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Tech Review: Samsung Fascinate Smartphone

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Posted October 8, 2010 - By Moye Ishimoto

Samsung Fascinate Smartphone Review »


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.

Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.

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.

Price

  • Free with a Verizon contract on Amazon.

Rating

  • 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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