AT&T’s new Samsung phone – Samsung Captivate is powered with Android OS and is expected to give all the hi-end Android phones a tough competition. Samsung Captivate belongs to the Samsung Galaxy S line of phones. The phone appears to be very sleek and sophisticated. The phone measures 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9mm and weighs only 118g. One of the best things about this phone is that it sports an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display which measures 4 inches. It has got a display resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and is capable of displaying 16m colors. The display is very bright and clear. However, you will face some difficulties in viewing it outdoors.
There are four touch sensitive buttons on the phone namely Menu, Home, Back and Search. On the top side of the phone, you can find the 3.5mm audio headset and the microUSB port. At the rear, you can find the 5 megapixel camera with the speaker. Uncovering the back panel of the phone will give you access to the battery, SIM card slot and the memory card.
Like other Samsung phones even the Samsung Captivate I897 has got the TouchWiz 3.0 user interface. The TouchWiz overlaid over Android 2.1 and brings to you seven homescreens. You can add your favorite Android widgets on the homescreen. On the display, you can find four shortcuts – Phone, Email, Browser and Applications. It has got 512MB RAM and internal memory of 16GB and the microSD slot can detect up to 32GB of memory. The phone runs on 1Ghz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor and that is the reason why most of the time you will experience snappy performance.
The on-screen keyboard is easy to use and can be used in portrait and landscape mode. You can also make use of handwriting recognition to easily create text messages. You can also use Swype text input mode for creating texts. The 5 megapixel autofocus camera lacks LED flash which limits the phones ability to take good quality photos in darker environments. However, you will be able to snap amazing photos in bright light. You can shoot videos at 720p at 29fps.
The music player of the Samsung Captivate will truly captivate as it excels in both style and performance. Visualization, album cover and equalizer presets are some of its features. There is no radio on this phone. The sound through the loudspeaker is quite loud and clear. Watching videos on Samsung Captivate is a treat as you can watch high resolution videos without experiencing choppiness.
The internet can be accessed by means of the default browser which has got many features like multi-touch, zoom, window management, bookmarks, Flash etc. You will able to play YouTube videos present on the pages through the YouTube client. You can connect to the net at 3G speeds of 7.2Mbps on HSDPA and 5.76Mbps on HSUPA and WLAN. You can perform data transfer through v3.0 Bluetooth with A2DP and v2.0 microUSB. You can use this device for navigational purposes as it has got a-GPS feature. The standard Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery gives a stand-by time of over 550 hours on 3G and talk time of over 6 hours on 3G.
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