18
Jul
AT&T Samsung Captivate Galaxy S Series Phone Now Available For $199.99

Today, right on schedule, AT&T has launched Samsung Captivate - a 2nd Galaxy S series phone incarnation in the US, 3 days after T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant. The phone is available for $199.99 on a contract and $499.99 without.

Specs

Let's recap Captivate's specs:

  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • a gorgeous 4" Super AMOLED
  • a 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording
  • 16GB internal storage
  • DLNA certified
  • comes with the Swype keyboard pre-installed
  • Android 2.1 Eclair
  • 4.5oz
  • 9.9mm
  • 1500mAh battery

Our Captivate Preview

Samsung was kind enough to send us a Captivate early - check out our AT&T’s Samsung Captivate Unboxing And Initial Hands-On! as well as a Surprise Unboxing Of The T-Mobile Vibrant + Plus A Short Hands-On And Captivate Comparison (Pics)

Root

Those of you interested in whether Captivate can be rooted or not will be pleased to know that the International Samsung Galaxy S Root Method Works On Vibrant/Captivate.

Loading non-Market Apps

As with all other AT&T Android phones, Captivate cannot load apps from outside the Android Market, so if you are tired of the apps in the market or the included SMS app that lets you walk and text, you are out of luck. Unless you root it, of course.

AT&T Captivate

Source: AT&T

Artem Russakovskii
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  • LinuxNewb

    A few things I dislike about this phone are:

    1.) No LED Flash (everyone's upset about it) but honestly... I don't use my camera enough to care.

    2.) No status LED's when you receive a text or have signal.

    3.) The home/search/more/return buttons are not sensitive at all and it seems like when I hit the home button I'm touching more to the left than the actual button.

    4.) The buttons from above dim after only a few seconds so it's a pain in the ass when texting and browsing sites at night. I hope there will be a way to extend the duration that they stay lit.

    Other than that I love this phone!! I use to have an iPhone and I'm much happier.

  • SirWally

    @LinuxNewb

    I agree about the capacitive buttons -- they take a little getting used to.

    I haven't taken enough pics in low-light to know if the lack of flash is a big deal. I gather that it can cope quite well without it, but we'll see. Honestly, though, if I wanted to take decent photos in low light I would just use my wife's camera :-) It does take nice pics and video, I might add.

    The lack of status LEDs kinda sucks, but I'll deal with it. I am sure an app will turn up (or I will make one) that will periodically vibrate just a little to let you know you have something pending. Or maybe illuminate/flash the capacitive buttons.

    Overall I LOVE the phone. Couldn't be much happier (unless the iPhone 4 IPS display was merged with the Super AMOLED ;-) Front facing camera would have been nice, but obviously not a deal breaker. I got the nifty rubberized Body Glove case to go with it -- no screen protectors as of yet. I may have to find some others that are large enough to cut to size.

    The headphones that come with it are quite nice, too. They are much louder than my beloved Sony of similar design. It's a shame they aren't a headset as well (at least they don't appear to be).

    As an aside, I gather there is a fix for decreased IO to the internal memory. It appears that the IO is much faster to the "external" Micro SD card. Weird.

    @Artem

    Do you have to root it in order to side-load apps via ADB? I haven't tried yet, but I will be rooting the phone anyway...

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Great idea about lighting up the buttons for notifications, wonder if that's possible given the current Android APIs.

      As far as side-loading apps, looks like you need to root, yeah. As far as the adb method, I'm sure as custom ROMs for Captivate start to pop up, you'll see the capability fully available from within Android.

      Oh, and I am pretty sure if you crossed Apple's display with Samsung's, you'd displace the time space continuum and destroy the universe due to unimaginable awesomeness.

      • SirWally

        LOL. I wouldn't want to disturb the STC :-)

    • LinuxNewb

      @SirWally - If theres a way you can write a little program to change the duration of the 4 led buttons id love you!! The lights barely stay lit for 4 seconds :(

      And one thing i really dislike about the Android OS is their "select text" feature. iOS is pretty good about that.

      PS They had screen protectors at the ATT store when I was there :)

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        What exactly don't you like about the "select text" functionality? I think it's great.

  • LinuxNewb

    Its nice to hold the 123 button to move around the cursor but with just selecting the word in iOS and expanding to wherever you want is much faster. Plus ive noticed problems (like in this text box) where the cursor doesnt move around properly.

    One other thing I'm not liking about the Captivate is the time it takes to charge the phone. Ive been plugged in for almost 3 hours to a power outlet and ive gone from 6% to 40%. Seems very slow to me

  • Joseph

    I really love this phone! I had the Blackberry bold, but I decided to upgrade to this phone and so far I'm super happy. No LED indicator hnm ya that really sucks but not a deal breaker!

  • chris

    What is surprising to me, the free app Meebo for aim, msn, yahoo etc doesn't have the ability to save conversations. Also there are no known apps that allow text to be selected from any window and copied.