While Verizon has temporarily pushed back the release date of the DROID Charge after a 24-hour 4G LTE network outage yesterday, I did manage to get my hands on a review unit this afternoon.

The first thing I noticed was how sleek and futuristic this phone looks - it is just plain cool, in a way that no HTC or Motorola device even comes close to. The boot animation is probably the best on any DROID to date. It's shaped like it was designed to thwart radar detection - and it's pretty light to boot, a perception that is reinforced by the Charge's faux-carbon fiber battery cover.

But using the DROID Charge is a lot like stepping into a Ferrari, starting it up, and putting the petal to the metal - only to find someone's stuck the engine from a Corolla (TouchWiz) in it: disappointing. I'll leave the rest for the hands-on video.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • scotto

    Doesn't have a whole lot on my Nexus S really. Larger screen and 4G, sure. But Touchwiz, ugh! I hope that one day manufacturers will give you the option of keeping their UI or dumping it.

  • goukisan

    you really think this phone will ever get gingerbread?? lol. The Fascinate JUST got froyo. I will never buy a Samsung phone

    • MrBlack

      Well, it's not even out yet. I would expect the newer flagship devices to get gingerbread sooner than older devices.

  • MrBlack

    So the short version of it is good hardware but not-so-good firmware. Let's see how it looks when it's got a custom ROM on it.

  • M0

    So it's slow when it runs too many widgets, but not otherwise? Why did that take 9 minutes to say?