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Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X

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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.

Camera interface of the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Camera interface of the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X

Camera interface of the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Camera interface of the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Camera interface of the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Camera interface of the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X

IndoorSamples shot with the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
IndoorSamples shot with the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
IndoorSamples shot with the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
IndoorSamples shot with the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
IndoorSamples shot with the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
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Outdoor - IndoorSamples shot with the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
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IndoorSamples shot with the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
IndoorSamples shot with the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
IndoorSamples shot with the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
IndoorSamples shot with the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
IndoorSamples shot with the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Outdoor - IndoorSamples shot with the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Outdoor - IndoorSamples shot with the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Outdoor - IndoorSamples shot with the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
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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.

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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.

The music player of the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
The music player of the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
The music player of the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X

The music player of the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
The music player of the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
The music player of the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
The music player of the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X

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.

Video playback on the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X
Video playback on the Motorola DROID X - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X

Video playback on the Samsung Fascinate - Samsung Fascinate vs Motorola DROID X


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