Well, now we know it's coming soon: this evening Best Buy announced that the Samsung Fascinate for Verizon will be available to Zone Members for pre-order on August 27th (tomorrow, or today, depending on what your clock says). For those of you not in "the zone," you'll have to wait until the 29th to reserve your Fascinate. Pricing has yet to be announced. Full Press release below:
Best Buy Mobile Lanuches Presale of Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate
Best Buy Reward Zone members can reserve the Samsung Fascinate on August 27. Presale for general public begins August 29.
Best Buy Mobile today announced the Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate™ is available for pre-order starting August 29.
We still have no official word on when Verizon will be launching the Samsung Fascinate, and with the not-so-reliable track record of rumors and speculation in the Android community, we're not looking to hazard a guess.
Still, it's nice to know things are moving along: a Phandroid tipster says that Verizon warehouses are starting to receive shipments of the device. On the downside, while the Fascinate is in the Verizon system, it hasn't made its way into their equipment guide.
Phandroid ventures the guess that it will be launching sometime in September, based on the (admittedly convincing) argument that there are no other Android devices launching in the month, other than the R2-D2 Droid 2.
Samsung Galaxy S series phones - Captivate, Vibrant, Epic 4G, and Fascinate - are definitely the cool new kids on the block, and Samsung wants everyone to know that.
In this relatively lengthy promotional video, Samsung has showcased all 4 models (though, we don't get much of the Fascinate past the initial glimpse), highlighting some important aspects of these devices, such as:
A substantial thread on the XDA forums over GPS-related woes for people using the Samsung Galaxy S i9000 has left users of the device puzzled for nearly two weeks across Europe and Asia. Now, there are similar threads for the currently available American versions, the Vibrant and Captivate, that are quickly increasing in length as well.
So, what is this problem? The Galaxy S (for some users) has difficulty locking onto enough GPS satellites to maintain an accurate fix on the user’s position. This translates to unusable GPS car navigation apps, inaccurate map readings, and generally makes using any GPS-enabled application a less-than-enjoyable (and inaccurate) experience.
Last night, Samsung officially announced their Galaxy S smartphone family at a swank New York City party after several weeks of blurrycam shots, spec sheets and rumors. Spanning all four major US carriers - Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile - the Galaxy S flavors stand to be a surging juggernaut in the HTC dominated Android world.
Incidentally, I was at the event and had the pleasure of doing a live blogging session, followed by some hands-on time with all the phones.
Galaxy S Line
The Galaxy S line in the US consists of the following devices:
Sprint Epic 4G
All four phones run Samsung’s skinned Android 2.1 OS variant (TouchWiz) and feature Samsung’s new Super AMOLED multi-touch screens.