Not a phone for texting April 6, 2012
Reviewer: john replogle
We bought this phone in a hurry about six weeks ago because we needed a mobile hotspot. But --false alarm-- we didn't need the hotspot after all, so don't know how well it works. The GPS is amusing when you can get an address punched in, and it's nice to read email, but if you ever need to write with the key pad and just get it done, forget it. It's almost impossible to get the correct word punched in because the letters don't enter correctly no matter how slow and careful you are at hitting the right key. For someone who texts or emails a lot, or expects to surf the web easily, this phone would be very frustrating.
Utter Piece of Garbage March 29, 2012
Reviewer: Kent Walker
This phone is the worst piece of trash I have ever owned. Other than the way it looks and feels there is nothing good about it.
I had 3 of these break down and was going on my 4th before I badgered Verizon into giving me something else. Here are just a few of the things that went wrong with my phones:
GPS didn't function well - often said I was miles away from my actual location; said I was moving when I was standing still; took 20 or more minutes to locate GPS.
Static - horrible static on my end of the phone only. I'm not talking here about just a poor connection. I mean static and buzzing so loud I had to terminate the call because the other person was inaudible.
Wouldn't connect to 4G for data transfer - made phone calls in 4G, but defaulted to 3G for data.
Ghost key pushing - often acted as though I was pushing keys when the phone when I wasn't touching it; it would open up apps, start functions, make emergency calls, etc. It was WIERD.
No amount of standing in line at Verizon Wireless stores or on the phone with tech support solved these problems. I bet I wasted 20-30 hours with tech support on calls and in person.
Do yourself a favor: do NOT take this phone even if it is FREE. Save yourself the headache and get something else.
great phone February 17, 2012
Reviewer: Morgan R. Lindbergh "govinda" (Olympia, WA) -
Upgraded for free at amazon from the original droid. The only thing i would like is better predictive typing, i (believe i can install that though) perhaps a physical keyboard too. I'm overall very impressed, you can download vlingo - better voice recognition than siri. the charge beat the iphone 4s in consumer reports for a reason - 4g speeds, navigation, beautiful large screen and it is Free! (with new two year contract)
Good phone, but very bad battery life February 7, 2012
Reviewer: Christopher Manydeeds (New Town, ND USA) -
The Samsung Droid Charge is my first smart phone. It has a wonderful 4G connection for data that is very, very fast. The screen is great. The major drawback is the battery. With the 4G on, the battery life is somewhere between 4-6 hours typically.
This phone really acts like a mini-tablet with phone capabilities. When I first had this phone, I was troubled by the poor quality of battery life. I am not the only one, since if you do a search, you can find plenty of secondary vendors offering huge battery packs for the phone. I did some research about two months after having the phone and I found the solution: turn off the 4G.
Turning off the 4G is pretty simple. Use the drawdown menu at the top of the phone screen and turn off the data. With the data off, it behaves like any other phone and you can get 48 hours of standby time.
Other issues I encountered with this phone are the dizzying array of apps for preserving power. The biggest problem: they interfered with the 4G operation. I have dumped them all. I am my own juice defender now.
The other issue with 4G is the apps use the 4G constantly, contributing to the battery drain. Many of the apps push data into the phone constantly. I am still trying to figure out how to tailor these apps to use the 4G only when I need it. The easiest fix is to turn off the 4G when I am not using it.
The phone is pretty big, but I am working around that issue. If you have a big screen, the phone is going to be big, no matter how thin it is.
Overall, I would rate this phone as inferior to the iPhone 4S (my spouse's), but a lot of it comes from a lack of manuals and technical support. You have to work with this phone; the phone does not work with you. If there were some more support when you buy this phone, expectations would be different. As it is, you have to learn the "ins and outs" of this phone. Comparatively, I do not believe my spouse ever thought twice about her iPhone 4S.
I have now had the phone nearly 2 years. Some of the issues with the phone are still issues today. This is a 1st generation 4G phone and had a lot of issues.
1. The power drain and battery life are terrible. I went from a cell phone with 2 weeks of stanby time and 5 hours of talk time to a phone with 4 hours of standby time and 2 hour of talk time. The Droid Charge is well below my expectations in this part and is the biggest failure of the phone. Shame on you Samsung for sending out a substandard product.
2. The 4G surfing is wonderful and quick. I cannot imagine going back to a slower phone with 3G. However, while the 4G is everywhere now, it was only in a few select cities when I bought the phone. When not in a 4G area, the power drain is especially high and the phone can get HOT.
3. In fact, the only way you know something is not right with your phone is because it becomes HOT. The apps run regardless of how you try to manage them. When they are downloading when you are sitting on a subway or in a meeting, the hotter the phone becomes. This is not a good thing because the hotter your phone gets the less battery life you have.
4. The audio quality is poor and became worst over time. Aside from the battery, this is next biggest flaw in the phone. I had much better sound quality from Motorola and Blackberry phones. As a primary function, this failure is inexcusible. Shame on you Samsung.
5. The Android OS is excellent, but good luck getting updates. The phone came out a month or two before the "gingerbread" OS update, but it took nearly 6 months to receive the update. Whereas the Apple OS is updated regularly and increases functionality, Android is basically WYSIWYG when you buy it. Samsung is not in the business to update the OS, but to sell you new phones. Shame on you Samsung, you turned me away from your products.
I LOVE this phone February 1, 2012
Reviewer: gillian pilgrim "Roberta Jean" (the dusty central valley) -
After weeks of researching and comparing, taking price, durability, performance, weight, and lots more into consideration, I decided to go with the Charge.
The back of the case is plastic and scratches easily, which is not a big deal for me as I have purchased a Kraken case for it. The glass seems to be very scratch resistant, although to be honest I have been carrying it around like an eggshell filled with uranium (still waiting for case to be delivered).
The 7-screen setup is fantastic, in my opinion. you can arrange and rearrange your apps to your heart's content and have everything organized to suit your needs.
I was a Blackberry user, so the speed on this thing is still kind of mind-boggling. There are occasional lags, but by "lag" I mean "not in the blink of an eye".
It is big, but compared to any but the newest and most expensive, it is amazingly lightweight - really not significantly heavier than my old Curve.
Last, but not least, I paid a penny for it. A penny.
So - after 2 weeks, I could not be happier with this phone. I thought the transition between BB and Android would be harder, or at least more annoying, but this hasn't been the case. I am now a convert to the Church of the Droid.
On my second... January 9, 2012
Reviewer: Specialty Buyer
This is by far the biggest waste of money I've ever spend on a phone. I'm on my second phone because the Internet just stopped one day after several issues before. Now the calls work about 3/4 of the time, the other 1/4 they are muddled, digitized or just can't be heard from the other side. If you do any business, this is NOT the phone for you. The Internet is intermittent at best. Traveling within other Verizon areas gives you a roaming notice and shuts off your data. I hoped that Gingerbread upgrade would help but it just added to the issues. About every 4 days I have to reboot now or several phone functions won't work. I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE this piece of junk! Maybe some Droids are better but my old blackberry with no flash was at least reliable! DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY (many times)!
great phone! December 16, 2011
I got this phone black friday weekend this year (2011) Ive had blackberry curve pearl and Motorola Droid (the first one) and my fiance has samsung fascinate. The Droid Charge blows them all away! The screen is gorgeous it processes well, and the battery life is good especially for the screen size. The antenna is better than any other phone Ive had too. The phone feels sturdy and solid in my hand. Overall I am in love with this phone.
A few days after I got it there was an update and it is now running on 2.3 gingerbread which is an added bonus. I didn't care for droids or android after the first droid I had but this has completely changed how I feel. It has 4g which isn't available in my area yet but should be in a yr so I feel like I got a somewhat future proof phone(I'm stuck with it now for two yrs!)
There are some good apps that make getting your itunes synced up easy now which was one of my main concerns going for another non apple phone. The 32gb card that comes with the phone is really a nice touch and I have been able to pack ALL of my music and pics off of my computer and I still have 14gb left!
I highly recommend this phone. I know everyone can find things to complain about on any device but if youre looking for a nice device that runs smooth, has a beautiful screen, adequate battery life, and storage for all of your media this is definately worth a look for you- especially considering the price. (I paid $99 at wal-mart and instantly got a $100 wal-mart gift card so basically I paid tax $5 on phone thats it!) Oh and btw the 8 mp camera takes amazing pics too. I couldn't be happier with my phone.
Droid Charge, great smartphone December 9, 2011
The Charge is my first smartphone (unless you count an LG Dare ..... but I only used it as a phone).
I studied for months before deciding on this phone. I'm glad I did my homework. For ME, this is an absolutey GREAT smartphone. I have no major gripes with it, it does what I need it to do. It allows me all sorts of web access and apps downloading and usage. While the camera isn't as great as some of the reviews I read about it, it is fine for quick snapshots. I have a real digital camera for those situations I want quality photographs.
I have had mine since July of this year(2011), and had to manually reboot it one time. It rebooted one time by itself as well. Once in awhile while using the google search field it hesitates for a few seconds, but that may be the 4g signal from verizon. These are minor glitches as far as how much I've used it. I plan on keeping mine for a long time!
Decent phone but just not comparable to the market (even at free) December 8, 2011
I'll keep it real simple since there are plenty of reviews.
The phone got much better after the update to Gingerbread(Firmware 2.3.6.) This phone has great speed, fantastic display, and great touch sensitivity.
This is a decent phone. The concerns about battery life are legitimate, but better batteries now do exist. At this point in time, you can get a much better phone for the price (especially if you are actually paying for this one. Look for a sale on the bionic, or just wait a few more weeks for the Razr to start going on sale.
Since it just got Gingerbread, it is highly likely this phone will NOT be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich (firmware 4.0) And that alone should be enough to look elsewhere.
Good LTE phone but very poor call quality December 8, 2011
I have only one complaint. However this one complaint is critical for a PHONE. POOR call quality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pros: LTE, Nice Screen
Cons: Call quality and built quality
I love this phone! November 28, 2011
Reviewer: Jared Allen Fan #69 "RebelViking912" (Savannah, GA USA) -
This is an awesome smartphone. After reading through customer reviews, and online reviews I decided to go ahead and get the DROID CHARGE. I'm glad I did. Most of the complaints over this phone was that it was running Froyo 2.2 instead of Gingerbread. well that has changed and its rolling out the end of November via over the air update. This phone comes with a 32gb SD card, has an awesome 8 megapixel camera, and I have been able to run the NETFLIX app on it no problem. Let me say that 4G speed is smoking fast. In savannah GA i'm getting over 20 megabytes per second download speeds. That's faster then my home Comcast cable internet. Don't hesitate to get this phone, you can find it for less then a dollar at $am's club along with the Stratosphere, which I almost got. I chose the Charge over the Stratosphere because the screen is better and the camera is higher quality. I love this phone!
Upgrading from a Motorola Original Droid November 27, 2011
Reviewer: M. Margolies "MMM" (Kentucky) -
Most of my comments will be in relation to my original Motorola Droid which I loved when I got it but it seemed to get slower and slower, I've even gone back to factory defaults to get it to run, finally rooted it and upped the clock speed which helped but it was having other problems too and needed to be replaced.
Before the review let me vent a little, I've been a Verizon customer over 10 years with two plans, one for my work so I could write it off separately from a family plan we have for my wife and kids. We pay them far too much every month! I'm still mad that a new customer can come in and get a new Razr Droid or Bionic phone for free via amazon and other places but for a long time existing customer who pays on two accounts for years has to pay nearly $300.00 to get the latest Droid or iPhone. If I jump carriers then I can get a free phone at some other company, I know people jump every two years because of this so LISTEN UP Verizon and everyone else, your loyalty programs is not working! Reward us for staying not for leaving!
Anyway I wanted to vent to a Verizon salesmen who stopped me at my local Sams Club on Black Friday and he told me about the $1.01 (after taxes) deal for a Droid X2 or a Samsung Charge. I did not want the Charge but it was a big improvement over my original Droid so I made the leap. So far I'm happy, here are my observations:
Its lighter than my old phone despite having a much larger screen.
The battery seems to last twice as long as my Motorola Droid did, even when it was new.
4G is super fast, although it's not everywhere I go, the 3G and wifi seem faster in rural areas because the phone is so much faster itself.
The screen is large, bright and super sharp. I watched a movie on it streaming and it looked great!
Skyping is great with the front camera and works very well.
I love the camera, its fast and the pictures look great! Surprisingly bright and clear.
A little thinner than my old phone.
Upgraded interface is nice too.
I love and hate the permanent dock that houses the phone and other icons. (see con below) It's a faster way to get to the phone (hey thats what I actually use mine for most of the time) and it loads faster than the main desktops so I really appreciate the speed up!
What were they thinking putting the power/lock button on the right side? I lock my phone constantly as it's exactly where your thumb hits. I'll get used to it but what a dumb design.
I hate the clicking return and home buttons, It's a little thing but its like hitting a button twice so it seems like a slower function than it was on my old phone.
Predictive typing slows me down. I type fast enough on the virtual keyboard, but the predictive typing is often wrong and a pain to override. I'll have to turn it off, this might not me this phone's problem as much as one of the version of the Android os (2.20)
Where is the camera button? I can't locate it, my old phone had a dedicated one, on this phone it much be from the screen I think.
Okay this is Verizon's fault but what a load of bloat wear! I mean there are more than a dozen apps they have pre-installed that you cannot delete, that are only usable if you pay for them! Sure I can root this phone, void the warranty and delete them. Most of them are bad apps anyway, that likely paid Verizon to force them on us. There is like 4 music players alone! So I've moved all the garbage to a folder and off the desktops to hide them but they are still there wasting my time and SC card space.
I love/hate the dock that holds the phone, contacts, messages, and applications icons. I also love it as it's faster to get to these, but I can't find a way to edit this dock to get rid of messages and applications which I rarely use and would rather replace them with Chomp and a browser icon. Great Idea, poorly executed.
All in all I think the Razr and Bionic are better and more refined phones but for the deal I go I'm happy. I still think service is over priced by 200%, and I am still mad that thy punish loyalty and reward fickle carrier jumping, and put a lot of junk on the phone they know most people don't use or want but as to the phone itself I'm happy with it and I'm sure I will like for 18 months and then hope I can finally find a deal on a new iPhone or Motorola that does not penalize me for loyalty.
Pretty Nice But Some Room For Improvement November 18, 2011
Reviewer: Rich Gold (Fairfax, VA) -
Overall this is a good phone, the biggest issue I have is the battery life which I think has more to do with the bloatware then the battery itself. It's ridiculous the amount of pre-installed apps that I cannot delete including games that I have no interest in. An LED to let you know of missed calls, texts, etc would have been nice. The size of the phone is nice and the screen is beautiful. The 4G speed is noticeably faster, but so is the battery drain.
The bootup screen has terrible long noisy crashing/ breaking glass sounds and this wouldn't be so much of a problem if it didn't just reboot itself from time to time. Also on the topic of horrible sounds, twice through each battery cycle, the phone has a full volume BEEP BEEP to alert you of low battery. There is no way to turn this off, adjust the volume or the sound. This even occurs if the phones is in silent or vibrate modes. I like to let my battery drain all the way down before charging and this is really annoying. Especially when in a meeting at work or SLEEPING and the alert occurs. I'm going to root this phone if for no other reason than to get rid of this sound.
The speakerphone is not very good. Voices get fuzzy even at the lowest setting and turned all the way up, it's practically inaudible. I like to use this while I'm driving, but it is basically worthless because the audio quality is so poor.
The camera takes pretty nice pictures but what is up with not allowing you to use the camera when the battery is low. I don't care, that the battery is at 10%, I want to take a picture.
The battery is pretty bad. I know that it has a big screen and is a 4G phone, but even with the data antenna turned off and not using the screen at all, I often see huge chunks of my battery disappear even when I'm not using it and often with all antennas turned off. For example overnight with nothing running and no data antennas on, I usually lose 20% - 30% of my battery when I check it the next morning. I have tried every task killer and battery optimizer app out there and adjusted settings for optimal battery life with little change. Also, this thing charges pretty slow.
Crap phone with a couple of decent features November 7, 2011
Reviewer: jake (SHELBURNE, VT, US) -
This is my first phone with Verizon after coming from an iPhone 4 on ATT. I've been very happy with Verizon's network, but this phone is a piece of crap. For starters, Samsung/Verizon haven't released the update for this phone - it's still running Android 2.2.1 and they refuse to announce any estimated date for an update. That may not be a big deal to some users, but this phone was supposed to be the cream of the crop and it just isn't if they don't provide the update to current versions of the Android platform.
As most other owners will tell you, the battery sucks on this thing too. I've managed to tweak a bunch of settings and if I don't use it much it may last the day without a charge, but that's not very common. Starting my day at 9am with a full charge, my normal use kills the battery by about 7pm. That's maybe 15 calls, browsing, email, and that's about it. I don't even watch movies or listen to music on the thing.
Speaking of media, the screen is impressive but don't even think of using it at normal brightness unless you're near a charger because it'll run the battery down in no time. The music player isn't terribly impressive either. I also purchased a movie on my Charge but it won't let me play it over the micro HDMI output (says it violates copyrights) which to me, defeats the purpose. If I have a phone that has an HDMI output, and I have a TV with an HDMI input, and I pay $10 for a movie, I should be able to play that movie on my own TV.
Speaking generally, this phone is really, REALLY buggy and causes a lot of frustration. It randomly restarts (sometimes when it's been sitting untouched on my desk for hours), and it frequently freezes up when opening/closing apps. The camera is OK for still shots but if there's any movement whatsoever, you're just ending up with a blurry photo.
You're obviously free to purchase whatever phone you want, but I've given up and am selling my Samsung Charge, and I vow to never buy another Samsung phone. I wish I had done a little more research on Samsung's record of updating their products, but at least it's only 4 months old so I can still get a decent price for my used phone.
Bluetooth woes November 4, 2011
Reviewer: Kirk (WOODBURY, CT, United States) -
I upgraded to the Samsung Droid Charge from an HTC Incredible to take advantage of the bigger screen, 4g, and mobile HotSpot capabilities. Unfortunately, I had to sacrifice some other (very important) base features... like Bluetooth. I have a hands-free system built into my car which I have grown very accustom to. I also like to listen to music and audible from phone while I commute to work. Sadly, the Bluetooth driver has some very annoying drawbacks. First, you can only have a conversation with someone if the phone jack is disconnected. Anytime I make or receive a call, I have to unplug the headphone jack to be heard. I tried to solve this by purchasing a Bluetooth audio receiver (assuming that if it is the jack that is the problem, I just remove it from the equation). So purchased a 'Miccus BluBridge mini-jack Rx' receiver and paired it to the phone. However, it would never connect. Reading the support page from miccus, it says that they have a problems with Samsung phones. After reviewing several forums on the topic, it became apparent that the Droid Charge has several problems with Bluetooth. Some people had echoed similar problems to mine but others had far worse issues. It is a bit disappointing and frustrating being married to a pricey two year contract with Verizon and ending up with a piece of half-baked technology and a costly educational experience.
Not a bad upgrade October 26, 2011
Reviewer: R. Lawrence "Righty from Lefty MN" (Minnesota) -
I upgraded from the Fasinate, which was a pretty good phone. I got this mainly because I was eligable for an upgrade and I like new things. I was torn between this and the iPhone 4s. I worked them both side by side for a bit (at Best Buy) and found the Charge to be a bit (quite a bit actually) faster on internet searches. Being that I was more familier with the Droid and how it operates, I decided on the Charge. Plus it was more than $100.00 cheaper, and I have a Ipod touch. So far so good. The battery is fine, the graphics are fantastic, and it is very easy to operate. In a nut shell, yes, I do recommend this phone for entry level smart phone users to experienced. I do not think you will be diappointed.
Verizon Droid Charge Cell Phone October 23, 2011
Reviewer: Sonya Ann (West Texas) -
I have had my Charge for several months. I am not on the phone a lot and usually use it to read the news or check the stock market. I do not live anywhere near a 4G service so I can only rate it on 3G. However, the phone seems to hold it's battery charge for at least a few days and I have only had one dropped call when I was out of cell range. I like the phone and have none of the bugs or delays that everyone that rated it poorly does. I did download a few apps from the Android market for stocks and news. I carry an AT&T Samsung Infuse as well due to the travelling that I do. I always seem to have service on one or the other. I enjoy both phones and they are both responsive with good call quality. I may have been lucky and gotten a good ones from both companies. I hope this helps.
The...battery...doesn't....last October 2, 2011
Reviewer: A. Veltkamp "hardware engineer"
So now I've been traveling for a while with this phone and I have one slight problem...the battery life on this sucker just plain...well...sucks. I have to turn everything off just to make it last more than a few hours without dying out. If you plan on using the Google Maps Navigation tool, you had better plug this thing in or you will not have any battery life when you get where you are going. I would say that one would be lucky to get 6 hours of battery from this phone a day.
Now that I've established battery life sucks, charging it sucks just the same. If the battery has about 15% life left, it takes about 4 hours for the battery to be fully recharged. I'm. Not. Kidding. So if you are traveling, don't think you can plug it in for 15 minutes to get a hour or two life left. Nope. Doesn't work that way. Expect to be without your phone for about the last hour and a half (okay a little exaggeration on my part, more like an hour).
Also, another warning, if you tether your phone and less than 50% power, I've actually had the case where the phone was using more power than it was being charged through the USB port of my computer. Yep, I was sucking the power out of it while using it....that was cool.
With all that being said, the 4G is fast if you are tethered. If not, then it doesn't make any difference if you are 4G or 3G. The phone speed is just the same.
Hopefully, the future iPhone 5 is 4G and will a) have better battery life, and b) can be fully charged in an hour instead of 4....and I hate Apple for the pure sake of not wanting to be a conformist.
returned two of them September 28, 2011
Reviewer: Honest Engine
After going thru 3 Commando, I then asked for the best phone they got.
The first Charge kept restarting on its own. The second Charge kept slowing down to a crawl and needed a battery pull each time to return it to normal.
The phone has a great screen but I believe it is lacking in the RAM department. Buttons are nice but their location at the very bottom may cause the phone to fall forward out of your hand. Made phone grippy when I added a Body Glove case.
You may love it but I believe that it's not reliable.
Replaced it with a Droid BIONIC.
100% Solid Phone September 27, 2011
Reviewer: Jared Mcallister
I would say this phone is 100% solid for many reasons but it is not an exceptional or particularly memorable phone. I've used it for 3 months now and have a pretty good idea about what I can expect from it from now on. So I'll break it down to what I like and do not like.
+4G LTE capable.
You should know about this already. 4G LTE is the premiere wireless network. It's faster than my home internet and is worth the price of admission (limiting data plans or what have you). Really. If you have 3g and you "think" that's good enough, it's really not. It's the difference between streaming video or not. Go ahead and kid yourself and say that it's not that big of a deal. . .
You should know that every 4G LTE phone is not going to have a great battery life. As it stands now, the technology that powers these radios just eats battery life. This phone has decent battery life until you get in to heavy browsing. Expect to charge your phone daily.
The screen on this phone is terrific. It is bright and sharp and the colors really pop out. Samsung's Super AMOLED screen is one of the best out there, and is up there with Apple's Retina display. I don't think it's *as* great but the 4.3" screen is a nice bonus. I do not want to draw straight comparisons, but I would take the Super AMOLED with 4.3" over a 3.5" Retina display. Turn down the brightness to get the most out of your battery, because keeping it 100% bright is both excessive and a resource drain.
I think this phone has pretty exceptional build quality. I drop my phones and this one stands up to each drop. I do not like the physical buttons, however. It's something that can break in the future. I'm already starting to have slight difficulties with mine and I doubt they will keep up after years of use.
The hardware of the phone is lacking. I have about 250mbs of RAM to deal with after the phone is done hogging the bloatware it insists on running. If I run task manager, I have 5-10 programs I have no interest in *ever* running. If I shut them down, you can bet money on them popping up a minute later.
The processor is *ok* but it is not zippy. It's not sluggish either, it's just mediocre.
The style of the phone is sort of a turn off to me. It's relatively slender, I just down like the rounded top and bottom. The Motorolla Bionic is my ideal phone design. Perhaps a petty complaint.
The phone gets hot if I stream video with LTE. I can still handle the phone fine and it does not "overheat" (unless the screen is 100% bright) but I do not think this is a good recipe to have your phone last for 2 years. Just a heads up.
The bloatware on this phone really hinders the performance on this phone. It doesn't run as fast as it could because of all the trash that needs to run. This can be said for just about any phone I'm sure.
I'm sure you know about 4G LTE speeds, camera, gorilla glass screen, etc etc. so I won't harp on that much.
Yes, this phone is fast, yes, I'd settle for this phone over a Galaxy S2 or whatever spiffy phone that is still slugging with 3g.
Overall, I think this phone is pretty decent. It's not a 3 star phone, but it's not a 5 star phone either. It works and it works well, but it doesn't pop and it's not something you would brag about. It does it's job just well enough to get by and that's it. I don't think you will hate this phone but you won't love it either.
If you have any questions, just ask and I'd be happy to answer. I have no used iPhones or many other Android phones extensively, so keep that in mind.