Review: Samsung Captivate
The Captivate supports most forms of messaging you expect to find on a device such as this. There is the native Android Gmail app, of course, and thankfully Samsung hasn't done anything to alter or improve it.
There is also a separate email account for POP3/IMAP4. I couldn't get it to work at all. I tried a handful of POP3 accounts, and none of them were ever able to authenticate. I have followed up with Samsung about this issue and am still awaiting a response.
SMS/MMS is supported in the "Messaging" application. This app works well. It offers threaded conversations, and if your SMS conversations are with Facebook friend, you automatically see their profile picture next to each message. (Also true if you've set up a picture ID.)
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The Captivate also has instant messaging on board. Google Talk is a separate application and is the native Android app. Samsung hasn't modded it. If you want to use AIM, Windows Live, or Yahoo IM, you have to use the AT&T-branded messaging application. It works the same as it does on AT&T feature phones. I have no complaints with this app, but it could use a refresh. It hasn't been changed in what feels like years.
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.