Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X

Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X

There’s no question about it, the Motorola DROID X has been one of the hottest Android phones for Verizon this summer, but a few weeks ago the Samsung Fascinate hit the stores and turned the heat up even more. Both of these Android devices are the top-tier on Verizon’s smartphone line-up and come in at $199.99 (after rebate with 2 year contract). However, there are some clear differences between them, which we are going to take a look at, such as their displays, performance, form and feel. If you want even more in-depth information, be sure to check out our full reviews of the Motorola DROID X and Samsung Fascinate.


Let’s face it. Selecting a phone often comes down to which one you think looks best as a personal preference. To that extent, the Samsung Fascinate has a more streamlined appearance and looks a bit more glamorous, but that’s where we start to have issues, as its plastic construction is a fingerprint magnet and always feels slippery in your hands. Conversely, the Motorola DROID X might not win any fashion awards, but it feels more durable with its metal construction and the soft-touch coating on the back provides a nice grip. The Fascinate is also slightly smaller, about 0.10” less in height, and also doesn’t have the “camera hump” that is found on the DROID X. Because of this, it fits better in smaller hands and in slim pockets.

One key difference between these two devices are the displays, as the Samsung Fascinate uses a 4” Super AMOLED screen with 480x800 resolution, while the Motorola DROID X comes with a larger 4.3” TFT LCD screen with 480x854 resolution. There’s no denying the fact that the Super AMOLED screen on the Fascinate shows images and videos with greater color saturation and contrast, but for reading text (such as small text in web pages), we found the TFT display on the DROID X to have better fine detail without text looking jagged. That being said, viewing images and videos on the DROID X is by no means bad, but colors just don’t have the “pop” to them that you get with the Fascinate.

Even though most of the phone’s operations will be carried out by using the capacitive touchscreen, you still have four function buttons at the bottom, and here we prefer the physical buttons used by the Motorola DROID X as you have to press them down to get a response. The Samsung Fascinate has touch buttons, which can accidentally be pressed at any time by the slightest touch, so you have to be more careful about where you place your fingers. Both phones also have the standard volume rocker, power/lock button, 3.5mm headset jack, and microUSB port on the sides, but the DROID X adds a micro HDMI port so the phone can plug into an HDTV for viewing pictures and videos.

Motorola DROID X 360 Degrees View:

Samsung Fascinate 360 Degrees View:



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

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.

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.

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 .-.

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.

20. kubernetes

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 16, 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

15. anarkie

Posts: 48; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

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: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

The Weather/Date widget is from Beautiful Widgets.

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: Jul 25, 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: May 09, 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.

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.

3. etownone

Posts: 40; Member since: Jul 25, 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: Jul 25, 2010

Oh ok. But in the video review it just stated they were pretty much equal.

13. KParks23

Posts: 749; Member since: Oct 13, 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!! :)

1. Drummer62

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 05, 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: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 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

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