New Captivate Owner - Hello and my first impressions.
Hello fellow forum members!
I've been a crackberry member for almost 2 years and really enjoyed reading and participating with the members there.
I look forward to getting to know some of you and learn as much as I can about android and my new captivate.
I previously owned a bb bold 9000. Loved the phone and wouldn't have switched except for the fact that my eyes are what they were 2 years ago and I need a bigger screen.
Finally att has a phone on par with the moto droid. So here I am.
My first day impressions were mixed. I really missed the feel of pushing buttons, the blinking notification light, and the ruggedness of the bb. After 2 days, I'm finally accustomed to the touch screen and don't really miss the keyboard for texting.
However, I do miss the feel of the physical home, back, call, and end call buttons. One click and I can make a call, or pull up any number of things using the shortcut keys. I also miss the blinking led notification.
The big plus is the browser experience, beautiful large screen, and awesome video and sound quality (over headphones). Using the touch screen is so much more intuitive and I can setup any number of shortcuts.
The only other thing I'm a little uneasy about is the consistency of using bluetooth and the pc connection. Everything worked with the bb and plugging into the pc was very reliable.
However, I'm getting mixed results when using the bluetooth and pc (kies software). For bluetooth, the speakerphone I bought for it won't connect to the captivate - it does connect with my bb and my boss's iphone. For the usb connection, sometimes I have to reboot either the pc or power off the phone and restart before the pc detects the phone. I'm hoping an update to 2.2 will resolve these issues.
Overall I'm very excited and happy with my new phone. I can't wait to explore some of the fun stuff you all are doing with your phones like "rooting". Also look forward to discovering some really cool apps.
All I need right now is a rugged rubberized hard case with a screen cover to give my new phone durability. Maybe a wallet style bodyglove or leather. For now all I have is the $5 monthly insurance.
Thanks for reading
- 08-10-2010, 10:09 AM #2
- 08-10-2010, 10:35 AM #3
Re: New Captivate Owner - Hello and my first impressions.
Add me to the list of former Bold users that made the switch to the Captivate. Couldn't be happier.
As far as cases go the only thing I've been able to find is the rubber-ish Body Glove cases that comes from AT&T, which I use, and a clear plastic one that I haven't heard anything good about. In Houston its not very easy to find a screen protector either.
I've been off the Crackberry for about two weeks now, but withdrawals are easier when I have the Samsung to play with.
Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I897 using Tapatalk
I'll have to goto the att store and see if they have that body glove case until one comes out that I really like.
I just used a generic scratch protector that you can buy in packs of 5 sheets. Only cost $6 at walmart. Easy to cut, simply a straight line since the screen is square.
But a real screen protector like a hard plastic that flips open would be sweet.
- 08-10-2010, 12:10 PM #5
- 08-10-2010, 12:45 PM #6
- 08-10-2010, 12:49 PM #7
- 08-10-2010, 01:03 PM #8
For a case, look at your local T-mobile store. Here is a Vibrant case i picked up that I really like.
I was a BB user before as well (2 curves, both Bolds). After a couple of weeks with the Captivate I find that I prefer NOT having the blinking light. I really, really missed it at first, but now I think that blinking lght is part of the "crack" in crackberry. Light blinks - I jump to phone.
With the Captivate I check notifications when its convenient. I am probably a more polite user now
- 08-10-2010, 01:51 PM #9
- 08-10-2010, 02:17 PM #10
You will come to love the Sammy. What I like is the almost sheer impossibility of bricking the phone. What I was doing last night on a BB would have killed it because of my lack of knowledge, but with this I was able to restore at the expense of losing all data. Oh wellI can always put it back on the phone lol.
- 08-10-2010, 03:12 PM #11
- 08-10-2010, 03:22 PM #12
Yeah, I was a crackberry guy... so far the hacks/fixes on this phone haven't made me blush. I used a Storm1 on AT&T for about a year, after moving from a Curve, and I used to have to blow that thing away, restore it, re-flash it, etc on almost a weekly basis because I couldn't stop messing with the OS.
Now I look forward to playing around with this much more sophisticated (and faster) piece of hardware... and so far I love android compared to BlackBerry OS 5.
- 08-10-2010, 03:52 PM #13
- 08-10-2010, 05:56 PM #14
On 7/18/2010 I rooted, enabled non market apps and removed the bloatware. Battery life was horrible but it is pretty good so far for me.. Over 18+ hours since my last charge and still going with at least 30% battery!
The reason why I love android is I feel more at home since it is based on my all time favorite operating systems BSD/Linux *more at home with these then iPhone OS or even BB*...
Thanks for all the replies so far. Maybe this weekend I'll try rooting the phone and other fun stuff. I feel a little better now that I see so many bb converts comfortable with messing around with the os.
I mean these phones are really just mini computers. They should call them pocket pc's again.
- 08-10-2010, 09:46 PM #16
- 08-11-2010, 01:15 AM #17
ya most of us came from bb or another smartphone device. I've seen it countless times where friends or family who swore by their bb switched to Android and haven't looked back. Most of them only miss the bbm. Well Google has Gtalk. Granted Android 1.0 was archaic to what it is now, but Android's popularity is at a fever pitch right now.
i think the op is leaning towards this device and looking for some reassurement. I appreciate you taking the more civil approach of gently encouraging him. i apologize for taking the brash route of "just go buy it already and if you don't like you have 30 days to return". He found this website for a reason. He knows Android's capabilities and features. He just needs to take that final plunge and just buy the device.
It's just I've seen this repeated countless times. The bb at its current state can't really compare to high end Android devices. It's just a completely different league.
- 08-11-2010, 07:46 AM #18
I think you've hit the nail on the head with you comment on the blinking light. I guess it's kind of a distraction more than helpful. Only advantage might be the you save a hair bit of battery since you don't have to turn on the screen unless the light is blinking.
- 08-14-2010, 04:00 PM #20
I was a BB 9700 user. Like others, my 47 year old eyes just got tired of reading the micro print. Got a Nexus One and really didnt like several thing about it, like the screen in sunlight and other little things. Went to an iphone 4 for 3 weeks and gave it to my daughter who is an iphone fan. Too many dropped and missed calls. THEN I picked up a new BB Tourch 9800 with touch screen. I wa so excited....for about 1 hour....I realized I hated that phone! Keyboard way too small to be accurate. Overall the phone was just too busy!
Went in and exchanged the Tourch for the Captivate. This phone is a dream compared to other phones Ive been through lately!
- 08-14-2010, 05:09 PM #21
Yeah the Captivate really can be a superb phone. Just have to do minor tweaks to it and it runs great. Unfortunately so many people see one or two issues as being deal breakers and I just laugh. It is amazing that so many people complain about GPS, when for the last how many thousands of years we have only had GPS for what, 15-20 if I am even close with that number.
Too date I have yet to have a smart phone that I did not have to tweak to work the way I wanted, and hopefully you don't see the minor issues as being deal breakers. Read on xda forum and just play with settings, and root! The phone is really great.
- 08-14-2010, 06:57 PM #22
Funny I thought I recognized some handles. I also came from a bold and from crackberry. Still using same name here has I used there.
I am using my bold case for now and the phone fits ok. I also don't miss the keyboard, that was my biggest fear because my sons storm I had trouble with. All I can say is try swype give it a couple of days. Keep reading the tips and go to the swype site. Look at the videos they have there, in about a week you will love it.
I looked at the torch and my friend who is here right now is kicking himself for getting it yesterday. He thought he was going to stick it in my face for getting the captivate. Now he is having second thoughts. Though he is going to hold on to it for a couple of weeks.
Still I do miss the ease of hooking it to the computer and know it is working. So far I have had no luck using the software. I also miss the ability to talk for my phone to dial a contact for me. I can't believe or understand why samsung or att don't have software or an app to do this.
The voice recognition is superb on this phone. Most of the time I talk to text, make emails or post on forums. So far it picks up almost every thing I say.
If you find that your mail don't come fast enough, try the maildroid app. It has really sped things up, still it doesn't give you everything but it helps. Plus the developer is up on supporting the app, and he answers his mail.
Other than that I also have vision problems and this is a life saver, plus this plays great with my hearing aid, though I find the speaker and volume are really good.
Hey no more hour glass or battery pulls to get memory back or fix a froze phone. So far his torch has stopped twice, lags on changing apps and it still has the same size screen without the clarity of the captivate.
- 08-14-2010, 11:06 PM #23
Came from a BB Curve 8310. Liked that phone a lot but started missing out on wifi and 3g and just generally more "fun" phones. Upgrade was available about a month ago, was holding out for the BB 9800 Torch, couldn't take waiting any longer and messed with a live demo of the Captivate about 2-3 weeks ago. 5 minutes later I was using my upgrade to get it. Its an amazing phone, forgot all about BB. I was able to resolve my GPS issues with some minor tweaks. I'm already rooted and playing around with it a lot.
Do put me on the "I miss the notification LED" group though..
- 08-15-2010, 12:27 AM #24
As much as the I want to check out the torch, from the reviews and after seeing what you said about the Torch, I don't even really want to check it out because I love my captivate and it seems the torch from what I have read and heard from friends who looked at them that it was slow compared to even an iPhone 4 as well as the captivate. As for jumping from bb over to android, I dont think I can ever go back as it stands. I don't miss the battery pulls/reboots because of the memory leaks. The 3G to Edge hand off is a lot better in Android versus blackberry. Just way too many positives on the Android Platform versus blackberry. Not saying blackberry is bad, but android does a lot more better.
I've had mine for a week now. I really love it and don't miss the bold. Glad to hear from people who tried the torch but still like the captivate better. Makes me feel like I made the right decision.
The only change I would make to the capitvate is making the buttons at the bottom physical rather than touch.
I think I found the perfect case for me. Leather wallet pda style that folds closed to protect the screen. Just waiting for someone to make one for less that $40.