"Fascinate? More Like Fantastic!"4.5 starson by PC2Day
Pros: + Gorgeous body, and screen. Visually one of the most stunning phones ever created.
+ Very fast. The processor and memory rival the best currently available.
+ HUGE community support. I can't emphasize the importance of this.
+ The BEST video card on t
Cons: - No exterior notification LED, and requires 3rd party apps for this feature
- If you're not willing to spend a few minutes rooting your phone, you will be stuck with BING until Android 2.2 comes out.
Summary: I am a professional that needs a phone to perform quickly, and have a supportive community behind it for updates, apps and the random question.
I am coming from a Palm Pre, which was a wonderful device as well; simple, but easy-to-use. unfortunately the touch screen on that device went out, and I decided to switch to an Android based phone. What a WONDERFUL choice that was.
Having Google at your fingertips (literally,) is amazing; automatically syncing calendars, contacts, and the multitude of Google-powered services like Google Voice, Maps and Navigation. So 5 stars for the Android OS, development, and community.
With respect to the phone, it's simple. Objectively, it's the best hardware available for the Android platform on the market, and definitely one of the best in general (beats even iPhone 4.) It's incredibly fast, smooth and reliable. People have reported call quality, headphone jack and GPS issues--all of which have not been experienced by the large majority of Verizon Fascinate users, as demonstrated by the communities at XDA-Developers and Androidcentral. I repeat, it does NOT have these severe issues people are seemingly complaining about.
Subjectively, it's a gorgeous phone; Samsung's proprietary SuperAMOLED screen looks incredible. It's chrome ring around it's all black exterior makes it look like what the iPhone 4 wishes it could be. The only thing I think it's missing, is an external LED notification light--however there are work-arounds, including the NoLED app which uses the screen to indicate various types of notifications (SMS, email, missed call, etc.) The battery life is fairly good, impressing most users--especially if you turn the (already ridiculously bright) screen brightness down.
Now the Bing issue. It's not one--it took me MINUTES to remove all traces of Bing from my phone, and restoring all respective Google features. Verizon has stated however, that when Google releases Android 2.2 (Froyo,) it will re-introduce Google and replace Bing... without the need for rooting, or and tinkering. So, don't let that hold you back from an amazing phone.
Do yourself a favor, and get this phone--it's literally AMAZING, and everyone who has seen mine has drooled.
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