I'm having a very hard time trying to select which phone I want to get next. I absolutely love having a keyboard on my phone, I know most people couldn't care less but I text so much and can text so much faster with my hardware keyboard than with Swype or any of the other keyboard alternatives.
However, my girlfriend has the Vibrant from T-Mobile and wow it is slick. I know the Fascinate is a little different but all in all they're very similar. One thing I don't like is that the Fascinate was either the last or next to last Galaxy S to come out for the major carriers, therefore its hacking community is that much farther behind the other phones. I love hacking my phone, so this will also be an important choice for me.
As a Verizon user I feel as if I only really have 3 choices here. The D2 global, the DX or the Fascinate. I can get all 3 of them fairly cheap as I have an upgrade and Wirefly has great prices (39.99 is the highest, and that's for the Fascinate, the other 2 are free). My biggest beef with the Fascinate is that it doesn't have a camera flash, but it sure is pretty. I've never played with the DX but I bet typing on that giant screen would be easier. Then there's the D2 which has a keyboard but seems like it doesn't have nearly the userbase as other major phones, therefore its hacking community is probably pretty slim as well.
The D2 and DX also have locked bootloaders, don't they? Doesn't this limit hacking somehwat? I haven't been following Android news as much as I used to, so I'm not sure if this is still the case. Maybe someone can enlighten me?
Anyway, perhaps good old DroidForum can assist me in making my selection. Can people who have tried one or more of these phones please post any feedback you have for them? Preferably someone who has used 2 of the 3 or even all 3, I would REALLY appreciate any and all feedback you have.
The other option I was considering was waiting until the next generation of phones come out, as I know dual core phones are right around the corner. Any idea when the next major Verizon phone is going to come out? Thanks!
edit : I just read that the Fascinate does indeed have a camera flash. That's very good news. I would still appreciate feedback. Thanks!