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.