Review: Samsung Captivate
The Captivate is no doubt the best Android handset available from AT&T. It beats the Aria and Backflip hands down on many levels. It easily offers one of the best displays available in AT&T's entire offering. Some may not like the large size of the device (a result of the large display), and those people could be happy with the smaller Aria.
The media performance of the Captivate is above par for Android devices. Additions to the music player software are welcome and appreciated. The camera software is more advanced, and happens to take great pictures, too. Even video captured with the Captivate is good.
Browsing is decent, calls are decent, battery life is outstanding. Those are all things to like.
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My complaints are mostly with the menu system, and the locked-down version of Android that comes with the Captivate. It simply isn't as flexible and customizable as many of the competing Android handsets (and I personally don't like the way it looks.) However, many people may have no problem with it.
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Jul 25, 2011
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