"Fast, powerful, *great* screen, fun and easy to use"4.0 starson by okmft
Pros: Absolutely beautiful screen
Smooth (Touchwiz) interface
Camera works great and takes clear pictures
Solid build, yet very light and pocketable
Battery life is comparable with other smartphones including iPhone 4 (which I returned and got Captivate)
Cons: GPS had slow signal acquisition at times, even with clear view of sky
Problems syncing with MS Vista (looped into MTP mode when connected to PC)
Can't see buttons unless screen is active
AT&T duplicates stock Android apps with their own useless apps
Summary: I stood in line and got an iPhone 4, returned it for obvious reasons (as well as a desire to use Google Voice in an integrated manner), and now am the satisfied owner of the Samsung Captivate. Overall, this is a very nice device and I am extremely pleased. Calls are clear, speaker is loud, lots of care has been taken to make this device and interface really great.The weak GPS is a deal-breaker, and I will have to return the device if no solution is forthcoming. I have tried all the tweaks on the forums, and finally got fairly strong GPS speed and performance late this evening (until I plugged in my AT&T car charger, when the signal would disappear again). I will keep experimenting until I either get consistently great GPS performance, or until I return the device.
This is coming from someone who has owned many incarnations of PDA and smartphone from the original Palm devices, WinMo devices, and every version of iPhone including 4 (although this is my first Android device). The Samsung Captivate is light, fast, and beautiful,and I am happy to recommend this device for anyone who has a clue on how to use a smartphone, as this powerful hardware + Android 2.1 = lots of power and customization.
I would still recommend the iPhone 4 (or 3Gs) for someone who is not as "tech" oriented, as the Captivate occasionally slowed down if I didn't manage background tasks myself with "ATK;" until I cleared out unneeded widgets and tweaked settings, there were occasional stutters and button feedback lags (but I don't let stuff run willy-nilly and unchecked on my PC either, so I have no problem monitoring this myself).
So yes, I am very glad I sweet-talked that AT&T employee into selling me one of these on Friday. This phone may not yet be as famous or coveted as the iPhone, but I wonder if there will be a quiet revolution of these Galaxy S phones (since this series is now available on all major US carriers, and throughout the world). This is a very powerful phone, is fun to use, and can make and receive calls no matter how I hold it.
Updated on Jul 24, 2010