Samsung Captivate

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Reviewed by quarlow (Previously owned)

Trying to Rate this phone as I would have when I bought it over a year ago. By today's standards this phone is no longer high-end.

The Captivate was AT&T's first "real" Android phone. It was definately the first popular one, that had wide appeal. The Backflip is the phone we want to forget, and the Aria was the phone that was cute to look at, but so many didn't want to use it every day.

As part of the Galaxy S line released by Samsung they re-invented themselves in the smartphone world. For many people this was their first Samsung Smart Phone. They worked hard on the device and it shows.

The Captivate like the Galaxy S II (i777) was very similar to it's international brother, the i9000. It has a 1GHz processor, 4" SAMOLED screen, at a time that 4.3 was just way too big (as compared to today when 4.3 is "norm"). The screen is amazing, it's pentile, but you can't tell, its a great size, and bright, vibrant screen. The phone has a very unique back plate. It's a carbon effect metal cover, removed by sliding part of the phone's back down. While it's not intuitive how to remove the back if you don't know how to do it, it's also having a sleek backplate that doesn't have a notch for removal.

My only complaint about the phone was the GPS. Some people had GPS that was unsuable, mine worked, but took way too long to get a lock. Many times I pulled up maps, saw where I was using landmarks and streets, where I needed to go, and exited the map before it got a lock. Other times it would lock within a few seconds, very tempermental.

The phone is still officially running FroYo, and was released on Eclair. AT&T is not known for fast updates to Android phones and the Captivate is the poster child for this concern. If you are adventurous you can find community support for this device, and run Gingerbread or even ICS on this phone today. The hardware is still fast and great, but not bleeding edge today like it was a year ago.

The Galaxy S II (i777) is a very worthy sequel to this phone. If a phone was to be the Captivate 2, that;s the one. The Captivate Glide seems to be a in-between upgrade. The Captivate is still a great phone to get, and if you are ready to leave yours behind look to the Galaxy S II to be everything good about the Captivate made better, and the short comings corrected (I'm looking at you GPS).

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  • Design 8
  • Display 8
  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 9
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 6
  • Ecosystem 7
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