Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Recently, I got ahold of Verizon's Samsung Fascinate and shot the following video review (and yes, I have a capacitive stylus - start getting jealous):

For a quick refresher, here, once again, are the specs of the Fascinate:

  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • 5MP camera wih LED flash
  • 4" Super Amoled capacitive multitouch (5 point) screen
  • 2GB internal memory
  • Bluetooth 3.0 (with stereo output)
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Supports HD (720p) video recording

Here are those pictures I promised. They look pretty good:

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One other thing I didn't really get to touch on in the video that I really wish I had shown you is the media playing on this phone. The Fascinate has one of the best music players I've ever seen on any device, let alone a cell phone. It is also DLNA certified, so it can stream audio and video to and from a home media server and, with that ridicu-beautiful screen, that is a great feature to have.

All things considered, the Fascinate is a great device but still has a few kinks to iron out. This phone is crying for Froyo. Touchwiz could use a little bit of work, too, but it can easily be replaced.

Bing is... Well, Bing was just a horrible decision all-around. It can be replaced but, for heaven's sake, Verizon, why? It gets the job done but 9 out of 10 times it doesn't do what I want it to. I bought a Google phone for a reason.

I found the capacitive buttons at the bottom to be somewhat infuriating because of the arrangement, backlight, and sensitivity but that is more of a personal preference. Like I said in the video, the GPS problem didn't present itself to me but I may just be too patient. It has a great camera, and the speaker is loud and clear. It's a great phone but I'm not sure I'm ready to trade my EVO in for it. We'll see how things go after it gets Froyo.

Brad Ganley
An Android power user, Brad consumes most of his free time with unhealthy amounts of cell phones and cell phone related things when he isn't playing with his son. Brad is also an avid movie-watcher and tea-drinker.
  • dragongunner

    Seems nice but I dont like the Iphonish look to the app drawer.

  • Mike

    I traded my DX for this device because of the screen. hands down it is a gorgeous screen but it is very iphone-ish which I did not like. The physical-ness of the device itself as well as the layout and icons are extremely close to the iphone. In the end, i took it back and got my DX back because I could not get any signal with it at work whereas the DX has dual internal antenna so it is what i needed.