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Samsung Captivate Review

Samsung Captivate 8.5

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Samsung Captivate Review

When it comes to the basic function of phone calling, the Samsung Captivate is average at best in this category as our callers stated that our voice sounded a bit hissy; although still audible with no background noise. Using the earpiece, there was a slight muffled sound to voices, but the volume was stronger than what we usually experience on other handsets. This time around the speaker phone volume was more than ample for our hearing, but unfortunately it sounded more screechy with some sharp tones. Overall, calling quality on the Captivate is tolerable enough for most people to get by without being too disheartening.

We didn't find any problems when it came down to dropped calls or losing connection to the network in the greater Philadelphia region.

In our short time with the phone, we feel battery life to be average so far when comparing it to other similar smartphones. However, we'll surely put it through its paces to find out exactly how it sizes up to the competition and will update you as soon as we gather more information.


Honestly, this is the best Android smartphone available to AT&T customers to date – and that's a fact! Not only does it easily trump all of the mid-range offerings released thus far for the carrier, but it stands tall amongst the elites in the Android world. With its lightning quick reflexes, navigating on the platform is very assuring as everything just moves so smoothly – which goes to show the processing prowess of its Hummingbird processor. And to tell you the truth, its customized Android experience is a refreshing new look when you take into consideration what US consumers have been limited to for the past year. In the design department, the Captivate is a compelling offering with its streamlined looks that are accented with some quality materials to make it feel solid all around. Finally, the crowning jewel seen with its Super AMOLED display is unparalleled as nothing yet comes close when it comes to sheer luminance, lush colors, and contrast ratios – it will easily enthrall gazers from afar. In the end, AT&T might not host a healthy amount of Android handsets, but this one will easily captivate consumers with its uplifting looks and tantalizing performance.

Samsung Captivate Video Review:


  • Brilliant Super AMOLED
  • High-performance Hummingbird SoC
  • Quality construction & lightweight
  • Great video playback
  • Smooth HD video recording


  • Mediocre photo quality
  • Average calling quality
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8.5 Excellent
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

good review phonearena.

posted on 13 Jul 2010, 10:33 1

2. rtimi26 (Posts: 42; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)

wow really and you only have 2 cons and you give it 8.5. Nice thanks I see how you do it now.

posted on 13 Jul 2010, 16:48

4. BlackSirius16 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 May 2010)

yeah, did you even read what those two cons are???? average calling quality and medicore photos, pretty big deal

posted on 13 Jul 2010, 13:26 2

3. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)

If I stuck an Apple sticker on the phone, would that make it 9.5 too?

posted on 13 Jul 2010, 18:16

5. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

nak, good point, seems like veryone has ok call quality - I bought the HTC ARIA - AT&T - and it has great call quality - I usually ignore the call quality part of the review and focus on ease of use...I am tempted to trade mine in as it is under 30-days....but, I prefer HTC over SAMSUNG....soon HTC will have a super phone on the AT&T network and I will get it next year.

posted on 13 Jul 2010, 19:44

6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

I would do it, this phone looks great. The only true con of this phone is its on the same network as the iphone.

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 08:30 1

7. martycota (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

Nice to see that a phone with so many pros and only 2 cons still manages to score below a phone that CANT EVEN MAKE PHONE CALLS! in your eyes. I used to respect phonearena's scores, but even as much as I hate ATT, this review pretty much sold me on finding a less bias review site.

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 01:34

8. osanilevich (Posts: 286; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)

what I don't understand is how samsung can screw up the two most basic functions of a phone but manage to make everything else perfect

posted on 07 Aug 2010, 12:19

10. jdh4455 (unregistered)

just so everyone knows, i have the captivate and the call quality is very good...good clear voices, loudness..and this is in an area that does not get decent reception;can't believe all that you read

posted on 27 Aug 2010, 10:12

12. Professor X (unregistered)

So where does your comment fall: something I read and shouldn't believe? or something I read and should take it with a grain of salt?

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 08:53

9. Husker62 (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Aug 2009)

well i was just wondering if an unlocked version of the captivate is/going to be available without the AT&t bloatware? i am on at&t and really like these phones.

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 13:50

11. Brian (unregistered)

You can easily root the phone and uninstall all the ATT bloat with Titanium backup. Just search on XDA and it will give you an exact list of whats okay to delete.

posted on 12 Oct 2010, 10:42

13. person. (unregistered)

Maybe it's not such a big deal and maybe I'm the only one who noticed, but when phone arena mentioned about the Write and Go feature on the Samsung Captivate they didn't even use the Captivate; notice how there are only 4 signal bars when the captivate has 5.

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 13:13

14. LKgoalie (unregistered)

I personally don't care too much if the call quality is average. cuz that doesnt mean that you can't hear the other person and it shouldnt be a deal breaker for this awesome fone. also mediocre pix not too big a deal either in my opinion. if i wanted to take a photo of something that bad i would get a camera.

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Samsung Captivate

Samsung Captivate

OS: Android 2.3 2.2 2.1
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.78 x 2.50 x 0.39 inches
(121 x 64 x 10 mm)
4.50 oz  (128 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5.83 hours talk time

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