View Poll Results: Fascinate or Charge

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  • Keep the Fascinate and wait for something better

    12 24.49%
  • Get a Charge now!

    37 75.51%
  1. cordoni's Avatar
    Hey guys. I am currently using a Voodoo Community Rom Samsung Fascinate. I love the phone, but have been eying the Charge. Now I do not have 4G yet in my area, but likely will within the next 6 months or so, and the main city I travel to on weekends does.

    Here is my question, from you all that had both the Fascinate and the Charge, is it worth the upgrade? How much performance difference would I see? When it is all said and done, I would be shelling out $450 for the phone, case, and screen protector, if I sell my Fascinate. Just want some opinions. Thanks.
    05-23-2011 06:07 PM
  2. whitenessj's Avatar
    my reasoning is simple> there is ALWAYS a newer device out there.. i mean "wait for the s2 and then what debate how the Bionic's specs will ship?? Wait for the new Droid 3 that was just announced w/o LTe??" it will go forever. If your eligible and you see a new phone . go get it and worst case Ebay is a loverly place
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    05-23-2011 06:13 PM
  3. davey11's Avatar
    cordoni,

    I am in the same boat as you. I currently have a fasc and seeing as how it is so mature in its development life, it will be tough moving to a phone with so little dev time. My fascinate is just so modded and hacked and with the plethora of themes it is such a pleasure to use.
    As far as performance, I doubt you will see much improvement, but it will have a slightly better screen.
    I too, am not currently in a 4g area, but with all the talk about vz to move into tiered data plans, I would like to get a 4g device to lock in my unlimited plan.
    With the recent rooting of ed2 and chatting to imnuts on irc, there will definitely be some goodies coming down the pike soon.
    So with all that, I will be getting my charge Wednesday, after fulfilling my early discount termination fee contract from wirefly. After the SGSII comes out, I will drop SC and get that. What can I say, I am a phone freak and you gotta pay to play.

    In the end, is it worth it? Only you can answer that.
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    05-23-2011 06:31 PM
  4. imnuts's Avatar
    The biggest reason to get a Charge over the Fascinate is just for unlimited LTE. The device is better IMO, but unless you want to lock in unlimited LTE now, it would just be a waste for most users.
    cordoni likes this.
    05-23-2011 06:53 PM
  5. saillling4life's Avatar
    Although the specs for the Charge aren't very impressive, from what I've seen and heard in day-to-day use the device is very quick. I don't live in a 4g area (coming late this year, early next), and am considering this greatly. If I where you I would go ahead and get the Charge.
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    05-23-2011 09:19 PM
  6. cordoni's Avatar
    Thanks guys. Still thinking, so keep the opinions coming. I would be especially interested in hearing your views, davey11, when you get yours this week.

    Sent from my SCH-I500 using Tapatalk
    05-23-2011 10:01 PM
  7. rescueswimmer's Avatar
    My mom has a fascinate and after playing with them side by side there. Is no comparison with the super amoled yes they specs r close but if your running a custom rom may want to keep your ear to the pavement for the end of the unlimited data plant


    Sent from my SCH-I510 using Tapatalk
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    05-23-2011 10:29 PM
  8. czm2000's Avatar
    Although the specs for the Charge aren't very impressive, from what I've seen and heard in day-to-day use the device is very quick. I don't live in a 4g area (coming late this year, early next), and am considering this greatly. If I where you I would go ahead and get the Charge.
    It's actually surprisingly quick. I don't know why cause according to the specs it shouldn't be. But for me its faster than my Incredible, Fascinate, or Droid X were. Not by a ton, but definitely noticeable. I'm not sure why. I just know I've had the phone for almost a month now and that's nore than long enough for the honey moon to be over. And my experience hasn't changed.

    Sent from my SCH-I510 using Tapatalk
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    05-24-2011 05:41 AM
  9. TrendyProfessional1's Avatar
    Although the specs for the Charge aren't very impressive, from what I've seen and heard in day-to-day use the device is very quick. I don't live in a 4g area (coming late this year, early next), and am considering this greatly. If I where you I would go ahead and get the Charge.
    I agree this device is very responsive, it loads web pages pretty quick. Even when not in LTE
    coverage. It is a very good phone. I will definitely be waiting for the SGS2. On another note
    since VZ hasn't released their new phones Motorolas. I went into an AT&T stor to see what the
    Charge screen was like compared to the Atrix. I have to say, it is brilliant. Also compared it to a Fascinate. Beats the screen not by much. But it does, and u know that is saying something.
    I am liking this phone
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    05-24-2011 10:16 AM
  10. rescueswimmer's Avatar
    I agree dont get all wrapped up in the quadrant scores. Etc. In real world use it is pretty quick i am very very impressed with the charge.


    Sent from my SCH-I510 using Tapatalk
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    05-24-2011 11:47 AM
  11. cordoni's Avatar
    Thanks to all of you for your responses. I think for now, I will wait it out. Thanks again.

    Sent from my SCH-I500 using Tapatalk
    05-24-2011 05:23 PM
  12. mrblahblah's Avatar
    One reason to update is the unlimited data plan that is available right now, in which the future Verizon will definitely remove.
    05-24-2011 11:30 PM
  13. Kamar234's Avatar
    Well I think I can really help you. I have both the charge and the fascinate sitting next to me right now. I broke my Fascinate's screen two days ago, and rather pay my deductible of 100, I decided to pay 200 upgrade to a family plan, get the charge and lock in unlimited 4g. I spoke to the rep that I purchased the phone from and confirmed with verizon wireless that while I would be grandfathered into an unlimited 3g plan, 3g and 4g are in fact coded differently in their systems, even though they are the same price, and are seen as different enough where you would have to get the new tiered plan. That was all I needed to hear. I have a fascinate running on gingerbread and the froyo on the charge, and the charge is noticeably quicker to do most things. Both phones are connected to the same wifi connection too. The charge is a superior phone. One interesting thing is the new yellowish tint on the screen, with the charge. Kind of like the Nexus S. Well, I hope that this info helps you. Lock in that 4g unlimited, you'll be sorry you didn't!
    06-23-2011 08:20 AM
  14. NickA's Avatar
    Lock in that 4g unlimited, you'll be sorry you didn't!
    I have a Fascinate, so if I have a current contract with unlimited, it will be grandfathered in to the unlimited data. But are you saying because it's not 4g that when it's time for me to upgrade, and I select a 4g phone, the 4g won't be unlimited?
    06-23-2011 10:09 AM
  15. MrBigFeathers's Avatar
    I have a Fascinate, so if I have a current contract with unlimited, it will be grandfathered in to the unlimited data. But are you saying because it's not 4g that when it's time for me to upgrade, and I select a 4g phone, the 4g won't be unlimited?
    That's right. You are locked in for unlimited 3G data. If you switch to a 4G phone it is essentially a different plan. The one downside I see is those of us waiting for the Galaxy S2 we don't know for sure if it's going to be 3G or LTE. So you might actually be screwed going to the Charge now and if the Galaxy S2 is 3G it would be a plan switch to go from the Charge.
    06-23-2011 12:43 PM
  16. NickA's Avatar
    So then if I get the Charge now, I'm locked into the 4G unlimited plan. But I only have 3G in my area right now, so what then? But the city I travel to almost daily has 4G. I think they are grouping 3G and 4G, other wise how would they bill you? They can't bill you tiered when you are using 3G, and unlimited when using 4G/
    06-23-2011 01:39 PM
  17. MrBigFeathers's Avatar
    So then if I get the Charge now, I'm locked into the 4G unlimited plan. But I only have 3G in my area right now, so what then? But the city I travel to almost daily has 4G. I think they are grouping 3G and 4G, other wise how would they bill you? They can't bill you tiered when you are using 3G, and unlimited when using 4G/
    Well 4G uses a SIM card where 3G does not. We have a corporate verizon account and one of our users went from a blackberry to a Thunderbolt to an iPhone. Each switch required a call to verizon to move them from 3G plan to 4G back to 3G. We couldn't just change the ESN via the website like I can between my Incredible and Fascinate. So I don't know what to make of that. It seems they view it as a plan change. Maybe they will let you switch between 4G and 3G after the tiered plans hit but knowing Verizon I'm sure they will use that opportunity to gouge their customers.
    06-23-2011 01:49 PM
  18. TrendyProfessional1's Avatar
    Even though I have the Charge I would try and hold out for the SGS2, I have a couple of upgrades left this year and the SGSII variant for VZ will be my next one
    06-23-2011 04:34 PM
  19. TrendyProfessional1's Avatar
    The Charge does have DDR2 ram
    06-23-2011 04:45 PM
  20. jkeene81's Avatar
    I came over to the Charge from a Fascinate running the Community ROM too, here are my feelings. First belive it or not the screen is much nicer on the Charge, the camera takes way better photos so if you snap alot of pics like me its a big plus, running Voodoo on this phone is still alot faster seemingly then my overclocked Voodoo Fascinate, Im in a 3G area so with no 4G to drain my battery the Charge gets better battery life then my Fascinate ever did, not to mention the GPS always works! Even if you get tired of it there is always ebay or Swappa.com!
    06-23-2011 05:10 PM
  21. TrendyProfessional1's Avatar
    First belive it or not the screen is much nicer on the Charge


    Hands down nothing can touch this screen, and what really won me over was this. I went to an AT&T store and looked at the Atrix screen, and as far as the colors and the brilliance of this screen not even close. I really wanted to see how I would feel about it; if and when the Bionic comes out. With the higher specs of the Bionic this will hold me til the SGSII Variant arrives.
    06-23-2011 05:31 PM
  22. TrendyProfessional1's Avatar
    One more thing I only upgraded because I had to, but in direct sunlight, nothing and I mean nothing even comes close to this screen, and yes in the real world we do go outside.
    06-23-2011 05:32 PM
  23. jkeene81's Avatar
    Yea I had to upgrade to my Fascinate just stopped working but not regretting it, its a great daily driver phone and will be just fine till something better comes along!
    06-23-2011 05:41 PM
  24. Dsat1908's Avatar
    I've had my Fascinate for 13 months. It's rooted and running 2.2. 4G LTE is now available in my area and Verizon store has the Droid Charge in stock. I qualify for an EARLY UPGRADE which means $20.00 more than the 2 year contract price of $189.00. Not a bad deal and I'm ready to move to 4G.
    Here's my question: I have Titanium Backup installed on my Fascinate and it's backed up to Micro SD card. If I buy the Charge, can I root it, installed Titanium, swap the SD cards and restore from the Titanium Backup on the Fascinates SD card?
    10-28-2011 05:02 PM
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