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Samsung Captivate vs. Apple iPhone 4

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In all of the recent comparisons we've done with the iPhone 4, it has managed to beat out others that offered higher megapixel count cameras – so it doesn't necessarily mean that bigger is better. It actually all comes down to the lens and optics employed on the handset, but this time around, both the Captivate and iPhone 4 settle with a 5-megapixel auto-focus shooter. Right off the bat, the Captivate sorely lacks a flash, which already finds itself in the hole when you think about how it should be considered a standard feature among high-end smartphones. Again, the Apple iPhone 4 easily produced sharper looking images and natural looking colors. The Samsung Captivate's reproductions might be seen as tolerable by most people looking for a decent point and shoot replacement, but you can tell that they're less detailed with washed out colors. When taking images in poor lighting conditions, the iPhone 4 also had a leg up in this department – ultimately making it the choice for people who truly want to meticulously capture precious memories.

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Sample images taken with Samsung Captivate - Samsung Captivate vs. Apple iPhone 4
Sample images taken with Samsung Captivate - Samsung Captivate vs. Apple iPhone 4
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Sample images taken with Samsung Captivate


Samsung Captivate vs. Apple iPhone 4
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Sample pictures taken with Apple iPhone 4 - Samsung Captivate vs. Apple iPhone 4
Sample pictures taken with Apple iPhone 4 - Samsung Captivate vs. Apple iPhone 4
Sample pictures taken with Apple iPhone 4 - Samsung Captivate vs. Apple iPhone 4

Sample pictures taken with Apple iPhone 4


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There have been many Android smartphones we've pitted against the iPhone 4, but the latter still manages to come out on top when it comes down to shooting videos. Now the Captivate comes to the table offering 720p video recording like everything else we've been seeing of late, and it actually presents itself as a decent competitor to the iPhone 4's performance. Clocking in at a capture rate of 29fps, the Captivate boasts the smoothest looking videos out of any Android handset we've seen thus far, but you can still see a minimalistic jerkiness with fast moving objects in view. The iPhone 4 captures at a rate of 30 fps and looks pretty fluid for the most part, but we still notice how the white balance can adversely change when going through different lighting conditions. Detail is pretty good at all times with the iPhone 4 just because you can tap to focus at any time while continuously shooting, which is something not featured with the Captivate. The Captivate is easily the best phone to date to challenge the iPhone 4 when it comes to recording videos, but ultimately we believe that Apple's pride and joy still has a slight advantage.

Samsung Captivate sample video 1 at 1280x720 pixels
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Well, well, the Samsung Captivate's music player is hands down one of the prettiest for Android – and it also gives the iPhone's Coverflow interface a good run for its money as well. Presentation is clearly what's placed highest on the totem pole for each handset as there are some 3D like effects going on when you're browsing through your laundry list of songs. Coverflow on the iPhone 4 remains to be the same experience as it was on the original, but it's difficult to find something that can pleasantly follow its prowess. Nonetheless, the music player in use with the Captivate goes all out, and maybe more, by meeting the level of experience seen with the iPhone's Coverflow. We like how it presents a carousel of discs when you're browsing in landscape, but we also like the tasteful amount in options like specific equalizer settings and to even enable a visualization to run when playing a song. The iPhone 4's speaker didn't stand a chance against the Captivate's sharp and powerful tunes. In addition, the option of 5.1 channel sound effect on the Captivate exhibits more natural sounding tunes through the 3.5mm headset jack.

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Video playback is smooth all around with no presentable issues whatsoever on either smartphones as they played fluidly with no evidence of hiccups. If you're watching some kind of animated video where colors are plentiful throughout its playback, then the Samsung Captivate's Super AMOLED display is naturally more suitable as colors have a saturated look to them. Detail was also great on both handsets, but the Captivate's 4-inch screen has an advantage in the size department.

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