10-05-2011 09:10 AM
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  1. soulsurvives's Avatar
    I'm actually already considering it. I think the Charge is a terrible phone. Some of its bells and whistles are "WOW" and others are "Really??? UGH!". Call quality is awful, I have to use a headset to make out the muffled sounds on the other end that are coming through. I go through 2 to 3 batteries in ONE DAY with some mild use. I'm sorry, but I have a smart phone to USE it when and how I want to. If I have to make provisions like carry extra batteries, chargers, etc with me whenever I expect to go to do more than carry my phone with no GPS, WIFI, or Bluetooth connected, then it's way too high a maintenance device for me. It doesn't work with my car's bluetooth. GPS often can't find me accurately (and I'm in NYC and metro area), or can't hold my location and is often "searching" (which sucks the life out of the battery too I might add).

    I may have had some issues with my Blackberry, but none where I was this unhappy. I'm probably going back to BB since all the new touchscreens came out (looking for the Verizon Torch). I'd rather have mediocre across the board with some variation of WOW and UGH's vs the rollercoaster that the Charge gives.

    For those who are quick to think I abandoned my BB for a Droid, I didn't. My full touch BB completely croaked after almost 3 years and there was no BB comparable that was out to replace it. I thought I would try something new since I felt I really had no options. As my 10 year old would say ... this has proven to be an EPIC FAIL.

    Not all phones are for all people. Charge has turned me off to Droids. Sorry
    yeah I guess if your goin thru 2-3 batteries a day with mild use it must be a bad unit....I charge mine during the day but like you say....it's a smart phone and I'm gonna use it....my GPS is not as good as my blackberry was but it does what I need it to.....would not leave this phone...for me it has minor issues but no phone is perfect...
    09-15-2011 01:59 PM
  2. Orcares's Avatar
    Even as frustrated as I have been with the Charge, I can't say it's been as bad as frannip's has been. I charge my battery at night, and with moderate use throughout the day, I'm good until late in the day or early evening without needing to recharge it at all. It is almost 1:30 in the afternoon right now, and I've been talking a lot on it today, and I'm at 62%. It connects to the Bluetooth in my Lexus without a problem every time I get in the car. WiFi hasn't really given me any troubles either. Call quality has been great, on both my old one and this replacement device. And, like I said before... The GPS on this replacement device they sent me has been smoking fast. I can't say that for the one I'm replacing, which took FOREVER. I don't know what is different, but it picks me up inside my house within 10 seconds.
    09-15-2011 02:23 PM
  3. swenpro's Avatar
    Call quality is awful, I have to use a headset to make out the muffled sounds on the other end that are coming through.
    Interesting... I thought the call quality of this phone was one of its major perks. I have never heard a voice come through so clear!

    I owned the DInc2 for a day, and the call quality was definitely inferior. Another DInc2 owner agreed with me on this. Strangely digital sounding.

    Overall I am okay with this phone. Like others, I hope data dropping and GPS lock get improved on the update.
    09-15-2011 03:02 PM
  4. atlantar6's Avatar
    I have the gps lock problem and call quality sucks as well. My Jawbone BT sounds horrible.

    Lately it has been locking up and randomly rebooting. I uninstalled all the recent Apps and don't know what it is, might be time to reset.

    I still like the phone though, just not as much as I did.
    09-15-2011 04:38 PM
  5. Brian McPhail's Avatar
    GPS works great for me! I'm running the Gingerbread leak. I used it the other day after I flashed that ROM and I was excited to see how quickly it locked and how beautifully it worked!

    Sounds promising.. be nice to get that update OTA soon..
    09-15-2011 07:29 PM
  6. recDNA's Avatar
    I have a Charge. I like most things about it, but I've been having data connectivity issues with it. They have offered me pretty much any other device besides the Bionic for a free replacement. I would prefer to stay with a 4g phone, but I'll consider something else if you feel it is simply that amazing.

    So, the question is...

    If you could leave the Charge for anything besides a Bionic, would you? What would you get if so? If not, what about it makes you love it so much that you'd stay with it?

    Thanks! Greatly appreciate the opinions.
    I'd scream for the bionic if I were you. They've essentially admitted your phone is bogus so why shouldn't you get the best?
    09-15-2011 07:38 PM
  7. Chris2183's Avatar
    GPS:

    They sent me a certified "like-new" device to see if that fixes my data connectivity issues. Of course, it didn't (hopefully the patch later this month will get it fixed). HOWEVER, my GPS on this replacement device is SMOKING fast... Locks on within a few seconds. The other phone took forever sometimes. So, what changed? Who knows...
    If the patch has the same EP1W radios that is currently leaked it is not the end all cure all to the data problem. Ive been running the leaked radios for a week now and while they are better they are far from perfect.
    09-15-2011 07:45 PM
  8. Orcares's Avatar
    I'd scream for the bionic if I were you. They've essentially admitted your phone is bogus so why shouldn't you get the best?
    The "best" is certainly debatable... The Bionic's innards are certainly the best, but they slapped the ugliest screen in the whole Verizon lineup on top of it. It's like putting a Ferrari drive-train under a Kia body. It's too bad really... Verizon could have finally had a pretty sexy device. I don't think I could look beyond the screen on the Bionic after coming from the Charge's screen.
    09-16-2011 11:25 AM
  9. rbess1965's Avatar
    I like my charge most of the time. Love the screen and the things I can do on LTE. My problems I believe are related to low ram. For this reason I am going to attempt to move into one of the new phones with 1gb of ram. Not even sure I care which one. Probably the one with the best battery life. Won't make a move until I can choose between the HTC vigor, Samsung Prime or the Lg Optimus.

    Updated 10/07. Looking at the Samsung Prime to lead the field at this point. Price and Battery will be important but the hope for a pure Google OS and 4.5 screen is going to get my attention.
    09-21-2011 12:29 PM
  10. rbess1965's Avatar
    I'd scream for the bionic if I were you. They've essentially admitted your phone is bogus so why shouldn't you get the best?
    Sorry but the Bionic isn't going to be your best option in about a month or so. 1Ghz processor vs. 1.5, VGA front camera vs. 1.3megapixel or maybe even 2mp and not to forget a qhd pentile screen vs the new 720p hd's or new Super Amoled HD screen. Next couple of months will give you at least 3 better LTE options. I'd be patient for now.
    09-21-2011 12:55 PM
  11. piizzadude's Avatar
    The Bionic reminds me of explosive diarrhea. Sleek, fast and can be impressive but at the end of the day it still looks like a turd.

    About the mention of the Patch that is coming later. The only one we know of is the leaked EP1W, but that has been in the can for over a month now. I would not be surprised if it wasnt tweaked even further by the time they actually get around to releasing it.

    Also, it isnt just the radios that are changing, it is going to be GB so some other things will improve as well.

    As I am sure I have said in this thread, the only thing to make me think of leaving the Charge right now is the Prime. It is a Sammy phone (screen) without having to wait for the updates. Kinda sounds like nirvana to me
    09-21-2011 01:04 PM
  12. rbess1965's Avatar
    It appears that others already know that LTE may be an issue for the GPS. LightSquared Says It Has Cheap and Easy GPS Fix (Phone Scoop)
    09-21-2011 02:51 PM
  13. GramieDroid's Avatar
    What new Modem?? I must have missed something!
    09-25-2011 02:04 PM
  14. piizzadude's Avatar
    EP1W. There is a thread on it over in the ROMs section and if you follow the link, you will find just the modems that you can flash with ODIN. I have been using them since they were ripped and they are great.
    09-25-2011 03:10 PM
  15. dwitherell's Avatar
    What new Modem?? I must have missed something!
    I agree with piizzadude - and the EP1W radio can be found here.
    09-25-2011 03:22 PM
  16. kenshell's Avatar
    Taking the Bionic out of the mix makes it easy. Nothing.
    09-26-2011 04:59 PM
  17. delco714's Avatar
    Eyes now fixed on droid razr. Maybe the nexus prime, but likely the razr
    09-26-2011 09:38 PM
  18. atlantar6's Avatar
    Galaxy s2 if Verizon had it.
    09-27-2011 06:30 AM
  19. Orcares's Avatar
    Taking the Bionic out of the mix makes it easy. Nothing.
    Today Verizon offered me a Bionic... What to do??? The screen is just so bad... But the rest it's fairly impressive.
    09-27-2011 08:03 PM
  20. piizzadude's Avatar
    I forget and do not feel like going back through the thread, did you look at both screens side by side? That would be a majority of the answer of what to do right there.
    09-27-2011 09:11 PM
  21. Orcares's Avatar
    I forget and do not feel like going back through the thread, did you look at both screens side by side? That would be a majority of the answer of what to do right there.
    I know... The Bionic screen is hideous to say the least. But will it have better resale value than the Charge when the Prime comes out?
    09-27-2011 09:30 PM
  22. piizzadude's Avatar
    I know... The Bionic screen is hideous to say the least. But will it have better resale value than the Charge when the Prime comes out?
    Without a doubt, it is newer and the guts are very nice.
    09-27-2011 09:36 PM
  23. Orcares's Avatar
    Bionic will be here Monday... Hope I don't regret it...
    10-01-2011 09:18 PM
  24. piizzadude's Avatar
    just don't ever look at another phone screen again and you will be fine. I know I could never get used to that one.
    10-01-2011 09:28 PM
  25. ellisz's Avatar
    Saw a bionic with the extended battery yesterday. Screen is not as nice but I would take that phone with the big battery. Barely added 1/8" to the thickness. Fast phone with a good battery would be nice. Is motorola the only company with a good, thin extended battery?

    Is verizon swapping bionics for bad charges? I would be tempted.
    10-03-2011 06:35 PM
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