Pros I love the web browser and the ability to get on the internet. Surfing the internet with a handheld has never been so easy.
Cons Battery went from full charge to 0 charge in 6 hours with only 16 minutes of actual use. Email apps couldn't connect to my yahoo account. Contact with my face would mute the phone while I was talking. Requires 2 hands to use effectively.
Summary I was so excited when I got this thing. I thought it would simplify everything I needed to accomplish mobile-ly. Instead, it has been nothing but a head ache and hassle, and as far as I can tell, is working as intended.
The first thing I hated was the virtual impossibility of importing my contacts from my Blackberry. I have over 500 phone numbers saved on my PC, which my Blackberry updates every time I plug it into the USB. I was under the noob impression that it would be simple to transfer these contacts to this Captivate Contraption. I was so wrong. I ended up having to go through all my contacts on my Blackberry and save each individual one to my SIM card so I could transfer it. AWESOME!
Next I wanted to use the 17gigs of memory to store about 100megs of MP3s... Also impossible. Once you plug this thing into your PC, you can't enter any commands, and my PC was unable to locate any drivers or recognize this as a mass storage device.
I left home this morning with a full battery after having charged it all night. 6 hours later the battery was dead. I used the captivate for 2 phone calls totally 16 minutes, and for GPS purposes for 38 minutes (18 of those minutes it didn't have a GPS signal, I guess I was too far away from the satellite).
I'm used to getting my emails immediately and with no problems on my 2 year old Blackberry Pearl. I'm used to being able to answer the phone with one hand while I'm driving. I'm obviously way too old and senile to use such a technical device.
It was very easy to download apps... however the Yahoo Mail App I download failed to appear in the Applications listings for 2 days after I downloaded it.
I would highly prefer something older and easier to use.
Pros Best hardware, fast CPU
Very comfortable in the arm
Cons Frequent lags (Samsung put proprietary and slow file system on Android, instead of proven free EXT2/EXT4).
GPS is very slow to acquire position and can be very inaccurate.
The phone will drive you mad with many bugs and slow performance.
Summary If you feel geeky and want to spend couple days rooting the phone, searching forums and fixing Samsung's bugs - you can have a great phone (GPS fix, lagfix that replaces file system are must). If you just want phone that works - Samsung is not for you.
"Great phone, but"on by alexrg22
Pros Display, style, and functionality
Cons In order to get the basic functionality of an Iphone you have download several android apps
Summary Does everything an Iphone does and more except you have to download lots of apps to get it there. For example:
1. Must download K9 email client app because the software that comes with the phone does not check for email at the frequency selected. 2. Visual voicemail does not come with phone but you can download Google voice and get it for free. 3. Does not open PDF's without downlaoding the free Adobe reader app. 4. Does not open Microsoft word and excell attachments without downloading the free Quick Office app although once installed the app is awesome. 5. Does not read or import standard contact or VCF files without once again downlaoding a free app. 6. does not play .MOV video files without downloading a free app. Bottom line the phone eventually does evrything the Iphone does and more it just takes a little work and some patience. In summary I would definetly recommend this phone just make sure you download these apps right away so you don't get frustrated like I did.
Pros - Android system, so is infinitely customizeable
- Syncs automatically with my Google accounts
Cons - AT&T bloatware that cannot be removed
- Media Hub app part of bloatware that runs constantly and uses data - about 50 mb / month!
- Search button glitch
- Phone completely freezes up at inopportune times (ie in the middle of the night so my alarm ap
Summary First device I got had a glitch with the search button, sent it in to Samsung, after 10 days without a phone I got it back and said they fixed it, but it still had the same issue. Finally took it to the AT&T store and they just replaced it with a new one. Second device freezes about 4-5 times a week, and about half of those times I have to take the cover off, take out the battery and put it back in before I am able to do anything with the phone again. Samsung support is awful, I've waiting on hold for many hours trying to get issues resolved, and the solution is always to do a factory reset, and if that doesn't work, to send the phone from CA (where I live) to Texas (where Samsung support is). This results in a 10 day period with no phone, and no guarantee it will actually work properly when it comes back.
I will never buy a Samsung product again.
Pros - Screen is a beauty
Cons - GPS works intermittently.
- Wi-Fi connects intermittently
- Battery is horrible
- Phone hangs/reboots regularly.
Summary I have had this phone for almost a year now and I can't wait to trade it in for something that actually works.
Yes, it has a beautiful screen but that is where it ends.
Since the first day gps service is very intermittent. Sometimes it takes 5 minutes to find your location. Multiple times it just hung with some old location and would not move when you move. Only reboot helped.
Wi-fi is terrible. Sometimes it connects and sometimes and it does not connect. Sometime it loses connection with no apparent reason. Sometimes on wifi it connects and does not work, e.g. does not download the data. So I have disable wi-fi to go back to 3G.
Battery is terrible. For the first 6 months it was fine. Now 9 months into it - I charge it overnight. By late afternoon - it is on yellow. This is if I do not use it. If I have a couple of phone calls along the way - I need to charge urgently
Phone hands pretty often. Pulling out the battery works really well in this situation - that is the only solution I know of
Sometimes phone gets into continuous reboot mode, e.g. just keep rebooting itself. Pulling out the battery is the only solution again
When you are charging the phone make sure you unplug it in the right way. Do not click buttons while unplugging - it will hang. Pulling out the battery does the trick.
Extremely slow - not sure why it is so slow
Applications crashes - I am not even paying attention any more with all the other issues