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Samsung Fascinate review roundup

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This week, Verizon Wireless will release the Samsung Fascinate, a smartphone in the Galaxy S line. The Fascinate is a similar handset to the Samsung Captivate and Vibrant – currently sold by AT&T and T-Mobile, respectively – and comes equipped with an array of features, including a gorgeous AMOLED touch screen, a 1GHz processor, and a software interface which includes a mobile version of the Microsoft Bing search engine.

So how does the Samsung Fascinate stack up to, say, the Apple iPhone?

We'll give the first word to Engadget, which calls the Samsung Fascinate "arguably the first handset that gives something like the Droid X or the Incredible a proper run for its money." In his review, Engadget's Joshua Topolsky says the design of the Fascinate is basic but attractive enough: "a simple slab with rounded edges, a slight silver band that runs around the sides of the device, and little detail save for a gray and black patterned back."

Topolsky admits that the phone lacks the "heft of some other devices in this class (such as the Droid 2)," but says the Samsung Fascinate is "more comfortable to type on than the Incredible or iPhone."

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