April 28th is going to be a big day at Verizon for Android lovers, as three new phones are scheduled to hit the sales floor, adding even more choices to the already vast lineup of VZW Android powered goodness.

Samsung DROID Charge

First on the list is the Samsung DROID Charge. I realize that we've known the release date for several days, but it's definitely worth mentioning again since it's the first 4G phone to carry the DROID tag and will most likely take its place as the new flagship phone for VZW.



  • 4G LTE
  • 4.3 Inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
  • Mobile Hotspot with support for up to 10 devices
  • Android 2.2 with Samsung's TouchWiz interface
  • Price: $299 with a new two-year agreement

It is (unjustly) the most expensive phone on the list, with the fact that it runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network the only thing that it really has going for it.

HTC DROID Incredible 2

The successor to the outrageously popular DROID Incredible 1 by HTC, this one packs a punch under the hood that is sure to make (almost) everyone happy.



  • 4 Inch Super LCD display
  • Global device
  • 1GHz Snapdragon (the same one used in the Thunderbolt)
  • 768MB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera with 720P video capture
  • 1.3MP front camera
  • Android 2.2 with HTC Sense 2.1
  • Price: $199 with a new two-year agreement

I was a huge fan of the original DROID Incredible, and even though this new incarnation lacks a dual-core processor, I think it's an outstanding replacement device.

Casio G'zOne Commando

This one is a little bit different than the others on the list. Instead of packing the fastest possible hardware under the hood, this is a rugged, rough, and tough phone meant for those out there that end up having to use their insurance policy 3 times per year.



  • 3.6 Inch display
  • 800MHz processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 5MP rear camera
  • Android 2.2 with Casio's custom interface
  • Price: $199 with a new two-year agreement

It may not tout anything amazing where hardware is concerned, but it is water, dust, shock, and vibration resistant. It can also handle a greater temperature range than most other phones, and includes a pedometer, compass, and trip history for all you outdoorsmen.

So there have it, the three new devices that will grace us at Big Red this Thursday. Who will be waiting in line when they open to pick one of these up?

Cameron Summerson
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  • BachinPhx

    $299 for a single core processor? REALLY??

  • Floyd

    To answer your question...I will NOT be in line to get one of these phones. VZW, unless it comes out with something better than any of these 3, is going to lose my business to a competitor. How are you going to be the "most reliable 3G network" and have a 4G LTE network, then not have a dual-core device. Seriously? They've got until September when my contract is up to pull the curtains back on an amazing device...otherwise, I'm gone.

    • Heelpir8

      Why launch a dual core phone when most Android-based software hasn't even begun to be optimized for dual core processing?

      • Floyd

        I figured somebody would say that. I know nothing is optimized for dual-core, yet. But, you can still create something that is, in a sense, future-proof. Granted it's not the best idea when your end goal is creating a profit. But, it's where everything is going AND they are charging more money for a phone that, to me anyways, isn't as great as say the G2X. $300 for this phone when I can get the G2X for $150 on TMO's website or $100 on cellhub.com is a hell of a deal. Why pay twice as much for something that will leave you with a bad taste in your mouth and wanting another phone in less than 6 months?

        • Jojo

          Sooo, you are telling me that you are going to ditch a single core processor unit (never mind there is a HUGE possibility that big Red will come out with more phones in the future) to get a dual core with an inferior network? That's like saying you are getting rid of your shelby gt for a maserati quattroporte and moving to manhattan. That doesn't make any sense. As for getting a good deal with an indirect agent...be cautious. I'm honest, I don't know much about cellhub. However, there are a lot of companies who will give you an awesome deal but if you break your contract for any reason, you are paying 2 etfs...one from the cell phone company and 1 from the indirect agent. This may not be in your best interest when you find out that hspa is garbage and you want to return to big red or another company that carries lte, the worldwide standard. good luck.

  • sgtguthrie

    The incredible 2 is basically a Thunderbolt with a smaller screen and no 4g. Am I missing something? Aside from global capabilities, I see nothing special about it.

    Why even release anymore phones that don't have 4G? If you get into a 2 yr contract without 4g, you'll likely wish you had it withing the first year as rapidly as they will be expanding the network.

    As for the Charge taking over as the new Flagship phone for vzw, I don't see why it would. 1. It's a Samsung and they have a horrible reputation for updates. 2. It has far less ram than the Thunderbolt. 3. Who seriously wants to pay 300 dollars for a phone who's specs aren't above and beyond what's already there. 4. It's a Samsung and they have a horrible reputation for updates!!!

    The most puzzling part for me though is the lack of 4G in the lineup. Incredible 2, X2, Droid 3 I think, all without 4G...

  • Kane

    I think Samsung is beginning to get its act together with the source code releases and finally updating the Fascinate. That being said I don't see the Charge being a flagship either. I'm in the market for a new phone (I have the D1) and these don't excite me either. For the normal non-power user I guess those will be awesome choices though.

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  • DMac

    The commando is cool looking. I like gadgets. Don't care if it's the fastest or not. I use a PC for speed.

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  • Atom

    Nothing special. Due foran upgrade from D1 looking at iphone4. Droids speed didn't impress and was laggy as I'm sure battery life will also be worse with any 4G phone. Ill wait.

  • Atom

    Nothing special. Due for an upgrade from D1 looking at iphone4. Droids speed didn't impress and was laggy as I'm sure battery life will also be worse with any 4G phone. Ill wait.