Looking for advice - Did anyone here switch from Droid X to Fascinate?

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    So here's my situation - I have a Droid X and my satisfaction with it just keeps declining. The battery life, compared to my Droid 1, is just pathetic (and I'm not using task killers). I'm on my second phone and it has the same issues. The Froyo update that just came out seems very buggy (I've had a lot of lock ups, music now skips). I would try a factory reset, but I got my replacement X the day Froyo released so it was at factory defaults when I installed Froyo. I'm just not really that thrilled with the device.

    I'm considering switching to a Fascinate. I'm basically sold on the phone, I just have a few things I'd like to get some input on.

    1 - How is the battery life? Does it make it through the day? Is there anyone here that switched from an X to a Fascinate and can compare?

    2 - Is the GPS really THAT bad? I don't think I've read any good things about it.

    3 - Does the Touchwiz skin drain battery life? I read someone else commenting that running Launcherpro would kill the battery because TW would be in the background; is this accurate or is Touchwiz disabled when you use a home replacement?

    4 - One of the most appealing things about this phone is that it is apparently open. I was never one to install custom ROMs when I had my Droid 1, but the idea that in a month or so I may be able to install vanilla Froyo without all the extra crap appeals to me. Does anyone have any idea what kind of progress has been made on getting some ROMs out for this thing, and whether there will be a vanilla Froyo ROM made available?

    Any input on the phone would be appreciated, especially from any former X users.
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    Answers in bold.
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    One thing I can say in the X's favor is that it seems to have a better radio.
    But the BT volume on the Fascinate is a lot better imo.
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    I used the Fascinate for a weekend before I got my Droid X. I noticed a tingy ring in the ear piece of the fascinate. It was pretty annoying, but my wife now uses the phone and hasn't complained. Screen colors are much more vibrant on the Fascinate.
    There seems to be a lot more published on the X, but seems like a lot of people are having issues. I am toying w/ the same decision since my wifi doesn't seem to work and my gmail won't sync. I really like a lot that the X has to offer, just sure I can deal w/ the issues.
    Just my 2 cents,
    Novice Droid user
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    I came from the X. Had the incredible before that. Fascinate hands down is best in my opinion.

    Sent from my SCH-I500 using Tapatalk
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    Thanks for the input everyone.

    One more thing I wanted to ask - it is possible to get all of the Google stuff back, right? I saw a way to get Google search back to being the default search, and I also saw a way to get Google Navigation back to being default instead of VZ Nav. Is Google's voice to text, Maps, Voice, all that stuff available for it?
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    Not trying to hijack the thread, but sjohn has asked a lot of questions I have had...

    was also wondering if any Fascinate users have used the corporate email app and if so, any issues syncing email and calendar through your enterprise server...I've seen mention elsewhere of syncing issues on the Fascinate...

    I am currently using a Droid and am satisfied with corporate syncing of email, calendar, and contacts....I'm looking at an upgrade later in the year either to the Droid X or Fascinate, but since I use my phone primarily for business I have to be able to sync properly with my company's server....

    thanks...
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    I had the DroidX for a couple of months and just recently swiched over to the Fascinate. The are a couple of things that I really like about it, the size and form factor is perfect. The battery on the Fascinate is right on par with the DX, which in my opinion has one of the best batteries out there.

    One of the major drawbacks of the Fascinate is the lag issue(the lag fix is pointless and doesn't work). Im really looking forward to a real one being released. What really got me interested in the phone was the openess, in a very short time we should have custom ROMs and kernels which would make this phone truly great.

    Sent From My Galaxy S
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    debating on switching from the droid x to the fascinate... question is, do any of you regret switching? Do you miss the size of the screen, or having google without having to root? I feel like I want to switch and I'm still within my 30 day period of exchanging, but I feel like there's something missing that isn't pushing me hard enough to switch yet and I keep checking reviews on these boards to convince me to jump...
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    I got to say, I got the fascinate, because the X wasn't in stock. "Try it for 30 days, and by then the X will be in stock" is what they said. With that in mind, I've really tried to not like this phone, so I could switch to the X, or at least try it.

    After 2 weeks, there isn't really anything I can say negatively about this phone.

    Sure GPS takes 45 seconds instead of 5, but most of the time I know where I'm going anyway.

    Bing, what bing?

    At the end of the day I wanted the best hardware, and as far as I understand, the Galaxy S series is tough to beat.

    my2cents...
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    This phone has given me the best battery life since my blackberry. It lasts all day and I use the phone, email and texting a lot. I have not had it on exchange, we had some exchange issues at work so I just dumped exchange and now I sync with companion link to my outlook at work and it works great. I would certainly not hesitate to tell anyone to grab this phone, it is a keeper.
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    I'll be honest with you, I got the X first three days later i swapped it for the fascinate, the X has physical buttons that were making me crazy, hard to push and why phisycal buttons in the first place? now the processor on the Fascinate is way beyond superior to the one on the X, as soon as i got the X i updated it to froyo and even with it my fascinate is way faster specially talking about graphic display...now the GPU is way better on the Fascinate as well, the X is a great phone but I would say the fascinate is just a higher level....both phones have media share through network so i share my videos and pics through my PS3 to my tv with no wires, so the HDMI output on the X is not missed here...the camera in both phones are basically the same, the X has an 8 mp and the Fascinate 5, but you cant tell a difference unless you print the pictures all big...Ive had every phone in the market, Iphones, blackberries, droid 1 rooted, and all i can say is that the FASCINATE is the best phone ive ever own and I cant imagine how amazing it will be when we get the famous FROYO...

    Oh yeah and Did i mention that the video player is compared to the universal VLC player? which means that it almost plays any video file on earth?...my wife took a .3gp format video on her phone sent it to my X and couldnt play it, after I got the FASCINATE i reopened the message and it was able to play it perfectly...It plays everything! divx, avi, mp4, xvid, 3gp etc etc etc...
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    I forgot that the battery on the X recharged in around one hour and a half but lasted me approximately 6 to 7 hours, browsing and doing all kinds of stuff...Now with the FASCINATE, the battery lasts, seriously..around 12 hours but it takes 3 to 4 hours recharging...
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    I was a droid 1 user and loved it. Went for the Fascinate to take advantage of the BOGO and was wary... After reading reviews I was ready to get an X. But, playing with both in store I was convinced otherwise. Went with the Fascinate.

    I keep hearing about a lag, but I'm not sure what should be lagging or if I even have it. The first couple of days the battery was less impressive than after it discharged and was fully charged a couple of times. Now I'm at 3/4 after light - moderate usage and being on for 16 hours.

    All the google goodness will be back with the Froyo 2.2 update. But, bing doesn't get in my way. I downloaded Google Maps, and set my homepage to google. I never use the search widget anyway nor the search key. I do not intend to root and just need 2.2 to be fully bing free.

    There was a period where I kept hitting the wrong buttons on the bottom since the lights turn off quickly and the order was switched from my D1. But, I got used to it in a day or so.

    I do use Launcher pro, but I liked TW also.

    I'm still discovering new things everyday despite being a seasoned vanilla android user. Best phone I've ever owned. Seems each new one is the best though right?
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    I use launcherpro plus and couldnt be happier...And i see abstolutely no lag at all....forgot to mention gps on google maps and navigation works like a charm!
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    forgot to mention, GPS lock on does take a bit longer than it did on my Droid 1. But, it still works. Definitely not a dealbreaker.
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    Again - thanks for the responses everyone. It's definitely made me less nervous about switching. Think I'll be picking up the Fascinate this weekend.
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    I currently own both devices, and I have to say that in my opinion the Fascinate is the best Android device I've used thus far. It gets phenomenal battery life for a Super AMOLED device, and the display is absolutely gorgeous. The phone is quick without even a touch of lag. The GPS problem is rather prevalent, but as another said, Samsung should release a fix for it within a few weeks. Since I picked up this device, my X has just been sitting on my desk collecting dust. That's not to say that the X is a bad phone, I still love it and tinker with it from time to time. To me, the Fascinate just blows it out of the water.
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    Both my buddy and I have the Droid X and both our #1 problem with the X was the speaker volume and how much we were both disappointed on how muted the ringtones/notifications were. Sure you can find sound ringtones that were loud (somewhat) but we want music ringtones and they were super quite hence why we missed a lot of phone calls and text messages.

    My buddy switched to the Fascinate yesterday and loves it because you can get to your contacts, messages, apps all in one location without having to slide to another screen.

    I'll be switching to the Fascinate today because its the last day for buy one get one free and she'll be able to get the Droid 2 that she really wants (because of the keyboard). The X is a great phone but the bulkyness I thought I would get used to in the past 2 1/2 weeks but its still a problem and awkward to use w/ one hand. I'll miss the blinking green light that notified me on new messages, missed calls, e-mails but I can live without it. My main thing is I want a phone that I can hear it go off when I get a text/call.
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    I love my notification light as well, so all I did was download NOLED apps on the market and its even better than just a tiny led light..google it it rocks!!


    the application does the following:

    1. When your phone receives a notification, it switches the screen on and displays a dot somewhere in the top left corner. The dot bounces around every 3 seconds. This will guarantee using different LEDs so that the same ones won't be burned out !

    2. Each type of missed event generates a new LED color. The screen will also display a combination of dots if you missed more than one event. The color scheme is as following:
    Blue - Missed calls
    Green - SMS calls
    Yellow - Gtalk messages
    Purple - Gmail messages
    Red - all others (see 3.)

    3. NoLED will work with SMS, Gtalk, Gmail and Missed calls even in silent/vibrate mode. However, other apps that may be using audio notifications will not work if phone is in silent/vibrate mode.

    4. For all other apps that may be sounding a notification (e.g. some sports apps' notifications), please make sure they only use the default samsung notifications or the ones placed in /sdcard/sd/media/audio/notifications

    5. The app runs as a service, after installing, you have two ways to activate the app. (a) by restarting. (b) by loading the widget into your home screen and clicking on it.

    3. To get rid of the notification screen, the only key you can use is the home key. Using the capacitive touch buttons will do nothing, and so as clicking anywhere on the screen. Once your screen turns on, all notifications disappear and will not come up until a new notification sound is received.