Samsung Captivate Android Smartphone Review


Samsung's Galaxy S line of smartphones offer a number of attractive features including a gorgeous Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and a zippy 1GHz processor. AT&T's Galaxy S model, the Captivate, offers AT&T users an excellent alternative to the iPhone and other smartphones from AT&T.

The Captivate is a quad-band world phone with all of the standard wireless options you'd expect from a respectable smartphone including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, and GPS. The Captivate doesn't have 4G capabilities, but this is to be expected since AT&T's 4G network isn't ready yet. Thanks in part to the Super AMOLED touchscreen, the Captivate is also thin and lightweight.

Samsung's Captivate offers 16GB of built-in storage. Should you need more space, you can always add storage via a microSD card. We couldn't help but notice that AT&T and Samsung did not include a microSD card with this phone. A memory card is a relatively inexpensive add-on, but since we're seeing many phones in this same price range that come with memory cards we feel like AT&T and Samsung cut a small corner here. Even so, the lack of a memory card is definitely not a deal-breaker. 

We also can't help but notice that AT&T has blocked the ability to install applications from anywhere other than the Android Market. Although this may not be an issue to the average user, we find it a bit annoying especially since other carriers don't place the same restrictions on their Android-powered phones.


AT&T was in need of a feature-rich, Android-powered smartphone and the Samsung Captivate delivers just that. It's definitely a worthy alternative to the ever-popular Apple iPhone. We were particularly impressed by the size and weight of the Captivate as well as the gorgeous display.  

All in all, the Samsung Captivate is easily the most powerful and feature-rich Android-powered phone AT&T has offered to date. The Captivate's performance, features, and easy-to-use interface combine to deliver an excellent user experience.

  • Fast 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor
  • 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen
  • Thin & lightweight
  • 5MP camera lacks LED flash
  • Doesn't come with a memory card
  • No HDMI
  • No 4G connectivity


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