Samsung Captivate

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Reviewed by photograph (Currently owns)

This is a great cell phone. I got this in July of 2010 (when it first came out) and have loved it ever since. Even though it's older, it's still a penny on AT&T, and that price might compel people to get this phone. But is the phone any good? Read on.

The display is GORGEOUS. Colors are vibrant, blacks are deep, I was very surprised when Samsung came out with an even better display!

This phone runs Android 2.2 (which I am not crazy about.) A problem with this phone is that it's still stuck on Android 2.2 even though most of the Captivate's competitors are up to 2.3.

The cameras are great, but the phone feels a little sluggish even with its 1GHz processor. Getting to different home screens produces a little lag and a lot of the time it takes about 10 seconds to exit an application.

You can download applications from the Android Market as usual, but you CANNOT download applications from a different source unless you root or flash a custom ROM. Of course, you will find the typical AT&T bloatware like FamilyMap, Music, Navigation and more. You also can't remove that also, but the app "YPMobile" is a good app that I actually use once in a while.

The battery lasts about a day with light use, but if you use it more the battery will go down faster. So, if you're looking for something with an amazing battery, this is NOT the phone for you.

Call quality is alright. On my end of the phone it sounds normal, with a few chips. On the other end it's the same. So I'd probably say, while it's not the worst, it's not the best. Reception is good, but do NOT hold the phone in your right hand without a case - because this phone also has the death grip.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely not. There are newer (and better) options on AT&T's lineup to make you happy, or you can get a phone on a different carrier.

Thanks for reading my review!

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  • Design 7
  • Display 9
  • Camera(s) 8
  • Reception / call quality 7
  • Performance 6
  • Software 6
  • Battery life 5
  • Ecosystem 5
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