My 4 hours w/ AT&T Captivate..Be happy with your X!

djtonic
Novice

I spent the afternoon today using a brand new Samsung Captivate Galaxy S phone, on AT&T in the Boston Area.  My friend from work recieved the phone today, charged it and asked me to use it for the day and "make it like mine".    My impressions are based on the ATT verison of the Galaxy S but I've read they are all basically the same.

 

The very first thing I noticed on the Captivate is how light-weight and flimsy the phone felt in my  hand.  I do not know what material the Captivate is made of but it surely would not withstand even a short fall on a hard surface. Also, the physical buttons (few as there are) felt too flush to the device and had very little movement.  Immediately I missed the weight and sturdyness of my X. 

Also, the phone is a bit thinner than the X but the overall size of the phone is about a quarter inch shorter and roughly the same width as the X so to people who think the X is too big won't find much relief using the Captivate. Unless you find weight of the DX too heavy.

 

Initially setting up the Captivate was like any other Android Phone but once that was done I realized the Captivate and probably the Galaxy S series in general is not a flagship device like the DX!

 

Even though the Captivate comes w/ Android 2.1 it felt foreign a bit to me and un-intuitive and clunky.  I've read many posts trashing Motoblur and Praising Touchwiz UI and I will never complain about Motoblur again after using Touchwiz, although I still prefer HTC Sense to both.

 

Simple stuff we take forgranted with the DX are complicated or unavailable on the Captivate.  For instance, My friend wanted a song as a ring tone.  On the X, simple.  Longpress the song and choose "use as ringtone"  Long pressing on the captivate had no option for that.  In fact, in the handful of hours I had the phone I still didnt set the song as a ringtone.

 

Setting up accounts was similar but you could not set Yahoo as a phone account like you do on the X.  I attempted to set up his Yahoo mail account using the "email" settings and entering all the POP3 info but nothing could get it to connect to his mail.  I ended up installing the Yahoo app for him instead.

 

The App drawer---Looks pretty on the Captivate but is set up as individual screens that you swipe left or right to go to the next screen.  Scrolling between those screens was laggy, choppy and slow.  I could not fast scroll like you can in the Vertical App drawer on the X.

 

Browser force closed the first 5 times I tried to launch it, remember this is a brand new phone.

 

Phone dialer did not work until I did a cache wipe, remember this is a brand new phone.

No Skype built in , Download in market is hidden or missing.

No Flash on the camera
People who think that wifi on the X is flaky would cheer to have the X back after switching to Captivate.  This phone lost Wifi @ work every 10 Min. and my X kept the connection solid.

 

There's been a lot of complaints about speaker/ringer volume on the X and I haven't seen much about it on the Captivate but I can say the ringer on my X at full volume is louder than the ringer on the captivate @ full volume.  Music on the Captivate speaker sounded a little muffled, this could have been the quality of the MP3s he had on the phone though.

 

 

My point to all this is the grass is not always greener.

 

I have a lot more but I really don't feel like getting into it all right now. Mayb on a later post. 

 

Dj

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Re: My 4 hours w/ AT&T Captivate..Be happy with your X!

hallcp1019
Novice

i spent about 2 hours at bestbuy trying out the fascinate right after i bought the x in hopes of seeing out the gate what i liked better because i knew if i waited til my 30days were over i would sorta be acustomed to my x and not like the newness of the samsung but i have to say other than sorta liking the buttons on the front more the x won out all around not sure why verizon pushed this phone like they did but the droid 2 and x are both superior phones and call quaility and volume as well as loud speaker volume is better than the samsung.....i do wish my x was louder but i cant say much after hearing the fascinate's humdrum speaker....i also had more bars on both motos in the same store than the samsung. but yeah i got that new phone itch too but once you play with it that goes away fast its like the droid x's little brother that wears a helmet on the bus :smileywink:

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PiperCrab
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I don't know if they did something, but I have no problems with the speaker on my X. I usually use the speakerphone when I am on calls, and my alarm never fails to awaken me. My notifications have the ringtone "DROID" set to them and I can even hear that when I am playing music via my PC.

 

I wonder if they upgraded the speakers?

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gerio
Sr. Member
Good reporting, guys!

Piper, I had heard that somewhere right after the first run of Xs, they increased the volume capabilities. I got mine on the first day they were out and the ringer volume was definitely on the low side (to me, anyway).
The Froyo update has solved that issue for me.

And today at our shop, I, in every sense of the words, literally stopped the new guy from throwing his iPhone out in a cow pasture. As has been the case for several years, he was having to walk outside the building to hopefully get one bar of service while the boss and I were sitting inside the metal building getting nearly full service.

He's headed to my Verizon store today.

Take care, ya'll,
Geri O
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hallcp1019
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im not saying its bad im just saying it leaves something to be desired.....i have a newer verision i assume i got it almost 2 weeks ago and it has the 2.2 and the alarm is good i just want more when i play mp3's i had the kyrocera slider remix like 6 years ago and it had a speaker just for music it was fantastic lol i know this isnt a radio but they coulda done better

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Ann154
Expert
@dj
If you had start using the AT&T Captivate over a Droid Eris without issues, would you be happy with the Captivate? I not talking about the differences in the wireless service, but the actual functionality of the phones.

Thanks

I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.

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mortb
Sr. Member

The phone aside, wait until you try to get some technical help from AT&T. Anyone complaining about Verizon customer service should try AT&T's customer service. To say that it's the pits is putting it mildly. And yes, I'm an ex-AT&T user. Been there, done that.

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djtonic
Novice

@ Ann,

I don't have a lot of experience using an eris, other than playing with it in the store.  I will say the screen on the fascinate/captivate is georgous, especially compared to the Eris. 

Other than that, I cant really speak to the differences on the Eris but as tech specs go, the eris isnt even close to the Fascinate.

 

Dj.

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Re: My 4 hours w/ AT&T Captivate..Be happy with your X!

djtonic
Novice

mortb wrote:

The phone aside, wait until you try to get some technical help from AT&T. Anyone complaining about Verizon customer service should try AT&T's customer service. To say that it's the pits is putting it mildly. And yes, I'm an ex-AT&T user. Been there, done that.


100% mortb.  At the end of the day my friend wanted to swap out the Captivate w/ an Iphone.....he said he just doesnt like the Captivate(after just one afternoon....I thought that was a bit impulsive)  But, he was on hold on the ph speakerphone from his cube for 50 min before hanging up.

 

When I call VZW customer service for any reason I am almost never even on hold! 

 

Dj.

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Wildman
Sr. Leader

Nice review Dj, I was wondering how the different versions of the GS compared.  One of the main things that got me with the S phones is how much they worked on trying to have the device resemble a iPhone.

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