Samsung Captivate Android Smartphone Review

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Smartphone manufacturers have been using very boastful smartphone names lately—everything from the HTC Droid Incredible to the Motorola Droid X (where X stands for extreme).  Certainly with names such as these, expectations will be high. We've already taken a look at both of these phones and deemed them to be worthy competitors in today's smartphone market.

Samsung is following in line with this trend of offering a smartphone with a name that tends to evoke great expectations with its Captivate smartphone. As one of four smartphones in the company's Galaxy S line of devices, the Captivate boasts of a number of compelling features including a 1GHz processor, 4-inch screen, and a price that's a penny under $200.

        

Perhaps even more compelling is the Captivate's Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen which promises brighter images, less sunlight reflection, and reduced power consumption in comparison to the first-generation AMOLED displays. What's even better is that this Super AMOLED touchscreen is thinner than TFT LCD and AMOLED displays, thereby enabling Samsung to make the phone thinner than many competitive phones that use other screen technologies.

In addition, the Samsung Captivate is AT&T's first high-end Android-powered smartphone. Although AT&T has certainly enjoyed great success with the iPhone, it's been widely reported that this exclusivity will be coming to an end. With Android quickly gaining market share, we have to think that AT&T has realized that it must offer some compelling Android-powered smartphones in order to fully compete in today's highly-competitive smartphone market.

AT&T and Samsung are also making the Captivate competitive in terms of pricing. At the time of this review, the Captivate is available for $199.99 after discounts and with a two-year contract. Like other smartphones, a data service plan is required. AT&T's data plans start at $15 per month and voice plans start at $39.99 per month.

Although the Captivate certainly has some compelling features that attract attention, the real question is whether or not it lives up to its name by captivating users and fully competing with other excellent Android-powered smartphones on the market today. Read on as we take an in-depth hands-on look at the Samsung Captivate from AT&T.

The Samsung Captivate In Action...

Samsung Captivate
Specifications & Features

CPU
1GHz Samsung Hummingbird
Platform
Android 2.1 (will be upgradeable to 2.2)
Memory
16GB ROM/512MB RAM
possible 32GB external memory via microSD card, no card included
Dimensions
4.78 x 2.5 x 0.39 inches
Weight
4.5 ounces
Display
4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen WVGA 480x800
Network
Quad-Band EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA (850/900/1900/2100MHz)
GPS
A-GPS with AT&T Navigator
Connectivity
Bluetooth 3.0
Wi-Fi
DLNA Wireless sharing
microUSB
Camera
5 Megapixels with auto focus, smile detection and 720p HD video recording, 4x zoom
Music
3.5mm headset jack
Music Player (AAC, MIDI, MP3, WMA, XMF)
AT&T Radio support
Video
MPEG4, AAC, AAC+, H.263, H.264
Battery
1500 hi capacity mAH battery
Talk time: up to 5 hours 50 minutes
Standby: up to 300 hours
Email
POP, IMAP4, SMTP
Additional Features
Pedometer
Dual speakers for 3D sound
Day and evening themes change at preset times
Advanced speech recognition
Samsung's Social Hub
Six-axis sensor
Gyroscope
Swype
In-Box Content
Samsung Captivate
Lithium ion battery
Stereo headset
Wall charger
USB cable
Quick start guide
Health & Safety and Warranty Guide


The Samsung Captivate's Accessory Bundle

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Nice looking phone. Why doesn't it wash the dishes?

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Rofl; well I will have to see if I can coax the washing the dishes out of it when I get home in October. I bought the Epic version of the Galaxy S yesterday with Sprint. I had actually looked at it last Saturday at BB in Arkansas (and of course have been watching it for a bit online), the BB guy said there pre-order would probably sell out the morning of release. I told him I would be on the road anyway, and he said my best bet all around was to try and find a BB off the beaten path. Well I was picking up a truck for my run out west in Milwaukee Wisconsin the 30th, and left to drive back to Arkansas the 31st at 7:00. On the way at the bottom pf Illinois before Springfield about an hour I stopped to fill up in the middle of farmland and not much else. Right across from the gas station there was a strip mall with a hair cutting establishment annd a Radio Shack. So I went in he had 3 or 4 of the Epic's he'd just gotten in so I bought one as well as a Bluetooth HS, 150 watt power inverter, clear screen covers, and a rubber bumper all around case.

While I am pretty sure the dish washing is a fantasy, it does a lot, and does it all very fast. This is my first smart phone, which I have been waiting to get for quite a good while now.

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rapid1:
This is my first smart phone, which I have been waiting to get for quite a good while now.

Glad you were able to get the one that you wanted. Enjoy it.

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Look I love what I see so far but being old school I cant find anything that has info on how things work and or how to set things up. The info that came with it help set it up to run and that's about it. where can I go to learn how to use this tech monster. I'm 61 so it could be me but I know a bunch of youngsters who have no clue either. There has to be a geek out there who has put to words or video how all this works. Or I just bought a tool box full of tools I'll never use. like I found (By accident) text by voice, and downloaded something that reads text but cant find it or if its working, I bought a watch with more info on how to set the time then this thing.

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