Samsung Captivate Review
Up until recently, AT&T customers had some limited Android offerings to choose from as a good chunk of them swayed slightly from providing the true limitless possibilities that other carriers have experienced with the platform. Littered by mostly mid-range Android sets, the only one to test the high-end waters was the long awaited version of the Nexus One especially compatible with AT&T's 3G bands. Still, customers couldn't simply purchase it by walking into a retail store. Тhankfully, they're soon going to scoop up a premier offering from Samsung. Being one of the many Samsung Galaxy S smartphones being launched simultaneously in the US market, the Samsung Captivate I897 will definitely bring Android's full glory into gear for AT&T's customers who have longed for a full figured device that kicks things up a notch. What's most interesting about the Captivate's launch is if it'll be successful in mustering up a decent following to attract customers who want to experience something refreshing.
- Samsung Captivate
- Stereo Headset
- Quickstart Guide
- Wall Charger
- microUSB Cable
The most satisfying part about this version of the Samsung Galaxy S over its other contemporary brothers and sisters is the fact it's one of the more aesthetically pleasing devices. Rather than following closely to the original GSM version, this one actually has more in common with Samsung's first bada handset – the Samsung Wave. While it's constructed mostly out of durable feeling plastic, the metallic back cover with a carbon fiber pattern adds an element of pristine workmanship that naturally make it feel well constructed. At the same time, it's one slim (0.41”) handset that will slip inconspicuously into a pocket – plus you don't even notice the weight (4.41 oz) when holding in the hand. As a whole, it may not be something strikingly innovative in terms of design, but we're still content with it nonetheless.
Super AMOLED displays are abundant in Samsung's arsenal (tell it to those with Droid Incredible orders) and the Captivate retains the same exact one found with the original. Sizing up with a healthy 4” Super AMOLED display at WVGA resolution and support for 16.7 million colors, we found it to be truly awe-inspiring as everything just pops with the utmost best contrast ratios that create pure black level. Every color under the rainbow is saturated and full-bodied as the display is quite manageable in displaying various gradients and tones to make them distinctive. In the Captivate's case though, the utilized 480x800 pixels resolution seems to be not high enough in order to provide great screen clarity, thus smaller text looks somewhat jagged at times. Luminance remains to be consistent at every viewing angle as it does not falter one bit, however, using it outdoors in direct sunlight still exposes its Achilles Heel – although it's an improvement over AMOLED screens, we still needed to shade it.
In order to make the front surface of the Samsung Captivate uniformly flush, Samsung opted to include the usual set of four touch sensitive buttons – menu, home, back, and search. Luckily, there's enough spacing between the buttons and the bottom most portion of the touchscreen to minimize any accidental presses. There aren't that many physical buttons clinging onto the phone, but you'll naturally find the volume rocker and power button to offer a slight response when pressed. On the top edge of the phone, the 3.5mm headset jack is located where it's normally found while the microUSB port is hidden behind the plastic sliding latch which will keep out unwanted debris from messing with its internals. Flipping over to its rear, the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera is found on the upper left corner while the speaker phone is placed in close proximity. You'll need to pull down the bottom frame in order to unhinge the metallic back cover which houses the battery, SIM card slot, and microSD slot.