Possible Android convert: ? about the Fascinate
Whats going on guys? So I have been flirting with the Fascinate for weeks especially since buying a Galaxy Tab and love it. Im a long time BB user and actually had the Incredible before returning it because I just wasn't impressed. The Fascinate has been pulling me slowly but surely. Question is: I have been reading all around that 2.2 isn't available for VZW yet and no one knows when it will be ready. In short, is 2.1 any diff than 2.2 let alone will it EVER see 2.3? Android is a forever changing OS which is great but if I upgrade from my Bold to Android, I want to make sure it's one I won't regret.
- 01-14-2011, 11:49 AM #2
I don't know if the Fascinate will get 2.2. I doubt it will ever get 2.3. But, the 2.2 allows you to use Flash, and some apps made specifically for 2.2. Other then that, you won't notice much of a difference.
I would hold out for a couple more months and see all the phone that were introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show a couple weeks ago. Some look really sweet.
Or, get the iPhone next month (just kidding).
- 01-14-2011, 12:10 PM #4
- 01-14-2011, 12:13 PM #5
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- 01-14-2011, 12:16 PM #7
Yeah, In addition to what people have also mentioned with the benefits to Froyo is the accessories that Verizon put out. The Dock charger, and car charger both have 3.5mm jacks in them that are not capable for use until 2.2. That and Facebook are my majors reasons for wanting it. Facebook has notifications that are tied to the app so I would no longer need my fb email account on my phone nor rely in SMS messages which have been really behind lately...
- 01-14-2011, 12:47 PM #10
Getting 2.2 for the Fascinate will just be icing on the cake. Most people, including myself, wouldn't be so up in arms about getting Froyo if we hadn't been swayed to think it was going to happen so many times. Even with 2.1, I still believe that the Fascinate is the best VZ phone to have at this time. It beats the X and Inc in so many other ways that not having full flash and app2sd is uninfluential in choosing a device.
- 01-14-2011, 01:07 PM #11
I say go for it. This is the best device available right now hardware wise, and we have very talented devs working on 2.2 and 2.3 as we speak. A version 1 build of Froyo is actually available now thanks to punk kaos, but the bugs are still being worked out. You could probably see a stable release in the next few days with all of the progress he's been making
- 01-14-2011, 03:01 PM #13
- 01-14-2011, 03:12 PM #14
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Since the latest maintenance release, the Fascinate is a pretty stable, mature device. We will get 2.2 (ignore all the babble saying otherwise) and you'll have a nice phone that should suit you till you're up for another upgrade.
- 01-14-2011, 03:43 PM #16
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- 01-14-2011, 05:37 PM #18
4G isn't in my home town. Yea, my job is located in the NY metro area so I have it here but idk. I made the purchase to try the phone for 30 days (luckily I made it before they changed the policy to 14 days). If I don't like it, ill return it and wait for a 4G phone. Hopefully I can get 2.2 on this and then go from there.
- 01-14-2011, 10:44 PM #20
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- 01-15-2011, 12:16 AM #22
In the current tech market there will always be something "revolutionary" a few months out. My father and sister both have Evo's - fantastic devices, but they pay extra for 4g whether they want it or not. VZW has always had the most expensive data plans - do not delude yourself into thinking that they are not going to up the ante for LTE.
I was torn between the X and my FSN8 - wife has the X and I have the Sammy - froyo or no froyo my phone is definitely a nicer device.
I would purposely not get LTE as the upgrade will cost at least $10 more per month. I never feel like my connection is holding me back here in Cincinnati. But if you are not in a hurry then wait and see.
- 01-15-2011, 03:18 AM #23
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- 01-16-2011, 01:19 AM #25
I just got the Fascinate about a month ago for the same reason - I loved my Galaxy Tab so much, I wanted a phone version of it. I've honestly never been a huge fan of 2.2 - my Tab is the first device I've owned with 2.2 that I've been happy with. When I put 2.2 on my OG Droid, it took up over 15% more space on the internal memory and that was after I moves all of my apps to sd. The Droid X was an awesome device for the very short time I got to enjoy it on 2.1 and then I did the anticipated update to 2.2 and I couldn't believe how crappy that phone got! Too many bugs to count, that after trying to deal with it for a couple of months, I finally went down to Best Buy and picked me up a Fascinate to, hopefully, have a phone that I would love as much as my Tab. And after rooting it and debloating it, I can honestly say that it has lived up to its potential. And so far this new update is awesome and has made the phone even snappier - after rooting and debloating it again, of course. I'm kinda, sorta contemplating getting the Thunderbolt when it comes out - mostly just to try out something new, I've never owned an HTC device yet, but I really like this phone - the form factor of it is awesome and the Thunderbolt just doesn't seem to have that going for it - it looks a bit thick and the LTE isn't going to be available here for quite sometime and even when it gets here I'm still not sure I'll be interested in it, honestly, but I will probably end up eating my words on that.
Really long story short - if you choose to get the Fascinate, I can't see how you will be disappointed, its an awesome device.
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