First day review of my Fascinate

Discussion in 'Samsung Fascinate' started by incredible crm, Sep 16, 2010.

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    I have to say, I was worried reading all the negative press about the Fascinate. But after I got it today, I was relieved.

    The Good
    The SCREEN! It is so vibrant! (pardon the slight pun) It really is fantastic, the colors may be oversaturated, but it makes everything look absolutely astonishing.
    The speed: I heard about the Galaxy S phones being laggy, and that was a concern of mine. I like concise, fluid interfaces. And the Fascinate blazes. I have Launcherpro installed, because Touchwiz did really seem a little slow. But LP makes this phone FLY! And I'm not rooted yet, or lagfix'd, or 2.2. So I can't imagine how ridiculous this will be soon. Apps open instantly, screen scrolling is fluid, and pretty much everything else flows nicely. I love it.
    The camera: Even though it is 5MP, it takes great pictures. Good color, great clarity, a lot of fun frames to play with, and relatively quick shutter speed. Oh, and tap to focus. So nice.

    The Not-So-Good
    GPS: Yup. I read about it, I was afraid of it, and it's here. I know some Fascinate owners report great GPS, but mine is not one of them. Sure, it locked on pretty fast.. but it was "within 1400 meters" for accuracy. It had me pinned 3 blocks down the road, and 2 blocks horizontally from that. This kinda pisses me off, but I know there is a supposed fix coming. Not a dealbreaker for me.
    Touchwiz: If you like iPhone, maybe you'll like touchwiz. I do like the notification bar, it displays toggles for Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, and Airplane. Otherwise, LP all the way.
    Sleep Button: This is where I think, WTF Samsung? Really? The sleep button is on the upper righthand side, right on the opposite of the volume rocker. Try hitting the sleep button with one hand, I guarantee you'll mess up your volume. And it's very flush, so it's harder to press. D'oh!
    Bing: Bleh. We all know this already. LP lets you use Google Voice Search and the Google searchbar, but the search button will still drag you to... dundundunnnn Bing. I found the Google Voice Search more accurate than Bing search, and you don't need to press the "End" button like Bing.

    Otherwise, this phone is awesome! I really love it. It's speedy, responsive, and an all around great device. Most of the negatives can be dealt with by updates, although Samsung really should have thought out their button placement better! This is my first android phone, so pardon anything that I didn't explain quite right. Just a little heads-up for anyone considering the Fascinate, DO IT! You won't be sorry. I am in LOVE! Let me know if you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them.
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    Glad you like it :)

    +1 for another member of Android.
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    Thank's for the info I just ordered a Fascinate phone on the 15th from Wirefly.com and it should be here today. I am big fan of GPS i rely on the GPS when i do motorcycle rides. hopefully there's a fix on that matter and Google is my main go to internet search i will play with the phone and see if i keep it or replace it with another in the 30 day grace period.
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    Well, I just rooted my Fascinate and there is a really easy way to remove Bing if you choose to. Then, the search button returns to Google and the Launcherpro widget for google works. I'll include the link:

    Compilation: Root and remove bing - Android Forums

    They also have instructions for the lagfix, which I see no need for as there are no real improvements in daily use, just quadrant scores. This, as I said, is my first android phone, and this post below made it VERY easy to root:

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/sa...t/79811-newbie-guide-rooting-fascinate-2.html

    Compliments to Mrdroid for making it easy for a dummy like me! But in all seriousness, this phone is phenomenal. You won't be sorry. I can't wait to test ROMs once they roll out!

    And if you do choose to root; Barnacle Legacy seems to be the best working free wifi tether, the new one did not work, but Legacy is flawless.
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    Flaky GPS is a deal breaker for me. I use it a lot.
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    works fine here, imao
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    Yea, same here. I was able to turn it on in my house and get 1m accuracy. Sometimes it takes a little while to lock on to the satellites, but once it does it is usually fine. The worst accuracy I have seen is 10m.
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    I hope mine isn't defective, and the supposed GPS fix comes soon. I've rebooted, tried all kinds of combos with the 3 GPS "sources", and still I get a crappy reading. When I just used the actual standalone GPS, it couldn't even get a signal, outside! Eh, a gripe is a gripe. I have a Garmin, so no biggie.
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    No problems with GPS on my phone. Rooted, Lagfix, Wifi Tether and Google Search - No more Bing![​IMG][​IMG]

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    I just got the phone it's slow as hell bing is a piece of garbage i tried to remove apps no luck I'm going to keep the phone for a couple of days to read on rooting the phone and if no success then the phone is going back.
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    lol you are doing something wrong then taino warrior. are you ending tasks? if you are, stop. uninstall the task killer also if you have installed one. you can't remove bloatware unless you root the phone. there's a one click root here How to Root - Android Forums
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    Works fine for me as well. I use Google maps all the time for my job.
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    I guess i'm just an idiot i tried to find a way to remove items on the apps like Task killer it's not happening.
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    All the get right

    Everything you need with instructions in Forum: Fascinate Developments
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    the GPS is SPOT on when im connected to my WiFi, i used to think that it was just a crappy GPS hardware, but it turns out its just samsungs crappy attempt at a android OS.. i mean come on... samsung source with a windows directory in it...?

    im sure there will be a fix to make things better on 3G, samsung or otherwise.
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    Conclusion no success at all the i read the Threads in the forum and tried to remove the %$#@$ Bing and other apps off the phone no luck search on the bing is to slow to load up I'm willing to pay some one to root and fix my problem i spent most of my day trying to fix this piece of s%$@ to work i cant see my self keeping this phone for 2 years paying $29.99 data plan with this slow phone. Sorry for sounding upset i just was on the computer & phone all day to resolve this matter.
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