Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) vs. Samsung DROID Charge – Review

by Jerry D on July 10, 2011

Sooner or later, a plucky smartphone is going to come along and knock the all-conquering Samsung Galaxy S2 off its perch. How close does the Samsung DROID Charge get to managing this feat? We give it a 17th century demi-cannon loaded with 15kg metal balls, light the fuse and stand well back.

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Stat-fight: Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) vs. Samsung DROID Charge

Highlights: the Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) boasts a fast 1GHz Dual-core Exynos processor processor, not to mention a slim design that’s a mere 8.49mm thick. (Yeah, that’s thinner than your iPhone 4, fanboys).

The good-lookin’ Samsung DROID Charge, meanwhile, counters with a 4.3-inch (480 x 800 pixel) Super AMOLED Plus display, plus the whoosh of true 4G (LTE) connectivity. See our full smartphone comparison below…

Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) VS Samsung DROID Charge
Display 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus with Gorilla Glass 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz Dual-core Exynos processor 1GHz Hummingbird
Software Google’s Android 2.3 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI overlay and Swype text input Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Storage Up to 64GB Up to 34GB
Rear camera 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus functionality, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video capture 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection and 720p HD video capture
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No 4G/LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (21Mbps) CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A.
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0+HS 3.0 with A2DP
Size 66.1 x 125.3 x 8.49mm 68.0 x 130.0 x 12.0mm
Weight 116g 143g
Talktime 8.5 hours 11.0 hours
Standby 610 hours 280 hours

Analysis: Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) vs. Samsung DROID Charge

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Best Connectivity: DROID Charge (0-1)
The Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) features 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (21Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.0+HS. Whereas the DROID Charge has 4G/LTE/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A., 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP.

Best Size/Weight: Galaxy S2 (32GB) (1-1)
If truth be told, the DROID Charge is slightly fatter than the Galaxy S2 with dimensions of 12.0mm versus 8.49mm. The DROID Charge is also broader, measuring 68.0mm to the Galaxy S2′s 66.1mm. But neither the DROID Charge or the S2 is unwieldy. The former weighs 143g; the latter weighs a mere 116g.

Best Camera/Video: Draw (2-2)

Best Display: Draw (3-3)
The Galaxy S2 features a 4.27-inch touch-sensitive Super AMOLED Plus display (with Gorilla Glass). It boasts a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. As for the DROID Charge, its touch-sensitive Super AMOLED Plus display is ever-so-slightly bigger, measuring 4.3 inches. The screen resolution matches that of the Galaxy S2 (32GB).

Best Processor: Galaxy S2 (32GB) (4-3)
The 1GHz Dual-core Exynos processor inside the Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) is a better, faster, altogether higher-tech option than the DROID Charge’s 1GHz, single-core Hummingbird chip.

Best Software: Galaxy S2 (32GB) (5-3)
Google’s Android 2.3 (enhanced with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI overlay and Swype text input) comes as standard on the Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB). It beats Android 2.2 (Froyo) on the DROID Charge.

Best Storage: Draw (6-4)

Best Battery life: DROID Charge (6-5)

Best Extras: Galaxy S2 (32GB) (7-5)
The Galaxy S2 (32GB) also includes GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Wi-Fi direct, a stereo FM radio (with RDS), optional NFC support, a digital compass, a gyroscope and an HDMI port. It also features four software ‘hubs’ – the Reader’s Hub, the Social Hub, the Games Hub and the Music Hub.

In comparison, the DROID Charge features GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, the Blockbuster Mobile Application, ThinkFree Office and a digital compass.

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) wins!

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