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Samsung Captivate

Samsung Captivate

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80
ilyidella
Great phone, over-all. I wish I never would have let it go. I just didn't like...read more
60
laforge2001
I've had this Samsung Captivate for a few years now. The thing I like most...read more
50
mm2
No idea why anyone would want this when you could get the Nexus One. At least...read more
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80
ilyidella
10.28.12
Great phone, over-all. I wish I never would have let it go. I just didn't like AT&T's cell phone service.
 
60
laforge2001
09.11.12
I've had this Samsung Captivate for a few years now. The thing I like most about it is its display. As old as it is now, compared to newer phones these days, the blacks are truly black and the colors really pop on its Super Amoled screen. In fact, I often find myself preferring this screen over my wife's Iphone 4S.However, like most Galaxy S models, the GPS on this thing is truly pitiful and totally makes the navigation completely useless. If you want a GPS in your phone, I would strongly advise looking elsewhere. Also, Samsung's TouchWiz has a few constantly running processes in the background (I'm looking at you "MediaHub") which takes up precious amounts of the phone's 512MB memory.The camera is very good when used in well-lit areas, but low-light situations produce grainy, pixellated abominations. Also the phone's smooth plastic borders and its gunmetal case are very appealing but are not very conducive to a good grip. I'm on my second captivate now because I did not have the good sense to buy a nice grip-friendly casing for the first one (that I dropped and broke). I didn't want to hide that gorgeous metal backing, but, in the end, my hands didn't agree with it.All in all, it is still a solid Android device but I would have loved to have more memory and a more rubberized backing to it. If you get this phone, do yourself a favor and learn to root it and install a different launcher. It will unlock more of the potential of this, otherwise, solid phone.
 
50
mm2
07.25.12
No idea why anyone would want this when you could get the Nexus One. At least it let to the S II which was a good phone.
 
70
eimaanmalik
07.14.12
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
70
iphone22
07.06.12
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
60
ragg1234
07.03.12
Overall the worst android phone in the market, the battery life sucks, always had issues and my carrier changed this particular phone for me about 3 times in a span of 1 year, how good is that samsung? Only good thing is its display apart from that the phone is not capable of handling high def videos and more user responsive apps.!
 
80
travtrev
04.01.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
jwooS
01.18.12
During a call, my friends told me they feel like they are with me..Your friends can hear all the noise that surrounds you.GPS sucks.Battery life sucks.Except those, this phone is great!
 
70
k0ntaKt
12.17.11
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
20
gtrich
11.18.11
This phone is way to slow to be any good.