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Girlfriend is up for an upgrade - is the Fascinate for her?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Dex, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Dex

    Dex Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    My girlfriend currently has a MotoDroid. She is up for an upgrade. I have an Incredible and would like her to get the Fascinate. Is there a reason why she shouldn't?

    1.) She likes to text and play around on the web on her phone. Her Droid does great on the web and is a texting machine. How does the Fascinate stack up in terms of web browser and texting ability?

    2.) How is the battery life? I've got a Droid Incredible and I'm not sure you could have a shittier battery in any phone, EVER. Since her phone is her lifeline for web and texting I want to be sure that she has enough juice left to make a call in an emergency.

    3.) I'd like to get her loaded up with some music so that she can ditch her crappy MP3 player and just use her phone. I use my Incredible to play music and do a whole lot of things, but I'm also a power user. How does the Fascinate do in terms of being a portable media player? Are there any accessories available online for docking to make it easier? (I checked the Verizon store and they had ZERO accessories for the Fascinate)

    4.) Is there an OtterBox on the way or a similar well designed protective case? My girlfriend managed to all but destroy her Droid by dropping it MANY times. I've seen it bounce down the driveway face down, while shooting the batter out of the back on several occasions. I normally wouldn't recommend an upgrade to another expensive phone after the damn near destroyed one already, but she works for the VZW call center here and get's a solid discount on plans and 2-year plan prices every year. Not to mention her current phone is on it's last leg.

    5.) Is it right for her hand size? I know that she dislikes the Droid X because it is too large, do you think the Fascinate would be too large for her to use regularly? She wants to get away from the keyboarded phones and go touchscreen. The decision is between the Fascinate and the Incredible, they have a noticeable size difference.

    6.) How receptive have the custom ROM/root and hack community been to the Fascinate? I know the Incredible took a while to get rooted and has had a few bumps when getting out good stable ROMs. Not that she'd matter, but just in case I want to root her phone to get rid of some of the awful bloatware (kind of like what invaded the Incredible).

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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  2. GoBruins

    GoBruins Well-Known Member

    1.) Web browsing is good cause of the S-AMOLED screen. Texting is good if she likes swype. My sister likes it and thinks its cool.

    2.) Battery life is great! I could run a full day of hardcore phoneage (I mean HARDCORE ANGRY BIRDS and whatnot), and have sufficient battery life, which was something I couldn't do with the incredible. I too, switched my DINC to a SF specifically for the battery life. She'll love the battery life. Theres a popular thread here regarding "Honest opinions of the SF battery life"

    3.) Not much experience with media player on the SF, someone else chime-in?

    4.) Seidio is launching a great case soon. As for me, I have a cheap ebay enclosed case that survived a 5 foot drop onto a concrete street. No scratches.

    5.) The fascinate is a little smaller than the droid X, but not too much bigger than the incredible. For me, I chose battery life > size. Geez the incredible had terrible battery life. Try mimicking the dimensions of the SF and tell her to hold it/put it in her purse. Only she can decide about the size with trial and error.

    6.) As a fairly new phone, the DEV community is surely coming together. There's one click root and lagfix(Voodoo) already out. New kernels and roms are coming out. See my signature for some references. I have a friend named Saps that surely can discuss overclocking, roms, kernels, and much more with you. Of course, all this stuff is assuming you know what you're doing (i.e. flashing 3rd party stuff...)
  3. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert

    Phones awesome, but that's my opinion, And probably most that own it in this Forum. Take her to a vzw corporate store, and let her play around with it! If she likes having a keyboard then the Droid 2 might be for her, either way you have 30 days from the date you purchase to return or exchange. Most of the questions you asked are all within Threads here, but nobody can really make a decision except her, take the hour and let her see for herself.

    FYI- Best buy gives instant rebates, however they usually don't have working units like a vzw corporate does! But nobody said ya can't go vzw, make a decision, then pay a visit to Best Buy.
    I believe the Fascinate is $149 on the spot, $199 for the Droid 2 , and there's no need to wait for a rebate in the mail. They also offer the Black Tie protection plan, and for $10, you get a brand new phone if she drops it and a bus runs it over, also covers water damage. All with no deductible! Worth looking into since you said she's hard on her phone.
    Happy Hunting.
  4. nitsuj17

    nitsuj17 Android Expert

    1.) the browser is more or less what you would see on any other android device with the exception that search will default to bing. Texting maybe an issue however if she uses the keyboard on the droid. Most people when transitioning from a qwerty to a virtual keyboard have some issues but end up loving it (especially swype) but not everyone does. Definetly see if shes ok typing on your incredible, and if she is then the fascinate is easier.

    2.) The battery is (imo) far superior the incredibles battery (and i have both so i think im qualified to make that statement :D) I think that the sf and the dx are pretty much even when it comes to everyday use (I had one too), despite what some websites say.

    3.) i dont use my phone a whole lot for music (just load some mp3s and stuff for ringtones) and im sure other do more than me. At the moment there arent as many accessories for the fascinate as other phones, but more than last month for sure. Froyo should bring the samsung media hub which got a lot hype.

    4.) i just use the gel cases for my phones, but i dont drop them...often :eek:, there is (i think) a dual plastic case though

    5.) the fascinate is much more portable than the dx, but wider in the hand than the inc. she ll have to hold one to really know though, but its easier than a dx for sure.

    6.)well you can root the fascinate right now easily and de-bing it. there arent a lot of roms out yet, as we are all waiting for 2.2 but whats out are more optimized nandroids and one-aosp like one. Birdman just joined the sf ranks and is working on a full 2.1 aosp now, and im sure for 2,2 when it drops. but in general a fascinate with lp or adw is pretty stable. The inc has a big community now but seeing as how it took 2 months to root, the sf is way ahead of the curve. if its not ur everyday phone, id avoid kernels as they are a whole different beast on the sf vs inc.
  5. trego

    trego Newbie

    I think she will like the fascinate but agree that she should check it out at a store. Up here in the Michigan boondocks there are no verizon stores but I was able to find it in stock at our local walmart and check them both out.
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    Random: I just asked @OtterBox on Twitter, and they replied:

    I am impatiently waiting.
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  7. Dex

    Dex Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Everything we do will be through the Verizon EPP, since she is an employee. No slumming it in Best Buy or any of that. I took her to the store recently, but the reps are about as helpful, and knowledgeable, as a sea slug. She likes both phones, but just wasn't sure which one would be "more for her". As I said, I have an Incredible. I can talk it up, but at the end of the day... I'd probably rather have a Fascinate. I can't honestly tell her which would be best for her and while I've got loads of info on the Incredible, I don't know much about the inner-workings of the Fascinate. Sure, I know the specs and mobile-centric info, but not the nuances and the annoying bugs you just have to accept.

  8. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert

    Reps are Reps, no matter where u go! I've had good and bad luck at both. However onto the phones...I have both the incredible and Fascinate. Both are Fantastic! As u know the battery is terrible on the incredible, the Fascinates battery is awesome, I have a thread on the Fascinate battery with a load of Forum members giving real world use...its in here somewhere...Form factor goes to the Fascinate, but that's my preference! She will love the screen, its beautiful! I'd get her the Fascinate, and then compare your phone with hers, and see which one she likes better. If she likes the incredible, u have 30 days to exchange. If she likes HTC sense on the incredible, you can download Launcher pro from the market, very close to htc's sense...All in all, comes down to what she likes! If I had to pick one, I'd go with the Fascinate!
  9. saps

    saps Extreme Android User

    If she works for Verizon just have her mess around with teach phone for awhile. That honestly is the best way to decide
  10. rehpyc

    rehpyc Android Enthusiast

    Like others have said, you can't really pick out a phone for someone.. you have to let them decide based on how it feels for them. You can give her the major pros and cons of each phone, but ultimately let her decide.

    If the poor battery life with the Incredible ends up being the only thing she dislikes about that phone, get the extended battery.
  11. Dex

    Dex Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I think they call them IQ phones and there is a pretty long waiting list for the new smartphones that release. We have been into the store and she has seen and touched it, but when it is tethered to the stand you can't get the FULL effect of the phone. Not to mention the gimped out and touched by a million other people phones at the store do not always represent the model that you will get.

    I am not picking the phone for her, nor am I letting you guys pick. I was just asking this forum a few questions about how they felt about the phone. I know what she wants and I also know what she needs (in terms of reliability and performance). I know the Incredible has lived up to most of my expectations, but I'd like her to have something nice and mostly without bugs and issues.

    It really sounds like the Fascinate is awesome. I think it's probably the best Android phone on the market, but alas I've already picked my Android poison. =P I will pass on what I have learned here and hopefully make it easier for her to make a decision. She will be getting a new phone the first week of November.
  12. s44

    s44 Android Enthusiast

    If she already has a Droid 1, wait for next-gen (dual core) phones to drop.
  13. nitsuj17

    nitsuj17 Android Expert

    you can always wait for the next big thing, but who knows when that ll be. realistically dual core phones wont be announced before ces on january 6, then in stores possibly by end of january. also, on verizon i would think they ll be lte 4g phones and lte will most likely have different plans.

    basically if you dont want to wait 3 months to see what is coming just to find out you dont want a 4g plan, there are plenty of fine choices out now.
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  15. nitsuj17

    nitsuj17 Android Expert

    true the incredible hd "may" be released for thanksgiving and you'd be in your 30 day. I say may as other than some person on a forum giving a date (even if its a trusted person) there hasnt been a peep on it since some random evo-ish pictures a few months ago.

    in the android world very little is left to the imagination on a device that would be launching in a month, usually full specs, manuals, and multiple confirmations would be out by now, but thats just me and my skepticisim :cool:
  16. Wolfedude88

    Wolfedude88 Android Expert

    Yeah I would think we would have heard more about it if it was coming out within the next month.
  17. carmendiva

    carmendiva Android Expert

    lol accorrding to the droid x owners, the fascinate is for us girls bahaha

    personally, i think she will love it.

    I love my captivate as an mp3 player...i love the surround sound :)
  18. nitsuj17

    nitsuj17 Android Expert

    yeah that thread was a pita :). i get a little irratated at time with the "cuz i bought this phone it has to be the best, so ill trash everything else out" mentality that a lot of people get. Unless you've really used the devices you are trashing then you don't have a leg to stand on imo. I think the droid x is a great phone, just im anti-motorola at the moment so i ditched it. I love my htc incredible, but think my fascinate is better as a daily phone.

    I am kinda happy to not be a part of the dx community anymore as it can get a little overwhelming with the cheerleading at times from some people. In any event, get the phone you like :D
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  19. Halcyon

    Halcyon Well-Known Member

    Fascinate community is so much better. Its more mature and friendly imho.
  20. carmendiva

    carmendiva Android Expert

    Well said :)

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The Samsung Fascinate release date was Q3 2010. Features and Specs include a 4.0" inch screen, 5MP camera, GB RAM, Hummingbird processor, and 1500mAh battery.

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