Samsung Fascinate Review

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7 Comments to Samsung Fascinate Review

  1. Ecphenomenon

    The Fascinate is not slower than the Palm Pre. I own the Palm Pre and I currently am so tired of its “laggyness.” The screen can never keep up with me. From the youtube videos I've seen,the iPhone and fascinate are neck and neck. They both suffer in direct sunlight from what I saw. Neither one was easier to see than the other. Personally I like the Fascninate better than the iPhone mainly because I can customize it the way I want. The iPhone is better jail-broken but that just ends the warranty.

    • I found that the Palm Pre, while I don't currently have one, was actually very smooth and was neck and neck with the iPhone when the Pre first released. At least, in UI and screen sensitivity. The Fascinate is not quite there, but it's pretty darn close.

      As for viewing in direct sunlight, LCD is better because it gets artificially brighter. OLED, almost as a rule of thumb (though it may change as the technology improves) doesn't produce artificial light, and thus suffers compared to LCD displays in direct sunlight. That said, I can crank up the brightness of my iPhone and see the screen in direct sunlight, and clearly (but not well), but not with the Fascinate, or any device with an OLED (or AMOLED, or Super AMOLED) screen. Not yet anyways.

      • I have a fascinate, and my girlfriend has a palm pre +plus.. The palm is nice and all, but it gets laggy when multi tasking and sometimes just lags when scrolling… worse so than the fascinate. I have not had any significant trouble viewing in sunlight anymore than any LCD screen. And what do you mean it doesn't produce “artificial light”?? You do know what the LED stands for in OLED, right? Light Emitting Diode.. Of course it creates light..

        • Sure, the fascinate and Android in general are faster than the old palm pre, even the plus. That's go be expected. Though when the Pre first released, it was very good and fast, thus the reference.

          As for OLED vs LED, the “organic” part makes the light different. It's not as intense a light, and is easier on the eyes while still equally bright. It also has greater contrast, and does all of that with less power. So there is a huge between OLED and LED. Also, LED tends to just be backlighting, compared to OLED, which doesn't need any backlighting source.

          • Bing, in my experience, has proven to be a great search engine. That said, yeah, not having Google search embedded from first install was a pain. But a quick trip to the Android Marketplace fixed that, so it wasn't worth mentioning.

          • Um, no. LCD is backlit. LED is light-emitting from the source. LED is what is used on alarm clocks, car dashboards, etc. High-intensity LEDs are what is used in flashlights and LED lightbulbs. OLED works much like traditional LED, except that it uses a conductive chemical that illuminates when electrified instead of a physical, bulb-like diode. That compound is “printed” onto the screen when it is manufactured, which allows a great deal of precision and high resolutions.

            You are right, about OLED producing its own light, and that's why it can have contrast ratios of 1million:1 on the earliest devices. When black is actually black, not a backlit shade of gray, the picture is astounding. The downside is the inability to crack up the brightness, but I'll take high contrast and vibrant colors over brightness any day. Very rarely do I find myself using my phone in direct sunlight. Then again, I'm still using a Palm Pre, so I don't have a problem with it even when I do.

            (To Gangulariz: Try going to and read the “Getting Started with Homebrew” article. Then, install uberkernal on your girlfriend's phone. I have been running my Pre @ 1GHz for several months with no issues. It is truly a different phone. Buttery smooth UI, fast load times for apps, basically no lag unless I have a bunch of apps open. You shouldn't even have an issue with that since you have the plus model with double the RAM.)

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