Samsung Fascinate Specifications and information
Samsung Fascinate alternatives
|Samsung's Fascinate for Verizon is a slim and light phone. It uses Samsung's own Android skin which is not far removed from the default but does have a smoothly scrolling home screen and application launcher. Bing is used for all searching on the phone rather than Google, which some people will dislike. [The much less function] Bing maps is also used in place of Google Maps, but fortunately you can install Google Maps from the Marketplace.|
Samsung Fascinate Specifications
|Model name||Fascinate||CPU||ARM Cortex A8|
|CPU speed||1000 Mhz|
|Display Size||4.0" 800 X 480||Screen Type
||Soft (Finger) Touch|
|Weight (Minimum)||118gm / 0.26 pounds|
Line-out / Headphone (3.5mm)|
SDHC slot (Micro)
|Wireless Interfaces||802.11 b/g/n|
|Additional||A-GPS (Internet Assisted)|
Ambient light sensor
Camera 5.0MP Auto-Focus
Google Play Store access
Voice (Cellular) Capability
|*Specifications can vary|
Samsung Fascinate alternatives
|Samsung Galaxy Nexus, 4.7 inch, 135 grams (0.3 lbs)|
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is similar in form to the Samsung Nexus S. Both phones have curved Super AMOLED displays, but the Galaxy Nexus uses a substantially higher resolution (800x480 vs. 1280x720) and a larger display (4.0" vs. 4.65"). The dual-core 1.2GHz processor ought to run very well with Ice Cream Sandwich which has been built to take advantage of dual-core processors. Connectivity and camera are somewhat underwhelming. The 5MP resolution on the rear-facing camera could be found in smartphones at least two years ago, and the current expected standard for high-end phones is 8MP. There are no port-based connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus beyond the MicroSD port. Samsung and Google would probably like to think that they've made up for this lack of ports with the inclusion of NFC and Bluetooth 3.0, but in reality it will be some time before those technologies get utilized in a widespread way.
|Apple iPhone 4S, 3.5 inch, 136 grams (0.3 lbs)|
|Fusion Garage Grid 4, 4.0 inch, 137 grams (0.3 lbs)|
The Grid 4 runs Fusion Garage's own 'Grid' OS which is based on the Android Kernel. It will be able to run Android apps but does not have access to the Android Market. The Amazon App Store will be pre-installed on the device as well as Fusion Garage's own app store. It's unlikely that Fusion Garage's Grid is going to be able to compete with Apple or Google's mobile operating system offerings.
|Nokia N9, 3.9 inch, 135 grams (0.3 lbs)|
As an advanced phone the N9 could be missing some things that early adopters were looking for. Micro-SD expansion, HDMI-output, FM radio, stereo speakers seem to be missing but there appears to be a better focus on usability compared to the N900 'developer' phone. Near-Field Communications, Bluetooth 4.0 and a rich user interface are to be considered though for advanced users. Some may worry about the lack of Xenon flash too but with wide-angle, a wide-aperture and a dual-LED flash, most situations will be covered in the highest quality. Video fans should note that there is continuous auto-focus and stereo audio recording. The user interface doesn't use any buttons and includes double-tap-to-unlock and three different homescreen views. Price, battery life, ease of use and applications will be a big factor in this devices success but whichever way you look at it, it's the most interesting and exciting Meego product to date and should do a lot for the brand.
|HTC Droid Incredible 2, 4.0 inch, 135 grams (0.3 lbs)|
|Motorola Atrix (MB860), 4.0 inch, 135 grams (0.3 lbs)|
Very powerful smartphone with interesting docking capabilities. Motorola is offering an "HD" dock that has HDMI, 3 USB ports, and audio-output to allow the Atrix to be connect to any HDMI screen as well as a mouse and keyboard. Connecting the Atrix to the HD dock, or Laptop style dock (with it's own screen and keyboard) allows the users to access a Linux environment and full Firefox browser. The potential for convergence here is interesting as the device will not only be able to record and play 1080p video, but also function as a makeshift desktop computing device. This is definitely a phone to keep your eye on.
|Samsung Nexus S, 4.0 inch, 129 grams (0.28 lbs)|
The Nexus S doesn't feel like a big jump forward from the original Nexus One. The only additions are an improved (and concave) AMOLED screen and NFC hardware. The MicroSD slot and trackball have been removed which will be seen as a downgrade for some.
|Samsung Continuum, 3.4 inch, 125 grams (0.28 lbs)|
The secondary display is neat and has potential, unfortunately it requires lots of configuration to get working just right which isn't good for the end-user. Lack of granularity in options for the ticker display hurts the experience. Squeeze sensor is also neat and useful but lacks consistency in activation.
|Motorola Droid Pro, 3.1 inch, 120 grams (0.26 lbs)|
Probably one of the better options for people who need world phone functionality but would rather use Android over the other platforms. Only show stopper is the relatively low-res 320x480 screen which doesn't fit the traditional Android aspect ratio which means some apps may function strangely, or be highly unoptimized for the display.
|Archos 43 Internet Tablet, 4.3 inch, 130 grams (0.29 lbs)|
Light, thin and, we expect, fast with Android 2.2 on a 1Ghz Cortex A8 CPU. No Google applicatons means no Gmail, Contacts sync, no Maps or Google Market. That could be an issue for many.
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