With a 4" Super AMOLED touch screen, a 5 megapixel camera and 16 GB of storage, the Samsung Captivate offers the ultimate smartphone experience. Kevin Pereira and Chris Hardwick review the phone that runs on Android 2.1, offers thousands of apps and more, which retails for $60 with a contract.
What You Need To Know
- This is one of the sleekest smartphones on the market right now.
- It's amazingly thin at only 2/100th of an inch thicker than the iPhone 4.
- It feels really light at only 4.5 ounces.
- The 4" Super AMOLED screen looks spectacular.
- It isn't the brightest screen we've seen but it's definitely got the best contrast ratio of anything we've used.
- The Captivate is a member of the Samsung Galaxy S family, which means it has the same user interface as the Samsung Vibrant.
- The touch screen is very responsive and the haptic feedback is enough to make it useful and not annoying.
- Scrolling isn't as fluid as we'd like.
- Samsung's widgets are useful, like the social network feeds and contact shortcuts, and the skin they've put on Android is nice.
- It's also extremely fast in launching applications or performing tasks, when compared to other smartphones. It feels even faster than the Samsung Vibrant.
- Although it's only using Android 2.1, Samsung plans to upgrade all the Galaxy S phones to 2.2, hopefully by the end of September.
- All the features work as well as the Vibrant, but they share the same problems, too.
- The 5 megapixel camera is only okay and there's no flash.
- You can record HD video.
- The browser is slick and comes with pinch-and-zoom support.
- Flash support will come with Android 2.2
- You can also stream media from your phone to a TV or computer using DLNA.
- It comes with 15 GB of storage (supports up to 48GB)
- $60 with a contract.
- 5 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
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