Solved: root it and install the CM7 ROM or the latest MIUI ROM. The CM7 one is actually a little more usable (accelorometer and compass sensors working for example). Neither have the proximity or light sensors working, so you’re kinda stuck there. But other than that the pure (enhanced) Google experience on the Fascinate is amazing as I can attest to with my short 3 days with it. Super fast, totally worth the few bugs. Only real sacrifice is the lack of GPS. So long as you don’t depend on it for daily travel, this shouldn’t be a total deal breaker. I can’t confirm myself if its the actual GPS system (I’m assuming) that’s not working so maybe some location based services will still work with the cell network.
Fans of MIUI from other handsets won’t be dissapointed with that ROM either. It looks to run really well (according to the forums) but I’ll be posting a comparison between the two ROMs as soon as my phone gets here. Could be tomorrow, Monday at the latest. Either way, it’s gonna be a long weekend. Hit up the source links to check out the respective forums and download these sweet ROMs yourself.
Believe it or not, I’m abandoning my Droid 2. Yes, I know tearful. But it had to happen. Why? To be perfectly blunt, Motorola is royally messing (like to use another word…) their phones with this locked down bootloader bologna. Samsung and HTC have taken the stance of being open to development and it was Motorola that even got this ball rolling! I don’t know what got into their heads (I’m looking at you Verizon) but I don’t like it. The inability to access core functions of a phone at the kernel level is crippling the ROMs available for the Droid 2/x. In all honestly, the fact that they have the incredibly customizable (Froyo) ROMs at all is amazing considering what they’re working with. I’ll still keep on the development side of things from time to time (a la Twitter) and post some significant things to happen here. But it will be significantly less, I’m sorry.
But then again I’m really not because my new phone is…
I try my best to steer clear of the temptations with synthetic benchmarks, but it’s hard to ignore the power Samsung plans on bringing to the table. Clocking in at a heart stopping 3053 with the stock software, the Exynos 1.2ghz dual core chip sets quite the bar for any super smartphone coming out this year. This certainly is impressive, but it also shows how little the app (or Android 2.3.3 thus far) is built to handle two cores working in sync. 3053 at 1.2ghz is great, but the Xoom at 1.5ghz only scores 3105. More info and comparisons after the break. Continue reading →