Samsung Captivate Android Smartphone Review - HotHardware

Samsung Captivate Android Smartphone Review

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One of the first things you'll notice when you pick up the Samsung Captivate is how lightweight and thin it is. In fact, the Captivate weighs 4.5 ounces and measures just 0.39 inches thick. It is 4.78 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide. The majority of the front of the device is consumed by the 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display that supports a WVGA resolution of 480x800. At 4.5 ounces, the Captivate is lighter than the HTC Droid Incredible (4.6 ounces), Apple iPhone 4 (4.8 ounces), and the Motorola Droid X (5.47 ounces).

The Captivate features a slate design with rounded edges. The sides of the device are angled as well. Despite its thin and lightweight body, the Captivate feels very solid. Even the back battery cover is quite rigid in comparison to some of the plastic battery covers we've seen on other phones. In order to access the battery, you'll need to pull down on the bottom rear plate of the phone's frame.

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As far as hardware features are concerned, the Captivate offers many of the must-have features of a smartphone including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, an accelerometer, and a 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video capabilities. The Captivate comes with 16GB of onboard storage. Should you find yourself needing additional storage space, you can always add capacity via the microSD expansion slot located under the battery cover. Since the card slot is located above the battery, you can swap microSD cards without removing the battery.

You'll find four touch-sensitive buttons located just below the Captivate's screen (Menu, Home, Back, and Search). When pressed, these backlit buttons provide haptic feedback.

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On the top edge of the Captivate, you'll find a micro USB port that can be hidden by a sliding cover. There's also a 3.5mm headset jack. The cover for the micro USB port is different—most phones don't have this. Please note that although this is unique to the phone, it's not a bad thing, just different. In fact, if you've ever had pocket lint or other debris collect near the USB port of your current phone, this may be a very handy feature.

The right edge of the Captivate contains the Power button while the left spine houses the phone's volume rocker. On the back of the Captivate, you'll find the phone's 5 megapixel camera but no flash. An HDMI port is notably missing from the Captivate.

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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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