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Old 08-31-11, 08:10 PM
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Upgrading a Verizon phone, Charge or Thunderbolt?

Tomorrow I am upgrading from my Blackberry Tour to an Android...either the Samsung CHARGE or the HTC Thunderbolt. I compared both on Verizon's site and they are very similar. Does anyone have any experience with either to tell of pro's/con's? Some features that I want:

HD video
4G LTE
8MP+front facing camera
Removable memory
The Charge is slightly larger (which is good because my hands are huge)
The Charge has more memory: 32 GB Pre-Installed / 2 GB onboard - vs. - 8GB eMMC - 768 MB RAM (but I don't play music or movies on my phone)

Honestly, a lot of the specs I don't understand, so if anyone sees anything that stands out, please point it out to me, whether it's good or bad. I know it's a lot to ask, but I really don't want to regret this purchase for 2 years, lol:



Droid Charge by Samsung. The first Droid powered by Verizon 4G LTE.
Runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Over 150,000 apps from the Android Market
Movies, TV shows and music downloaded at super speeds
Access to Samsung Media Hub for everything awesome
Powered by a Cortex A8 1GHz processor for ultra–fast web browsing
Camera
8.0 megapixel Rear
Auto–focus
Led flash
1.3 megapixel Front Facing
Video
Media Hub capable
DivX 720p HD video
video recording & playback
HDMI Output
Blockbuster Mobile Application for downloading full–length movies the same day they are available on DVD, using your device’s Wi–Fi connection.
Bitbop capable
Music
Audio Formats Supported: WAV, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, SP–MIDI
Slacker Radio capable
TuneWiki capable
Rhapsody capable
Headset: 3.5mm Audio Jack
Web
Mobile Hotspot capable (Supports up to 10 devices on 4G & up to 5 devices on 3G)
Integrated Google Mobile Services , Microsoft Outlook Exchange contacts & calendar, and Facebook contacts & birthdays, MySpace, Twitter, Windows Live!, AIM and Yahoo integration
HTML Browser with Adobe Flash 10.2
Wi–Fi Capable (802.11 b/g/n)
Google Search; Google Maps; Gmail; Google Talk; YouTube™
Thousands of apps & widgets available on Android Market
Fast access to YouTube™, Twitter, MySpace and Facebook®
Communication
Visual Voice Mail capable
Backup Assistant capable
City ID capable
Amazon Kindle Reader
Text, Picture & Video Messaging with threaded messaging feature
Speech to Text Feature
Tools: Calculator, Alarm Clock, World Clock, Stop Watch, Timer, Calendar & Voice Commands
DLNA via AllShare–share photos, videos and music with other DLNA compatible devices
Samsung SNS widgets (Weatherbug Clock, Daily Briefing, Buddies Now)
ThinkFree Office ™
Task Manager
Phonebook capacity dependant upon available memory
GPS/E911
Google Over the Air Updates
TTY Compatible
Hearing Aid Compatibility =M4/T4
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth® Profiles Supported: Headset, Handsfree, Stereo, File Transfer, Basic Printing, Phonebook Access, Object Push (vCard & vCalendar only), Human Interface Device Profiles
Specifications
Dimensions
Dimensions: 5.11” x 2.66” x .46”
Weight: 5.04 oz.
Operating System/Network
OS: Android 2.2
Network:LTE, CDMA/PCS/1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz)
Display
4.3” Touch Screen
480x800 Super AMOLED™ Plus display
Supports up to 16M color
Keyboard
Virtual QWERTY Keyboard with Swype
Battery
Standard Battery: Usage time –up to 660 mins; Standby time –up to 280 hrs
SAR: Head: 1.01 W/kg; Body: 1.00 W/kg
Memory / Processor
2GB onboard memory (Actual formatted capacity may be less.)
32GB microSD™ card pre–installed on device–up to 32GB microSD supported (Actual formatted capacity may be less.)
1GHz Hummingbird application processor
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ThunderBolt™ by HTC. The only phone that can take on the power of 4G LTE.
Share your signal with up to eight devices with Mobile Hotspot
Take gaming to the next level with access to Android Market’s best games
Entertainment is at your fingertips with easy access to movies, TV shows, music and exclusive content
Instant NHL and NCAA stats and games for mobile fandom
Scorching fast 1 GHz processor for fast access to apps, gaming, entertainment, and more
Camera
8.0 MP rear camera
Auto Focus
dual LED Flash
1.3 MP front camera
Video
HD Video Capture
Image & Video Formats Supported: JPEG / GIF87/ GIF89a / PNG / WBMP MPEG4 / H.263 / H.264 / WMV9
Music
Create and Manage Playlist
Headset: 3.5mm Audio Jack.
Audio Formats Supported: MIDI / M4A / QCP / AMR / AAC / AAC+ / eAAC+ / WAV / WMA9 / MP3
Web
MS Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL, Verizon.net, etc.
HTML Browser: Adobe Flash Player 10.2
Backup Assistant, Android Market, Google Talk, Amazon Kindle, Google Maps, Mobile IM, Visual Voice Mail, Verizon Single Sign On, Blockbuster, Slacker, VZ Navigator, Let's Golf 2, Rock Band, TuneWiki, Vz Web Portal (Browser favorite), eReader, SSO, VCast App Store, City ID
Communication
Speakerphone
Supports 18 languages
Advanced Speech Recognition
Embedded ringtones, vibrate alert and silent
Phonebook capacity dependant upon available memory
GPS/AGPS E911
TTY Compatible
Hearing Aid Compatibility = M4/T3
Device Software Update – upgrade software over the air
Bluetooth
Bluetooth® Profiles Supported: HSP, HFP, A2DP (Stereo), PBAP, FTP, AVRCP
Specifications
Dimensions
4.75" x 2.44" x 0.56" inches
Weight: 6.23oz (with standard battery)
Operating System
Android 2.2 with HTC Sense 2.0
Display
4.3" capacitive touch screen
480x800 WVGA display
Orientation in portrait and landscape
Keyboard
Touch screen QWERTY Keyboard
Battery
Usage: 378 mins OR
Standby: 330 hours
SAR 1.2 W/kg @ 1g (HEAD)
SAR 1.46 W/kg @ 1g (BODY)
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Thanks a ton if you can help me out!!!

~S2K
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Old 08-31-11, 08:23 PM
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Re: Upgrading a Verizon phone, Charge or Thunderbolt?

1. Check out the Android thread or...
2. Wait a month and get the Bionic or...
3. Get the Thunderbolt but get an extended battery or...
4. Get the Charge if you must.
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Old 08-31-11, 08:24 PM
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Re: Upgrading a Verizon phone, Charge or Thunderbolt?

why tomorrow? why not wait for the bionic (out in sept) or the htc vicor (rumored to be oct/nov).
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Old 08-31-11, 08:44 PM
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Re: Upgrading a Verizon phone, Charge or Thunderbolt?

I was pulling the trigger tomorrow because my Blackberry is freezing up and rebooting, sometimes twice in a row, and each reboot takes about 7 minutes. My light keeps flashing even after I check my texts or messages, etc...

I didn't see a firm release date for the Bionic, and I'd hate to go phoneless if this one dies.
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Re: Upgrading a Verizon phone, Charge or Thunderbolt?

september 8th for the bionic if you believe the rumors.
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Re: Upgrading a Verizon phone, Charge or Thunderbolt?

Wow, I can hold out for a couple weeks to see some reviews on the Bionic, thanks!
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Re: Upgrading a Verizon phone, Charge or Thunderbolt?

I'd wait a few days for the official announcement for the Droid Bionic.
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Old 08-31-11, 09:34 PM
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Re: Upgrading a Verizon phone, Charge or Thunderbolt?

I just read that the Vigor is rumored to be 720 x 1280 pixels...is this correct? That's quite a jump from the standard, or even the Bionic's 540 x 960.
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yep. vigor will be 720p
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