Samsung Fascinate Review

This is a TekGoblin DoubleTake Review, first Review written by Solomon M., Second by Matt Jurek.

Wow! That is what I said when I checked out the all new Verizon Samsung Fascinate earlier this month when it was originally released and saw the great resolution display, really look brilliant on this thin and light slab of phone. Well it has almost been a month since I have received the device and I know it has is overdue, but here is our review on the device. The Fascinate comes to us as one of the most power-packed Android devices on Verizon Wireless. It features Android 2.1, a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display, Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor, 5-Megapixel Camera with LED Flash and HD video recording, Six-axis sensor…the list can go on with this device.


Verizon Wireless is the last carrier to release their own Samsung Galaxy S line of devices out of the big 4 (T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon). Now some can view that as a bad move with mobile phone technology rapidly changing and the Fascinate being nearly mirror image of other Galaxy S device except for some slight difference and others could say that Verizon has had the ability to see how other carrier have either failed or succeeded in the success of Galaxy S Android devices. Well there are some usually suspects with this device similar to other Android offering with Verizon. We have the 3G device running on EVDO REV. A speeds. 3G Mobile hotspot is also preinstalled on this device to enable it to be used as a mobile wireless router for WIFI enabled devices, for an optional feature cost of $20 a month.


The Fascinate is 4-inch touch screen device which is just as light as it is thin at 4.5 ounces(4.18” x 2.5” x 0.39”)! The touch screen is an Super Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode Display (AMOLED), which means if you own or plan to get this device your are going to experience a very high resolution screen where the colors are more rich, crisp, and practically no issues with glare. The screen also helps those power entertainment users for movies and gaming to enjoy less power consumption with longer battery life with this technology from Samsung. The Samsung 1GHz Hummingbird Processor shows much more potential from what we have seen from its counterparts from Qualcomm. The Fascinate also features Micro-USB charger/data port, 2GB of internal memory along side a pre-installed 16GB Micro-SD Card which gives you a nice 18GB of storage memory out of the box. We also have a 3.5mm jack for audio listening, but we it appears that Samsung has chosen to opt out of including any corded stereo headphones as it has done with other devices. Of course we have WIFI (802.11 b/g/n), and stereo bluetooth technology in addition to a 5-Megapixel Camera/Camcorder that is equipped with LED flash and auto-focus as well as HD video recording and playback (720p). We were happy to know that the Verizon Galaxy S phone would include a LED flash as it was not built on the Galaxy S device from T-Mobile and AT&T. Prior to its release or mention we thought only the Sprint one make claim to having Flash for the camera, but it looks like Verizon saw what consumers wanted from the other carriers and included the best of everything on their Galaxy S offering. The battery is listed by Samsung as having nearly 6 hours of talk-time, but our tests have seen it last up to 7 hours for usage on average.


The Samsung Fascinate still comes with Androd 2.1, and the update of 2.2 somewhere in the horizon. The Android experience is augmented by the Samsung created user interface called TouchWiz that is skinned on top of the stock Android from Google. A new thing to mention about this particular device is the choice that Verizon Wireless has made to issue Microsoft Bing as the default search option for this Google Android device. Now Google is still an option to change to from Bing as your main search engine on device, but it is different to see Verizon making this choice for all their Android devices for the foreseeable future as main search option out of the box. There is plenty of application pre-installed on the Fascinate like 3G Mobile Hotspot, Skype Mobile, and Need for Speed:Shift. Swype optional on-screen keyboard comes pre-installed and of course you have full exchange support.


In all, the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon Wireless packs an Android punch with its blazing fast speed, remarkable size and weight, large high resolution display, and all its many features. I have noticed that the original price of $199.99 with 2-yr contract after rebate has gone on sale in certain stores such as Best Buy recently down to $149.99, as of 09/30/2010, so that makes for a great device and great price. Please leave your remarks or opinions in the comments field below and share your own experiences if you own or have used the Samsung Fascinate.

TekGoblin DoubleTake written by Matt Jurek

First Impressions

When I first picked up this phone I immediately said WOW! this is extremely light. The phone weighs in at only 4.5 ounces which is very noticeable when compared to the iPhone 4 at 4.8 ounces. The phone at first glance feels very close to the iPhone, it seems very easy to use. However the phone does not have that ‘expensive’ feel or the style that the iPhone 4 has.


The AMOLED screen is absolutely gorgeous, you will absolutely love how deep and vibrant the colors are on this phone. The beautiful display is complimented with support for 16.7 million colors and capacitive multi-touch support.


This phone is complimented with a 5 megapixel camera for superb picture quality. Take a look below at some of the pictures that were taken with the Fascinate.

The picture quality on the above pictures isn’t that bad for a phone. The 5MP camera is living up to its name on the Fascinate. After taking pictures with the phone I thought I would take a short video clip with it and its uploaded below, go ahead and take a look. The phone only records in standard definition but the video does look well. However the specs for the phone indicated that it records in high definition but I could not get it to work.

Operating System

The phone does come with Android 2.1 with Froyo 2.2 in the near future. One featured I like about this OS on the Fascinate is the feature for a Mobile Hotspot which I believe costs an extra $20 a month from Verizon but it is well worth it. However with Verizon removing the unlimited data plans it may not be as worth it soon. The OS on the Fascinate is very easy to use and I found myself easily navigating the menus and applications.


I believe the Fascinate is a great phone and should do anyone well that purchases it. I had an overall good experience with the phone and would rate it a 4.5/5 Gears overall. I do agree with Solomon’s points above that this phone awesome and you should take a look at it if you are in the market for a new phone on the Verizon network.

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