Samsung’s Infuse 4G vs Droid Charge 4G: Equally Powerful, But Not Really

July 11, 2011

The Samsung Infuse 4G and Samsung Droid Charge 4G have rather similar features, although they hardly look the same on the outside. Both Android smartphones are also visually appealing and pretty, but a closer inspection of their various aspects will reveal not just a wide overlap of features and specs but also slight–but relevant–differences. Choosing between the two Android smartphones can be tricky if outward looks are made the sole basis for choosing one.

Android Authority presents this comparison review of the Samsung Infuse 4G and the Samsung Droid Charge 4G, so that you can make an informed decision about which Android smartphone is best for you.

Physical Aspects

We begin our point-by-point comparison with the most immediate point of attraction–the exterior appearance and the physical build of the smartphone.

Here are the facts straight from the spec sheets:

Samsung Infuse 4G Samsung Droid Charge 4G
Height, width, depth 5.2 in x 2.8 in x 0.35 in (132 mm x 71.12 mm x 8.89 mm) 5.11 in x 2.66 in x 0.46 in (129.79 mm x 67.56 mm x 11.68 mm)
Weight 4.6 oz (130.41 g) 5.04 oz (142.88 g)

The Infuse 4G is slightly taller and wider than the Droid Charge 4G, but it is also significantly thinner. For most people, the small difference in height and width matters only very slightly, but thickness is a big factor. In this case, the Infuse 4G has the upper hand.

Despite being taller and wider than the Droid Charge 4G, the Infuse 4G is amazingly lighter, as well–a fact that makes the phone more appealing than the Droid Charge 4G. Who wants to carry a heavy phone in one’s pocket anyway?

Both phones have enclosures made of hard plastic–palpably plastic, yet easy to grasp and not cheap to the touch or to the sight.

In terms of prettiness or beauty, we leave the judgment to you. After all, beauty is relative. Some people will find the Samsung Infuse 4G’s rectangular shape with roundish corners much more practical and simpler–probably even stylishly classic. Others will find the Samsung Droid Charge’s slightly curved, slightly tapered bottom edge more trendy, modern, and adventurous.

As far as physical aspects are concerned, the Samsung Infuse 4G gets our vote for being thinner and lighter than the Droid Charge 4G.

Display

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the smartphone’s screen is the window to the inner workings of its electronic entrails.

Samsung Infuse 4G Samsung Droid Charge 4G
Screen size 4.5 inches 4.3 inches
Technology Super AMOLED Plus Super AMOLED Plus
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Colors 16.8 million 16.8 million

Both the Samsung Infuse 4G and the Samsung Droid Charge 4G employ Super AMOLED Plus display technology, which accounts for brighter display even under direct sunlight. Both phones get equal votes for Super AMOLED Plus and equal screen resolutions.

However, the Droid Charge 4G’s having a smaller physical screen (4.3 inches) also gives it a higher pixel density than does the Infuse 4G (4.5 inches). The higher pixel density on the Droid Charge 4G makes images displayed on its screen much sharper and more vivid than those on the Infuse 4G.

The two phones parallel each other in terms of display technology and resolution, but the Droid Charge 4G has a sharper display owing to a higher pixel density–and for this, it gets our vote. Yet, we give the Infuse 4G a vote, too, for besting the Droid Charge 4G in terms of screen estate. The Infuse 4G simply has a larger display, which, for some people, may be a huge decision-making factor.

Computing Power

Samsung Infuse 4G Samsung Droid Charge 4G
Processor Samsung Hummingbird, single-core Samsung Hummingbird, single-core
Speed 1.2 GHz 1.0 GHz
Operating system Android 2.2 Froyo Android 2.2 Froyo
RAM 512 MB 512 MB
Inbuilt storage 16 GB 2 GB
External storage 32 GB (microSD, microSDHC) 32 GB (microSD, microSDHC)
Battery Li-ion, 1750 mAh Li-ion, 1600 mAh
Battery standby time 400 hours 280 hours
Battery talk time 8 hours 11 hours

Compared to a dual-core, the single-core processor of both the Samsung Infuse 4G and the Samsung Droid Charge 4G would pale in comparison. But, considering that both smartphones have the same single-core processor type (Samsung Hummingbird), the Samsung Infuse 4G has the superior advantage of a 1.2-GHz processor. In contrast, the Samsung Droid Charge 4G has a 1.0-GHz processor. Does the extra 1/5 GHz in the Samsung Infuse 4G matter? You bet it does. The faster performance translates to lesser waiting time for running apps and browsing the Web.

As far as operating system, RAM, and external storage are concerned, both smartphones don’t outdo each other. It is in one other area that the the Samsung Infuse 4G outdoes the Samsung Droid Charge 4G–in its 16-gigabyte internal storage capacity, which is practically 8 times more than the Droid Charge 4G’s built-in storage. That simply means more room for photos, videos, and digital files.

The more powerful processor speed of the Samsung Infuse 4G also makes it drain its battery faster than does the Droid Charge 4G, which explains why the Infuse 4G’s talk time is shorter than the Droid Charge 4G’s talk time. However, since the Infuse 4G’s battery has a bigger capacity (1750 mAh), it lasts longer on standby compared to the Droid Charge 4G.

From an objective perspective, the Droid Charge 4G has a greater talk-to-standby ratio, and for that, we are wont to give the Droid Charge 4G our vote for battery power. Battery endurance is very crucial to us because we intend to use our smartphones rather than use them to decorate our office desks or dining room tables.

But, then again, the Samsung Infuse 4G gives up to 8 hours of continuous use before the battery conks out–and that’s not completely bad at all, considering the smoother performance that the Samsung Infuse 4G owes to its faster processor.

Thus, considering both processing power vis-a-vis battery power, we feel that the Samsung Infuse 4G strikes a better balance between battery longevity and the tradeoff for having a faster processor.

Multimedia (Photos, Videos, and Music)

Samsung Infuse 4G Samsung Droid Charge 4G
Rear camera (main) 8 megapixels (3264×2448) 8 megapixels (3264×2448)
Rear camera video capture 1280×720 (720p HD) 1280×720 (720p HD)
Front camera (secondary) 1.3 megapixels (1280×1024), with video call support 1.3 megapixels (1280×1024), with video call support
Music player Yes Yes
Video playback Yes Yes
Multimedia streaming Audio and video Audio and video
YouTube player Yes Yes
Voice recording Yes Yes

In terms of multimedia capabilities, it’s a tie for both the Samsung Infuse 4G and Samsung Droid Charge 4G. However, since multimedia functions require processor power, we feel that the Samsung Infuse 4G performs better in this area. Yet, multimedia functions also eat up battery power, in which area the Samsung Droid Charge 4G offers longer use time.

Internet, Network, and Connectivity

Samsung Infuse 4G Samsung Droid Charge 4G
4G HSPA+ LTE
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Wi-Fi hotspot Yes Yes
USB USB 2.0, microUSB USB 2.0, microUSB
HDMI Yes Yes
DLNA Yes Yes
Internet browsing support HTML, Flash HTML, HTML5, Flash

Both the Samsung Infuse 4G and the Samsung Droid Charge 4G are capable of 4G speeds. However, when deciding on the basis of high-speed broadband alone, we’ll give our vote to the Samsung Droid Charge 4G for one simple fact: Verizon Wireless’ 4G/LTE speed is much faster than AT&T’s.

Both smartphones also support Flash, which makes both phone equally capable of accessing Flash-enabled multimedia content on the Internet. The Samsung Infuse 4G, however, has a slight disadvantage against the Samsung Droid Charge 4G, because the latter has HTML5 video support, the presence of which can make a very big difference in accessing rich multimedia content.

In terms of 4G speeds, the Samsung Droid Charge 4G wins for now, yet not on account of the Samsung Infuse 4G’s inability for LTE speeds but on account of AT&T’s sloppy 4G. If the Samsung Infuse 4G were to go with Verizon’s 4G/LTE, it would theoretically perform much faster than the Droid Charge 4G.

Carrier Prices

Samsung Infuse 4G Samsung Droid Charge 4G
Carrier AT&T Verizon Wireless
No-contract price US$549.99 US$569.99
Handset price with 2-year contract US$199.99 US$299.99
Least-priced network service plan US$39.99 monthly (450 free minutes) US$39.99 monthly (450 free minutes)
Least-priced messaging service plan US$10.00 monthly (1,000 text, picture, video, and Instant Messaging (IM) messages) US$5.00 monthly (250 text, picture, video, and Instant Messaging (IM) messages)
Least-priced data access plan US$15.00 monthly (200 MB) US$30.00 monthly (2 GB)

Each of the two carriers has various pricing schemes, packages, and service plans. We leave the evaluation and assessment of each carrier’s services to you.

However, we’d like to point out our thoughts on the basis of the handset retail prices. On the one hand, the Samsung Infuse 4G has a lower price, although it’s just US$20 lower, than the Samsung Droid Charge 4G’s price. With the Infuse 4G’s bigger storage capacity and faster processor, the lower price is a good catch. On the other hand, the extra US$20 that you spend for the Samsung Droid Charge 4G might be a better price deal for its sharper display, longer battery life, and HTML5 support.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we reach a decision logjam. We frankly found it hard to choose between the two. To choose between the two is just like having to choose between a beautiful woman and another beautiful woman (or between a hunk and another hunk). It simply isn’t easy to choose one, although humor says the easier route might be to have the two and hope that no one accuses us of being greedy.

However, for those who desire the smartphone with more power than the other, the Samsung Infuse 4G is a better choice–especially with its faster processor and its good balance of battery life and performance. Those who have the eyes of a hawk and who prefer superb display coupled with longer use time, the Samsung Droid Charge 4G is the right option, with its bigger pixel density and longer battery power. Those who get a thrill from fast 4G speeds will also want to get the Samsung Droid Charge 4G, although compared to the Samsung Infuse 4G, the Droid Charge 4G has less storage capacity and a slightly slower processor.

At the end of the day, and if the choice has to boil down to just one, you will be forced to figure out what features you are willing to trade for the features that you require. Which of these two Android smartphones will you choose?

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Comments

  • hank

    Nice comparison dude, sick photos and to the point.

  • Bobhope

    this is thee worst review I have EVER read,

  • Androidauthoritysucksdick

    you guys honestly sound like your sucking At&T’s Dic** for your free infuse and in return you promised a terrible review sided towards there phone…use REAL websites people “phonescoop” “phone arena” etc. or do like me I called Samsung ….I like both phones by the way but your review leans completely one way unless you absolutely have to vote for the charge …. To article author: Fuc* You !!

    • RexGene

      Wow man, if you hate it so much why do you come here? Get a life and leave the hate out.

    • m b

      How do we know YOU didn’t suck Verizon’s Dic** for a free Droid Charge and in return promise an ignorant, idiotic comment bashing Android Authority and AT&T? If you read the ENTIRE article, NOT just the parts you WANT to read, you will see that they bash NEITHER phone, and in fact, CRITICIZE AT&T for their “sloppy 4G”, ruling out your unfounded accusation of Android Authority supposedly “sucking At&T’s Dic** “. They base all their comparisons using ONLY cold hard facts and quantitative data, and leave matters of opinion (such as size, shape, battery life vs CPU power, screen size vs pixel density) entirely to the reader.

      By the way, just out of curiosity, how exactly do you suck d!ck and type at the same time? You couldn’t have used speech recognition, your voice would be muffled by the d!ck in your mouth.

  • Gormleydj

    I want a samsung infuse so bad!!!!