SAMSUNG CAPTIVATE Review
Read my review of the Samsung Captivate Phone
captivate (Galaxy S) is available from AT&T.
I have had mine since August 2010 and I love it. I purchased
mine through wirefly, and was mostly pleased with the experience.
At the time the phone cost me $99, but now can be had much cheaper--wirefly
currently has the phone for free with contract renewals and new
accounts. (adding a line to a family plan the phone will cost
you about $20).
The phone is lightweight and slick. I purchased a cover for it from
a company called Amzer
on Amazon.com for about $7 (pictured left). The cover snaps
on and has already been instrumental
is "saving my phone's life" when I've dropped it on
the street. This is a great cover for the price.
The phone has a fantastic camera. In fact, it has two--one forward
facing and one rear facing. The photos that come from the rear facing camera are 5 megapixel, and very good quality. The camera
is also an HD video recorder, again quality is excellent, especially
if you're outdoors or in good lighting.
There are some interesting features included in the software for the camera,
including a smile trigger, picture review, automatic photo stitching for panoramic
photos. blink detection, face detection, cartooning, shutter timer, continous
shoot, and more.
The user experience on the Captivate is very good. If you're
new to Android, you have to get used to a few things first, but
once you're aware of them, you'll love it. First, there are
the buttons at the bottom of the screen...for instance the one
for options, which is easy to forget, but whenever you're stuck
wondering what to do, that's the one to go for. You also have
to get used to long pushes and short pushes.
Recommended Android Apps
There are several apps you'll want to have for your Captivate
or other Android phone:
- Waze Navigator - This is a free social navigation app. What's social navigation you ask? Well, its just like a regular navigator except for the app takes into account the speeds and reports of everyone else going the same direction as you and makes adjustments based on that. Furthermore, everyone communicates road issues such as traffic jams and police activity...you will like this, and you will find that you'll want some kind of stand for your car. I bought one that was a little too cheap from Meritline.com
- Vonage - Great way to make free calls on your android phone.
- Google Skymaps
- Vlingo voice recognition- Vlingo is awesome,
and free. It allows your phone some excellent Voice Recognition
that goes way beyond what the Android operating system can do...it
really does a great job of understanding what I say to it...things
like "text mary I want to go to the movies tonight" go right through. But
so do much longer commands. You can even say things like "Call
Staples in Laurel, Maryland" and it will look up the number
on the internet and make the call for you.
- Barcode scanner - Useful for price shopping and if you need to scan a QR code.
There are many other fun apps like a lie detector and metal detector,
shopping apps, Google Goggles and more.
The Android Operating System
At present, the phone has Android 2.1 on it, but can be hacked
easily enough to have the latest version of Android--android
2.2 aka "froyo".
Here is a great video review of the Captivate:
Also worth a look is the Samsung
Captivate's big brother, the
Samsung Tab. This tablet is excellent and beats the iPad on
every front, hands down.
4 inche WVGA 480 x 800 pixels Super AMOLED, displaying
16 million colors
Talk time 5 hours 50 minutes, standby 300 hours
7.2 Mbps UTMS/HSPA cellular radio (850/900/1900/21000 MHz)
5.0 megapixel autofocus camera with 4x digital zoom
720p video recording (MPEG4, ACC, ACC+, H.263, H.264)
16 GB ROM
512 MB RAM
micro-SD card expandable up to 32 GB
1500 mAh removable battery
of the Galaxy S series phones are very similar. Other carriers
sell the phone under the names Samsung Fascinate, Vibrant
and Epic 4G.
is one of the cheapest ways to get a new phone from AT&T.
When you order your new phone, you will need to agree to a
new contract and promise to keep your contract for at least
two years, so pretty much the standard stuff. They will try
to sell you extras, but they aren't pushy about it, so just
say no. You
can click here to visit wirefly.
I definitely recommend this phone. I feel it is a better phone
than the iphone and the Android operating system is a better
operating system than Apple's. If you're in the market for
a smartphone, you should strongly consider getting the Samsung
If you're looking for great
android apps for your samsung infuse or samsung captivate,
here are some suggestions.
The Samsung Captivate I897 for AT&T is one of the thinnest Android smartphones available and part of the Samsung Galaxy Series. Movies, videos, and games come to life like never before on Captivate's brilliant 4" Super AMOLED touch display, even outdoors. Downloading apps from the Android Market, gaming, and surfing the web are faster than ever with the lightning-fast 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Enjoy an incredible 3D motion-gaming experience with high-fidelity sound, a long-lasting battery, 6-axis motion sensor, and surround sound. Captivate comes preloaded with great Google apps like YouTube, Gmail, Gtalk, Google Voice, and Picasa.