Samsung Focus vs Samsung Captivate
Based on the images we captured with each of their cameras, you really can't find any distinguishable differences between the results of the two. In fact, they're able to produce some pretty nice looking images which don't differentiate in any way with their 5-megapixel auto-focus cameras. Photo quality is rather stunning to say the least with their natural looking color tones and attention to the finest of details. Photo enthusiasts are going to love using either devices to capture all the precious moments of life, but even more when they catapult directly to the upper end of the spectrum in this category. However, the Focus manages to pack on an LED flash to enable you to better capture images in low lighting conditions – which can be the sole driving force for people to choose it over the Captivate.
Strangely enough, the Samsung Captivate shoots 720p at the capture rate of 29 fps versus the mark of 23 fps with the Focus. Even though there is a difference, it's not too evident to drastically separate the performance of te two handsets. Actually, they both manage to record some good looking high definition videos that are able to stand equally tall not only against one another, but also over all other smartphones in general as they sit near the top of the heap.
Samsung Focus Sample Video - Daytime
Samsung Captivate Sample Video - Daytime
Samsung Focus Sample Video - Night
Samsung Captivate Sample Video - Night
Music buffs will adore the fresh looking music player interfaces offered by both handsets as they deliver some high marks in the area of presentation. The Zune experience on the Focus is strikingly different from what's out there as it provides relevant content regarding the song you're playing – such as the bio of the artist, background images, and a live tile to match the band playing the current song. As for the Captivate, it might follow a traditional look at first, but after placing it into landscape, it will uncover a rotating carousel of CDs that gives it some level of uniqueness over others out there. Now even though their speakers are capable of emitting the same level of tones, the Captivate provides a wealth of equalizer settings to fine tune the audio quality to match the genre of music that's playing.
Thanks to their Super AMOLED displays, you'll probably never want to watch videos on anything else after experiencing its gratifying performance. There is zero evidence of any slowdown or lag with playback after loading a video encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution on both handsets. Not only does it chug along at a healthy rate, but the popping colors of the Super AMOLED displays manage to set these guys apart from anything else out there in the market – so it's needless to say that both the Focus and Captivate will really intrigue you in this category.
With 16GB of internal storage offered by both, it should be sufficient in terms of media storage. However, both offer microSD card slots to supplement their internal memory, but with the Focus, you'll have to place one in its slot first thing before setting up the phone initially.
Again, the recent launch of Windows Phone 7 manages to bring forth a decent set of top tiered third party applications to the mix, but with time, we'll eventually see more developers on board to bring its tally up. And that's exactly what's going on with Android as it steadily climbs the ladder with its ever growing list of apps in its Android Market. But in the mean time, you might want to stick with the Captivate due to the fact that its apps are also a bit more fine tuned versus the offerings available in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile on the Focus.
1. kurtshuge (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
It's really frustrating when you read this article and come to the conclusion. Both of these phones naturally are good phones and when you read a conclusion like the one above where he says...oo both phones are good so either choice would work out just isn't enough. I don't understand why you can't choose which one is slightly better based on specs or opinion instead of saying either would be good. Normally when I see a title such as Focus vs. Captivate I was expecting to see an opinion which phone is better at the end. Instead of saying how shoppers would weigh the benefits when buying, you should list a few to make the ending strong and summarize these benefits. The overall article was an enjoyable read but the ending, no offense, was terrible.
2. Saad073 (unregistered)
I was actually deciding between these two handsets and was going to go see them in person at an AT&T store to pick. I'm glad I saw this article first, but yeah the overall conclusion leaves much to be desired.
I'm still not sure which to pick, but I am really leaning towards the Focus. I love the Captivate's design and look, but I have high hopes for WP7 and I think going for it now is going to be a pretty good investment in the long run. Plus I think I would get pretty frustrated with Android's upgrade issues, while WP7 pretty much guarantees all devices will get the system updated around the same time.
3. edsum (unregistered)
4. Thelostone (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
I ended up with the focus myself. It mostly comes down to the OS and a flash camera. I didn't care to much about the flash camera, but i cared about the OS. While the Windows OS is young, I am confident that it will get much better and I like the feel of it. I had heard of people having issues with Android phones, like any open source product, they seemed to have some compatibility issues and crashing
5. Frippe (unregistered)
I have the Focus and I am very "split" in my opinion about WP7. Obviously the hardware of the phones is nearly identical with the lack of a flash being the most apparent difference. Likes with WP7: Fast, fluent, very easy to use, very easy to configure et cetera. Issues with WP7: The SD memory card (fiasco) where it becomes totally integrated with the OS - however, I have not been able to use it as a USB memory function where you can simply add/remove files/pictures/documents. You can use Zune to sync music and movie files but not regular files (that I know of). Also, the SD cards will only be sold by the service provider to ensure "quality" (read $$$$) and for those who often switch SD cards = forget WP7. Other issues: lack of copy/paste function, not very customizable other than what color and which tiles to put on the start page, can't start to dial a name/number on the keypad to find the contact you want to dial, can't click on the battery or Wi-Fi icons to get more info/change their settings, and from time to time it locks up when trying to go to market place. Finally, the apps are much more expensive here than with iPhone or the Android.
6. aricept (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)
The keyboards pictured for the Captivate are all layouts for the Samsung keyboard option; there are two other full keyboards included, Swype and the default Android keyboard which includes voice to text input.
7. forsaken77 (unregistered)
I went with the Captivate. The Android platform has alot more features than Windows 7. The WP7 is better if you're all about the camera because it has a flash and the Captivate does not (God only knows why). The Captivate excels with the Android marketplace with thousands of free and paid apps to choose from. There is also an app made just for the Captivate which if basicly Microsoft Excel or Office for business users and it's FREE. I would recommend the Android phone if you're more into apps and customization of your phone. It is NOT complicated like the article says. I would go with the WP7 if you're more into taking alot of pictures. Other than that... WP7 is too new and doesn't offer any offering over an Android phone. Possibly in the future it will, but not now.
8. Zeffir (unregistered)
Its definitely a good review. Truthfully though, you have to decide which is better in the end. I'm a captivate owner and ill say its quite impressive. I've tried the focus and the same can be said about that. Both are entirely different devices though. If you want a solid phone without having to invest too much time in it then Focus is definitely the one you'll want to get. Captivate comes with excellent hardware out of the box but its software is slowed down with all the at$t crap loaded into it. I took the time to root my device and install a different rom in it. Right now its running froyo and its blazing at speeds that weren't possible in its original out of box state. I definitely love it. Its just if you don't know your way around a computer then it could pose a challenge to optimize your captivate. If you take the time to, then definitely the rewards will out pass the time it took you to install it.
9. johnnyb (unregistered)
I had the captivate... it was complete garbage and not having a flash makes the pics look like they are coming from a 2mp camera in low light areas.... windows 7 is amazing on the focus and it does everything that the captivate does but does it better. Plus i know that if the phone is this good now with WP7 it will be absolutely amazing once it takes off more.
10. networkdood (Posts: 5512; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Seriously, why buy a phone from a company that is pretty much like APPLE?? Get the ANDROID version, get it rooted....and get a 2.2 FROYO ROM with FLASH with the 2.3 GINGERBREAD keyboard....AUXURA works great and has excellent GPS....you want games...get an emulator.....
11. at&towner (unregistered)
what is 2.2 froyo rom and how do u download it ?
12. Alexia (unregistered)
The whole point of the article is that the phones are so closely matched in the categories that neither is necessarily better than the other. Its your job as the consumer to read through the article and decide what is more important to you. Do you want a flash on your camera? Go with the focus. Do you want a better social networking experience? Then go with the captivate. Do you drop your phone all the time? Go with the metal backing of the captivate. As far as call quality, battery life, screen resolution, camera, etc. the phones are pretty much the same. Maybe now you need to go read an article now the two different operating systems, because that is the next major deciding factor.
13. Bluecham (unregistered)
I think it is a personal choice seeing they come out so similarly- I mean really, if you are so incompetent that you cannot make a decision for yourself...
I just went yesterday to ATT to play with both phones. I loved the feel of the Focus in my hand. It was simple to use and the display was amazing, but I hate the look and function of the tiles. The Captivate felt more bulky but I love the control of personalizing its platform. Captivate has a great forum online where you can learn tips and tricks and really get the most out of the phone.
Captivate wins my money- and that is my choice based on my ability to make one.
14. DCNotDMV (unregistered)
I have the Focus and I am trying to switch to the Captivate. Not because the phone is bad , its very good but Windows isnt the service I want. Androids have more apps and you can have ringtones on the Captivate. Unlike the Focus where you have only the standard tones and until Windows upgrade, that is what you'll be stuck with. Also syncing the Windows ID and Zune to your phone is not as easy as you may think. Its too much work to get apps and that is why I am going to the Android side again. Perks of the phone:battery life, great camera, ease of use, lightwieght
Cons:not many apps,no ringtones,