Samsung DROID Charge vs. HTC DROID Incredible 2 – Review

by Jerry D on July 16, 2011

The Samsung DROID Charge meets the HTC DROID Incredible 2 standing on top of a swinging cable car in a homage to the classic James Bond/Jaws fist-fight in Moonraker. Who wins here? And which one has the big metal teeth…?

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Round #1 – Connectivity:
In terms of wireless roaming, the well-stacked DROID Charge includes CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A., 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. It also boasts 4G connectivity where available. The DROID Incredible 2 features CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A., 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP/EDR.

Score: +1 to both phones (1-1)

Round #2 – Size & Weight:
Compare the two phones and the DROID Charge and the speedy DROID Incredible 2 measure 130.0 x 68.0 x 12.0mm and 120.7 x 64.0 x 12.2mm respectively. Overall the DROID Charge is the bigger phone. As for weight, the Samsung DROID Charge weighs 143g, while the DROID Incredible 2 is 135g. There’s not much in it.

Score: +1 to DROID Incredible 2 (1-2)

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Round #3 – Camera:
The DROID Charge’s built-in camera has a resolution of 8.0 MP, plus features that include: autofocus, touch focus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection and 720p HD video capture. Oh and there’s also a camera on the front for making video calls. Nice.

The HTC DROID Incredible 2 matches its opponent with a 8.0 Megapixel camera of its own, as well as autofocus, touch focus, a dual LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 720p HD video capture. A extra camera on the front is also designed for video calling. Or low-resolution self-portraits. Your call.

Score: +1 to DROID Incredible 2 (1-3)

Round #4 – Screen/keyboard:
Headlining the Samsung DROID Charge is a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It has 384000 pixels onscreen overall, which works out at 216.977 pixels per inch (PPI). It’s a shame that Samsung couldn’t push the resolution up to qHD standards.

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The touch-sensitive S-LCD screen on the DROID Incredible 2 is smaller, measuring 4.0 inches. The resolution is the same, so while there are the also 384000 pixels onscreen, the density is higher, giving the DROID Incredible 2 a higher PPI rating of 233.25 pixels per inch.

Score: +1 to DROID Charge (2-3)

Round #5 – Processor:
Crack the phones open and the DROID Charge boasts a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. The DROID Incredible 2, meanwhile, has an Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chip, also rated at 1GHz.

Score: +1 to both phones (3-4)

Round #6 – Software:
HTC uses Android 2.2 on the DROID Incredible 2 as does Samsung.

Score: +1 to both phones (4-5)

Round #7 – Applications:
How do the DROID Charge and DROID Incredible 2 fare in an app battle? In this case, both phones run the same OS, so this round is a draw.

Score: +1 to both phones (5-6)

Round #8 – Storage:
The 34GB of memory in the DROID Charge beats the 17GB capacity of the DROID Incredible 2 (16GB SD Card). The DROID Charge has 2GB of memory as standard, extended by a 32GB microSD card. You also can expand the memory of the DROID Incredible 2 via the microSD slot. The maximum is 32GB.

Score: +1 to DROID Charge (6-6)

Round #9 – Battery life:
The performance of these two phones will vary. But Samsung claims 11.0 hours of talktime for the DROID Charge, compared to 6.5 hours for the DROID Incredible 2. Standby times are 280 hours and 361 hours respectively. A first place result for the DROID Charge.

Score: +1 to DROID Charge (7-6)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Round #10 – Extras:
The DROID Charge also includes GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Blockbuster Mobile Application, ThinkFree Office and a digital compass. In comparison, the DROID Incredible 2 features GPS/A-GPS, a stereo FM radio (with RDS), digital compass, a dedicated search button, V Cast Video on Demand and DLNA content sharing.

Score: +1 to both phones (8-7)

The Samsung DROID Charge wins!

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