Samsung DROID Charge vs. Motorola DROID X2 – Review

by Jerry D on July 16, 2011

Picture the American mid-west. Sometime in the 1860s. A poorly-shaved Samsung DROID Charge walks into a dusty saloon and eyes up the ragged crowd of patrons inside. They shy away, expecting trouble.

Only the Motorola Droid X2 dares to look the Charge in the face. Only the X2 dares to walk up, spit at its feet and break a wooden chair over its head. A classic western bar fight begins… (And yes, somebody is punched through a flimsy wooden railing, falls off a balcony and lands on a wooden table below).

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Round #1 – Connectivity:
As far as wireless tech is concerned, the DROID Charge comes with 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 X2, meanwhile, boasts CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A., 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.

Score: +1 to DROID Charge (1-0)

Round #2 – Size & Weight:
Contrast the two phones and the DROID Charge measures 130.0 x 68.0 x 12.0mm, while the evolved DROID X2 is 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9mm in comparison. The DROID Charge is physically the bigger phone. But it’s actually lighter than its opponent. It weighs 143g, while the Motorola DROID X2 is 155g. Its punches rock the Charge back on its heels as a terrified piano player retreats and the barman reaches for a shotgun.

Score: +1 to DROID X2 (1-1)

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Round #3 – Camera:
The DROID Charge comes packing a built-in 8.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features such as: autofocus, touch focus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection and 720p HD video capture. For video calls and quick self portraits, there’s also a front-facing camera.

The DROID X2′s 8.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, touch-to-focus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection and 720p HD video capture) equals the DROID Charge’s.

Score: +1 to both phones (2-2)

Round #4 – Screen/keyboard:
The DROID Charge features a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The screen has 384000 pixels in total, giving it a rating of 216.977 pixels per inch.

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The DROID X2′s touch-sensitive LCD screen is exactly the same size as Samsung’s handset. But it’s got a much higher qHD resolution (540×960 pixels). This crams 518400 pixels onscreen with a resulting pixel density that’s 256.047 pixels per inch (PPI). It doesn’t quite beat the iPhone 4, but it’s a big improvement on the 480×800 screens we’ve seen.

Score: +1 to DROID X2 (2-3)

Round #5 – Processor:
The spec sheets show that the DROID Charge’s processor is a 1GHz Hummingbird chip (single core), while the DROID X2 uses a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2, rated at 1GHz. That’s a punch and a kick in fighting terms.

Score: +1 to DROID X2 (2-4)

Round #6 – Software:
As for software, both phones run Android 2.2 (Froyo).

Score: +1 to both phones (3-5)

Round #7 – Applications:
Comparing app stores, the situation is this. As far as this fight is concerned, both smartphones feature the same Android software so this round ends in a tie.

Score: +1 to both phones (4-6)

Round #8 – Storage:
The DROID Charge wins the internal storage battle with 34GB (32GB of which is on an SD card), compared to 16GB on the DROID X2. That said, a microSD slot on the DROID X2 can further boost the overall memory on Motorola’s phone to 40GB.

Score: +1 to both phones (5-7)

Round #9 – Battery life:
As far as battery usage is concerned, Samsung boasts 11.0 hours of talktime for its DROID Charge, versus 8.0 hours for the DROID X2. The standby times are 280 hours for the DROID Charge and 220 hours for the DROID X2. So the DROID X2 comes second in this round and the Charge is within striking distance of salvaging a tie.

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

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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. As for the DROID X2, it features GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, stereo FM radio (with RDS), digital compass and an HDMI out (for 1080p mirroring).

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

BPF Verdict: The Motorola DROID X2 wins!

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