Droid X vs Samsung Fascinate - Which Will Win the Android Galaxy?

Droid X vs. Samsung Fascinate.jpgThe Samsung Fascinate is now available. Does X mark the Droid spot for you? Or are you fascinated by the Super AMOLED of the Samsung Fascinate?

It can be a tough decision to choose between two worthy competitors.  Here's a comparison of the Droid X versus the Samsung Fascinate, a Galaxy S phone, exclusively from Verizon.

Besides comparing features of the two smartphones, we also suggest that you read reviews of the Droid X and the Samsung Fascinate (read review) and check out lists of top Android smartphones.

Android Re-Styled
The Samsung Fascinate is shipped with Android version 2.1 and will be updated in the coming months. The Droid X has been updated to Android 2.2. Added on top of Android on the Droid X is a Motorola user interface, that adds social networking and home screens.  The Samsung Fascinate has a custom user
interface that adds a Social Hub, Media Hub, Integrated Contacts, News Feeds, AllShare DLNA, note-taking and Weather.

Wireless and Mobile News has two article that can help you with the different user interfaces- Droid X Tip an' Tricks and Samsung Galaxy S: (Samsung Fascinate) Tips an' Tricks.

Screen Screening
The Droid X is slightly bigger than the
Fascinate because of its larger display, which may help when using a touchscreen keyboard. The Droid X (4.3? TFT display, 480×854 pixels) has a slightly bigger,
slightly higher resolution than the Samsung Fascinate (4? display, 480×800
pixels).  The Fascinate is equipped with an ultra-thin Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen. The Super AMOLED screen
is brighter, has less
sunlight reflection, and has reduced power consumption.


The Droid X comes with a total of 24GB of storage
space (8GB on-board, pre-installed 16GB microSD card), while the Samsung
has a total of 18GB of storage space (2GB on-board,
pre-installed 16GB microSD card).  Both smartphones can support up to a 32GB
microSD card.

Camera Pick?
Both Android smartphones are equipped with great cameras, with autofocus and the
ability to record HD-quality video up to 720P. The Droid X has an
8-megapixel camera with brighter dual LED flash, however, while the
Fascinate has a 5-megapixel camera with single LED flash. The
difference in megapixels is only seen when printing very large images.

Both the Droid X and the Samsung Fascinate have a 1GHz processor, yet each test differently in reviews.

The default search on the Samsung Fascinate when you tap the search button is Bing. The search on the Droid X is Google. Verizon has said that you will be able to use Google on the Samsung Fascinate when it is updated to Android 2.2. They offered  few suggestions for using Google on the Fascinate.

Update 09/29/10 - We've updated this article. When we wrote it the pricing was not set yet for the Samsung Fascinate.  When you buy the Samsung Fascinate from Verizon Wireless for $199, you can get any other phone for free.  The Droid X is back-ordered.

with free shipping, Verizon provides an added bonus for ordering online with the Wireless and Mobile News coupon-link you get Instant Phone Rebate Only Available with Online Purchases.

Online retailer Amazon Wireless Beta discounts the Samsung Fascinate to one cent with a new contract and $99 for renewing customers.

Droid X
Samsung Fascinate
Operating System Android 2.1 updated to 2.2 Android 2.1
Interface Modified Google Experience Samsung Hubs added
Display 4.3? TFT, 480 x 854 Pixels 4.0? Super AMOLED, 480 x 800 Pixels
Data Speed 3G 3G
Global Roaming No No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 3.0 Stereo
Mobile Hotspot Yes Yes
Camera 8-megapixel, dual LED flash, and auto-focus 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera No No
Video Capture Yes; HD 720P Yes; HD 720P
Apps Android Market Android Market
Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash Lite Adobe Flash Lite
Storage Space 24GB Total (8GB on-board, 16GB pre-installed microSD card) 18GB Total (2GB on-board, 16GB pre-installed microSD card)
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY with Swype
Battery Up to 8 hours talk time; up to 220 hours standby
Processor 1 GHz TI OMAP 3630-1000 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird
Memory RAM:512MB; ROM: 8GB RAM:512MB; ROM: 2GB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 5.47 oz 4.7 oz
Dimensions 2.26? x 5? x 0.4? 2.53? x 4.82? x 0.39?

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