Samsung Captivate Android Smartphone

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When it came out in 2010 for AT&T, the Samsung Captivate was the most powerful smartphone launched for this mobile carrier. It adopts a slate design which honestly is not very exciting or interesting. We are dealing with quite a big Android-running device since it measures a respectable 4.18 x 2.5 x 0.39 inches and tips the scales at 4.5 ounces.

The highlight of this handset is certainly its exquisite 4-inch Super AMOLED display that has a WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels) and can reveal up to 16M colors. Without any doubt, it is one of the best screens ever fitted to a mobile phone as it is fully capable of showing rich colors and a very high sharpness level. In addition, the wide viewing angles are excellent while the responsiveness of the screen is borderline perfect.

Samsung Captivate (Source: androidguys.com)

Samsung Captivate (Source: androidguys.com)

Located below this display are the usual four touch sensitive Android keys: menu, home, back and search. Looking at the left spine of the Samsung Captivate we find a micro USB port, the 3.5 mm headphone jack while on the right side is the power/lock button and the volume rocker.

The smartphone is running on Android 2.1 and on top of that is Sammy’s Touch Wiz interface (version 3.0). You are able to personalize the home screens with live wallpapers, but you won’t be able to modify the toolbar along the bottom or the pull-down notification tray located on top. A novelty for the 2.1 version is the introduction of the Feeds & Updates widget that streams updates from Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

We are dealing with a quad-band world phone that offers a lot of features, including conference calling, a speakerphone, text & multimedia messaging, voice dialing, along with the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G.

Samsung Captivate (Source: androidjet.com)

Samsung Captivate (Source: androidjet.com)

The five megapixel camera located at the back is able to record high definition videos and you can adjust the white balance of the clips and also add effects. For still photos you get more editing options, like antishake, ISO, smile and blink detection. Without using the flash, the indoor photos are quite dull, even if you switch to Night or Party/Indoor scene mode. The good news is that the quality of the HD videos is very good. You’ll be able to store your photos and videos on the 16 GB internal memory or on the microSD card.

The Samsung Captivate is powered by a 1.0 GHz Hummingbird Cortex A8 processor which offers a smooth user experience. The 1,500 mAh lithium-ion battery should provide enough juice for a standby time of up to 12.5 days while the rated talk time is of 5 hours and 50 minutes. The digital SAR rating stands at 0.42 W/kg.