Verizon has had a lot of success with their Android portfolio in recent times and they are likely to continue churning out more handsets in the foreseeable future as well. Samsung Continuum, the next big Android phone from the South Korean giant is learned to be launching on November 11th and is in good company of several Android phones that are carried by Verizon. This includes the Fascinate, Droid X, Droid 2 and Droid Incredible. The Droid 2 Global is coming soon as well.
So if you are contemplating a Verizon Android purchase anytime soon, then it makes sense to first look into the specifications of these various handsets before you decide which one you should go for. Click here for a larger picture. As always, tell us your favorite from the phones below.
The white iPhone 4 may well turn out to be a vaporware. But if you are one who is excited about owning a white colored variant of popular mobile phones like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 or Samsung Fascinate, news is in that the white colored versions of these handsets will be available starting October 24 on Best Buy. If you are interested, you could go ahead and reserve a piece rightaway for a price of $50.
Samsung Fascinate is the Verizon bound variant of the popular Android smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S. On the other hand, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is on AT&T. Of course, you will have to remember that these phones will come locked to these carriers upon purchase.
From what we hear, the white versions of these two phone models shall be exclusive to Best Buy to start with and so if you want those bragging rights, go ahead and make the purchase now.
Samsung Fascinate users who are looking to root their Android phones can now rejoice. Folks at the XDA Developers forum have successfully rooted their Samsung Fascinate phones and the instructions for public consumption are now available. To get started, users will need to download the RageAgainstTheCage application and unzip the files. Users will also need to install the Android apps for ADB, Su and SuperUser.
The process involves mounting the application to the root shell, gaining super user status which is followed by changing the access permissions in order to completely gain the root status. You can follow the complete instructions by clicking here.
The official launch date and price of the Verizon-bound variant of the Samsung Galaxy S handset is finally out. According to a media statement, the Samsung Fascinate will be available in the stores starting September 9th and for those who have pre-ordered the device online, the handset will start being available from September 8th. Price – very much on the expected lines. The new Samsung Fascinate will be available at $199 and that is along with a mandatory two-year Verizon contract and a $100 mail-in rebate.
The announcement finally brings the much touted Android phone from Samsung to the Verizon network. As you are aware, Samsung Galaxy S was already available with AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint under the names Captivate, Vibrant and Epic respectively.
All set for the new phone? Check out the latest Samsung Fascinate commercial from Verizon.
The Samsung TouchWiz UI is great and I personally like the sleek UI controls and navigation. However, if you are one staunch Android fan who does not need the crispy TouchWiz on your Samsung Epic 4G, then you can check out the easy settings modification that will make the stock Android UI for Epic just a drag away. The trick will replace TouchWiz with the stock Android interface as the default launcher. However do remember that this will mean you will no longer be able to access the seven TouchWiz homescreens.
Apparently, this trick will also work on Samsung Fascinate – the Galaxy S series Android handset that is launching on Verizon Wireless pretty soon. So there you go.
Check out the video below to get through to the instructions.
Rumors are doing the rounds that Samsung Fascinate (from the Galaxy S series) could be launching on Verizon by next week – September 8 to be precise. So, if you are a Verizon customer looking for a nice Android phone, which one should you go for – Droid 2 or Fascinate? After all, these are two hot Android devices in recent times. Here’s a features comparison
Droid 2 features a 3.7″ display with 854×480 pixels. On the other hand, Fascinate carries a 4″ display with 800×480 pixels. Speaking in terms of ppi (pixels-per-inch), Droid 2 is just marginally better than Fascinate.
Winner: Droid 2
Both devices come with a 1GHz processor. However, while the Droid 2 carries a 8GB ROM with a 512MB RAM, Samsung Fascinate only comes with a 512MB ROM and 336MB RAM. Not too bad, yet on a relative scale, Droid 2 scores. Besides this, there is not much to pick between the two. Both devices carry a 5-megapixel camera with flash (Dual-LED on Droid 2) and support for up to 32GB storage. Of course, Fascinate comes with an additional 2GB storage memory, but that I think is not too significant for Fascinate to out-score Droid 2. So, considering the memory specs alone, Droid 2 is slightly ahead.
Winner : Droid 2
Again, nothing much to pick between the two. Droid 2 does have Flash pre-installed, but Fascinate is expected to get the feature by the end of the year – around the same time when it is expected to get an OS upgrade to Android 2.2 (Droid 2 already runs Android 2.2). Other functionalities include video capture (HD on Fascinate, DVD-quality on Droid 2), maps, natively installed applications and 3G hotspot capability. Neither device carries a HDMI Tv output.
Winner : None
Here’s a quick summary of all features. Overall, I would pick Motorola Droid 2 over Fascinate. How about you?
This is a guest post by Vineet Singh, a Mechanical engineering student at Mumbai University
Want to experience that in-a-cinema-hall feeling while watching videos or movies on your Samsung Galaxy S phone? You may probably know that the device (including all its siblings like AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, Sprint Epic & Verizon Fascinate) come equipped with a SRS 5.1 Virtual surround sound system. The SRS Virtual Surround amplifies the bass response besides improving digital clarity so that you will now be able to listen to human voices much clearer over the other audio effects.
Now if you are looking to check this feature out, this is what you should do –
Get hold of a stereo headphones – even regular ones should do fine, apparently.
Launch your music player or video player.
You will notice a button that reads 5.1ch. Tap over it
Best Buy has announced that the pre-orders for Samsung Fascinate are now open. A caveat here though – the offer is presently available only to the members of Reward Zone. Pre-orders for the general public will be made available starting August 29. The retailer has made no note of either the launch date nor the pricing.
But expect them to be competitive with Samsung Captivate and Vibrant. After all, these devices are all siblings with similar features and specs. Much like the rest of the Galaxy S ilk, the Samsung Fascinate too will feature a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a 5-megapixel camera and will run on Android 2.1 with TouchWiz 3.0 UI. But the Fascinate will flash a metallic body unlike the standard dark frames that have come to characterize Galaxy S.
In all likelihood, the Samsung Fascinate should launch within the first half of September since the device was originally pushed from an August launch to September only to accomodate the launch of Droid 2.