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Read my review of the Samsung Captivate Phone

The Samsung 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 Samsung captivate case coverand 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.

Here is a video demo of the Galaxy Tab:

Samsung Captivate Specifications

  • 4.18” x 2.5” x 0.39”
  • 4.5 ounces
  • 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
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Wi-Fi (b/g/n)
  • A-GPS
  • Android 2.1
  • 1500 mAh removable battery

All of the Galaxy S series phones are very similar. Other carriers sell the phone under the names Samsung Fascinate, Vibrant and Epic 4G.

Wirefly 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 Captivate. If you're looking for great android apps for your samsung infuse or samsung captivate, here are some suggestions.

Samsung Captivate

Samsung Captivate

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.

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Samsung Capitvate Phone Executive Summary

- Excellent handsent
- AMOLED Screen is wonderful
- Built in memory
- Light/durable


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