Samsung Captivate:Best Android Phone On AT&T-Review

The Samsung Captivate has a dazzling display and a bevy of multimedia and social networking features.

The good: The Samsung Captivate features a gorgeous Super AMOLED screen, a 1GHz processor, and 16GB of onboard memory plus 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. Camera lacks flash.

The bottom line: The Samsung Captivate is easily AT&T’s best Android offering to date, delivering great performance, tons of features, and an easy-to-use interface

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.

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.

Review by okmft

Specs

General

  • Product Type Smartphone With digital camera / digital player
  • Service Provider AT&T

Cellular

  • Technology GSM / 3G
  • Phone Design PDA
  • Caller ID Yes
  • Wireless Interface Bluetooth 3.0 , IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Additional Features GPS , Touch screen , Six-axis sensor , DLNA technology

Communicator Features

  • Operating System Android 2.1 OS

Messaging & Data Services

  • Short Messaging Service (SMS) Yes
  • Internet Browser Yes
  • Messaging / Data Features Text messages , Instant messages , E-Mail , HTML Browser

Comments

  1. says

    Everyone can’t seem to get enough the Samsung Captivate (known as the Galaxy S) outside the US. I’m still sticking with my Droid, but all these positive reviews are making me think twice.

  2. logan says

    great phone, love the captivate. processor is faster, phone is better and easier to use. love my new unlocked gsm phones. gps wifi and web browser are great for my business and they are way better than my old unlocked samsung phones. not sure how much I like it for games and apps but my wife loves it. facebook and games keep her busy on our long trips. also got our unlock codes and htc unlock codes for free! the email helps me keep up with my clients and the speaker phone is loud enough for talking on long trips over the car noise. got our last couple unlocked 3g phones at unlockthatphone.com 2 thumbs up

  3. says

    I’ve been holding off my upgrade for a while waiting for the next iphone (iphone4) or android to hit ATT. I went to the ATT store early this morning to finally decide between the iphone 4 and the captivate. I loved the feel of both units, but the captivate’s curved body feels sleaker in the hand

  4. says

    I’ve been holding off my upgrade for a while waiting for the next iphone (iphone4) or android to hit ATT. I went to the ATT store early this morning to finally decide between the iphone 4 and the captivate. I loved the feel of both units, but the captivate’s curved body feels sleaker in the hand. While I was very impressed with crispness of the iphone screen; I powered on the captivate and I was even more blown away by the vibrance of the super AMOLED screen. I have spent all day playing around with the phone and have not noticed any sluggishness whatsoever; which was something I feared when looking through online reviews.. I mean c’mon it has the fastest processor out there. Also I read a blog that was spreading a rumor that the Galaxy S phones have a death grip like the iphone 4..

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