Samsung Captivate Smartphone Review

Posted: September 20, 2010
Samsung Captivate Smartphone Review

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 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.


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Comments are Closed

  • Hardknockz313

    Why do these guys alway toss the phones they are reviewing on the table lol.... Kevin and Chris are good for doing this. I know my cousin did that to my evo after he was looking at it, and I had to fight back the urge to punch him in his face !!

    Posted: September 20, 2010 9:16 PM
  • XikkeN

    I believe they always use Amazon for their prices.

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsun g-Captivate-Android-Phone-AT/d p/B003TLMQG8/ref=sr_1_1?s=gate way&ie=UTF8&qid=128504 0849&sr=8-1

    Posted: September 20, 2010 8:54 PM
  • isharted753

    i've had this phone for a month now. i absolutely love everything about it except for the battery life. with minimal use, i'm lucky to get 20 hours before it's completely dead.

    my previous smart phones have each given me at least 48 hours with the same amount of use

    Posted: September 20, 2010 8:53 PM
  • jnewingham

    Thank you foxx_dodger. I work for AT&T and I was about to clear that up myself. If any of you G4ers know where a Captivate can be had for a mere $60, please relay that information.

    Posted: September 20, 2010 8:24 PM
  • foxx_dodger

    Check the AT&T website it is actually for $200 not $60

    Posted: September 20, 2010 6:53 PM