"Very good Android phone, few issues to be aware of"4.0 starson by ZMilb43
Pros: -4" SAMOLED screen is bright, vivid, and beautiful
-1Ghz Hummingbird + 512MB ram = Very capable and snappy
-Solid Build quality
-VERY light and pocket-able for something with a screen this big
-Swype comes standard
Cons: -Full day on battery is a stretch
-GPS is awful
-Personally, I hate the feel of it with no case
-Random reboots occasionally
-Samsung does not update their products reliably
Summary: I've owned the Samsung Captivate for about three full months now. While the initial glee I had experienced using it has worn off, there is no denying it is a solid smartphone, and has been the top dog on AT&T from Androids side of the ring for about 9 months now (HTC Inspire and Motorola Atrix might have something to say about that now) There are a couple things you should be aware of before purchasing however, because some of its flaws that I consider "mildly annoying" could be seen as deal breakers to someone else.
Starting with the good, the 4" Super AMOLED screen is a sight to behold. Colors are over saturated, for sure, but to most people it just looks colorful and beautiful. And you can't beat the true blacks of SAMOLED. Some people report having issues seeing in direct sunlight, I however find that as long as the screen adjusts brightness automatically, there are no issues. Moving on, the phone has some beefy innards. Its now a generation behind the Tegra 2's and other dual core phones, but its still a properly quick phone. Outside of a couple games and benchmarks, the difference between single and dual cores probably will never even be noticeable. Have no complaints about the camera other than the obvious omission of an led flash. Its also a very well build phone, mine has taken its fair share of falls and is no worse for wear (I do have a case and screen protector on it). Lastly, the Captivate like all Galaxy S phones, is shockingly light when you first hold it. Interpret it as you will, I think it retains its quality feel despite the weight, and as such everything else feels heavy to me.
Now moving onto the stuff to be aware of. The battery is a 1500mAh L-ion, and while some more moderate users may not have issues, I do usually push the battery below 20% on a daily basis. Another thing, maybe the most glaring issue, is the fact that the GPS is terrible. Some people say their's work ok, I'm not so lucky. Mine just doesn't work, it takes 30-40 seconds to locate me when I'm outdoor and stationary, and regularly loses my signal if I move. IF GPS IS A MUST HAVE FEATURE FOR YOU, LOOK ELSEWHERE. On a lighter note, while the phone is solid, I really don't like the way the metallic back feels. Its very tacky, almost feels like its made of the same material as a chalkboard. I have a case on mine, so its irrelevant, but not my favorite feature. Another issue is occasional reboots, a known issue with Galaxy S phones. I only get maybe 3 a week, not a huge issue for me. Moving on, you need to know that these phones do not have very solid developer support when it comes to updates. Its debate-able as to who the fingers should be pointed at, but the bottom line is that the Captivate was supposed to get 2.2 last fall, its now February and we're still on 2.1. I don't really care that much about 2.2 at this point, but its worth noting. And finally, Samsung's Touch-Wiz interface sucks, plain and simple. Its slow, doesn't really offer any useful features, and tries too hard to copy the iPhone. Granted, its easy to root and install a different ROM, or do as I've done and just run a different launcher (LauncherPro). I know some people mind it less than I do, some actually like it, but not me. I will never use TouchWiz again.
So that in a nutshell is the Captivate. Its a great phone, marred by a couple issues that could be deal breakers depending on your needs. With the Atrix and Inspire 4G on AT&T now, I'm not sure I would buy another Captivate TODAY, but I don't regret my purchase and it was by far the best phone available AT THE TIME. Overall I give it a 4/5, Solid phone that I'm happy with.