Samsung Fascinate ReviewSamsung Fascinate 9
The included Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor is fast, humming along at 1GHz speed. There was no delay when moving between the 7 home screens, as well as opening apps and switching between them. There is also 2GB of memory on-board, which is used for saving your apps, and also has 512MB of ROM and 384MB of RAM. We are glad to see a preinstalled 16GB microSDHC memory card to provide plenty of room to store your pictures, music, and videos. We preformed the Quadrant Benchmark on the Fascinate, which tests the CPU, memory, I/O, 2D and 3D graphics, and got a score of 892, while the Motorola DROID X got 1285, and the HTC Droid Incredible (with Android 2.2) got 1189. It appeared that the Fascinate was slow with the I/O tests, and we’ve heard that this may actually be some type of bug, but for the Graphics tests it was the fastest and showed up to 50-60fps.
There appears to be a noticeable difference in the call quality when it comes to the GSM and CDMA versions of the Galaxy S phones. Both the Captivate and Vibrant (GSM) had less than adequate voice quality on both ends of the conversation, though the Epic 4G (CDMA) sounded clear and natural. Thankfully, the Samsung Fascinate is in-line with the Epic 4G in terms of its call quality, as there was no background noise, and voices were clear and produced natural tones. The speakerphone was also quite loud but had some distortion at its highest level, so we had to turn it down a bit for it to sound clearer. Reception on the Fascinate was also good, with 3-4 bars showing and with a signal of -96 dBm, while the Motorola DROID X had a slightly better signal of -94 dBm.
The included 1500mAh battery is rated to provide up to 7 hours of talk time or 13 days of standby time on a full charge. During our testing, we were able to achieve the 7 hours of continuous talk time, though the Motorola DROID X is still king here with 9.5 hours of talk time. For mixed usage, which includes some talk, text, email, web, app use, and standby, we were able to get about a full 24 hours of use on the Fascinate, while the DROID X got up to 32 hours.
When it comes right down to it, there’s a lot we like about the Samsung Fascinate, mainly its styling and hardware, such as the impressive Super AMOLED screen and 1GHz Hummingbird processor. But at the same time we feel that the software, mainly the TouchWiz UI, is holding the device back. While we can appreciate what Samsung attempted to do with the UI, it in turn makes the Fascinate feel less like an Android phone, and with the addition of the Bing search, one might mistake the device for a Windows Mobile phone upon first glance. At this point, we can only hope that the Android 2.2 update will soon give the Fascinate that “Google feel” that people expect when using an Android device, because it’s lacking that feeling right now. But if you are OK with that, or plan to use something like LauncherPro to allow for more customization of the home screens, then the Fascinate is one device that’s hard to beat.
Software on tested device: Android 2.1, Build: DH12
Samsung Fascinate Video Review:
- Breathtaking Super AMOLD screen
- Fast 1GHz Hummingbird processor
- Excellent video playback
- Smooth 720p video recording
- Above average call quality
- Camera photos look hazy and lacking in detail
- GPS can take up to 5 minutes to lock on your position
- Front buttons only light up for 2 seconds at a time
- Can’t replace the Bing search widget with Google
Samsung Fascinate Review - Performance and Conclusion
|Display||4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED|
Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
0.375 GB RAM
|Size||4.92 x 2.53 x 0.39 inches|
(125 x 64 x 10 mm)
4.16 oz (118 g)
|Battery||1500 mAh, 7 hours talk time|