"AT&T's best android phone to date. great iphone alt."4.5 starson by nyjd1339
Pros: AMOLED screen, thin profile, pocketable, media friendly, fast, Android 2.2 compatible, nice alternative to iPhone, best AT&T Android device
Cons: no flash (!!!), battery life, Touch Wiz could be better, apps cannot be sideloaded
Summary: Summary: This definitely the best Android phone available for AT&T, so if you are looking for an iPhone alternative this is the best one they have to offer.
Design and Hardware:
Many people have described the Captivate?s design as lackluster especially when compared to it siblings such as the Vibrant. I must admit though, personally, I like the design of the Captivate better. Although its edges are sharper and more box like, I think the phone has more of manly look and it looks nicer in person. It measures 4.18 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide by .39 inches deep. It weighs 4.5 ounces which is a bit more then the Vibrant which weighs 4.16 ounces. We prefer this extra weight as it makes the phone feel much sturdier than the Vibrant. Overall the phone is just a bit bigger than the iPhone 4, but much smaller then phones such as the EVO 4G, Droid X, or HD2, so it?s relatively pocket friendly.
Software and Features:
The Captivate runs Android 2.1 skinned with Samsung?s TouchWiz 3.0 interface. We must admit we have not been fans of the Touch Wiz interface in the past and often found it clunky and useless in comparison to HTC?s Sense UI. However 3.0 brings some great improvements to the interface, but it is still no match for Sense. Samsung has added some new widgets such as Feeds and Updates which streams updates from all of the user?s social-networking sites. The feature allows lists to be updated up to every 30 minutes, but it may be wise to lengthen the refresh rate in order to conserve battery.
The 5-MP camera on the Captivate is a mixed bag. If used outside or in great lighting conditions it produces fantastic pictures such as the one below on the left. This picture could easily pass of as a photo taken with a point-and-shoot camera. If the lighting conditions were poor the pictures were not very good to say the least (picture on the right). Why there is no flash on this phone is puzzling. On the upside, the features available when taking pictures are great. They include: auto focus, white balance, ISO, and scence modes, effects, and adjustable exposure.
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