Review: Samsung Captivate
The Captivate, like all its Galaxy S brothers, runs TouchWiz 3.0 on top of Android 2.1. TouchWiz 3.0 is leagues better than 2.0 was, but I still find it pointless and somewhat annoying.
First problem? The home screen. There are seven of them, each customizable, but only to a degree. Along the bottom of all seven home screens are four permanent app icons. They are Phone, Email, Browser, Main Menu. These four icons can only be changed when the main menu itself is set to "customizable." It's awkward and difficult to find. Adjusting these apps should be much easier.
Beyond that, the main menu looks different when compared to other Android handsets. Rather than a long, vertical menu, it is split into pages. Each menu page holds 16 apps (plus the four permanent icons). There are three such menu pages when you get the Captivate out of the box. The number of pages will grow as you add more apps. You swipe from side to side to access the different pages.
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The main menu can be viewed in an alphabetical grid (stock), a customizable grid, or in an alphabetical list. The list is pointless to use, if you ask me, because the icons are so huge and the number of applications so vast that you'll scroll forever to find what you want. The customizable grid at least allows you to put apps where you want to. The process is identical to the way apps are rearranged in iOS. Copy much, Samsung?
My last complaint is that the icons in the main menu are all placed on dippy-looking colored tiles that look exactly like iPhone apps. The effect is this rainbow-smattered menu that is just too happy and cheerful for my tastes.
Samsung has also added some action tools to the drop-down notification shade. When you pull the shade down, you'll see controls to turn Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on/off, and set the Captivate to silent or vibrate. It's nice that Samsung buried them in the drop-down notification shade rather than take up screen real estate with them.
The rest of the menus for the settings and individual applications are exactly as on any other Android 2.1 device.
Performance (read: speed) is impressive all around. All applications open in an instant, and respond immediately to controls. The 1GHz "Hummingbird" processor that Samsung created for the Galaxy S line does a good job of giving the Captivate the oomph it needs.
Hands-on with the new Samsung Galaxy S series phone, including the Captivate for AT&T, Fascinate for Verizon, Epic 4G for Sprint, and Vibrant for T-Mobile.
Jun 17, 2010
AT&T and Samsung today announced that AT&T will soon be offering the Galaxy S Captivate Android phone. The Captivate has a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor made by Samsung inside, which Samsung claims is ideal for 3D graphics and 3D sound.
Jan 10, 2012
Samsung recently announced the availability of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the Captivate smartphone. Installing the new system software requires the use of Kies Mini and a computer.
Aug 2, 2011
The U.S. International Trade Commission today voted in favor of investigating Apple's patent and design complaints made against Samsung.
Jul 25, 2011
AT&T today announced that all of the Android handsets it has released in 2011 will receive the Android 2.3 Gingerbread system update. The Motorola Atrix 4G will receive Gingerbread starting today, and the HTC Inspire 4G will have access to Gingerbread in the coming weeks.