HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Droid Charge

The Verizon line up got a new addition late last week as a second LTE smartphone finally made its way on to the network, the Samsung Droid Charge and with  steeper price tag of $299.99 compared to the $250 Thunderbolt, the Samsung Droid Charge will no doubt have to pack something extra if it hopes to steal some of that thunder away from the Thunderbolt. Specs wise both are quite similar, with the HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung Droid Charge packing similar sized 4.3-inch displays, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 1GHz single core processors and Android 2.2 Froyo and the differences here are subtle, with the Samsung Droid Charge going with Super AMOLED technology and a Hummingbird chipset, while the Thunderbolt sticks with TFT LCD and a Snapdragon chip……..


Samsung Droid Charge or also known as SCH-i510, apparently will be the second smartphone marketed by Verizon to supports their LTE4G network and he outstanding Internal Comparison and Competitive comparison sheet, Droid Charge of sticking in there, and instead of LG Revolution or Motorola Targa. Both of these LTE smartphones have 4.3 inch 480×800 pixels resolution displays, but the Droid Charge blows away the ThunderBolt with its Super AMOLED Plus display compared to the nice super LCD one on the ThunderBolt. They both run Android 2.2 with single core 1 GHz processors, have 1.3 megapixel front facing cameras and 8 megapixel rear cameras, and included 32GB microSD card. They both support DLNA, but the Droid Charge has an HDMI port and HTC Thunderbolt is going to be the first model by this range to take the benefits of 4G-LTE network. HTC is starting to get into the media business with HTC Watch on the HTC Flyer, but the ThunderBolt is currently limited to BlockBuster. Samsung does well with media and includes their Media Hub on the Droid Charge, along with a $25 credit to use for movie rentals.



  • Design:- HTC Thunderbolt has the dimensions of 121*62*14mm and the weight is 177g. However Samsung Droid charge is of 130*68*12mm and the weight of this model is just 143g. It shows that Samsung Droid has the advantage here.
  • Display:- HTC has TFT technology with the resolution of 480*800 pixels. Whereas Samsung has Super AMOLED Plus technology. There is no difference in resolution. Both of these models have capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch, proximity sensor, and light sensor facility.
  • Memory:- The model of HTC has the memory Slot Type of microSDHC and microSD. The maximum card size is 32GB. Furthermore the built-in memory is of 8192MB. The slot type of Samsung is same and the maximum card size is 32GB. There is no doubt that HTC is ahead from their competitors. Internal storage capacity of Thunderbolt is 8GB whereas Droid has 2GB of onboard memory. RAM and ROM of Thunderbolt is also more in comparison to Droid. You can use 768MB in Thunderbolt whereas Droid offers 512MB. Therefore it is totally up to the user that how much the requirement is. Those people who require huge memory can give preference to HTC.
  • Connectivity:- HTC contains the Bluetooth version of 2.1. It also has EDR and Wi-Fi (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n). Headphone connector is of 3.5mm. DLNA and microUSB is also present. Samsung has also included Wi-Fi and microUSB. However Bluetooth version is 3.0. We can say that connectivity of Samsung is somewhat better than others.
  • Multimedia:- HTC has music player and it supports various formats like MP3, AMR, WAV, MIDI, and OGG. Video Playback is also there. It can support MPEG4, 3GP, and XviD. YouTube player and FM radio is also available. Samsung is also loaded with all these facilities like YouTube, Video Playback and music player. Therefore both are equal in terms of multimedia support.
  • Battery:- The battery capacity of HTC Thunderbolt is 1400 mAh. The standby time is 330 hours where as the talk-time is 6.30 hours. The power of the battery is 1600 mAh in Samsung here. Talk-time is also more which is 11 hours. On the other hand the standby time is 280 hours here.
  • Camera:- The camera of both the models is of 8MP and both contain the additional camera of 1.3MP. There is not much difference in Video capture facility also. Therefore both are almost equal in terms of camera.
  • Price:- The price of Samsung Droid charge is $300 with a two-year contract while the price of HTC Thunderbolt is $174.99 only. The price of Thunderbolt with only phone is $669.99 only.
Spec type DROID Charge ThunderBolt
CPU 1GHz Hummingbird 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655
Display 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus 4.3″ SLCD
OS Android 2.2 (Froyo) with TouchWiz UI Android 2.2 (Froyo) with Sense UI
Front camera 1.3MP 1.3MP
Rear camera 8MP with 720P HD recording 8MP with 720p HD recording
RAM 512MB 768MB
Internal storage 2GB 8GB (though not all of that storage is usable)
Included SD card 32GB 32GB
DLNA support Yes Yes
Buttons Physical Capacitive
Size 130 mm x 68 mm x 12 mm 122 mm x 66 mm x 13.2 mm
Weight 143g 177g
Battery capacity 1600 mAh 1400 mAh
Price on contract $299 $249


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