Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
With this class of phones, you should expect pretty good results with the camera, but once again there are a few differences. The Motorola DROID X comes with an 8MP autofocus camera, while the Samsung Fascinate “only” has a 5MP autofocus. For capturing an image, you have the traditional 2-stop shutter button on the DROID X, so you can press it half-way to focus first, and then all the way down to take the picture. But the Fascinate instead requires you to touch the screen to focus, and then to press the camera icon on the screen to take the picture. You can actually do this on-screen focus process with the DROID X as well, but we prefer using the standard 2-stop shutter button that is provided. Viewing images that we took outside, we noticed a clear difference between them. The ones from the DROID X were not only a bit sharper and clearer, but also exhibited better detail, color representation and saturation in a variety of scenes and exposures, while the Fascinate’s images looked a bit fuzzy and lacking in detail, as well as the colors not being as accurate. For inside images, the quality of both did go down, particularly in lower light levels, and this time there wasn't such a noticeable difference in terms of quality between the two handsets. Both do a good job with their LED flashes.
Darkness with flash
Darkness with flash
For video capturing, the Motorola DROID X (with the Android 2.2 update) and Samsung Fascinate are capable of recording in HD at 720p resolution with 30fps. Because of this, both will have smooth playback, but there seems to be a bit more detail with the DROID X video, as well as colors looking better. Furthermore, the DROID X records its embedded audio track in stereo and at a CD quality sample rate of 44kHz, but the Fascinate is limited to Mono sound at lower sample rate of 16kHz. We believe that the clear winner for taking pictures and videos is the Motorola DROID X.
Video Sample taken with the Samsung Fascinate:
Video Sample taken with the Motorola DROID X:
For playing back your music collection, the Samsung Fascinate replaces the standard and boring looking music player (like the one on the Motorola DROID X) with a more eye-appealing one. The tabs on the top of the Fascinate’s music player allow sifting through your collection by artist, album, and playlists, or display all at once, but the landscape mode brings along some nice eye candy, like CD cover flow or an alphabetical wheel to pick your music from. Aside from showing the album cover while playing a selection, we like how there's also an option to enable a visualization. Both the DROID X and Fascinate offer a variety of preset equalizer settings, though the Fascinate also has a 5.1 channel effect that is used when connecting wired headphones.
Chances are you’ll want to playback some videos or movies on such large screens, and both devices admirably handled our test files that come in a wide variety of formats, such as H.264 MP4, WMV, DivX and XviD, and with various resolutions and bitrates. Our test files top-out at 720p and the DROID X and Fascinate played them just fine. There were no hiccups or stutters as videos played smoothly and flawlessly. Due to the Super AMOLED screen on the Samsung Fascinate, it was almost like watching movies on a mini Plasma TV, though the Motorola DROID X was also nice due to the larger screen size.
1. Drummer62 (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)
What is with the Walt Disney background. On every verizon phone you use that same crappy background image. For god's sake man, get with the times and update that lousy looking background. Using that image makes EVERY home screen look like total crap.
2. vzrox (unregistered)
its to provide for a universal comparison.... even playing field
9. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
i agree with drummer- that disney background really looks awful. it doesnt do the phones justice. You can have an even playing field by using the same background, just use a better picture
3. etownone (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jul 2010)
Isn't the Fascinate supposed to be much faster in benchmark results and a better CPU and dedicated GPU? Shouldn't you at least include that too if your going to do a comparison?
4. Droid X Doug (unregistered)
"Isn't the Fascinate supposed to be much faster in benchmark results and a better CPU and dedicated GPU?" Didn't you read the Performance section of the review? Last sentence of the Performance section:"Though the overall scores (which test the CPU, memory, I/O, 2D and 3D graphics) was 1400 on the DROID X with Android 2.2, and 900 on the Fascinate with Android 2.1."
5. etownone (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jul 2010)
Oh ok. But in the video review it just stated they were pretty much equal.
13. KParks23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)
Dont forget the X is running android 2.2 and the samsung is not when they both have android 2.2 the fascinate will in fact be the faster device in the benchmarks!! i actually talked my buddy into getting the x but if i we getting a new one i would get the fascinate there both vary comparable tho!! This is my first comment on this site after years of visiting i finally signed up!! so hello everyone!! :)
6. toriskori (unregistered)
FYI, you can make the menu into alphabetic order if you want by pressing the option key, and also move the widgets where you want with the same key.
7. yoyoyowaddup (unregistered)
Droid x wins hands down. although the fascinate is supposed to be a little better performance wise the droid x just owns all other phones and its not even that much bigger than the fascinate!
8. etownone (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jul 2010)
I waited for the Droid X but that phone just feels so big and clunky in my hand. Like I had a huge remote. But the fascinate just feels so right. I know I'm not the only one that feels this way. There is just this huge difference when holding these phones, yet one isn't that much biggerthen the other.
10. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)
I agree that the Fascinate is somehow much more comfortable to hold in your hand, but in comparison to the Droid X it feels like a toy in my opinion...
12. Nathanieltell (unregistered)
thats because you have small, "girl" hands.
11. Steve8 (unregistered)
What background are the running to get the weather and time widgets like they have? Is that launcher pro or is that beautiful widgets?
14. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
The Weather/Date widget is from Beautiful Widgets.
15. anarkie (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)
A few underdog benefits of the X that weren't listed: 1) You can get the car mount. Works great, and if your car has an Aux-in, you can get your music, directions and phone calls through the stereo with awesome quality. The noise cancellation mic lets you hold conversations while the windows are down, and the call sounds great on both ends. Best of all, you don't have to worry about hands-free laws. Add tasker, and you can have the GPS chip activated, and screen timeout boosted to 30 minutes automatically on docking, and reverse itself after. Awesome. 2) Video mic - The concert setting got some great footage at this year's Ozzfest. 3) GOOGLE - the way Android is supposed to be. Of course you can choose to go with Bing if you want. But the option is there.
16. Windsponge1 (unregistered)
Don't like this site very much anymore. I have had both and the Samsung is by far better. My friends who have kept x complain about freeze ups and batterys not lasting 12 hours on normal use not heavy. Pictures and video is much better on samsung to me in real world use. Like what you like but this article is crap.
17. watbetch (unregistered)
Quadrant should NEVER be used to test phones against each other. It's well known the the I/O part of Quadrant is flawed. The camera comments are an amazing contrast to the test done with the Epic 4G vs the DROID X (came in LAST place) and the iPhone 4. Inconsistencies aren't doing much for credibility.
18. SUPxeds (unregistered)
think about it Motorola makes shitty ass phones like the droid which froze literally every 3 seconds and a battery life of 2 min, whereas Samsung actually can build a quality product. And whereas Samsung uses a 1ghz hummingbird processor the X uses an outdated Ti processor, which literally is a piece of shit. so think about it.
22. DroidCLH (unregistered)
and here come the 5 year olds who think they know everything about every phone because their verizon sales rep talked them into the fascinate because its their newest device. ok i'm going to explain this to you slowly, the hummingbird processor is currently the fastest mobile processor available because of its extremely modified design, this however destroys the battery life. the TI OMAP processor used in the Droid X is one of the newer releases from the TI mobile processor line and is easily the fastest stock processor on the market hands down without being ridiculously punishing of the battery life. the new compiler included with Android 2.2 allows the Droid X to be much faster than the fascinate running 2.1 simply becuase its better software. the fascinate will be faster when it finally comes to 2.2 but i doubt it will ever be updated past that build simply because samsung hasn't truly ever supported a phone past the year mark, and even 1 year with them is a rarity. motorola on the other hand has continued to update my old original Droid, which by the way has never frozen on me and still gets a day and a half on a single charge. I hope you happy with your purchase once your half way into your two year contract and your phone is still running 2.2 with with that shitty UI overlay.
19. billypunk13 (unregistered)
Your rating of these phones is garbage. Even if you do nothing with the Droid X, its battery is dead at the end of a day. 36 hours with mixed usage is bogus. In actual everyday use, the Fascinate has much better battery life. The Droid X has the worst battery life of all of the Verizon phones. Customer's experience with these opinions would echo mine. I have yet to have a customer at my store complain about the fascinate battery life, but have probably 15-20 a day complaining about the Droid X. Also, in regards to Performance, you fail to mention how jittery the Droid X is in even the simplest tasks such as swiping from page to page. The Fascinate does have its issues, but seems to run much faster for simple tasks such as changing pages or scrolling. The Droid does however, have better performance in tasks such as installing.
21. DroidCLH (unregistered)
I would absolutely disagree with all of your statements. I have a Droid X and if I forget to charge it at the end of the day i can still get through school the next day, while my mother is around 5 percent battery life at 10:00. and with that said both myself and my mother are medium to high power users, we check our phones constantly, use the browsers, play games, text all day, etc. My mother is actually considering taking the Fascinate back and getting a Droid X.
20. kubernetes (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Oct 2010)
Right, Droid X wins as long as you ignore certain things, like its locked bootloader and buggy 2.2 release. The issues with the Galaxy S phones can be fixed and there is a very active developer community around the platform already. The Droid X? You can get ROMs, but no kernels--it will never see a CyanogenMod. Also, you guys must have some special Droid X, because the camera in the retail phones is crap. The Fascinate camera beats the snot out of any Droid camera.
23. DroidCLH (unregistered)
Dude, both of those camera's are terrible. seriously, the Droid X is slightly better than the fascinate but there both so sub par that any advantage is really negligible
24. Ricks (unregistered)
Lets just admit it, in every review, tests, and everything else, the Droid X is a better phone. Its been proven in sooo many reviews and its just the facts. Let it go. The Fascinate is a good phone but the Droid X is better. Move on and deal with it.
25. Onigirimelon (unregistered)
Well, it seems almost like every Droid X is different, I had one, and it would freeze up whenever I tried to do ANYTHING (even just opening the app drawer) and then would freak out and jump around like crazy, and the camera on mine commonly refused to take pictures, and when it did, they were really fuzzy. And my call quality sucked ): But I had a friend who also had the x, and they didn't have any of those problems at all =x I think something in the actual x is buggy, since I've noticed that everything I hear about it is inconstant, and people either say it's an amazing phone, or act like they'd like to throw it against the wall. (I traded my x for my boyfriend's incredible a while ago, which works much better for me)
I haven't gotten to see the fascinate other then at the mall kiosk, but the ones there acted much better than my particular x ever did, and my boyfriend's buying me one for Christmas, so hopefully it performs better than the x did for me xD Or else it'll pretty much be unusable .-.
26. charlie (unregistered)
Thanks for this great comparison, which helped me chose the X.
The other thing I did to help decide was review the bottom 50 or so comments on verizon, and found that reception was a complaint for the samsung, but not DX. Since I have marginal reception in my area, I got the DX. Works well.
When drawback I thought the X had from looking at the sample photos (side-by-side comparison is priceless--thanks!!) was that the X didn't appear to do good close-ups. But upon playing with it, I found that it has a "macro" mode you can turn on. With that turned on, it takes awesome closeups, much better than shown here.
27. not fascinated (unregistered)
I have the Fascinate and, while I love the device's interface, screen, style, and feel, it is not a great phone. I have a friend with the Droid X and another with a flip phone and both of them ALWAYS have 1 to 2 bars better signal than I have. Both of them also have better data connectivity than I have. While the Fascinate is beautiful, they screwed up something in the antenna department. I switched to Verizon for the superior coverage area and this phone finds a way to bring them closer to the aggravating coverage of AT&T. Unfortunately I'll have to take it back so I can have my signal strength needs met.
28. dee (unregistered)
Samsung fascinate does not work with imac computers for pictures, music, etc. Should have listened to my friends and gotten the Droid X. They have never had any problems