Samsung Captivate (AT&T)
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: 4760319
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 07/14/2010
- Released on: 07/18/2010
The good: The Samsung Captivate features a gorgeous Super AMOLED screen, a 1GHz processor, 16GB of onboard memory, and it has an expansion slot. The Android 2.1 device also offers great call quality, full wireless options, and a HD video capture.
The bad: AT&T won't let you sideload apps to the phone; camera lacks a flash.
The bottom line: The Samsung Captivate is easily AT&T's best Android phone to date. It delivers great performance, tons of features, and an easy-to-use interface.
Considering Captivate over iPhone? Yeah, me too.
by Soapboxhothead on July 30, 2010
Pros: Lovely screen. Surprising build quality. Snappy response. Solid call quality. "iphone like" UI (skin). Notification tray & customizable user experience. Choice of input keyboard options. Not in the hands of every tweener & dying-to-be-cool gork.
Cons: Almost total lack of Mac software support for loading & backup. AT&T bloatware. Weird combo power/sleep button. Slightly confusing interface. Lack of camera flash (small complaint)
Summary: Like maybe many of you, I'm a longtime Mac guy (my first was a IIc & actually still have my Newton!) & I've of course owned the original ...
Summary: Like maybe many of you, I'm a longtime Mac guy (my first was a IIc & actually still have my Newton!) & I've of course owned the original iPhone & more recently the 3G. All have been trusty companions that I dearly loved and still love using, BUT, it's time to upgrade the handset. Of course, I wanted the iPhone4, no brainer right? Well ... not so fast. Perhaps like many of you, I was a little underwhelmed by what the "4" had to offer. Sure, Apple made some improvements but in my final view, FaceTime just isn't enough to wow me besides being nearly unusable & the other changes, let's face it, were mostly about catching up to other smartphone offerings, no real game changers. THEN "antenna-gate" hit ... and along with it, very real concerns about call quality and inexcusably, more dropped calls than my 3G, which is bad enough as it is. AT&T's network issues notwithstanding, Apple just didn't do enough with this phone, so, it became time to rethink my next smartphone. A helpful young lad at my local "T" store suggested I await their upcoming GalaxyS phone. I'm glad I did. Believe me when I say I'd prefer to stay with Apple & preserve my investment in apps but it says a great deal when a very loyal customer decides on an alternative product and foregoes that investment. (Are you listening Cupertino?)UPDATE: It's been 2 weeks and I'm thrilled! So for those of you considering this phone alongside the iPhone4, I can give it a solid recommendation with a couple of caveats. Firstly, it's not an iPhone so if you're used to the Apple iOS then it will be familiar but nonetheless a little funky. Previous reviews are spot on when the say Android could use a little more polish. Setting up email accts was a little funky (with the exception of GMail) but expected, otherwise email works well. On the plus side, the phone works great. Syncing with Google services is carefree & a snap. Loading app's is a breeze but it seems Android doesn't vett all apps in the market to the same standard as iTunes, I've had a couple of apps that keep crashing/force quitting. Finally, I HATE the AT&T bloatware! This is the biggest complaint I have. If I don't want or need Navigator, Music, TV etc then I want the option to delete them & I certainly don't want 'em running in the background. Are you listening AT&T?
It bears noting that I rarely make technology decisions without researching the bejeezus out of my options so trust me when I say I've read just about all there is to offer on the Captivate. It's not perfect but it's also pretty damn close to being so & it's easily on par or better than the iPhone 4, truly. I've held both in my hands and messed with them for perhaps an hour at that same local "T" store. It's been a tough choice but I'm gonna go with the Captivate & Android. (I will post a follow-up review after a week or two of using the handset so stay tuned.)
Why I chose the Android powered AT&T Captivate over the iPhone4 ... in no particular order: I just can't get past the antenna issues & dropped calls with the i4. I just can't. This is supposed to be a highly engineered & evolved communication tool & you inexplicably botch something as rudimentary as it's antenna? There's no excuse for that & a free plastic bumper is NO solution. It just isn't. Moreover, Apple & AT&T claim to have closely collaborated on this phone to ensure maximum performance on the network and dropped calls are WORSE?! How is this possible? Yes I know it's a radio & subject to the vagaries of obstacles, terrain, humidity & bird flocks but c'mon, you couldn't even make a modest improvement? Hype aside, the i4 just isn't that compelling an upgrade from the 3GS. Sure iOS4 adds "multitasking", unified inbox and folders but you can run that on your old 3GS. Yes the Retina display is stunning & a 1Ghz A4 processor is welcome but again, these just keep pace with the market, nothing game changing. In the end, the i4 is just too much like other iPhones before it & it's my opinion it's best to sit this one out & wait till next year's effort.
The Captivate captured me (sorry) for a couple simple reasons ... larger and none too shabby AMOLED screen. The extra real estate DOES make a difference. Android OS. It's making huge strides in improving user functionality and innovation and if Apple isn't extremely careful & ups it's game, it will slip into also-ran status quickly. Yes, the funky skins mfg's place over Android can be clunky, cumbersome & a little confusing but in the end, you have many more options to customize & change your user experience to your liking vs. iOS4's locked-down approach. Moreover, the pace on innovation seems to be accelerating with Android, I sense we are reaching a real tipping point. Samsung has long made some excellent mobile phones & it shows in the simple yet crucial aspect of this phone ... call quality. Data scarfing and game playing aside, let's remember these are communication tools & the fundamental function of calling people is still a big deal. Call me old-school but I kinda like my phone to make calls without sending my blood pressure thru the roof.
Finally, maybe this is trite & a little arrogant but I'm tired of seeing the same iPhone I carry around in the hands of tweeners & gorks with their heads buried in text messages, twitter & facebook. If the phone you choose says something about you then what does it say when spoiled brats & loners desperate for attention are toting the same tool you use to run your life? Frankly I'd like to see Apple re-invigorate the aspirational image of the iPhone & raise the barrier of entry by bumping the price.
Updated on Aug 13, 2010
Updated on Aug 13, 2010Additional info: Here's the things I dig. Can't say enough about that beautiful SuperAMOLED screen! The camera & video work well. I love the choice of keyboards & I find the Android kybrd works best for me, & I dig the haptic feedback option. It's silly but I enjoy "live wallpapers". The notification tray is terrific! Helpful info at a glance as well as be able to turn things like wifi, BT and vibration on & off from the tray. Email is a little funky but I manage 5 separate accounts no problem. The OS is snappy & switching between apps is a breeze, nearly instantaneous (this will only improve with Froyo 2.2) and I think Samsung's TouchWiz interface is quite good. Finally, I love that I can load docs, music & other media directly onto my microSD card and manage them all from there. In the end, the iPhone may be easier to adopt but if you've had a couple smartphone's by now, I think you'll really enjoy the flexibility & the power of Android. Sorry Apple, I may not be coming back.
38 out of 60 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fast, powerful, *great* screen, fun and easy to use
by okmft on July 17, 2010
Pros: Absolutely beautiful screen
Smooth (Touchwiz) interface
Camera works great and takes clear pictures
Solid build, yet very light and pocketable
Battery life is comparable with other smartphones including iPhone 4 (which I returned and got Captivate)
Cons: GPS had slow signal acquisition at times, even with clear view of sky
Problems syncing with MS Vista (looped into MTP mode when connected to PC)
Can't see buttons unless screen is active
AT&T duplicates stock Android apps with their own useless apps
Summary: I stood in line and got an iPhone 4, returned it for obvious reasons (as well as a desire to use Google Voice in an integrated manner), and now am ...
Summary: I stood in line and got an iPhone 4, returned it for obvious reasons (as well as a desire to use Google Voice in an integrated manner), and now am the satisfied owner of the Samsung Captivate. Overall, this is a very nice device and I am extremely pleased. Calls are clear, speaker is loud, lots of care has been taken to make this device and interface really great.The weak GPS is a deal-breaker, and I will have to return the device if no solution is forthcoming. I have tried all the tweaks on the forums, and finally got fairly strong GPS speed and performance late this evening (until I plugged in my AT&T car charger, when the signal would disappear again). I will keep experimenting until I either get consistently great GPS performance, or until I return the device.
This is coming from someone who has owned many incarnations of PDA and smartphone from the original Palm devices, WinMo devices, and every version of iPhone including 4 (although this is my first Android device). The Samsung Captivate is light, fast, and beautiful,and I am happy to recommend this device for anyone who has a clue on how to use a smartphone, as this powerful hardware + Android 2.1 = lots of power and customization.
I would still recommend the iPhone 4 (or 3Gs) for someone who is not as "tech" oriented, as the Captivate occasionally slowed down if I didn't manage background tasks myself with "ATK;" until I cleared out unneeded widgets and tweaked settings, there were occasional stutters and button feedback lags (but I don't let stuff run willy-nilly and unchecked on my PC either, so I have no problem monitoring this myself).
So yes, I am very glad I sweet-talked that AT&T employee into selling me one of these on Friday. This phone may not yet be as famous or coveted as the iPhone, but I wonder if there will be a quiet revolution of these Galaxy S phones (since this series is now available on all major US carriers, and throughout the world). This is a very powerful phone, is fun to use, and can make and receive calls no matter how I hold it.
Updated on Jul 24, 2010
31 out of 53 users found this user opinion helpful.
Time to step up Apple! Android is slowly taking over!!
by lanedek on July 31, 2010
Pros: -Amazing Super AMOLED screen
-Very fast (Going to be even faster when Android 2.2 is released for it)
-ANDROID: COMPLETE CUSTOMIZATION
-One of the most powerful gaming phones
-Great battery life (if you know how to keep up with it)
Cons: -no flash
-no front-facing camera
Couldn't care less about them anyway.
Summary: I was so excited that Samsung realesed their Galaxy S phones the time that they did. I was up for an upgrade from my crappy Samsung Eternity and ALMOST bought ...
Summary: I was so excited that Samsung realesed their Galaxy S phones the time that they did. I was up for an upgrade from my crappy Samsung Eternity and ALMOST bought an iPhone 4.
I had been always been proud of the fact that I have NEVER owned an iPhone. I tried my best to get around it but I almost couldn't because the iPhone is AT&T's best phone. (Not to mention I hate everything Apple) For months, I have been very intrigued by Samsung's new line of phones called the Galaxy S. Weeks before my upgrade, I keep reading that AT&T's version of the Galaxy S was hitting the day before my upgrade date. I was so excited!!
This is seriously the best phone I have ever gotten. You can customize EVERYTHING on this phone. It runs Android 2.1 and it is not locked-down like the iOS. It is literally a PC in your hand. The Google Voice Search is amazingly accurate. Samsung's Super AMOLED screen makes colors stand out. It's something you have to see for yourself to tell the difference. The battery life is really good especially if you put the Advanced Task Killer on the phone that kills programs running in the background. I highly recommend you download that app because you will be amazed on how many AT&T bloatware opens up when you turn on your phone and there is no way to delete them off the phone.
I would gripe about the phone not having flash and a front-facing camera but I won't. I have lived this long without either of those features and couldn't care less about them. (Not to mention that it has Nightmode for the camera and that works just as good and sometimes better than a flash.)
If you don't want to be a tool like everyone else who has an iPhone, the Samsung Captivate is THE alternative of the iPhone 4. Not only is the Captivate faster than the iPhone 4 now, once Android 2.2 Froyo hits this sucker, there will be not contest between the phones. iOS 4 will be obsolete in a couple of months. BUY THIS PHONE!!!
17 out of 21 users found this user opinion helpful.
A very worthy competitor with the iPhone.
by shidagirl on July 22, 2010
Pros: It feels very well-made...the display is beautiful...but most of all, I am in love with the customization of the phone and with the Swype technology!
Cons: There is some attenuation with the signal, yet I can send and receive text messages without error and I have yet to experience a dropped call. There is a slight lag when switching between home screens, opening apps, and pressing the home keys.
Summary: Overall, I'm so glad that I decided on the Captivate over the iPhone 4. It's a beautiful device and so far I am very impressed. Although I have ...
Summary: Overall, I'm so glad that I decided on the Captivate over the iPhone 4. It's a beautiful device and so far I am very impressed. Although I have noticed a little bit of lag, it hasn't been enough to be a deal-breaker.
Although there is some AT&T bloatware, the customization that comes with an Android device is phenomenal, and I finally realize what I've been missing while owning an iPhone 3G. However, Apple's App Store is still superior to the Android Market.
Swype takes some getting used to but it is such intriguing technology and can only get better with time, and with the upcoming Froyo update, I know that the phone's overall performance will be boosted even more.
15 out of 17 users found this user opinion helpful.
THIS PHONE IS AMAZING!!!!!!
by bden72 on July 31, 2010
Pros: Great Screen
Android Operating System 2.1
Thin and Lightweight
Voice to Text
Android Market (Better That Apps on Apple In My Opinion)
Very Good Battery for All It Does
Cons: Apps Run Even If You Think You Have Closed Them (Just Download Apps Killer for Free)
Summary: This is of course just all my opinion, but here it goes . . .
This phone is a must have. Why would anyone want an iPhone 4 instead of this as this ...
Summary: This is of course just all my opinion, but here it goes . . .
This phone is a must have. Why would anyone want an iPhone 4 instead of this as this is pretty much open source and has very similar features. I personally don't get the love affair with Apple. My wife has an iPhone 3Gs and my Galaxy is a way better device. Also, Apple dropped the ball on the iPhone 4 and offers a free case to make device work properly? How about recalling the device and fixing it. If I bought the device and was later told that I will be given a free case to make it work, I would return it to the store. In the past, there were limited alternatives, but Samsung and Google have produced a winner. I have had a Treo, two Blackberrys and use my wife's iPhone and it is no contest.
This is the best handset/PDA I have ever seen and used. This is a grandslam. Even though the flash, FM radio and forward facing camera have been disabled, this is still a winner!
PLEASE READ THIS -- IF FOR SOME REASON YOUR BATTERY APPEARS TO NOT BE HOLDING A CHARGE, YOU MAY JUST HAVE A BAD BATTERY. THIS WAS THE CASE WITH ME. SWAPPED OUT THE PHONE AND BATTERY LASTS A LONG TIME. ALSO, DOWNLOAD FOR FREE FROM THE ANDROID APPS MARKET "APPS KILLER" IT WILL SAVE YOUR BATTERY LIFE A LOT.
12 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
The Android takes a big bite out of apple
by jmcannell on July 21, 2010
Pros: + Easy to use Android interface
+ Amazing and large AMOLED screen
+ Fast...real fast
+ Free google maps/navigator
+ Sleek and thin
+ Android market apps, quality over quantity (still more than 60,000)
+ Didn't have to join steve jobs church
Cons: - It likes the battery, especially with WiFi enabled
- Can't add/remove home screen icons (email icon is useless if you have gmail)
- No LED flash on camera
- Speakers on back of device (muffles sound when its on its back)
Summary: This is my first experience owning a smart phone, that being said, I'm not new to technology. I have to say that this phone is quite immpressive. I originally ...
Summary: This is my first experience owning a smart phone, that being said, I'm not new to technology. I have to say that this phone is quite immpressive. I originally was going to go with an iphone, however, I just couldn't feel good about it. Maybe because every tween and their mom has one. Maybe bad press. Maybe b/c I thought apple had "we know what's best for you" attitude. But I'm straying. I heard about the captivate, demoed one, and fell in love. The huge AMOLED display is crystal clear and much larger than any other out there. I found that the calls are clear and do an excellent job of filtering noise, however, occasionally you do have a digital sound to your voice. However, keep in mind, you're talking through a little computer basically. I've heard people say that they are upset by being limited to android apps. I found that there were amazing apps in the android store, ranging anywhere from referance apps, games, ringtones/wallpapers, you name it. The touch screen is very responsive and the phone (with its hummingbird processor) is lightening quick. It has swype (a function that allows you to drag your finger across the keyboard for texts) which is surprisingly accurate. I think one of the biggest pros is that, since it has such a large screen, everything is bigger. This means if you have big fingers and find texting difficult on most touch screen phones, you should have no problem on this one. The phone is surprisingly intuitive, in that, if you don't know where something is, there are usually multiple ways to find what you're looking for. That's mostly thanks to Android though. Overall, the only at&t phone that can compete with this is the iphone 4. There are some areas where the iphone wins out (video chat, camera flash, etc), but I'm convinced (having had hands on both) that if you are looking for the better overall phone and multimedia device, you would be more happy with the captivate. Unless you've already sold your soul to apple.
10 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
High quality phone with a fantastic screen!
by k5jvc on July 19, 2010
Pros: SCREEN! Color saturation and contrast ratio are better than most HD TVs I've seen. The size of the screen is just right for *really* using the web browser. Text is very sharp and easy to read. Very thin, fits in my pocket comfortably. Fast UI.
Cons: Windows 7 won't recognize it, the driver install errors out. Had to transfer my music using the memory card shuffle method. Backlight on the hardware buttons times out too quickly, making it awkward to use at night.
Summary: The form factor is spot on for someone who plans on using their data plan more than their talk minutes. The screen size is right in between the Incredible and ...
Summary: The form factor is spot on for someone who plans on using their data plan more than their talk minutes. The screen size is right in between the Incredible and the Droid X, but the quality of the screen blows them both away. The phone has been rooted already, so if AT&T gets too heavy handy with their policies, I'll just work around them.
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
I don't know if I should blame AT&T or samsung
by noc215 on August 9, 2010
Pros: -AMOLED screen great for viewing pics and videos
-Android 2.1 runs smoothly
-5 MP camera great in well-lit settings; records HD video
-Good music player with 5.1 surround (only with earphones/external speakers)
Cons: -No LED flash or LED notifier
-Battery bar inaccurate
-AT&T Navigator/Hotspot apps auto run, even if you don't use the service
-Some apps simply automatically launch, and you'd probably want to kill task to preserve battery/memory
-No physical qwerty
Summary: My biggest gripe of all is these AT&T apps that auto-boot upon bootup. I didn't realize this until I downloaded Advanced Task Killer from the Market. Even ...
Summary: My biggest gripe of all is these AT&T apps that auto-boot upon bootup. I didn't realize this until I downloaded Advanced Task Killer from the Market. Even after I kill task, at random times throughout the day, AT&T Navigator turns on again. Honestly, I don't want to pay 10$ a month to use this app. I won't use it, but why keep shoving it in my face? Why can't I just delete this app off the phone?Thanks to bobbyfg7 for pointing out that I was wrong about the 4 bottom apps. I shouldn't have listened to what most people have said about it not being customizable, but I don't think I would've really figured it myself. It's rather hidden.
There are other apps that are set on auto-boot, and I have no idea if there is even a way to disable that. I've read that you can remove these AT&T apps if you root the phone, but why should I void my warranty right after I got my phone? Also, even regular apps like the Video Player will turn on randomly in the background without you knowing. It's unjustifiable that I need to keep using my Advanced Task Killer app to keep killing apps that automatically boot for no reason at random times. Can't say if rooting a phone can fix that.
Another annoying thing is that samsung's email app is stuck on your dashboard. Those 4 apps on the bottom cannot be modified. That email app SUCKS, and it doesn't even sync to your contacts. I don't use it. All of my emails are gmail, so I just use the gmail app. It's a shame that I have to have one of my 4 permanent icons be something that I will never use.
I miss having a phone with LED flash. I've always used the LED as a flashlight on my old Nokia E63. I see no reason in why samsung should ever put out a high-end smartphone without flash! Furthermore, this phone does not have a blinker to notify you of messages or anything when it's idle. I can't consider this phone to be very smart if I have to hit the power button just to view the unlock screen to know if I had missed messages or calls or anything.
The GPS issue is known, and samsung did acknowledge it and said that they'd put out a fix for it. But here's my concern: from the fix that's available that you can find, people are claiming that the issue is simply something wrong with the factory settings that shipped with the galaxy S phones. I'm not sure if this is true and that samsung's "fix" will be simply tweaking these factory settings; however, if that is the case, I will certainly not want to use this phone. Reason is, part of the fix is having to enable wireless networks to help locate those GPS satellites, and enabling it allows google to automatically retrieve 'anonymous data' at all times--even when gps apps aren't running! That just creeps me out, and I'm not sure if I want my battery draining any faster than it already does when apps are turning on by themselves.
I must also comment that Samsung's hardware was never really good at syncing with computers. I had to find a specific driver (took three tries) to be able to connect my phone to windows 7 64bit. Out of the box, you will not be able to just plug and play.
I really want to like this phone. It's AT&T's best alternative to the iPhone; however, as you can see that locking of the Market (you can only download apps off the Android Market, nowhere else), loading it with AT&T Apps that cannot be removed unless rooted (these apps aren't loaded on the iphone!), and the fact that the Galaxy S phones on Verizon and Sprint will have camera flash, AT&T really wanted you to pick the iphone. I'm only on AT&T because I have to be. As much as I don't want an iphone, I can see why it's the best choice on AT&T.
Updated on Aug 10, 2010
I must also say that I did some reading around about the samsung galaxy S having I/O issues. It has poor read/write speeds, but there are some workarounds that people have been working on. It allowed its Quadrant scores to reach 2k+. Now I'm not going to push voiding your warranties, but I do know that if I ever swapped to an iphone4, I would've jailbroken it the first day that I've gotten it. In order to give this phone a fair judgment, I will most likely be rooting my captivate soon and updating my review again on what I find.
Updated on Aug 12, 2010So I've rooted my phone. I got rid of the unwanted apps and widgets that were preloaded, and so I don't have to feel so crappy when staring at them. Rooting is simple, and there are so many guides out there that will help you do what you want with the phone.
As for the lagfix, my phone is running smoother and snappier than before. I can't tell whether it was one of my new clock/weather widgets that was draining my battery, or was it just the screen... but 30 minutes of nonstop texting drained my battery by 7%. I may update on battery life again.
I will most likely keep this phone, since I have an ipod touch on warranty. It's reasonable to believe that an updated ipod touch is coming this fall, possibly w/ retina display and facetime. If GPS is a dealbreaker for you, wait and see if samsung fixes it or go with the iphone. The current fixes aren't 100%, but I do believe it is software issue. Samsung is quite sketchy about this issue though so I wouldn't put too much faith in them.
7 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great looking screen, fast interface, best phone ever!
by glpatnode on July 31, 2010
Pros: Good feel, quick operation, variety of features, bright view screen, many apps to choose from, all make it a great upgrade from the HTC Pure phone I had previously running Windows 6.5, with a bigger screen, separate. earphone jack with headphones.
Cons: Getting used to the android system takes a little time if you have had 2 Windows phones before. Pictures I had loaded from my HTC Pure would not load to the phone directry contacts, maybe I have to do it some other way?
The phone's almost addictive.
Summary: The screen is very bright and clear, there is a separate earphone jack with a good earphones and a mic (not tested yet), including ear comfort pieces for the earphones, ...
Summary: The screen is very bright and clear, there is a separate earphone jack with a good earphones and a mic (not tested yet), including ear comfort pieces for the earphones, a nice touch. Apps are easy to get, there are things that take time to discover on this phone every day, which makes it a very clever phone that isn't an iPhone, especially coming from ATT. There is also a slide cover over the USB port after you are done charging, for normal use, so nothing comes into it, a well thought out feature I didn't have with my HTC Pure. You have to make sure you learn to set the alarm clock, as it can be a bit confusing, along with grouping your pictures and so on. The phone fits in your shirt pocket, it just sticks out just a little bit, but the phone is very lightweight so it is not cumbersome to keep it there. Most of my friends like it and want to get one, too.No longer captivated...sorry, ATT, this is the second Captivate phone I have got from you and it still malfunctions.
Updated on Nov 19, 2010
I had a PURE Windows 6.5 phone that operated flawlessly, but my business partner wanted the same cell phones for everyone in the group, so out it went and then the ATT Samsung Captivate. This phone likes to turn itself off, decides to stop getting emails and generally jam up to the point of me taking the battery out of the darn thing to reboot it. No wonder why the salesman at the ATT store, when he was first setting up my first phone did that for me...ouch. ATT/Samsung: WHEN is that Andriod 2.2 upgrade going to occur? Never? Maybe this model phone will behave by then - or - I can convince my group to dump this phone and get the new Windows 7 phone I should have got all along and waited for it to come out.
Updated on Dec 1, 2010Phone replacement is better, gets emails (now) without having to reboot the phone everyday, it also grabs service faster when it is turned on from off, seems to work as it should have all along, but ATT's service still tanks in terms of call quality and drop offs. ATT also "upgraded" me to a higher service plan recently without my permission so they could raise my bill by 25% more, too, not happy with their lousy customer service.
7 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
On the fence
by pierce200 on July 29, 2010
Pros: Ergonomics (feels light, yet solid)
Great screen (image, size)
Clear, crisp audio on phone calls
Cons: Lack of Mac support.
Summary: While traveling, I needed to replace my aging AT&T Blackberry 8310, therefore couldn't wait for an iPhone 4 (ya' hearing me Apple?) and had an Android curiosity. ...
Summary: While traveling, I needed to replace my aging AT&T Blackberry 8310, therefore couldn't wait for an iPhone 4 (ya' hearing me Apple?) and had an Android curiosity. Could have switched carriers right then and there but popped into a Boston AT&T store where they had just received this phone.
Idea was to try it for 30 days, at which point Apple would have iPhones stocked and I would switch if needed. Two problems; I don't think the iPhone will be readily available, and I might be falling in love.
I've had the Captivate for 2 weeks and it just keeps getting better. It's ridiculously fun to play with and the biggest obstacle for me is all my Mac, MobileMe stuff, particularly iCal. I have considered using Google as my primary calendar but going down that road could lead me straight (god forbid) into a PC.
All of that just to accommodate a cell phone.
Any suggestions before I destroy my life? Missing Sync perhaps? That just sounds half-baked to me.
Bottom line, the Samsung Captivate (so far) seems to be a serious contender against any device, and by far AT&T's best Android offering.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: 4760319
- Bottom Line: The Samsung Captivate is easily AT&T's best Android phone to date. It delivers great performance, tons of features, and an easy-to-use interface.
- Product Type Smartphone
- Phone Design PDA
- Width 2.5 in
- Depth 0.39 in
- Height 4.18 in
- Weight 4.5 oz
- Technology GSM / 3G
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System Android 2.1 OS
Messaging & Internet
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages,
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth 3.0,
- Additional Features GPS,
- Diagonal Size 4 in