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Monday Poll: Does a DROID-branded Samsung Phone Interest You?

There is an above average chance that Verizon’s Samsung 4G LTE device will end up with DROID branding on it, making this our next family member.  We’re just wondering if that is a good thing or not?  We all know how Sammie did with the Froyo update to their Galaxy S line of phones (Fascinate still doesn’t have it by the way), so it’s only fair for many of us to be skeptical of anything else they release.  And with this phone more than likely running Android 2.2 out of the box, you know people will be crying for Gingerbread from day 1.  It’ll be rockin’ a beautiful 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, HDMI-out, front-rear cameras, and no Bing, but will that be enough to get you excited?  Are you interested in a DROID-branded Samsung device?

Here is our hands-on with the device.  And how it compares to the other 4G LTE phones.

Does a DROID-branded Samsung Phone Interest You?

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  • Ryan Erwin

    Maybe it will get updates since it is Droid branded….

  • Ryan Erwin

    Maybe it will get updates since it is Droid branded….

  • JLinscott

    Will the Samsung Fascinate ever get the 2.2 update?

  • Derkk

    While you do have somewhat of an argument that the carriers in the US suck, Moto and HTC don’t have problems getting their devices updated like Samsung has had, so that argument doesn’t carry much weight. I think that Samsung decided to customize their UI so much from stock that it caused most of their problems, on top of all the customizations required by the carriers.

    Galaxy S still never has had good GPS, like it should be. All Galaxy S phones suffered from the poor design and couldn’t get better than a 10m lock, while HTC and Moto phones get 3m locks much faster and reliable.

    Samsung phones = BS+Nice Screen and that’s about it.

    I’m waiting for the LG G2x at this point as I’ll be switching back to T-mo and want a real phone again.

  • Fg2srt4

    The phone is very ugly

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  • Washiib080209

    Yeah ill take it over the DROID bionic just like I let my d2 go for a fascinate running froyo with a working gps. As long as VZW doesn’t go crazy with loafing their crap on this it would be a cool phone.but why upgrade to this from a fascinate I would get a better screen and lte no thanx not a big enough upgrade ill continue to wait

  • Ya how bout they focus on updating my fascinate first before they come out with another phone samsung sucks

  • Anonymous

    I am more interested in a Droid branded LG phone..

  • JaySean

    No way..this phone does not deserve the DROID branding..i was really hoping the thunderbolt was going to be DROID branded but its not to be..but oh well let them come with the droid charge or droid stealth..the DROID bionic will kill them all! I own two thunderbolts and they are awesome, despite the short battery life. I am waiting on the bionic.

    • Yeah, I agree about the Thunderbolt deserving DROID branding more than this device. I mean for christ’s sake, even the Eris had DROID branding! And I like Gingerbread on my rooted OG DROID to move to any device that 1. Is still running Froyo, 2. Has a locked bootloader (Sorry Bionic), 3. Will probably never officially see Gingerbread (Sorry Samsung) and 4. Is not running a vanilla version of Android (Sorry Motorola, HTC, Samsung, & LG.

  • Buckgrad

    No thanks. I like a solidly built, pretty much problem free phone, so even though it isn’t 4G, and doesn’t have a front camera, I’ll happily stay with my Droid X. Now…if Verizon will EVER get around to the Gingerbread update. Honestly though, I’m beginning to doubt that will happen.

  • Mordechai Daniel

    Pick your poison… Locked boot-loader, horrendous updates, lower quality screens…. I’ll take the slow updates for the better screen, and the custom ROMs…

  • Anonymous

    No thanks i wont buy Samsung anything until they pull their heads out and start getting with the updates like all the other manufacturers

  • Verizon has seriously over used the DROID brand. Its gotten to a point where a majority of their Android offerings are DROID, and I’m kinda sick of the moniker.

  • Anonymous

    The DROID brand doesn’t really mean much anymore. I thought it stood for well built, open stock Android. Then the Incredible came along (excellent phone). Then I thought it stood for well built, open Android. Then the DROID X and DROID 2 came along. Now I don’t know. I guess wellbuilt? But Samsung doesn’t make sturdy phones and Touchwiz is just terrible. Hopefully it is at least updated quickly.

  • Philip Van Luke

    I understand they are trying to do something different with the design but i would have prefered a VZW branded nexus s 4g with stock gingerbread. no thanks to this ugly beast

  • Mjsplicer78

    This phone is barely an upgrade over current DX, yes it has LTE, a nicer screen and a front camera but that’s just not enough to excite me about a company that is barely better with their phones than Moto. and if the rumors (still a rumor until functioning ROMS exist) that the DX bootloader is unlockable, the DX alreay keeps up with most of these phones and would be able to extend it’s life cycle quite a long time. Probably long enough for VZW to get LTE to my area

  • Anonymous

    I said it before, I’ll say it again: physical keys? mlech!

  • Floyd

    That phone is almost as ugly as a BB! AND its a Samsung?? Never is my answer. .

  • Floyd

    That phone is almost as ugly as a BB! AND its a Samsung?? Never is my answer. .

  • Aside from the 4G, this phone is about a year too late to the party. Considering Samsung’s track record and how ugly this phone is, I wouldn’t take it for free over my Droid X. I’m disappointed in Samsung. They could be doing a more to compete than things like this.

  • sog805

    the phones always look cheap to me compared to HTC and Motorola

  • Gregorypoe4734

    There are many reasons other than updates that I will never buy a samsung android phone. No LCD, no zoom on heir cameras, and they look like iphone clones. They don’t put enough support behind them, either

    • Ronnieisgangsta

      Ummm… Might wanna rethink that. My galaxy s zooms just fine. With the stock camera app.

  • Anonymous

    No thanks, I like Android Os not iPhone clones.

  • Tergiversator_Maximus

    I think “sign me up” is a bit strong, but I’m definitely interested. I had a Samsung SCH-A950 as my first phone and I had it for four years until I got my Droid. It was a great phone that stayed in surprisingly good shape considering its age and the fact that it survived a trip abroad and four years of college. Suffice to say, I have a favorable impression of Samsung’s manufacturing, if I am a bit skeptical about their ability to crank out updates. If that doesn’t improve, my next Android phone might be made by a different manufacturer.

  • Bs_thinker

    After having purchased an SamsungOmnia and spending a fortune to get the phone to be not quite useful, I’ve sworn off Samsung forever.

  • Current Thunderbolt owner. I’m extremely disappointed in the battery life of this device and am considering jumping ship to the Stealth. To be if the phone can be unlocked who really cares about if Samsung pushes update? I want CM7 on my phone anyway… As of right now though looks like I’ll be returning the bolt next week. Went 5 hours today wiht my phone on standby (bad service area) and the battery died.

    • I agree with everything thunderbolt sucks but I won’t be buying a samsung phone

    • I agree with everything thunderbolt sucks but I won’t be buying a samsung phone

  • Tyler Buchanan

    Poll I’m interested in: would you rather buy a phone the manufacturer won’t update, or one from a manufacturer that might maybe update eventually months later and bars you from updating it yourself?

  • Anonymous

    WHERE IS THE DROID BIONIC? THAT SHOULD BE THE SH$%T WHENEVER THAT PUPPY COMES OUT.

    • Tergiversator_Maximus

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      • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Other than (perhaps) SuperAMOLED screens, thus far the Samsung devices have been an absolute joke. No support for broken features (GPS) let alone promises of updates that simply do not come. A Mickey Mouse copy of i*hone of a skin that does nothing but slow the device down.

    As I see it, there is absolutely NO reason to ruin the Droid moniker with this (or any other Samsung) hunk of junk until Samsung learns that they can’t sell these phones the same way they sold their old feature phones or VCRs. You have to not only promise updates and fixes, but deliver them, and not just wait for people to give up waiting and buy another device.

  • Ace87

    Just bought a Thunderbolt!

    • Anonymous

      Whats your quadrant score?

      • Between 1640 and 1900

        • Anonymous

          I thought it would be faster, Bionic and Atrix are coming in at 2200 to 2800

          • No shat, they’re 2core >.>

          • Stephen D

            Who cares about Quadrant? It’s a poor benchmark with scores that van be very easily inflated…

    • Anonymous

      my boss has the thunderbolt i like it!!i waiting till tommorow ctia i can get the t-bolt for 450 my boss has it lte is really fast so is that phone

  • not if it has touchwiz

  • Anonymous

    That is really ugly for a Samsung Phone! And what’s up w/ the BlackBerry looking buttons on the bottom.

  • Romma1

    Samstink can keep on, keeping on. When they get better at updates, someone wake me.

  • Mr. Joe

    A Droid Samsung would be different from a regular Samsung phone. Verizon for one expects the Droid brand to be very high. Even on Motos turf we’re seeing a lot of their phones still on 2.1 and staying there. While the Droid brand gets updates as soon as they can.

  • Gg101

    I agree with the comments that this thing is hideous. The galaxy s2 looks gorgeous, so I don’t get why they are making this ugly last gen phone.

  • pj

    I wonder how much Samsung really cares about these updates? They have been laughed at by every tech blog around, but we still havent gotten any word about their work on this in the future. Is it just because the amount of consumers that are worried about updates is such a small piece of the puzzle? For instance, I know ten people with an android phone, but only two of them even know that android can be updated. I wish consumers would educate themselves, then we all win.

  • pj

    I wonder how much Samsung really cares about these updates? They have been laughed at by every tech blog around, but we still havent gotten any word about their work on this in the future. Is it just because the amount of consumers that are worried about updates is such a small piece of the puzzle? For instance, I know ten people with an android phone, but only two of them even know that android can be updated. I wish consumers would educate themselves, then we all win.

  • HerroMotto

    This phone does not look that bad, I think it looks kind of cool.

  • Tojiro

    That depends. Are you going to let me into the bootloader? If not, I won’t give you a second glance.

  • sporty

    single core processor…. the thing is a generation behind…. not to mention samsung charges carriers an insane price for updates providing they get a working build to begin with…. I’m not gonna shell out two hundred plus simoleans for a device with antiquated processor on release that’s ugly as hell has freakin lagmaster touchwiz UI whuch willl never see an update.

  • I dunno. in my opinion, at this point, the whole “DROID” branding has become a little moot. The name is now just a marketing thing I think. What exactly makes a droid phone besides android? If there was some sort of aesthetic similarity between all droid phones..or feature..color, design, something…None of them even have the word droid on any of them. To me, this is just another android phone. Its all about a brand you can sell now.

    • Mr. Joe

      Droid phones tend to be high end (for their time). Compare the Droid phones to any android phone out there and they are pretty top tier.

      • GotSka81

        I tend to agree with Bryan…when the OG came out the “droid” name meant it was a high end device…the og, the incredible, the droid x…but nowadays it doesn’t appear to be anything. I’d label the thunderbolt as a high-end device before I give that label to a samsung phone.

        • Tergiversator_Maximus

          And it meant there was a sweet ad campaign to go along with it 🙂

          • Anonymous

            Dont 4get Lucas getting $$$ off anything DROID branded

      • Ronnieisgangsta

        What about the eris that was a droid phone and that was about as bottom tier as android phones went. Even for its time.

    • Booboolala2000

      I was a little surprised that the TBolt wasn’t Droid branded. Its their best android phone period for the next couple of months.

  • Riz

    Yes if: higher than 800×480 resolution and has dual core processors.. otherwise, my quest for a qHD Super AMOLED qHD phone continues…

  • Derkk

    You forgot the option:

    No thanks, I like all advertised features (GPS) to work.

  • John

    freakin hate Samsung phones

  • This is ugly as hell!° cant believe samsung is releasing something this ugly in 2011 :/

  • Aaron

    i think the phone itself is ugly

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm What has Samsung done lately???? And, when are they ever going to keep up on the updates??? All very good questions with a lot of “No, I will not be looking at purchasing this phone” 😛

  • If it has a longer than a 5 minute battery life like Verizon’s other 4G phone, the Thunderbolt, it might peak my interest…

  • Anonymous

    I voted “No thanks, I like updates.” I was looking for “Hell no, I like updates and attractive phones.” 😛

    • big125

      Agree I will never buy another samsung phone unless it is a google phone so I dont have to worry about never receiving updates

      • EC8CH

        Exactly…

        Droid Branded Samsung phone on VZ = no.

        Google Branded Samsung phone on VZ = yes
        Google Branded anybodies phone on VZ = yes for that matter 🙂

  • Droid phones I typically like, but for some reason I still can’t get over the lack of a dual core processor. I feel that once the Bionic comes out, I’ll be upset I didn’t wait to get that. Though I like this phones front-facing camera, though not sure about how much RAM this phone has compared to the Bionic.

  • Anonymous

    Now if this was a Nexus phone well then I would be excited. Though I rather have a dual-core processor and a 4″ screen if that meant getting the latest screen tech from the.

    Droid Nexus, make it happen, even if it is an oxymoron.

  • I like having a phone thats some what up to date. I doubt samsung will care about updates like HTC and Moto

    • Anonymous

      Samsung does great with updates; it’s the carriers in the US that suck. The Galaxy S got updated to FroYo in a very timely fashion overseas (as for GB updates, everyone’s waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich).

  • GotSka81

    first!

    • GotSka81

      I’m sorry…when people do that it annoys me too…but when the opportunity presented itself I couldn’t resist!

      • Anonymous
        • GotSka81

          Lol, nah…I just pulled up DL for the 100th time today because I’m addicted to the blog, and I happened to be the first one in…and the rest is history.

          • Anonymous

            Sounds like me 🙂 addicted to the Dorid mandness lol What do you think about
            the Thunderbolt and the Bionic?? I am leaning more to the Thunderbolt
            myself

        • GotSka81

          Lol, nah…I just pulled up DL for the 100th time today because I’m addicted to the blog, and I happened to be the first one in…and the rest is history.

      • Vanilla Ice

        its all good………. this phone isnt toooo bad. i would like to compare it to to Thunderbolt and Revolution. Even tho Bionic is what im waiting for. Dual core is just around the corner so ill wait.

      • Anonymous

        so you’re a sell out on your ideals?

        • GotSka81

          I think “I will not post ‘first’ in a forum comment region” is far from an ideal, lol. I think you’re just jealous it wasn’t you…

          I’m just messing with ya…all in good fun =)

          • Anonymous

            Just joking as well