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Samsung Galaxy S Captivate
 

Samsung Galaxy S Captivate

Platform: Wireless Devices
Category: Cell Phones
 
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Author: Murray G

I’ve been waiting to get my hands on a Samsung Galaxy S Captivate for awhile. Sleek and slender with a killer screen, the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate is one heck of a smartphone. As a social networking tool and a video platform it's second to none.

As android phones go it’s hard to find one that’s better than the Captivate. Powered by Android 2.2 the Captivate comes with an impressive array of features.

4” Super AMOLED Screen - offering HD graphics
1 GHz processor- Pretty fast for a hand held
Social Hub- Syncing facebook, twitter, myspace, email, contacts and messages
Android 2.2
Android Market
Kies- Samsung's application software for connecting Captivate to PC
SWYPE texting- Increases text input speed

The phone is slightly larger than the iPhone but lighter due to its plastic case. The screen is 4 inches wide with an 800 x 480 screen resolution. I found the colours to be richer on the Captivate than my iPhone 3gs. While outdoors i found reading text on the Captivate relatively easy and the extra ½ inch screen size added some extra space space for text.

Even though it was a little longer than my iPhone it felt comfortable in my hands and was very light. It only weighs 125 grams. Not sure how it would handle the accidental drop test, one that my iPhone has passed on numerous occasions. Just remember it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” you drop, kick or knock your mobile phone. Please get back to me with your “drop” stories I would love to hear how the Captivate did.

The back lit touch controls on the bottom of the Captivate have a bad habit of turning off relatively quickly. I found this very annoying as I was constantly re-touching. I’m hoping this could be fixed with a software update. I’m sure others will disagree and say once you get used to it, it becomes natural. But for me it would be nice if they stayed lit a little longer.

It comes with a 5 megapixel camera with a 4x zoom. The lens is on the back panel. Since it’s being promoted as a social media tool the Captivate really needs to have the camera situated screen side. Hopefully this will be addressed for the 4G version.

As a social networking tool the Captivate really outshines its iPhone cousin. The Captivate comes loaded with Samsung's Social Hub software. This allows users to sync up Facebook, Twitter and MySpace accounts. For those social mavens out there this is a handy feature and will save you lots of time as you don’t have to jump back and forth between your favorite social networking sites.

Kies

Kies is the Captivate's syncing and device managing software. It allows you to add, remove, back-up and sync your PC with the Captivate. It’s not rocket science and very easy to use. If you can use MS Explorer you can use Kies and yes it syncs with Outlook.

Battery

I’ve never seen a piece of electronic equipment that actually lives up to its reported battery life. Reality is the more you use it the more you drain your batteries. Count on cutting the life in half if you spend a lot of time on your phone and using many of its features. This is true for any device so don’t let anyone fool you by saying ours lasts longer than anyone else. Side-by-side they all perform pretty much the same.

Web Surfing

I was a little disappointed with the Captivate's web surfing capabilities. I found it to be slower than my iPhone. I’m hoping this can be addressed with a software update. You would think with Android and Google being so closely aligned that they would have a superior web browser. Unfortunately that is not the case.

Camera

This is one area that even though i was disappointed with its performance it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. I’ve always viewed a digital camera in a Smartphone or cell phone as a novelty. They’re great for getting candid shots, but if you want to preserve special memories like birthdays, family get togethers, travel shots etc...nothing beats a digital camera.

I found the Captivate's camera images to be washed out and very underwhelming. Remember though, IMHO smartphone cameras are what they are. Great ways to capture spur of the moment shots.

Phone

The phone functioned well and I could hear all conversations well. Even in noisy environments like Costco. Pairing with my Uniden Bluetooth headset was relatively easy and painless. No complaints here — voice audio was clear and crisp.


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