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Verizon Wireless Android Phones - Samsung Fascinate vs. Droid 2

Verizon Wireless Android Phones - Samsung Fascinate vs. Droid 2

After a week of experiencing the Samsung (Galaxy S) Epic 4G and Samsung Intercept Android phones on the Sprint Network, we switched back to our iPhones on AT&T because of the increasing number of dropped calls. Anyway, we did love the Android phones...but we will probably be switching to Verizon Wireless after deciding which model we want. Looking at the Android lineup, here are the key differences between the contenders we're considering:

Samsung Fascinate

SAMSUNG FASCINATE - $99.99

  • Lighter at 4.16 oz.
  • Thinner at 0.39 in.
  • International 2G data roaming and SMS
  • FM radio

One particularly annoying feature about the Samsung Fascinate is that its stock search engine is...Bing. Apparently, you can't even change it to Google, which is a complete surprise for an Android phone! It also doesn't have a slide-out keyboard, which I really enjoyed having on the Samsung Intercept.

Droid 2

DROID 2 - $49.99

  • Android 2.2 OS
  • Slide-out keyboard
  • Longest talk time - 385 min.

The Droid 2 seems to have the edge right now, with its combination of price, Android 2.2 platform, slide-out keyboard and approximately 85 minutes longer talk time. Besides, it doesn't come "stuck" with the Bing search engine like the Samsung Fascinate. Not that I have anything against Bing (which I don't), but I'm just more used to Google. It's all about Google Juice, not Bing Juice!

Anyway, if anyone has a Samsung Fascinate or a Droid 2, I'd appreciate your input! :)

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Comments

Thanks for the post, I am thinking of switching too.

Posted by Carol Ryniewicz, Associate Broker - CT & MA (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 7 years ago

You're welcome, Carol...thanks for stopping by! I wish Sprint had better reception here in the Sacramento area, as they had better priced plans and I loved the Samsung Intercept phone...but I guess if you really don't want ANY dropped calls, you go with Verizon. :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Good information for those that need new phones. More new models will be coming out during the coming months.

 Blooming for Maryland home buyers.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 7 years ago

Roy, that's the hard part...should I wait or should I buy? :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Bob - I am currently reading all of the phone comparison posts as I am looking for a new phone in the near future.

Posted by FN LN about 7 years ago

I will be calling you in about a year when my upgrade takes effect.  You certainly do your research.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) about 7 years ago

Marc, it can be a daunting task doing mobile phone research, so I'm glad our comparison posts help you...thanks for stopping by to read and comment! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Jane, that's quite a compliment...and I'd be delighted to offer you advice based on the research I've done...and will continue to do until we get our phones! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

I have the Droid and love it, love it!!  I did a few posts on it if you want to look at them.  Let me know and I will find them for you.  There is really nothing my phone can't do I am finding and there is no limit to the apps out there also. 

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 7 years ago

Leilani -

I was so stoked to see this post.  Now I'm really disappointed to see you're changing back to IPhones after only a week or so - because of dropped calls?  And you are heading to Verizon.

I've had Sprint here for almost three years and have never experienced dropped calls.  My wife has long had Verizon and frequently has such problems.

I was hoping to learn the Sprint Samsung Epic along with you.  I've been waiting for it.

Bummer.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) about 7 years ago

Leilani,
I'm dissapointed to read about the samsung fascinate, why bill gates again here? is he paying for this? I believe so ! :)  OK, btw, good news for you guys, read it !

Source: here

There has been a lot of talk lately on the inclusion of Bing search for the new Samsung Fascinate phone on Verizon Wireless. The good news, is that Google Search will be available as an option in the forthcoming Android 2.2 Froyo Update.

As reported from BGR, a Verizon spokesman has now issued a statement clarifying the matter, and confirmed that Google Search will be coming soon.

However, the key thing here is that Google Search will not replacement Bing Search as a default option, so when you still press the search button on the Fascinate, it will bring up a Bing search. So while you'll be able to get a Google Search running on Android 2.2 Froyo, you will need to open up the application everytime to do so.

As for the update itself, we still dont have a confirmed period for when it will be dropping live for users. More details over at BGR. Are you disappointed about Bing being a default search option?

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) about 7 years ago

Leilani,
BTW for the price go with the Droid 2 in your case, but for Bob I shall recommend Droid X :)
talking about Verizon !  Now if you prefer to wait for the froyo 2.2 then you can wait, I don't know if that's a deal breaker for you for now, I know it should be fixed soon, I have not done more research about the super BING problem hehehe. Now what I love about samsung is the crispy and sharp screens, they are awesome on their products when they come to screen colors !

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) about 7 years ago

Debra, I looked at your Phone Scoop blog post...I'll have to dig deeper into your blog archives to read what you had to say about your Droid! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Jim, I'm sorry we had to drop (pun intended!) Sprint because of dropped calls because Bob and I REALLY liked our Epic 4G and Intercept phones...in fact, I admit that I LOVED mine. If we had good reception, we definitely would have kept them. :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Ray, I read your blog post about the Samsung Fascinate and left you a comment there...and thanks for your recommendations! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

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