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Samsung Fascinate Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)
$251.48 without a service plan
$251.48 without a service plan
$251.48 without a service plan
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- Size (LWH): 4.63 inches, 2.3 inches, 0.47 inches
- Weight: 4.64 ounces
- Network Compatibility: CDMA
The super-smart Samsung Fascinate for Verizon Wireless brings a fully integrated entertainment, messaging, and social networking experience to your mobile phone, thanks to its open and innovative Android 2.1 platform. You'll be able to zip through the Web and multitask between a bevy of apps with the Fascinate's 1 GHz processor and ultra-fast 7.2 Mbps 3G connectivity.
Enjoy brilliant video playback and gameplay with the 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display (see larger image).
In addition to high-speed connectivity on the fast and reliable Verizon Wireless 3G network, you can also share the built-in 3G Mobile Hotspot via Wi-Fi among five devices--laptop, another phone, MP3 player, and more (additional service charge).
The Samsung Fascinate is also compatible with the V Cast Music with Rhapsody service, which enables you to purchase songs through your phone and download them via the fast Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO data network, and the V CAST Video on Demand service that enables you to watch full-length TV shows plus news, sports, weather, and live entertainment video clips. You'll also stay on course thanks to the VZ Navigator GPS turn-by-turn direction service. And with the optional Visual Voice Mail service, you'll be able to quickly and easily scroll through your messages and pick the ones you want to listen to.
With integrated Google technology, the Fascinate brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, GTalk instant messaging (with presence capabilities), YouTube, and Picasa. The Fascinate also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.
The Fascinate has a large 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display that provides brighter, thinner, and higher-resolution than traditional screens. Samsung's innovative display technology makes watching movies, viewing videos and playing games come to life like never before, even in bright light and outdoor environments. And messaging is simple and easy with the Fascinate's virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology, which allows you to input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard.
Powered by a fast 1 GHz processor, the Android 2.1 operating system, and fast Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO data network (see larger image).
At 0.39 inches (9.9mm) thin, the Fascinate is the thinnest Android smartphone on the market, and it packs in a 2 GB internal memory plus pre-installed 16 GB microSD card (with compatibility for optional cards up to 32 GB in size). Other features include a 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with auto-focus and HD video recording (720p resolution), fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 3.0 technology for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, and just under 6 hours of talk time.
Samsung Social Hub
Offering one-stop shopping for all your updates, the Samsung Social Hub all your social networking services, messages, personal and business e-mail, calendars and contacts. It's built around Messaging and Contacts, both of which initiate the sending and receiving of information--whether it is e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates or SMS messages. Additionally, calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar, and social networking services are displayed together in one calendar with two-way synchronization.
The familiar text messaging experience is enhanced with group messaging and "reply all" functionality for up to 10 contacts, a threaded conversations format, a consolidated inbox, and enhanced multi-media display.
- Fast 3G connectivity thanks to the reliable Verizon Wireless EV-DO, Rev A network
- GPS navigation capabilities via VZ Navigator service plus Bing Maps and Google Maps (available via Android Market)
- Ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
- 3G Mobile Hotspot capability allows you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot using your Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO connection, which can then be shared among up to five Wi-Fi-capable devices. The 3G Mobile Hotspot is the perfect family vacation companion, and at $20 for 2 GB and 5 cents per megabyte overage, it provides an allowance big enough for sharing with the entire family for downloading games, Internet access, and more.
- Powered by the Android operating system (version 2.1) with deep integration of Google services and access to thousands of apps to customize your phone via the Android Market.
- 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor speeds up everything--from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
- Swype input system allows you to input text faster and easier by gliding your finger around the keyboard, moving from letter to letter in one continuous motion. The Swype technology then calculates what word you're intending to type (learn more below).
- Samsung Social Hub provides one stop for all your updates integrates all your social networking services, messages, personal and business e-mail, calendars and contacts.
- 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display (480 x 800 pixels, 16 million color depth) is one of the thinnest, most responsive full-featured smartphones in the industry.
- 2 GB internal memory
- Pre-loaded 16 GB microSD card with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
- 5.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash.
- HD video recording (720p) plus easy upload to YouTube.
- Multi-format digital audio player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ formats
- Blockbuster movie rentals and purchases
- DivX video playback
- Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity provides faster throughput while minimizing on power requirements. It's compatible with new Bluetooth 3.0-enabled devices as well as backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as headsets and printers. It includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile--enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
A world of apps and widgets awaits.
- YouTube app for streaming video over 3G and Wi-Fi connections.
- DLNA compatibility allows you to stream media content from the phone to any other DLNA‐certified device. The AllShare application enables you to play a file from your phone on another player, play a file from a server on your phone, or play a file from a server on another player via your phone.
- Rich HTML e-mail application seamlessly syncs your e-mail, calendar and contacts from Gmail as well as most other POP3 or IMAP e-mail services. The Gmail application provides features such as conversation view, spam filtering, search, and labels that Gmail users enjoy on their computer while offering new features such as integration with the phone's contact list. And it multitasks, so you can read a Web page while also downloading your e-mail in the background.
- Full HTML Web browser enables you to view more pages and enjoy better Web content delivered efficiently to your phone.
- Instant messaging support for Google Talk, as well as AOL, Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. It also supports advanced text messaging features, enabling you to easily flag, delete or move groups of messages and keep track of group conversations through threaded text messaging.
- Text (SMS) and picture/video (MMS) messaging
- Google Calendar app syncs with the Web-based version, so any event that you add to your phone will show up on the Web-based Google Calendar (and vice versa).
- Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- TTY compatible
- Hearing Aid Compatibility = M4
The Samsung Fascinate weighs 4.16 ounces and measures 4.92 x 2.53 x 0.39 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7 hours of talk time, and up to 312 hours (13 days) of standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/1900 frequencies as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G frequencies.
What's in the Box
Samsung Fascinate handset, rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, 16 GB microSD card, quick start guide
Learn MoreSwype Keyboard
An alternative to the Android virtual keyboard, the Swype virtual keyboard (seen at the right) allows you to input text by swiping the finger with one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard. Based on testing, speed and accuracy are equal to or better than the traditional keyboard-tapping method. You can activate the Swype keyboard by pressing and holding in a text field, wait for popup to appear, click Input Method, and then select Swype.
In the image to the left, the word "this" was generated from tracing the path shown above in a fraction of a second, by roughly aiming to pass through the letters of the word. A key advantage to Swype is that there is no need to be very accurate, enabling very rapid text entry.
- Reliable 3G Network: With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, you'll enjoy fast access to the Internet and Verizon Wireless multimedia services (additional charges applicable), with average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps and peak rates up to 2 Mbps. (Learn more about where EV-DO coverage is offered.)
- VZ Navigator Capable: With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps.
- V CAST Music with Rhapsody: Access this exclusive digital music service for RealNetworks and for MTV Networks, which delivers unlimited monthly access to music on up to three Rhapsody-compatible mobile phones and players and online on multiple PCs and Web browsers. For a monthly fee (billed on your Verizon Wireless bill), you can load and reload your subscription songs from your PC to your V CAST Music with Rhapsody phone as often as you want, and take your music on the go.
On PCs running the Windows XP or higher operating system, you can also browse, preview, and purchase music using the V CAST Music with Rhapsody software, which is available as a free download from the V CAST Music with Rhapsody download website. Additional subscription charges applicable.
- V CAST Video on Demand: This optional service enables you to watch full-length TV shows plus news, sports, weather, and live entertainment video clips. It features more than 100 full-length programs from leading broadcast and cable networks, ranging from highly-rated drama and comedy series to reality programs and children's programming. V CAST Video on Demand also delivers live sporting events, including NHL hockey games and an upcoming slate of college football games
The service offers unlimited viewing of Basic Videos and the ESPN MVP channel. You can choose from 14 categories, including Entertainment, Kids, Music, Sports, Comedy, News, Pop Culture, Information, Women, Latino, Home & Leisure, Multicultural, Cutting Edge, and Hollywood. Additional subscription charges applicable.
- Visual Voice Mail: This innovative service enables you to delete, reply, and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions. Visual Voice Mail is the ideal tool for the busy mobile professional who may need to prioritize which messages he or she listens to first. Features include on-screen access to voice mail message status, save up to 40 messages for 40 days (or archive permanently), create up to 10 different caller ID-based greetings, and reply via call back, text or even voice mail.
- Backup Assistant: Automatically back up your mobile contacts to your online address book. If your phone is lost, stolen, or damaged, or you decide to upgrade, easily restore your saved address book to your new phone. You can also add, delete, edit, and print your contacts online and send the changes to your mobile phone.
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Top Customer Reviews
We got two of these phones three weeks ago, since then we have found a lot that we like and a little that we really dislike. The dislikes are all things Verizon did to the software.
In the comments someone points out that it may be possible to just burn Android 2.2 on to the phone. That is rumored, but isn't something most people will do. The rumor mill says Spain will get the Froyo release in late October '10 and people are going to try using that. Verizon has also announced that they will make the Google search engine available on the official 2.2 release, however they won't be making it the search engine for other services, so when another application starts a search it will still be redirected through the Verizon search portal to Bing.Read more ›
I agree that Verizon's decision to make Bing the unchangeable default search engine was unfortunate. But after using the phone for a while, I can say that it's really a trivial issue. You can still get to Google Search easily from a Web browser if you prefer; you can still install Google Maps and Google Navigation, and when you do so, you also get Google Voice Search.
And in fact, the default Bing search works just fine. Every time I've used it, it found what I was looking for. If the search works, I don't really care whose branding is on it.
If you really want to get around the Bing issue, it isn't hard to find instructions on how to do so (you don't even have to root the phone if all you want is the Google Search widget, and Google mapped to the search key). But for the vast majority of users, I'd say this whole Bing controversy is a non-issue.
If you want an Android smartphone from Verizon, I highly recommend the Fascinate -- especially if you think the Droid Incredible is a little too small and the Droid X is a little too big, and if you don't want a hardware QWERTY keyboard. The 4" screen of the Fascinate is the perfect size, the AMOLED display is spectacular, and the phone is light and slim and feels great in the hand.
I've been pleased with the battery life, and the GPS has worked well when I've tried it. Others may say differently, but I can only report on my own experience. Do I wish Verizon had made some different decisions regarding the preloaded software? Sure, but those annoyances are minor at best. I'm very happy with this phone.
1. Bing search. Seriously? Bing? I specifically chose this phone because I wanted to go the Android route. VzW's deal with Bing means that you can't uninstall this "feature" without rooting the phone first. If it was just my phone, I would've done this the minute I got the phone.
2. Verizon Navigator. WTH? VzW wants to charge a monthly fee for something inferior to Google Maps, which costs absolutely nothing. This is unadulterated corporate greed. Shame on you, Verizon.
3. Visual Voicemail. Ok, so some people might want this feature and might even pay the $2.99/mo fee to have their voicemails transcribed. But, why must VzW make this the default voicemail option and spam you EVERYTIME you check your voicemail with the offer? I don't want this and want to turn it off, PERMANENTLY.
4. Bloatware. This is where VzW is 10x worse than any other software companies out there. If this was Microsoft, people would be up in arms about it. Apparently, Verizon has already forgotten about the Department of Justice's investigation of Microsoft's bundling practices. Well, folks, VzW thought it would be helpful to clog up this phone with a ton of apps that YOU CANNOT UNINSTALL. PERIOD. This ticks me off more than anything else. If the phone came with bloatware, fine, but let the end user uninstall the apps he doesn't want.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am going to be straight-up honest - nobody needs to pay upwards of $100 just for smartphone service....ever. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Velocipede
I have a lot of experience with the android OS as well as the iphone iOS and as much as i hate apple i would rather that then this. It constantly freezes and needs to be rebooted. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by NYer212121
I am currently due for upgrade. I have viewed the latest version of this phone, looks great. but im in no rush to let my current one go(original version). ItPublished on August 17, 2012 by Angiee
sleek phone fast speeds alot of memory tons of apps big screen size naice sound good battery life recommended for everyonePublished on October 7, 2011 by samsunglyfe
I've had my Fascinate for 9 months now and it is my first smart phone. My decision came down to the fact that this is a lower radiation phone. Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by Winona in Tacoma
This phone is by far the best phone I have ever had. That may sound great but it doesn't have to be that great to be the best on my list of phones. A flip phone was first. Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by Nicholas
- short battery life (although better since update Android platform & deleting Adv Task Killer)
- Swype predicts some goofy words
- buttons when in swype mode... Read more
I HATE THIS PHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it always freezing up on me im getting so sick of it...to the point were id rather not even use it so it wont freeze up!! Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by Michael Styler
I was madly in love with this phone when I first got it. The screen is GORGEOUS, the camera is phenomenal, and the internet is decently fast. But alas, I've fallen out of love. Read morePublished on August 14, 2011 by catgrrrl