Samsung Galaxy S

Rounding out the Big 4 U.S. carriers, the Samsung Galaxy S (that's the stock version up top here) shall now be known as the Verizon Fascinate. Again, same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, same 1GHz Hummingbird processor, same 5-megapixel camera with 720p video, and so on and so forth. No word from Verizon yet on when it'll be available, or for how much. But $199 after contract and rebate is a pretty good bet these days. Full presser after the break. [Samsung]

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and DALLAS Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G network, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Fascinate™, a Galaxy S™ smartphone.
 
Powered by Android 2.1™, the Fascinate is equipped with support for Google Mobile Services, including, GmailÔ, YouTube™, Android Market™ and more.  Additionally, the Fascinate boasts a brilliant four-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display, Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor, and an integrated entertainment, multimedia, messaging and social networking experience.
 
Color: Mirror Black with chrome details
 
Key features and specifications:
- Android 2.1 platform – With support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and Android Market
- Full HTML Web browsing capabilities
- Preloaded with Bing Maps and Bing Search
- 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities – Allows customers to transform their phone into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi-enabled devices
- Super AMOLED Screen Technology – Brilliant display makes watching movies, viewing videos and playing games come to life like never before, even in bright light and outdoor environments
- Advanced touch screen gestures capabilities, including multi-touch pinch to zoom, double tap to zoom and horizontal swiping, which provides easier and quicker access to many applications, including location-based services, Web browsing and digital photos or videos
- Multiple file formats supported, including DivX support
- Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor – Produces amazing graphics, faster upload and download times and HD-like multimedia content
- Six-axis sensor that works with the smartphone’s accelerometer to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right
- Virtual QWERTY Keyboard Featuring Swype Technology – Input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard
- Full suite of messaging options – Text, picture, video and voice messaging; corporate and personal e-mail accounts supported
- 5. .0-megapixel camera/camcorder – Auto-focus and LED flash with HD video recording and playback (720p) capabilities to capture photos and videos for playback on your HD television
- WiFi Connectivity (802.11 b/g/n)
- Stereo Bluetooth®  Technology – Support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access, object push for vCard and vCalendar
- Corporate Email – Supports Android Éclair Exchange ActiveSync e-mail to synchronize corporate e-mail, contacts and calendars from office e-mail accounts
- Music and video players and 3.5-millimeter headphone jack
- 2GB internal memory expandable to 32GB, 16GB microSD™ included with handset
 
Lifestyle features:
- V CAST Music with Rhapsody®, V CAST Video on Demand, V CAST Song ID, Visual Voice Mail, V CAST Tones, VZ Navigator® and Mobile IM , City ID
- Samsung’s Social Hub – Built around messaging, contacts and calendar sync, which allows users to send and receive information, whether it is e-mail, social network updates or SMS messages
- Integrated Calendar information from portal calendars, on Exchange, Google CalendarÔ and social networking services (SNS), including Facebook®
- Integrated Contacts syncs with Exchange, Google, Twitter and Facebook® and displays a user’s contacts in four categories including Information, History (previous calls and messages), Activities (status updates and notifications on social networking sites) and Media (Facebook profile photos and photo gallery)
- Feeds & Updates – Displays feeds from multiple SNS sites such as Facebook®, MySpace and - Twitter, which also allows users to update their status instantly
- AllShare Application – Enables inter-device connectivity through Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), so users can send multimedia content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices such as TVs and laptops
- Daily Briefing – Instant access to weather, news, stocks and schedule
- Write and Go – Quickly jot down an idea and later decide on a format, such as SMS/ MMS, e-mail, calendar or memo, to send or post to popular SNS sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace
- Weather Clock – Displays current time and weather of the selected city (ability to add and select other cities)

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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
 
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.
 

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Samsung Facinate Verizon's version of the Galaxy S

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So this is the generic smart phone of the next 3 years.

Why this one?
Price?
Customization ?
Why did all these carriers go for this device as their lower end smart phone?

Lower end? This processor outdoes the snapdragon by far and is comparable to that of the Droid X. The screen is gorgeous and has never been used in a phone before (aside from the Wave). Now if you are just gonna complain about a lack of front facing camera and flash then I cannot help you. I do not have flash on my phone because I never need to take pictures in the dark. What is the point of taking pictures in the dark? They always come out washed out anyway. And with the front facing camera, can you imagine how stupid it would be to video call on the go? Soon enough, there will be signs saying do not video call and drive at the same time.

You sound an Apple fanboy, attempting to justify things that a phone doesn't have by making your own personalized and unrealistic scenario out of it. "Oh who needs this? Oh who needs that?"

You know how I video call on the go? Well I have a dock in my car which securely holds my Evo. Instead of making a regular call to people, I make a video call and people can see and hear me. It's the next generation of communications technology. It's not at all stupid to video call on the go. It's genius. I use it daily.

And actually, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S (aka Epic) has a front facing VGA camera. I'm not sure if this one does or not, but if it doesn't, then we know that Verizon is sure their network cannot handle the video conferencing. Sprint allows it on 4G and 3G. I have 3G where I live, and it works just fine.

I take pictures in the dark, and even though they are a bit washed out, I would rather capture the moment and save it washed out rather than not capture it at all.

It seems Samsung really wants people to own a Galaxy S. It's cool that they have their option on all carriers.

Damn. Android is just expanding and expanding. So many high end phones out now and Verizon is getting the most out of it. I used to think the iPhone was the best but Android is right up there with it now.

The weird thing is that all these phones are the same price... $199 for the Incredible, Droid X, and now this. It does seem kind of redundant.

That's because all these phones share similar specs. Where one phone might have a larger screen, the other makes up for it with an AMOLED or Super AMOLED screen.

Being an Android device and on Verizon's network, it is interesting that it is not yet known as the Droid Fascinate. Although I'm sure that will be cleared up soon.

Well, its not the LG Droid Ally. Maybe its only for HTC and Moto Android phones?

Droid Fascinate does sound better though.

I want this.

Good point, I didn't notice that about the LG Ally. That is strange they are only tagging some of the phones with the "Droid" title. I would think that would be really confusing for the majority of customers.

Oh, and, does anyone know if this has the frontfacing camera? Epic does, but Vibrant and Captivate don't....

I'm dying to see if Android ever makes it to metroPcs hahaha I know that then Android has truly won hahaha hah I'm craking up cause all of Metros phones aren't that smart and it be a huge leap, or even funnier having an android pre paid walmart phone hahahhaahh ha ha I'm soo weak haha

like i keep saying, when its all said and done, this will end up being the #1 selling phone, not because its "better" or its features...it will be #1 because its on all the major players..unlike the droid x, droid etc...this is the main reason why the blackberry curve is the # 1 selling phone...

I could be completely wrong, so don't hold me to this, but, I do believe that the things on the left would be notification lights, and the one on the right is a light sensor?, or Vice-Versa.

If that is an actual photo, then yes looks like it does have a camera. Funny thing is though is that version of the Galaxy S only has 2GB of internal memory, whereas the ATT and Tmobile variant have 16GB internal memory. Guess there is some give and take on features.

This is probably a typo.

2GB internal memory expandable to 32GB, 16GB microSD™ included with handset

Galaxy S only made 8GB/16GB models. A 16GB micro card included? It's probably a 16GB model with a 2 GB card included, just like the Vibrant.

I wonder how much typos there are, like the internal memory size, i.e. the specs list LED flash with the phone as well and the standard Galaxy S build doesnt have that. However the Galaxy S Pro does have LED flash. If somehow they did add flash to the base camera then it is possible that the internal memory could be less. Doubt it as well, guess we may learn more Tuesday after the Samsung launch.

Sooooo... No front-facing camera?? I love this phone and may be switching to Verizon soon (we'll see!) and I REAAAAALLY want a f-f camera so I can talk to my fam when I am on the road. Question: Can anybody tell me why Verizon is avoiding video conferencing-capable phones???

I will say that at least this is a much nicer looking phone than the X. I think spec-wise the X looks sweet but why they have to make everything look so retro is beyond me. The Fascinate looks like a very smart addition to the line-up. If I didn't already have the inc. this might well be the phone of choice for me.

Phil, I'm now on the fence with this announcement. I was planning on getting the Droid X, but now I'm considering the Galaxy S on Verizon. Since you've played with both, which do you prefer? Do you like the Galaxy display over the Droid X?

So when is this phone getting released? I'm hoping the battery life is better than the HTC Incredible...I had to take that back after 4 days of mod to heavy use.
Great phone otherwise, just unusable as a reliable "phone" first and foremost.