Sunday, September 12, 2010

Samsung Fascinate SCH-i500 (Verizon Wireless)

The Samsung Fascinate SCH-i500 is the latest addition to the Verizon Wireless lineup of Android smartphones. Traditionally, Samsung had smartphones on Verizon that were running Windows Mobile. This is their first Android smartphone on Verizon. On the AT&T network, this phone is known as the Samsung Captivate (why all the different names Samsung?) Actually, the Captivate is not identical to the Fascinate. These smartphones all belong to the Samsung Galaxy S series.

From a distance, the Fascinate almost looks like an Apple iPhone. This Android smartphone is sized between the Motorola Droid X and and the HTC Droid Incredible. I wonder why it's not being called the Samsung Droid Fascinate. I thought Verizon was going to use the "Droid" name on every Android smartphone.

Perhaps the best feature on the Samsung Fascinate is the 4" Super AMOLED touch screen that works really well when you're outdoors. Even in bright sunlight, you won't have any trouble seeing this screen. Besides the screen, the other features are very similar to what you'll find on other high-end Android smartphones. So, if the Droid X is simply too big for you, the Samsung Fascinate or the HTC Droid Incredible make good alternative candybar smartphones.

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