Interface and Functionality:

Without a doubt, both are entirely different from one another with their platform experience seeing that the Focus offers Windows Phone 7 while the Captivate is packing Android. But thanks to their lightning quick 1GHz processors, Snapdragon for the Focus and Hummingbird for the Captivate, navigating around is effortlessly accomplished with some responsive tendencies that don't exhibit much detrimental slowdown. However, it's more than obvious that Windows Phone 7 on the Focus is a fairly straightforward experience versus the slightly more complex nature of Android on the Captivate. It's not to say that it's a bad thing for the Captivate, which is undoubtedly more mature, but it'll require a moderate learning curve for new users.

Still reigning above all others, Android has a knack for providing users a high level of personalization that dramatically makes it so unique with its options for wallpapers, widgets, shortcuts, folders, and even live wallpapers. And even though you might not have complete control of every aspect with the Windows Phone 7 powered Samsung Focus, its dynamic homescreen interface will enthrall anyone as certain live tiles will display countless pieces of information ranging from status updates to photos. Though, we have to admit that we adore how the Captivate enables users to monitor every single item with its homescreen layout.

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For those who live and breathe social networking sites, we'd recommend the Samsung Captivate just a tad bit more seeing that it incorporates Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter simultaneously with its platform. So essentially, you can use its “Feeds and Updates” application or widget to post a message on all three accounts at the same time. As for the Samsung Focus, it only tightly integrates Facebook and Windows Live with its core experience – which is most evident in the “People Hub.” Regardless, you can always download and install dedicated social networking apps that'll unify the experience between the two.

We've praised on numerous occasions at how well the Windows Phone 7 on-screen keyboard on the Focus works as it establishes the fine art speed texting with its responsive nature and well-sized buttons. However, you can't count out the Captivate in this arena since it offers the same performance while offering three different input options to appease the taste of many. Nevertheless, you can't go wrong in this department with either devices since typing up messages will be easy on your thumbs and without much fault.

Internet and Connectivity:

You're going to be extremely satisfied with the wonderful web browsing experience that each handset is able to deliver. The commonalities are all there as Internet Explorer and the Android browser feature fast load times, multi-touch gesture support for zooming, proper rendering, and smooth scrolling to liven the overall experience. At their core, there isn't much to separate the two, but there is one difference that isn't too noticeable – unless your have a keen eye of course. As we mentioned, the two provide for some fast scrolling, but there is a subtle hint of choppiness evident with the Captivate – but more importantly, it doesn't prove to be detrimental.

When you've got quad-band GSM radios built inside, you're going to be able to place voice phone calls just about anywhere on the planet – which makes for the perfect solution to bring along on your travels. Even though you might not get 3G connectivity everywhere, especially abroad, you can always switch to using their built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi to connect for faster web browsing. Moreover, both include Bluetooth to allow you to connect various wireless devices to it, but it's worth noting that the Captivate utilizes Bluetooth 3.0 versus 2.1 with the Focus.



1. kurtshuge

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 19, 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: Nov 02, 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: Jul 17, 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: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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 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,

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