Why is this phone given such horrible reviews?

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    Ok, this might seem like a bit of a rant, so if it is deemed inappropriate for the forum I apologize in advance. I'm also referring to issues that those in the know-how probably can identify with.

    I picked up this phone a couple days ago upon concluding a year-long, ROM-switching, kernel-flashing journey with my very, very faithful DROID. I was hesitant, to say the least, to buy a product that I knew would have some glaringly obvious issues (ahem.. BING) coupled with less than stellar support from Sammy. But after having the phone for the last three days and applying some needed fixes/hacks, I can honestly say that this is one of the best devices I have ever used.

    OK. With that said...

    What the heck is up with these supposed "tech" sites that demolish the fascinate in its reviews for non-issues? Based on what merits/weaknesses?
    It's frustrating because I feel like these articles are creating a misconception to the "less than informed" populace that the X is some kind of demi-god/king, while the fascinate is some kind of dirty and confused hobo.

    On Geek dot com, there is a bullet format article that compares the x and fascinate in specific categories, and for one of their points, they called the X a CLEAR winner for having a 8MP camera over the Sammy's 5MP. WTH?

    And on the SAMOLED vs. LCD debate: I know it's probably impossible to completely remove opinionated remarks from a review written by a human being, but honestly I feel like these reviewers are being pretty irresponsible calling the LCD superior to the SAMOLED. UGH.

    Again, I apologize for ranting about something you've all probably noticed already. I'm going to play with my fascinate :)
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    I agree with you. The reviews are oddly negative for such an amazing phone. I am thinking BING being preloaded has much to do with it. My girlfriend has a Droid X, I have a Fascinate (backwards, I know) and we both are very happy with our phones and wouldn't really want each others. Sooo, to each his own.
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    Yeah idk... When I show my friends my phone almost all off them ask in a pretty snide fashion why I settled on this over the"amazing" x. Pisses me off. Look the x is a great phone but honestly the hardware on the fascinate is totally comparible and in some cases outright superior.


    on a side note.one of the only things I agreed with reviews on was the horrid neon blue font in menus... Kinda sad though that's the best they could come up with
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    I agree with you a well. I crossed the X of my list of phones the minute I heard it would be locked. Even though I knew it would be broken by the awesome Devs. But, the Fascinate is by far my favorite phone and in my opinion far superior to the X....even with 2.1 on it.

    The thing that upsets me is people knock it because of Bing...sheesh that was Verizon and it can be removed. People that slam it just because of that just don't really have a clue.
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    It is being knocked because it is Bingified, no more, no less. The device itself is equal to and in some cases superior to the DX. Hell for those that want to root the thing they can and just un-Bing it. For those that don't want to root just download Launcher Pro from the market and there is an option once installed to install the Google Search widget. This isn't brain surgery just biased reviews but uninformed/uneducated reviewers looking for page hits.
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    which = public swaying towards alternatives (like x or 2) = less revenue for Sammy = less support in the form of software updates for us :angry:.


    Sigh. At least its not locked down and has clockwork so any interested devs (ahem cvpcs, cyanogen, pete :D) can make some super nice kernels and ROMS... I will wait patiently for that day... Thanks in advance :p
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    *sniff* My phone's not a dirty and confused hobo... :(
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    That's an interesting word. Haven't seen that one yet. :)

    I wouldn't know one way or another, but I assumed that it's a great phone. Even if it isn't a Droid. :D What do critics know?
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    I've owned the Droid, Droid X, and my mom has the incredible...this Fascinate is far and away my favorite phone so far.
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    Lets hope they do take advantage of this phone and come out with some roms. I can't wait for that, then the tables will be turned:icon_ banana:
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    I guess I am still confused on the HUGE issue with bing. I use bing on my laptop and love it and I have no issues with it on the phone. I downloaded the google maps and I have the same nav features I had on the Droid 1 and 2. I really like the phone and would not switch back at this point. I am just waiting to see what comes down the line for it. I think it will only get better and stronger.
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    The issue with Bing on this phone with the default launcher, you cannot install Google Search via market or as a .apk package, since VZW locked it down. Now, if you install Launcher Pro, then you can install Google Search.

    VZW came out and said with an update (forgot which one) that you are able to install Google Search from the market.
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    I agree, reading the reviews I was set to get an X. Luckily I spent the time instore to form my own opinions. I chose the Fascinate and I like it.

    The update that will restore the google goodness is 2.2.
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    Coming from a guy who has owned both...

    -fascinate is faster, smoother in game graphics, etc.

    -fascinate has a WAY better camera

    -fascinate has superior call quality and speaker volume

    -fascinate has a superior screen

    -fascinate looks 100x better


    Yep, so basically there is nothing I like about the Droid X. And I owned an original droid (rooted and overclocked). The fascinate just destroys the X in every single way (IMO)...it's not even close.

    Those reviews that bash the fascinate and bring the X into the review make it sound like they own Droid X's and are jealous that they can't get a fascinate. I don't know, that's just how some reviews make it sound.
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    on the point of it looking better. i think i have a screen malfunction. ironic that im the OP. im really frustrated but oh well such is technology I suppose. but just to confirm. when you pull down the TW notification bar, is the leftmost column of pixels the same color as the rest? or is there a green line (almost looks like a border for your notifications. please lemme know thanks :)

    by green line im saying that all of the pixels on the leftmost column seem to be stuck on green but only certain colored backgrounds can produce a visibly green line. when the leftmost column is lit white, i honestly cant tell if its really green or if im tricking myself into thinking its green.

    sorry about the off topic post im just a bit sad :(
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    Perfectly normal. Mine has the same.
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    Some people who write these reviews are biased towards one phone or the other. Super Amoled > LCD, any day, any time. When I first read of the DX's specs, I was totally convinced that was my next phone. Until a co-worker of mine showed up with a Galaxy S from TMO one day. I was amazed at the display and how much sexier it was than the DX. The DX is a bit too square/boring and that hump in the back for the camera was a major turn off, I could never get used to it. I guess I was trying to convince myself that the DX is the phone to get eventhough in the back of my head, that hump was just an eyesore. When I found out that there will be one for Verizon namely Fascinate, I scratched the idea of getting the DX and waited 2 months for the Fascinate. Enough said. I laugh at my friends with DX's because their battery dies alot sooner than mine. Then one of them decided to chuck the DX and get a Fascinate. Now he's a believer! :)
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    I never noticed that. But yeah I have it too.

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    I'm also a former Droid 1 and G1 owner. I've ran all versions of cyanogen and other roms and I really don't get the negative reviews from tech sites either. I feel just as good about this purchase as I did the other phones. This is my new "best phone I ever had".

    It seems consumers agree. The phone has a 4.5 star rating on Verizon Wireless... that's the same as the tech site beloved Droid X.
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    This is very well written and I entirely agree. I have the Fascinate and was considering switching to the X; However, I was fortunate to meet a girl in one of my classes who owns a X. I played with it a bit, and I honestly have to say, I like the Fascinate better. I would need to actually spend more time with the X, but from my short experience with it, the Fascinate holds it's own and then some.

    My Small List of Complaints.

    1.) I would of chosen to have more than 2GB of internal memory! WTF I say, WTF.
    2.) The power button on the side, why? I am constantly pressing the volume rocker while trying to put my phone on standby. :mad:
    3.) I don't have FROYO yet! Arg!s
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