Samsung Captivate (a.k.a. Galaxy S)
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I got a Captivate the week it came out, and do not regret it 1 bit. I love it. The responsiveness and speed, the screen size (great for VNC but not too big), brightness, and overall display abilities, the size of the overall phone is perfect. There are only 3 cons in my book, 1 the GPS, really buggy and slow to respond, 2, the preloaded apps starting up, and no removing them from the home pages does not seem to stop that (all android phones seem to have this problem anymore), and 3 the no Froyo yet. Even my roommate with a 4th Gen iPhone loves it.
Had it for like 3 weeks now and I like it, you can find an app for anything useful. Screen is awesome, battery lasts long, customizable. I't too big to hold in your hand, because it's too shiny, but I love the 4" screen! The keyboard sucks, but you can get or buy a better one, Swype is good. Yeah, flash would be good, definitely. Waiting for Froyo! Bad part is that now Google has all my information, I mean ALL the information.
I seem to have managed to avoid any kind of portable communications device. I feel somewhat proud of this because I see all these people who are connect via a ball and chain, to the point where they text while walking and driving bumping into everything in the way because their attention is distracted. I keep my computer at home and do not MASTURBATE in public like all these other people do...
I have a Captivate, and can say overall I am impressed. Most rumor on feel, no frontface camera, etc. When I let others use it they are impressed with the feel. "It's so light, and has such a large screen", is what I usually hear. Personally I don't care for front facing camera. I will admit this is not an iPhone killer, but the excellent processor and graphics chip makes for an impressive phone overall. (iDon't care for an iPhone personally.) Captivate is one of a series of 4 phones in the Galaxy S lineup (allmajor carriers will have thier version). The most anticitaped will be from Sprint (Epic) which will have front facing camera and sliding keyboard. The Galaxy S phones will be even better once they release the Froyo update. Cons: GPS is very buggy (needs firmware fix); really needs Froyo update to allow the Hummingbird processor to show its stuff; ATT blocks side load capabilities (makes techies like myself pretty upset); exchange client is sub par (Use Touchdown or another 3rd party app) Sent from my Samsung Captivate ;-)
Definitely use Touchdown, the default email has a tough time connecting to older Exchange Servers. Touchdown is very nice, with a few updates it will be the best out there. They say Froyo will be out for the Captivate soon, right now the benchmarks for the App process is slow, but once 2.2 is available it suppose to scream. The GPU is the best on the market and the screen is unbelievable. YouTube on high Def is just amazing. It has a 720p video capture and 5mp camera. Its missing a flash is probably the only complaint I have heard. If you want a high quality camera in your phone this may not be the right one for you, but if you want an amazing phone its great. AT&T does block some apps if they are not on the Market, but honestly I haven't found an app I want that I can't ge there. You can root the phone and install anything you want but that puts updates at risk. Even if you get an update you will have to re-root it. All-in-all this may be the best phone out there
Side loading is easy... I've rooted my phone and use an app called androidcentral to side-load. You can also just remove the SIM card I've heard. Not sure about the specifics but there are multiple methods to side-load apps that aren't on the market. My only complaint is that the GPS is wonky. I found a supposed fix the other day (copied / pasted below). Give it a try and see if it improves you situation. It's helped me a little I think. First way to fix it is (tends to be most successful and quickest GPS lock): -Disable ?use wireless networks? under settings, location and security -Got into LbsTestMode (*#*#1472365#*#*) -Go to Application Settings -Enable MS-Based Mode -Increase Accuracy to 100 Leave everything else as it. Return to the main LbsTestMode menu -Go to SUPL/CP Settings -Select the Serve FQDN Type drop down menu -Tap auto config -Exit dialer and reboot your Vibrant a couple of times to make sure the settings take Second way (not as quick in locking in location as the first method): -Disable ?use wireless networks? under settings, location and security -Dial *#*#1472365#*#* -Under SUPL/CP Settings, change the SERVER & PORT to supl.google.com and port 7276 (make sure that you do not input the ?www.? in front of the supl) -Reboot -Turn back on the ?use wireless networks? option The third way to try and fix the GPS issue: -Dial *#*#1472365#*#* -Go outside to get an unimpeded GPS fix -Tap the ?delete GPS data? button -Tap the ?get position test? button and let it run for about 3 minutes or until you have 10-12 satellites locked on your position and back out.
I just bought it a couple of days ago. Glad to hear something good about the device, before I even got it!
AT&T carries the Captivate, but it?s just their version of the Samsung Galaxy S. All four major carriers have a version of the Galaxy S. My boss got one from T-Mobile, just a different name and a little different casing (it was more like an iPhone It is very nice; I bought one and have been a BlackBerry bigot for a long time. Once I get use to the screen typing I will love it. Samsung has always put out quality, that was the main reason I got it instead of a HTC which some people have had problems with the hardware. Quality seems to be very nice and the back is metal, which connects to the antenna which in theory gives it better reception. It's different from the EVO and X in that its very thin. Another advantage is that it fits in your top pocket of your shirt, the others are a little to big for that.
USCellular is also getting a Galaxy S expected in October. It would be the most affordable way to get this phone, and may not be as locked down as ATT reportedly does to their Android models.
I have been reading that this has a decidedly cheap feel to it compared to the EVO. Very plasticity like the Pre. Nevertheless I am lusting after the physical keyboard as I make many mistakes on my EVO and it gets annoying. Anyway, in 6 months they'll have dual core phones on smaller dies and faster GPUs that will make all these new phones look like dogs. New today, crap tomorrow!
I have owned this since May and have no regrets at all. One of the best Androids phone in the market now....