The Fascinate is the latest in Samsung's Galaxy smartphone series, offering a one GHz processor, Android 2.1, 5 megapixel camera with flash and a 4" super AMOLED touch screen. Kevin Pereira and Chris Hardwick give a hands-on review of the Samsung Fascinate that's available for free with a contract.
What You Need To Know
- The Samsung Fascinate is a bit longer and wider than the iPhone 4, and weighs only 4 ounces.
- It has a 4" super AMOLED touch screen which looks sharp and vibrant.
- The touch sensitive menu buttons on the bottom give it a sleek look.
- The camera and flash on the back won't get obstructed by your grip.
- The Fascinate runs on Android 2.1 OS and is another member of the Samsung Galaxy phone line.
- The interface runs just as fast as any iPhone or Android phone.
- It runs on a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, so it boots apps like our G4 mobile app just fine.
- The touch screen is responsive. You can pinch-and-zoom, flick through contacts and swipe with ease.
- It also uses Samsung's proprietary "Touchwiz" interface which has a simple menu layout and offers widgets like a buddies list and social network aggregator.
- Because Microsoft has a deal with Verizon, it comes with a Bing search toolbar, which is weird considering that it's on an Android/Google phone.
- For those of you worried about using Adobe Flash, the Fascinate will get the 2.2 upgrade this year.
- Along with the 5 megapixel camera and flash, its features are standard for most Android phones.
- The camera quality is just okay outdoors and images look soft and grainy in low light and indoors.
- The phone does come with different shooting modes like continuous shooting, cartoon filter and panoramic shots.
- The phone shoots in 720p video and the quality looks good.
- The video looks stabilized when moving and only has a touch of grain indoors.
- There is no HDMI out.
- The GPS was a little iffy and had some trouble finding our location.
- You can also turn your phone into a mobile 3G hotspot for an extra $30 a month.
- Free with a Verizon contract on Amazon.
- 5 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
- The super AMOLED screen looks great, it has a sleek design and it's on Verizon, which is known for its excellent phone service. It's a great multimedia smartphone for the price.
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