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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