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Cell Phone Comparisons
Samsung Fascinate vs. DROID X

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June 30th, 2010


Key Differences

  • User interface: At release, both the Motorola DROID X and Samsung Fascinate are running Android version 2.1.  The Motorola DROID X has a slightly modified version of the standard Google Experience that adds a few nice enhancements, including a number of widgets such as a social networking and visual bookmarking widget.  The Samsung Fascinate has a custom user interface called TouchWiz 3.0, also providing users with a number of custom widgets, social networking integration, and unique menus and gesture commands.
  • Design: Although neither the DROID X nor the Samsung Fascinate have a physical keyboard, both phones are relatively sizable devices as far as smartphones go.  The DROID X, however, is slightly bigger than the Fascinate because of its larger display.
  • DROID X Samsung Fascinate
    Motorola DROID X Samsung Fascinate
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    Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) $179.99 $9.99
    Carrier Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless
    Operating System Android Android
    Interface Modified Google Experience Samsung TouchWiz 3.0
    Display 4.3″ TFT, 480 x 854 Pixels 4.0″ Super AMOLED, 480 x 800 Pixels
    Data Speed 3G 3G
    Global Roaming No No
    WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 3.0
    Mobile Hotspot Yes Yes
    Camera 8-megapixel, dual LED flash, and auto-focus 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
    Front-facing Camera No No
    Video Capture Yes; HD 720P Yes; HD 720P
    Apps Android Market Android Market
    Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash Lite Adobe Flash Lite
    Storage Space 24GB Total (8GB on-board, 16GB pre-installed microSD card) 18GB Total (2GB on-board, 16GB pre-installed microSD card)
    Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY with Swype
    Battery Up to 8 hours talk time; up to 220 hours standby
    Processor 1 GHz TI OMAP 3630-1000 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird
    Memory RAM:512MB; ROM: 8GB RAM:512MB; ROM: 2GB
    Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
    View Word Docs Yes Yes
    Weight 5.47 oz 4.7 oz
    Dimensions 2.26″ x 5″ x 0.4″ 2.53″ x 4.82″ x 0.39″

  • Storage space: Right out of the box, the DROID X offers a total of 24GB of storage space (8GB on-board, pre-installed 16GB microSD card), while the Samsung Fascinate has a total of 18GB of storage space (2GB on-board, pre-installed 16GB microSD card). Both devices can support up to a 32GB microSD card.
  • Display: The DROID X (4.3″ TFT display, 480×854 pixels) has a slightly bigger, slightly higher resolution than the Fascinate (4″ display, 480×800 pixels). The Fascinate is equipped with an ultra-thin Super Amoled (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen. The AMOLED screen will provide a number of advantages, including a brighter screen, less sunlight reflection, and reduced power consumption.
  • Camera: Both devices are equipped with great cameras with autofocus and the ability to record HD-quality video up to 720P. The DROID X has an 8-megapixel camera with brighter dual LED flash, however, while the Fascinate has a 5-megapixel camera with single LED flash. The difference in megapixels really only comes into play when printing large images.

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20 Responses to “Samsung Fascinate vs. DROID X”

  • julyflame
    February 27, 2012

    I’m a little late but I bought the Samsung Fascinate and it’s a beautiful phone. It’s super fast and doesn’t freeze up like most people say it does.

  • I have had to replace my fascinate 5 times for a variety of reasons. Each time i recieved a new phone there was a new problem. The fascinate sucks

  • galpalval
    January 8, 2011

    My carrier doesn’t carry the iPhone so I was debating between the Fascinate and the Droid X merely because of the screen size. I chose the Fascinate and I couldn’t be happier. Yes, I do have a bit of a problem with battery life but I’m still learning the in’s and out’s on how to save power. I LOVE EVERYTHING else about this smart phone. The screen is always crisp and sharp and can be seen in full sun. Even though iPhone carries more (for now), there is a full line of apps that are sure to please even the fussiest. If you’re going to download or even do a lot of websurfing (let’s face, isn’t that what you’re getting it for?)I would highly suggest that you run an android security app. Because it does run in the background this is one of the reasons for a shorter battery life,,, but I’m willing to deal with this for peace of mind.

  • Aaron Palmer
    December 11, 2010

    Back in October I was choosing between the droid x and the fascinate and i decided to go with the fascinate on a basis of quality over quantity.

  • I recently purchased the Samsung Fascinate and I would highly recommend it!

    Pro’s: It’s sleek, fast, nicely thought out and I am pleasantly surprised with the digital keyboard (that had been a worry of mine but the keys are large, accuracy has not been an issue).

    Con’s: Some say battery life; however you should know when buying a smartphone to close apps your not using to save on the battery life and charge it nightly. Also, the pushing and pulling of e-mail seems a bit slow (if your truly wanting instant results, the store even agreed with that assessment), however for the majority of users this shouldn’t be a problem or even something that is noticed.

    Thanks for the comparison article – it was helpful.

  • Why would a teenager prefer the fascinate over the Droid X or vice versa?

  • Debating between the X, 2 or the new Samsung. I run a MacBook Pro – any thoughts on which will work better with the Mac system?

    • I just bought a fascinate and it is not compatible to sync with my macbook pro… I have to take the micro sd out and use a reader. will not sync to itunes

  • This phone looks slick, to bad they did not know to much about this when the Droid X was coming out. I would have waited! This phone looks slick!

  • Fascinate’s Hummingbird processor is currently the best smartphone cpu in the market at the moment. It has been proven through various tests and comparisons. Plus, Fascinate’s GPU performance is far more superior than that of DroidX. So,if you enjoy playing games on the phone, Fascinate is probably the better choice.

    • It’s not far more superior, it beat’s the DroidX by about 10 fps in 3D apps. Definitely not a “Far more superior” difference there.

      Also, the Droid X has the Swype keyboard in addition to the normal keyboard as well (It has a screen shot of it on the link I provided below).

      AndroidCentral’s YouTube benchmarks, where it posted an average of 55.1 FPS to the Droid X’s 42.9 FPS in Neocore. By all accounts, Android doesn’t get much faster than this – for now.
      Src: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/motorola-droid-x-vs-samsung-fascinate-galaxy-s/

      • By 10 fps yes even without Froyo 2.2 come on what do you think will happen when it gets Froyo?? Also yes the Hummingbird processor is the most powerful processor on the market, not even the A4 processor that SAMSUNG made for Apple iPhone is more powerful. Its GPU is 90 million, more than any processor on the market so get it right dude. The Super AMOLED screen looks wonderful, is wonderful, thinner, makes the phone lighter, has deeper blacks, screen is faster, has great angle clarity, and wonderful clarity outside. Also last but not least Swype comes native to the SAMSUNG fascinate which developed Swype, so I am sure that it will work better on a Samsung device than a Motorola… lol

  • miguel
    July 21, 2010

    They both are going to cost the same

    • Actually, if the Fascinate is offered at the same price as its AT&T & TMO counterparts, the price should be $99.99

  • Kandiru
    July 4, 2010

    Linux and ability to root (gain super admin privileges) and hack to oblivion is the forte of the Droid X, tethering being just the tip of it. Dunno the OS on the Fascinate.

    • Errrrr… clearly you don’t understand that Android is bolted onto an underlying Linux kernel and stripped down userland. Both run the same Android, ergo both run exactly the same Linux innards. That being said, each “variant” of Android for each carrier has some slight ideosyncracies: i.e. the way to root a DroidX will probably not work on the Fascinate.

  • Warlord
    July 2, 2010

    They both have Swype, LOL. There are a lot of really nice phones coming out soon…

  • Asier
    July 2, 2010

    The fascinate have Bluetooth 3.0 .

  • Trail3n
    July 1, 2010

    The X has swype.

  • Steve
    July 1, 2010

    Thanks for posting this info, I’ve been looking for some kind of comparison like this.

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