Samsung - Captivate Mobile Phone - Black (AT&T)
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For wireless communication.
Android 2.1 operating system
Allows you to stay connected and productive on the go.
4" AMOLED touch-screen display
For clear viewing of your text messages, photos and videos and easy navigation of features.
Store contacts and phone numbers
With the microSD card slot (media not included).
Built-in 5.0MP digital camera with high-definition video recording up in 720p format
For capturing still photos and video clips.
Audience voice processor
With 1GHz speed for a crystal-clear connection.
6-axis motion sensor
Experience surround sound and 3D motion-gaming from the palm of your hand. DLNA certified.
Lets you talk while driving.
Lets you silence your phone but still be alerted when calls and messages come in.
Up to 5 hours talk time and up to 12.5 days standby
With included lithium-ion battery.
* Phone activation required before use.
- Samsung Captivate Mobile Phone
- Lithium-ion battery
- Headset, SIM card
- Owner's manual
- Phone StyleBar phone
- Mobile Operating SystemAndroid
- QWERTY KeyboardNo
- Touch ScreenYes
- Camera Resolution5.0MP
- MP3 Playback CapabilityYes
- Device ManufacturerSamsung
- Product ModelCaptivate
Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 151 reviews(151 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best phone I have ever had.Posted .
I used an iphone 3g for the past 2 years and I got sick of somebody else controlling what my phone should and shouldn't have. What it should display, the way it should look. The way the songs were loaded, used, distributed, purchased, and don't get me started with the ringtones!!! Obviously, I ended up jalibreaking it. I started reading about Android about one year ago (Droid, G1, Nexus, EVO, etc...) and was waiting for a decent one to arrive to AT&T (I'm locked to this carrier because of my work). Being an Electrical Engineer and Linux user myself, I knew what features were possible in these new generation of smart phones and which features were locked for marketing/monopoly reasons (you know, APPLEs and oranges). A couple of months ago I heard of the Galaxy S series coming to AT&T and I read everything about it. I ran to best buy and bought it on the release day. Best Buy was kind enough to do a Price Match with the AT&T Store. - I use the phone for work, So I didn't really care if the screen was 10 inches and able to show me every cavity in Captain Jack Sparrow's teeth. I wanted the biggest screen that could fit in my pocket. And this one is great. The screen looks amazing. I know iPhone 4's screen has more resolution, but If watching movies is what I want, I have a 47inch LED TV in my living room. - The CPU power is up there with the top Android Phones. It comes with Android 2.1 which is the most current version. (yes, I know geeks already have 2.2). When I open an App, it normally opens instantly, unless I haven't used it for more than a day, then it takes about 3 seconds. My iphone used to take somewhere from 5 to 30 seconds to open and app. (To iphone's defense, I went to an Apple Store to test the iphone4 and it was the same boring thing, just faster). Android has a way to manage applications that allows you to switch back and forth between several applications really fast. (i.e. copy text from the web browser, open new email, paste text in new email, go back to browser, copy email address, go back to email, paste address,.... you get the picture.) - Battery life is way better than my old iPhone, which I needed to charge it by 6pm. The Samsung Captivate lasts about 1.5 days with normal use. So it will get you to the end of the day comfortably. - Pictures are great compared to any other phone I have ever had This one has 5MP. Full of color and easy to take. It takes great HD video and very easy to upload it to Youtube or send it by email. Again, I know the EVO has 8MP camera, but that's why I have a Canon Rebel 10MP at home. If you are taking vacation pictures from your phone, then you will not notice the difference in MegaPixels. If you want professional pictures, then go buy a real camera. - After using an iPhone for 2 years, I got used to a very responsive touch. Through the last year I tested some devices, saw many videos (G1, Nexus, droid, etc...) and read many reviews. but they never looked as responsive as the iPhone. Well, I can say the technology of the Captivate is as responsive as the iphone. If I have to pick the best one of the two, I would say iphone wins by 2%. - Exchange email: If you want to use it for work and have been scared by Blackberry and iPhone users that Android is for multimedia only. Don't be afraid anymore. Out of the box, the phone had a Stock email app and a Gmail app. i decided to first configure my work email through the email app. I had heard many negative things and during the email configuration, I was surprised when I was asked if my account was Gmail, iMap or Exchange. I selected exchange, put my credentials, and I was up and running in 1 minute. Additionally, you can chose to sync Outlook calendar and contacts. I then decided to configure my GMail through the Gmail app (to have conversation threads). The cool thing is that all your accounts can coexist in the same phone without being mixed. You can see all you appointments in one calendar (different colors) and you can see your contacts and group them by email account. It's great! It's also really cool when you decide to share a picture from the picture gallery, a menu pops up asking you which email account you want to use to send the picture. And if you don't like these email apps, then you can get other ones from the market. - Front Camera: Unfortunately, AT&T removed the front camera from the phone. The Original Galaxy S series has it. Maybe because they wanted the iPhone 4 to be the only one with it. Either way, it's useless, as the iphone front camera only works with Wifi, and they all need to have a phone that supports it. I have yet to see myself in the situation where I would need a front camera. I don't normally like people seeing me while I'm on the phone and my arm will get tired of holding the phone. - AT&T Unfortunately installed a bunch of Apps that cannot be uninstalled and require for you to sign up to some service. I just decided to move them away of my sight and not use them. They don't force you to use only their applications, like Apple does. - AT&T also blocked the installation of Non-Market Apps. They say it's to prevent the normal user from "bricking" their phone. (Bricking: The act of messing with your phone and converting it into a useless expensive paperweight = "Brick") I agree with AT&T on this one. It could cost them millions in Tech Support and replacements. Either way, they know users like myself will manage to install non-market apps through other means, like the SDK. So, If you can't manage to do that, then just stick to the Market apps, as stated by AT&T. - Customization: This is the one place where iphone just goes down the drain. There is an app to customize just about everything. The Samsung Captivate came with TouchWiz as a graphic interface. I didn't like it because it looked too much like the iphone. So I just installed LauncherPro and it changed my life. I then installed weather widgets, facebook widget, stock widgets, a widget to enable or disable wifi, bluetooth, gps, LCD brightness, ..... I configured my own wallpapers, installed dynamic/interactive wallpapers, ringtones, notifications, you name it, you can do it. Or you can find "an app for that" Conclusion, If you still think the iphone is the "Best Phone" then go buy the white one. This Samsung Captivate competes with the best smart phones out there, is excellent for media, work, social and is small and light enough to fit in your pocket.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Best AT&T Android PhonePosted .
First off, I never have written a review about a product from BestBuy. However, it seems that a lot of people are giving this phone one stars and those who are giving it more aren't giving enough information. I've had this for 5 days and I'm going to share my experience using this phone. I come from a slow and lazy iPhone 3G that would only do what I wanted if it was jailbroken or if I bought the iPhone 4. This was my dilemma: stick with Apple or try Android? Obviously, I bought the Samsung Captivate. Day 1) I leave BestBuy with Google Maps on to track me, after all people were saying the GPS wasn't working so I had to make sure before I pulled out of the parking lot. It worked fine. I go home and transfer all my SMS messages from my iPhone to the Captivate, took about 15 minutes in all for 20,000 messages. I start downloading some apps and play with the phone and set up the contacts and such. Day 2) I awake to my phone turned off. Great. So finally there really is an issue with the phone dying. Before I rush to BestBuy in demand of my money back, I Google this issue. What do you know it really is popular. How popular? Well someone created an app "Captivate Keep Alive" that does what it says. People complain that it drains your battery, but it doesn't drain it enough to notice it without the app. However, this fixed it as my phone was dying every 10 minutes that morning before installing that app. Now I'm happy again. Day 3) I going to class and I think "I'll use the GPS to track me". Another problem. The GPS quit working. Furious of having to dealing with the phones problem, I think back to old friend Google. It helped me find that other app, maybe someone made a fix for this. What do you know? Earlier this month, Samsung released a patch for GPS: GPSRestore Samsung. I install it and run it. Although I got errors in the app, I rebooted my phone and opened up GPS Test app. Within 5 seconds, I had 11 satellites In View and 5 In Use all inside my house with 8 meters accuracy. This is great. Google Maps now locks on me within 7 to 10 seconds which might be slower than iPhone, but really I can live with it with the other great features. Day 4) I get tired of the bloatware from AT&T. The only way to do this is to root the phone and download a well-known back up app to remove these applications. Problem Fixed. Day 5+) I have been enjoying my phone ever since. Overall, I think people who are looking at getting this phone should have some Google skills and be able to try things out to fix problems that may come up. If you're looking for a phone that will work right out the box, get the iPhone 4. However, if you want the challenge of making the phone work and have a couple days to follow my steps above, then you will be fine. If this phone doesn't work out, I still plan to stick with Android after playing with it. I can't even use my iPhone 3G as an IPod because it just sucks now...I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Solid Phone! Great quality screen!Posted .
I just recently purchased this phone after my 2 yr contract was up with my iPhone 3G. I was wanting to try an Android phone and get off the Apple stranglehold. This phone does everything! You can personalize it down to the live backgrounds. It's way more personal than the iphone. As individuals, we like to make things our own. Hard to do with the iphone. Easy with the Captivate. Overall Look and Feel - The phone is a bit larger than the iphone but is lighter weight and thinner. The 4" screen is the best screen I have seen to date on anything you can put in your pocket. The videos and pictures look absolutely stunning. Only a few cases out for the phone now, which add a little bulk to the phone but as thin as it is, you hardly notice it in your pocket. Very stylish. I am not too keen on the Home/Search buttons being integrated into the touch screen. I like having a button to push. But nothing I won't get use to. I sometimes have to tap them multiple times to get them to recognize. The charge slot at the top is a little awkward. The cable is a little tough to get in especially without some light to navigate it in. The back has a nice carbon fiber look to it and shiny stainless lettering. Function - I am new to the Android world. It takes some getting use to. It is similar to the jump from a Mac to a PC. There are functions I'm not use to having on my iphone and it will take a little bit to get use to texting on the phone if you are not use to android. I am very impressed with the overall quickness of the phone. Everything seems to load faster than I am use to. The phone is very crisp. Again, you fall in love with the screen and navigating around on the desktop. The Live Wallpapers are amazing. The backgrounds constantly moving in the background that, most, you can interact with. Whether it be a fish aquarium or a sky full of stars. You can feed your fish, knock on the "glass" etc. Calling is crisp and clear with only minor dropped calls in out of area locations. The battery life leaves a little to be desired. Although what can you ask for when you basically have a tiny laptop device that you can carry around in your pocket. The multitasking and functions do bog the battery and I usually end up having to recharge the battery every night. But I text a lot and constantly checking my emails and downloading apps. So basic functions on the phone only would definitely help the battery life. Picture quality from the 5 MP camera are very good although I wish they would have added a flash. I have hardly played with the Camcorder much, but I tried it out and it is very good quality video as long as you keep your hand steady. The 16 GB storage is twice as much as my iphone and can be upgraded by MicroSD to another 16 GB. (I've heard you can add up to a 32GB card) Plenty of space for anything you could possibly think of. Love it, love it, and....love it. Overall, I have enjoyed the personalization of the phone. You can change backgrounds, fonts, notifications, etc etc. Anything you can think of to personalize, you can. I have enjoyed it more already than my iphone. It is much faster at tasking and multitasking than the iphone and would recommend this phone to anyone. I have actually already sold 2 people on the phone just from me showing what it can do in a 5 minute period. Now for the bad. I have had one ongoing issue with this phone that may tilt you a bit. Less than a week after purchase, I noticed it was shutting itself off. I thought maybe I had hit the power button by accident, but after numerous occasions. I realized something was wrong. I would set it out at my desk and go about my business and come back to a phone that was off. It started to bug me. Was it a virus? A bad phone? Maybe an app I downloaded was putting my phone in sleep mode. A phone that was never on, was a bad phone. Had a lot of missed calls and missed texts. I was not happy. I dug around on the internet and found out it was apparently an ongoing issue with a lot of Captivate customers. No one can figure out why it is happening but most pointed to a software issue that would hopefully get fixed on the next update. By week two, my phone was shutting off 15-20 times a day. I was disgusted and ready to skip it across some water. I returned the phone to Best Buy and they gladly gave me another phone with no snags. I have had the new phone for 1 week now, with no shutoffs. So, fingers crossed, this phone will be fine. Hopefully, this issue is being looked into and there will be a fix for everyone who is having this issue.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good Android phonePosted .
I like my Captivate. The 4" SuperAMOLED screen is beautiful. I have NEVER seen a screen this vibrant! NEVER! The .5" difference between this screen and it's 3.5" competitors' is noticeable. Texts are larger and the on-screen keyboard is easier to use. Supposedly the screen is a Gorilla Glass screen but apparently it can be scratched under right conditions (i.e keys in the same pocket, dropped on it's face, etc...) I have a friend with a scratched Captivate. Do yourself a favor and buy the screen protectors from AT&T or one of those scratch proof ones (Zagg or Bodyguardz). The audio and video players are more than adequate for me. This phone can play 1280x720 videos without any problems (as long as the file is a MP4, WMV, or MKV). Surprisingly I was able to tell the difference between a 1280x720 video VS a 640x480 video even though it's only a 4" screen. I have never used an Android OS powered phone with a camera that rivaled the iPhone's but the Captivate's 5 megapixel camera is at least as good. The picture's it takes are beautiful. The videos are clean and sharp. Did I mention they are 720P videos? Unlike the previous Android phones I've used, the videos are not blurry when you move the camera and the colors are very vivid. Samsung did a great job on the camera! As a previous Android OS user I had no problems with this phone as far as Ease of Use. I guess that will depend on each individual user. The nice thing about Android is the ability to change the user interface, access the file system, use the phone as a flash drive ( I love the ability to drag and drop music, video, or any files onto the phone), and just plain customizing the appearance to the way you like it. I admit I'm not a heavy phone user. I only talk about ten to fifteen minutes a day. I check five web sites in the morning and in the middle of the day. I get several emails and text messages a day. My battery lasts me through the day but usually requires a charge by the time I get home. If you're a heavy data user buy a second battery if you have no means to recharge it mid-day. I suspect the big 4" screen drains much of the battery. It didn't get 5 stars for features because you can't use voice commands to dial using your bluetooth headset. Windows Mobile 6.x and the iPhone can. I've read the Android 2.2 update this phone will get by the end of the year will have this feature but in it's current configuration there is no voice dialing which has become a basic component of phones nowadays. Is the Captivate a good value? Yes but not good enough to be five stars because of one glaring problem: The GPS capability. On my phone the GPS feature is almost useless. I can use it to locate my position after a few minutes but it cannot keep a lock when I move so navigation is pointless. If you can't live without a phone with working GPS STAY AWAY FROM THIS PHONE UNTIL ANDROID 2.2 is released! I have a standalone GPS unit in the car so this doesn't affect me that much. Would have been nice if an advertised feature actually worked though!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Amazing Galaxy S Phone for AT&TPosted .
I've had this phone for approximately a week now and it is definitely THE best phone AT&T has to offer. And yes, it easily beats the iPhone 3Gs, and has the potential to surpass the media-blown iPhone 4. This phone had the ability to become a popular phone without all the media attention that the iPhone so desperately needs. Hardware: The design of the phone is wonderful, and much better than the other galaxy phones coming to other carriers. the 5.0 megapixel camera may not seem like alot, but in reality the pictures taken by it match many if not most of the cameras on the market today. While there is not a flash, the night mode of the phone makes up for it. The Captivate does an amazing job at bringing into the playing field "sliding covers". The battery cover has a unique style of opening; if you haven't seen it look it up. It entertained me for a good while, and the same with the charging port's unique cover. It is also a really thin phone and fits great in my pocket, it feels almost like it's barely there it's so thin. Overall, it looks good and feels good in the hand; feels like an actual $500 phone than a cheap plastic model. Software: The Android operating system is great, but is somewhat dampened by AT&T's prohibiting of installing 3rd party apps. Now while this may bother people who enjoy customizing their phones to fit their needs, it will not bother the common community. It differs a bit from the regular Android system, but I was quickly able to learn it as it is not complicated at all. The 1Ghz Hummingbird is..... superb. There is not other word to describe it. I have e-mail opened, music playing in the background while downloading several apps, all the while texting several people, along with facebook, daily briefing, and twitter opened in the background. Through all of this, there was absolutely no lag AT ALL! The 16 gb internal memory card is a nice addition and the expandable external memory card is also an even better benefit for those who enjoy switching phones while keeping music on one memory card. In short, the software is very simple and anyone whose played with the iPhone's iOS will agree that this phone's Operating system, along with Samsung's UI, seem very much alike. Overall, this phone is simply...... the BEST on AT&T. It easily excels the iPhone and is the best android phone on the market to date. Very simple to use, won't have to wait a month for it and you don't drop every call with your left hand, or need a phone cover for it to work properly!!!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
First Impression: Amazing!Posted .
I have had this phone just under 24 hours now. So this review is my first impression. This is an upgrade from my aging iPhone 3g. which was a great phone. One of the first things I noticed was the larger screen, which is very bright, and crisp. Using the UI was a little disorienting at first since I was so used to the iPhone. But it didn't take long to get the hang of it. The touch screen is very responsive and acurite, and navigating around felt pretty natural after a few minuts. There seems to be quite a large amount of apps, many that where on the Apple App store are here too. I am however missing the Chase app from the iPhone. However, this phones browser works quite well and can be used for that. Apps run VERY quickly and switching between them is nearly instantainous. The phone has a TON of features and seems endlessly customizable and seems more sophisticated than the iPhone. However the 5 page user guide only shows you a couple very basic features... thats all. The user is left to their own devices to figure out how to do/use all the other goodies, which is a shame. There is probably a zillion features that most folks wont use simply because they don't know they are there or how to use them. I however plan to spend a lot of time tinkering with it and reading about online to try to get the most of it. The phone comes with 16gb of internal memory. It also accepts up to a 32gb MicroSD card, for a theoretical 48gb! The battery is user accessible as well. The charge/sync connector is on the top of the phone, which at first seemed a bit wierd. That is until i plugged in my phone while still in its case...brilliant! You may not be plugging it in as often as you may think. I fully charged it right away, then played with it off and on for the rest of the day, made a 30 min. blue tooth call, Sent a few emails, played some games, then it sat overnight. This morning it has about 65% charge. Overall, this is an excellent phone and the perfect alternative for the elusive iPhone 4.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
The iPhone for tech junkies and freedom fightersPosted .
My heading is not completely true, but I'm just going to give you the list and my overall impressions: Pros: 1. Great app store (I can find at least 3 apps for any one need) 2. Speedy multitasking and browsing 3. Extremely customizable (you don't *have* to jailbreak your phone, YEAH freedom!) 4. Widgets (I forget anything not in my face, so this is great) 5. Large vibrant display that adjusts brightness according to the ambient light levels Cons; 1. Less than great battery life for a power user like myself 2. Pattern lock function is irritating and can lock you out *while* changing the pattern 3. Less hardware support (ie no built-in music jack in my car that is software specific, but I'm reaching now) 4.Large display (which drains the battery and is not oleophobic) 5. No front-facing camera (but video calling on any phone including the iPhone is still extremely limited, except for the EVO) Overall, I'm really impressed. My phone is my GPS, my email inbox, my banking center (thanks Mint!), my daily/class planner, an ereader, my...you get the gist. I prefer customization over ease of use, but that's my preference. If you are just now getting into the smartphone market, this phone is not for you because it doesn't "just work." It's like a computer and needs to be updated and customized to your needs in order to get the most out of it. Warning: does not come with Froyo (2.2), but that being said a large number of apps don't support it and 2.1 is still a pretty amazing mobile OS. Hope that helps!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
My first touchscreen...LOVE itPosted .
This was my first android phone and my first touchscreen phone. Previously I had a BB Curve, Blackjack 2, and then a bunch of flip phones. I felt like I was ready to take that next step to a high level phone. I've been waiting to upgrade for months, just waiting for something I got excited about. Preferably I wanted something with a keypad, but I started thinking it might never happen so I went for the Captivate the day it came out. This is EASILY the best phone on AT&T (iPhone aside). Its very responsive to the touch. The app market is filled with tons of great free apps. My wife who has an iPhone couldn't believe how many free games there were. I am not a game guy but there are other great apps besides games too! The phone itself is very thin, I haven't seen the iPhone 4 yet, but its definitely thinner than the previous iPhone models. Its a nice size, I barely feel it in my pocket cause its so thin. The screen is huge yet its about the same size as an iPhone so I really like that aspect. Sorry I compare a lot to the iPhone cause it was previously the best phone on AT&T and I have a little experience with it. Appearance wise its sleek. It doesn't feel at all cheap to me. I love how the batter door comes offf (won't wear out like some). It does come loaded with a bunch of apps, mostly from AT&T. Some of them are nice, others are not, but you can't remove them which is a little annoying. There is TONS of room for more though with 16 GB of space preloaded and room for another SD card. All in all I LOVE my new phone! Its a great purchase, I would make it again in a heartbeat!I would recommend this to a friend