Review: Samsung Captivate
The Captivate is one of the first phones to ship with Bluetooth 3.0+HS. Bluetooth 3.0+HS is supposed to allow devices to pair and connect via Bluetooth, and then establish a Wi-Fi link between them for faster file sharing. It took some time, but eventually I got it working. Using just regular Bluetooth, I sent a 6MB MP3 file from the Captivate to the Vibrant. It took just over one minute. I then turned on the Wi-Fi for both devices and sent a different 6MB file. This time, the transfer took 5 seconds. I think I am going to like Bluetooth 3.0+HS very much.
It also supports regular pairing with mono and stereo Bluetooth headsets. This feature functions perfectly well. Call quality was good through mono headsets and stereo music playback was OK, but not stellar. I was able to pair it with several PCs, and pass image files back and forth without too much trouble.
As with many Android phones, the time is displayed in a large digital read-out when the screen is woken up. Pressing any button wakes the screen, and you can easily read the time from an arm's length away.
The Captivate comes with both Google Maps and AT&T Navigator. Google Maps is free, and at this point is a known entity. It offers simple-to-use features, free turn-by-turn navigation, and generally works well. AT&T's Navigator software commands a monthly fee, and does the same things. Since to me there's no real advantage to either, you may as well stick with the free Google Maps. If you find it isn't enough, you can always try AT&T's software.
The Galaxy S line of phones will all come with Samsung's MediaHub software on board. This piece of software is a place for users to search for, buy and download content, such as music and movies. The service isn't up and running yet, so I couldn't test it. Samsung couldn't say if/when it would go live for U.S. customers.
Out of the box, the Vibrant runs Swype's predictive text entry software. After many trials and tribulations, I've decided it's just not for me. Thankfully, you can go with either the stock Android keyboard or the Samsung keyboard. Both are decent alternatives. Swype, though, might work well for many users.
The Captivate comes with AT&T's Mobile Video service as well as MobiTV on board. AT&T's Mobile Video lets users access free streaming video clips. Quality was terrible. Stuttery, heavily pixelated, and off-beat sound. MobiTV requires a subscription. In the trial that I ran, quality was better than AT&T Mobile Video, but it was still garbage.
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.