Samsung Captivate

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Samsung Galaxy S review shootout: Captivate for AT&T and Vibrant for T-Mobile

Summary

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Pros
  • Amazing displayThin and sexySwype included, works well
Cons
  • Typical AT&T gimpingSeems slow considering processorQuestionable battery life
Samsung Galaxy S review shootout: Captivate for AT&T and Vibrant for T-Mobile

We've got to hand it to Samsung with its Galaxy S line. Coordinating the launch of a single family of devices across all four national US carriers (plus a regional or two) is a feat very rarely accomplished, and usually reserved for really unique handsets that those carriers wouldn't be able to effectively source from anyone else; HTC's Touch Pro2 is a prime example of that. Add to that the murky issue of exclusivity periods... and, well, yeah, Samsung definitely has reason to be proud here -- on the business end of things, anyway. Never mind the awesome contractual maneuvering that undoubtedly took place to make this all happen, though -- we all know that it's the hardware (and software) that really counts. Today we're looking at the first two models of the American run, the Captivate for AT&T and the Vibrant for T-Mobile; Verizon's Fascinate and Sprint's QWERTY- and WiMAX-equipped Epic 4G are still forthcoming, though we expect the Fascinate to be largely similar to these first two.

Beyond their simple appeal as sexy, high-end Android phones, what makes the Captivate and Vibrant especially interesting is that they are actually their respective carriers' only high-end Android phones at the moment. In other words: if 1GHz processors and high-res AMOLED displays are how you roll, these are basically the only game in town if you're on AT&T or T-Mobile -- particularly now that Nexus One sales are winding down. Do they rise to the challenge? Let's have a look.

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Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.3
Display
9.3
Battery life
8.0
Camera
7.0
Ease of use
7.3
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Specs

Captivate

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
2 GB
Screen size
4 inches
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Specs

Captivate

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
2 GB
Screen size
4 inches
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