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Motorola Droid X vs Samsung Fascinate


The Motorola Droid X compared to the Samsung Fascinate
Gary J. Hardt 01/04/2011



DISPLAY
Droid X - 8/10
Fascinate - 8/10
The Motorola Droid X has a 4.3 in. LCD display and resolution is 480 by 854 compared to the 4.0 in. Super AMOLED 480 by 800 display. I like the bigger screen size myself although the Fascinate, with its Super AMOLED screen does have brighter colors. I've seen it in person and it really does a nice colorful display. Text on the droid X is sharer.

CAMERA
Droid X - 10/10
Fascinate - 8/10
The Droid X has an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash while
the Samsung Fascinate only has a 5 megapixel camera with a single flash. The Droid X picture quality is superior. I also prefer the camera shutter actuator on the Droid X because there is a physical button to push.

VIDEO RECORDER
Droid X - 9/10
Fascinate - 10/10
Both cameras record video in up to 720p. The Droid X records at 24 fps while the Fascinate records at 30 fps. The Fascinate video quality is better than the Droid X, though the difference is negligible.

PROCESSOR
Droid X - 9/10
Fascinate - 8/10
The Droid X has a 1GHZ TI Omap processor as compared to the 1 GHZ Hummingbird processor that comes standard on the Fascinate. The Droid X has better CPU performance while the Fascinate has better Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) performance. Both have integrated GPUs.

INTERFACE
Droid X - 7/10
Fascinate - 7/10
Motorola utilizes the UI-Moto blur (toned down) for its interface while Samsung utilizes the Tuchwiz 3.0 interface. The Droid X Motorola interface allows you to resize the widgets on it, which is a plus. Only phones with the Motorola skin on them can do this. The Fascinate cannot.

OPERATING SYSTEM
Droid X - 10/10
Fascinate - 9/10
The Droid X comes with the Android Version 2.2 (Froyo). The Samsung Fascinate comes with the 2.1 (Eclair) OS that is upgradeable to the 2.2 (Froyo). I prefer the 2.2 Froyo because it has flash support. The Eclair doesn't. It’s only a short time before the Gingerbread OS upgrade will be available too.

BATTERY
Droid X - 9/10
Fascinate - 9/10
Droid X N/A Fascinate N/A
The Droid X has 1540 mAh battery while the Samsung Fascinate only has 1500 mAh. Both battery times are about the same with only a 2.5% difference. User settings and running applications are likely to be of much greater impact than the 40 mAh difference.

STANDBY TIME
Droid X - 7/10
Fascinate - 10/10
The “X” is listed with 220 hours standby battery power while the Fascinate will last 312 hours in standby. Even with a slightly bigger battery the Droid has fewer standby hours. The Fascinate uses less power due to the Super AMOLED display which uses significantly less power. Although the standby is greater on the Fascinate, I wouldn't actually leave it sitting for 12 days without using or recharging it.

TALK TIME
Droid X - 8/10
Fascinate - 8/10
Droid’s talks time is 480 minutes compared to only 420 minutes on the Fascinate. This means you can talk on the Droid X up to 8 hours and the Samsung Fascinate for only up to 7 hours before recharging. While this may seem to be a significant difference, the talk time drastically decreases on the X if you use it for anything but talking. The Fascinate on the other hand does not.

OTHER
Droid X - 9/10
Fascinate - 8/10
Both have WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, accelerometer (used for gaming, photos, videos and web browsing so that your display rotates with your phone), proximity sensor, WIFI hotspot (both can run up to 5 devices) and are DLNA compatible (The Digital Living Network Alliance® began in 2003 when a collection of companies from around the world agreed that they all made better products when those products were compatible.) Both have some positives and negatives. The Droid X utilizes the Bluetooth 2.1 as opposed to the Fascinate, which uses 3.0. The Fascinate is made mostly of plastic and is ultra-light weight. While this is good, in my opinion this makes it feel cheap. The Droid X is constructed of lightweight metal which makes the phone feel a little heavier and more sturdy.

FINAL COMPARISON
Droid X - 86/100
Fascinate - 85/100
Overall the phones comparison is nearly equal with the Motorola Droid X barely outpacing the Fascinate. With these two phones it all comes down to personal preference.

 
         
   

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