-TouchWiz: Uggh. If you thought Blur on the Droid X and 2 was laggy, wait until you get a minute with TouchWiz. Overall it looks really pretty, has a bunch of flashy colors and live wallpapers, seems to function in a semi-intelligent way, and then you actually use it. What’s with the puzzle piece theme? If this is going to compete with the manly Droid lineup, adding kid toys to your OS skin might not be the direction to go. I also found that doing something as simple as setting a ringtone for a specific contact was quite the chore.
-Android 2.1: We thought about giving TouchWiz a break and blaming everything on Android 2.1, but that’s not really fair. However, having Android 2.1 on a phone launching weeks after phones have begun to launch with 2.2 is simply not OK. What makes it even worse, is that Samsung has yet to give us any definitive timeframe as to when their Galaxy S lineup will receive an update to 2.2.
-Software Package: An Android phone not coming pre-loaded with the entire Google mobile app package is about as odd as Paris Hilton not spending monthly scheduled drug bust time in jail. Bing? Really? It doesn’t even include multi-touch in its map feature. Spare me the competitors, just give me Google and life will be grand.
-GPS: Every GPS I’ve used on a phone since the Droid 1 has been pretty poor and the Fascinate falls right in line. One tip that will save you some frustration though, is to make sure all of your location services are checked or the phone may never find you. It’s not the worst I’ve used, but it definitely struggles at times, even while connected to wi-fi and sitting on a non-enclosed deck.
-ButtonsKeys: The lock button on this phone is about enough to make me chuck it out the window. I’m still trying to figure out why Samsung thought it would be intelligent to put this button on the side of the device. Try locking your phone without hitting the volume rocker switch. It’s impossible. The soft keys were also a little irritating at times. Not only do they go to sleep in 1.5 seconds, but you are then left guessing as to where they might be on a completely black glass screen.
-Camera: This actually started out in the “Good” section and as I continued through the review, it had to be moved. 5MP? Really? The picture quality of shots taken with the camera aren’t bad at all, but with the Incredible and Droid X both sporting 8MP beasts, you’ve got to come strong.
Look: It actually does resemble an i*od Touch or i*hone 3GS quite a bit. Bad news.
Oh well. Back to waiting for that HTC device that recently posed for pics.