"Good Phone except for random call outs & AT&T crapware."3.0 starson by acr1965
Pros: Sleek design. Lots of features and pretty fast.
Cons: The biggest problem was the call out without warning from the phone. Also the AT&T crapware is just ridiculously stubborn and has serious privacy concerns.
Summary: I previously had a BlackBerry and figured the physical keypad was the one drawback to the Captivate. I was right at first as the touch screen takes a while to get used to. After getting comfortable with the touch screen I noticed my phone had a few problems.As an update, I was finally able to figure out a way to have the Write and Go app sign out of Facebook- that was to go to my phone's privacy settings and hit reset. That wiped all my data and downloaded apps. But it was the only way to get rid of the stalker app : Write and Go needs to, well, just go.
The first problem was when I set my phone down (ie on a table) it would call someone from my contact list without warning. Oddly, the calls seemed to go only to people who had a fax number in their profile. After about 10 of these mishaps (three during the last day) I returned my phone. It was replaced and the new phone has not placed any random calls.
The other problem with this phone includes the AT&T apps installed. For instance, I tried to use the Write and Go app. It required me to sign into Facebook, which I did. And the app posted to my status on Facebook as advertised. Ok, great. Then I tried to sign the app out of my Facebook. No go. Nowhere to sign out, actually. I edited my Facebook page and got rid of all connections. I figured I would just try to post again from Write and Go and deny the connection when Facebook prompted me. But- no prompt from Facebook and the new status was posted directly from Write and Go to Facebook.
I thought there must be something wrong with the Write and Go app so I investigated some on the web. Complaints were all over but there seems to be no way to disconnect from Facebook. So next I decided to just change my Facebook password. That would surely work. I changed my password and noticed that Wrote and Go gave an "expired" message regarding its Facebook connection. Great. But I still wanted Facebook updates on my phone and realized I needed to change my password on my Facebook app (the FB app that came with the phone, thanks to AT&T). I change my password on the Facebook app and sign in, no problems. All done and ready to put the oddity of the Write and Go app behind me.
Wrong. I decided to check and see if the Write and Go app was connected to my Facebook page- earlier I noticed the "expired" message. I go to Write and Go and write a brief message and then click to have it added to my Facebook page. Then I check my facebook page (from another computer) and wham! Right there is the updated message from Write and Go. The Write and Go app was able to somehow filter through the Facebook app and determine my NEW password and then paste a message directly on my Facebook status. Amazing.
Remember, it originally needed my password to sign in to Facebook. But apparently signing in to Facebook with Write and Go gives the app unfettered authority to my Facebook account. It is able to decipher new/changed passwords, log into Facebook without Facebook giving me notice, paste to my status messages and the app still offers NO WAY TO DISCONNECT OR SIGN OUT OF FACEBOOK.
This is why people turn to root. I hope someone tries out the Write and Go app and makes some sort of report as to what it does. That way people will know to NEVER sign in to this app.
Updated on Jan 8, 2011