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We received from Samsung the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S Phone the Samsung Captivate. The Samsung Galaxy S will be available in the rest of the world as the Galaxy S and in the United States with AT&T as the Samsung Captivate, T-Mobile as the Samsung Vibrant, Verizon as the Samsung Facinate and with Sprint as the Samsung Epic 4G.

All the Samsung Galaxy S devices have different look and features. The CDMA devices (Verizon and Sprint) have a slide out landscape keyboard for example.

Out of the Box

My first impression out of the box was the sleek design and the total black screen while the device is turned off or in sleep mode. With other phone you still can see the different black color of the device and the screen, but with the Samsung Captivate it is a nice real black color. However while you are working on your device the 4 home buttons light up for a while but the back light will disappear until you touch one of these buttons again. Being so black you have to look really good which button you want to touch. Compared to the other phones below this device is much lighter.

When turning on the device you can see that the Super AMOLED 4 inch touchscreen is very vibrant in colors. Definitely Eye Candy.

Included in the box are:

  • Quick Start Guide
  • Headset
  • USB to Micro USB charging Cable
  • USB to power outlet plug
  • extra warning information

On the front of the device you have the following buttons which are the standard  with all the Google Android Phones. The Samsung Captivate runs on the Google Android Platform 2.1.

These buttons are the from left to right: – Menu – Home -Back – Search

The following buttons and functions are located on the rest of the phone.

On the Top part of the Samsung Captivate you have the 3.5 mm headphone port and the Micro USB connector port that is covered with a sliding cover. Really cool.

On the right side of the device while looking at it you have only power button which allows you to turn on and off your phone with a long press of the button, while turning off  with the long press you actually get two other options besides power off: Silent Mode and Flight Mode. The Short press of the power button turn on or off your screen to conserve battery power.

On the left side of the device while facing the front you will have your volume control. You can press up or down to control your volume output.

The bottom of the device you will see a pinhole which is your microphone.

And on the back side of your phone you have your battery cover and 5 Megapixel camera lens.

Under battery cover is the space for of course your 1500 mAh Battery, sim card and your micro sd card to expand your memory. The battery cover opens up by actually sliding down the piece below the battery cover.

User Experience

The video below gives you a good indication how I feel about this amazing Samsung Galaxy S Device. The colors are so vibrant. The added Samsung Widgets are really useful.  Samsung always had great camera’s on their devices and this one is no exception.

The slide to unlock feature on the lock screen is very handy for everyone You can slide the screen in almost any direction to unlock your phone. Another great feature is the slide motion on a contact to quickly text or call that contact.

The Notification Bar has standard build in the most important connectivity quick buttons like WiFi, Bluetooth Silent and Vibration Profile. (see video)

The standard keyboard has a great accuracy and touch feedback. You can switch keyboards and get the great Swype keyboard as well.

The phone has seven home screens and are very customizable. The middle home screen has four fixed icons on the bottom:  -Phone- Corporate E-mail – Browser -Applications. I still have to see if you can change fixed icons around.

Technical Specifications

  • Frequency: Quad-Band: EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHZ Tri-Band: UMTS 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • Dimensions : 4.18″ x 2.5″ x 0.39″
  • Weight: about 4.5 Ounces
  • Display: 4 inches WVGA 480 x 800 pixels Super AMOLED
  • Charging Time: Up to 5 Hours
  • Battery: 1500 maH
  • Talk Time: up to 5 hours 50 minutes
  • Standby Time: up to 300 hours
  • Internal Memory: 16GB ROM/ 512 MB Ram
  • Expandable Memory: 32 GB
  • Processor speed: 1 GHz
  • WiFi B/G/N
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 5 megapixel camra
  • Super AMOLED Touchscreen with 4 inch display
  • HD Video
  • Social Media Networking integration
  • Android 2.1

Conclusion

Samsung did a great job with the Galaxy S device.  The Super AMOLED 4 inch screen is eye candy. The User Interface is attractive and the added functionalities of the Samsung widgets makes it even more so attractive. The device is bigger compared to the Apple iPhone 4 but is lighter in your pockets. My only negative point as I pointed out in the video is the that the reaction of switching screen is slow using the buttons on the front of the device. The touch feedback is fast, but a delay in visual.

We haven’t seen any official pricing or release date yet on the Samsung Captivate but you can sign up to receive updates from AT&T here. But it looks like the phone will cost $199.99 with a 2 year contract and a minimum $15 data plan.

Update: We now also have an unboxing review of the Samsung Vibrant from T-Mobile another Samsung Galaxy S Phone

Is this Galaxy S phone not available with your provider then check out all the Samsung Galaxy S Phones on the special Samsung Galaxy S site. On this site they are all listed based on the  mobile providers in the US.

 
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pretty happy with my captivate. great phone, fast processor, screen is easy to navigate. my new unlocked cell phones are pretty nice. the games and facebook keep me busy when i’m bored and the camera helps me keep in contact with my family during trips. much better than my old unlocked nokia phones they didn’t even half a video recorder. the wifi and gps are very practical for my business they help me get around town and set up apts for my clients. the web browser is really easy to ge around and it plays the video’s pretty seamlessly. also got my htc unlock codes and samsung unlock codes free so that was nice! got my last couple unlocked cheap phones at unlockthatphone.com very satisfied with my new captives. 2 thumbs up

Good device all around. Nice look and has a great feeling. The only thing I didn’t like was the apps like facebook… I can’t upload pics, cant comment on pics sometimes and cant go to my profile, just the news feed. I also saw that the apps didnt have variety.

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