-LTE 700 and 3G- CDMA EvDO Rev.A. HTC Thunderbolt is the first 4G phone to run on Verizons 4G-LTE network. Verizon promises 5 to 12 Mbps download speeds and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area.
Verizon is offering Samsung Droid Charge for $300 and Thunderbolt for $250 on a new two year contract. Customers have to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package. Nationwide Talk plans starts from $39.99 monthly access and an unlimited 4G LTE data plan begins at $29.99 monthly access. Mobile hotspot is included through May 15 for no additional charge.