Pros and Cons to the Captivate
The Captivate may be my first Android phone/experience, and I of course would not want it to ruin it for me if it is not a good phone. Unfortunately, I'm with AT&T and I know they don't really have a great selection of Android phones. Any info for me?
- 11-02-2010, 11:05 PM #2
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Gps doesn't work well on some phones. On others it does. Test this early in your 30 day trial window, and switch out until you get one that works.
Battery life is okay, not great.
Call quality is very good.
I'm not sure whether bluetooth works well or not as I don't use it.
Screen is nice, but is not thought to be gorilla glass.
Selection of apps is good.
Updates from at&t seem to be slow. Developer community is good, but note that rooting voids your warranty (though it may be hard for at&t to detect that you've rooted).
hope this helps,
- 11-02-2010, 11:27 PM #3
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A lot of pros...one big con for me is the lack of pinch to zoom on all screens..for example, gmail is hard to see the little font, even when the system is set to huge. My daughter's iphone does gmail and google maps better than android..which seems a little weird to me since google=android
- 11-03-2010, 05:20 AM #4
- 11-03-2010, 07:16 AM #5
I came from the iPhone 4 about 3 months ago and I had a lot more issues with it than I do with the Android (very few), would you describe your issues with the Android phone? Please note that no phone is 100%.
Android is not everybody's style, but you can control it at will, the "other" phone will control you.
- 11-03-2010, 08:35 AM #6
I'll agree with Aon. I can go a whole day (24+ hours) on a charge with low to moderate use (couple of phone calls, 20-30 emails, 30 minutes of web browsing, 10 minutes of GPS). I typically will be at 73% after 15 hours unplugged. My GPS works very good, but as Aon stated, some people have real issues with it. Screen is very nice and I think a 4 inch screen is about the perfect size - not too small, and not so big that it won't fit in your pocket. I can easily read a standard webpage (not mobile) when I turn it horizontal without zooming in. As of now, the Hummingbird processor in the Captivate (and all Galaxy S phones) is the fastest on the market. This phone has replaced my laptop for everyday use at home.
Your experience will be defined by what type of phone you are coming from. My wife has an iPhone 4 - if I were to hand off my phone to her she wouldn't like it because she wants simplicity. I personally like the iPhone 4, but I like tinkering with my phone and customizing it too. Android provides that capability, and the developer network for the Captivate is one of the best out there.
- 11-03-2010, 08:44 AM #7
- 11-03-2010, 08:44 AM #8
Captivate was my first jump into that Android market (actually...first smartphone) so my opinion is lacking the experience of some.
As the type that likes the option to control all/most aspects of my device (no iPhone) and being an At&t customer (nothing worth gettin till the Captivate), this phone is about as good as it gets....currently.
The only real gripe I have with the phone is it's lack of an led flash (or flash of any kind). Beyond that, any other con's would fall into the "I can live with that" category.
But as others have pointed out above...what you want out of your phone is goin to decide if it's right for you or not.
- 11-03-2010, 09:12 AM #9
- 11-03-2010, 10:07 AM #10
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hmm, weird....ive only been here for a few weeks, and only had my captivate for about 2 and a half. The day i got it, though, I read something about gorilla glass, and decided to research it. It was on the website then, so its been up for at least 2 and a half weeks
- 11-03-2010, 10:10 AM #11
battery life is the only huge negative for me...of course they say if you turn the screen brightness down and limit your widgets and turn off wifi and a bunch of other stuff it's ok, but I sure didn't buy this phone just to turn everything off
- 11-03-2010, 03:24 PM #12
i was a blackberry user for years and my wife has an iphone. the captivate is my first android phone but comparing it to other platforms/devices i've used, i find it far superior for my needs.
the only cons i have are (as stated above) lack of notification LED and low-medium battery life.
being stuck with AT&T for the foreseeable future, if i had to choose over, i would choose the Captivate again.
- 11-04-2010, 03:17 AM #13
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i can barely go past 12 hours if i actually use my phone at all
i bought 2 extra batteries and extra usb cable+charger adapter to deal with this issue
bluetooth headset doesn't work with the phone (volume is so low ... cannot get it work right)
don't know if this is a common problem or not
lack of front facing camera ... need to stand in front of a mirror to do video chat
no camera flash... no hardware button for camera (hitting the button on the screen sucks)
no LED notifications
AT&T service/reception seems to have gotten really bad in the past few months (i've been with the same carrier for over 10 years... when it was pacbell, at&t, cingular, at&t ...)
i am just disappointed
i know no phone will ever be perfect
but my friend's sprint htc evo looks better and better every time we compare phones
- 11-04-2010, 08:04 AM #14
- 11-04-2010, 08:58 AM #15
I'm not sayin your wrong....
...but I would have to toggle every function on, while consistently flipping through homescreens in order to drain the battery in under 12 hours.
The noLED app is a pretty decent replacement for Sansung not including LED notifications.
And standing in front of a mirror to vid-chat just made me laugh. Personally, I find little use in vid-chatting.
(complaining that you have to touch the screen to open a function....on a touch-screen device? .....odd.)
- 11-04-2010, 10:55 AM #16
FFC would be nice as I actually use video chat, but I can deal with it.
I've used the camera on a Moto Droid 1 with the dual LED flash and it didn't really do anything - the flash is so weak that it doesn't light up much (seems to be an issue with most phones with a flash). The camera on the Captivate takes excellent pictures inside and outside. I always get good quality photos unless I am in a dark room without much natural lighting. Also, tapping the screen button is so much quicker than using an actual button that I prefer that way over anything else - I would get 2-3 second delays with Moto Droid and my BB Bold - no delays with the Captivate. In fact, it takes faster pictures than my $350 Canon camera.
No LED notifications - not really sure what the issue is with it. My phone is always within reach and if I am away from it for a while, I just turn on the screen to see if I missed a call. I prefer not to let a little blinking light dictate my life.
My ATT service with this phone trumps all other phones I have had (been with ATT for 10 years too). The most recent phones I had (BB Bold and Aria) frequently dropped calls. I maybe get one a month and that is in a known dark area.
Like I said, everyone has different issues/problems, but for those looking at getting the Captivate, I would recommend doing some research and read both 1 star reviews and then the star reviews that have the most numbers behind them - that will give you a good idea of what problems people have had and compare that to what people normally get.
- 11-04-2010, 01:30 PM #18
- 11-04-2010, 02:10 PM #19
Even without Rooting, it's relatively easy to get around the block.
BEAUTIFUL walk-through on how to do just that stickied above these Captivate forums!!!
Loaded up Sirius/XM with relatively little issue ( following the walkthrough, my work PC didn't have the right .NET framework....home PC did ).
...all with no rooting required (although I hear thats pretty easy too).
thanks for the help derande and myk26, I'll be sure to look more into it once I get a captivate and join the android experience... looks like the only real issue is with battery life and no LED indicators, but as mentioned above there are apps for the no LED stuff... how about for battery issues? does anyone know of any extended life batteries available? or apps that might help?
- 11-04-2010, 08:57 PM #21
I went from the iPhone to the Cappy. I'll never go back.
Battery life- I use my phone literally ALL day. If I'm not making calls, its streaming audio of some kind. I have a 10 hour work day and an hour of commuting. By the time I get home, I still have 30% or more, and thats if I spend a bunch of time on Angry Birds. However, I also don't find it all that difficult to charge the phone when needed. Seriously, that is what the battery is for, use it.
Call quality is excellent. So is bluetooth.
GPS is flaky on mine. It was on the first one as well. It's better with the leaked 2.2 update. It is however, a software issue. Something isn't quite talking. This is a hit and miss issue, and I just don't care that much about it.
Screen is incredible! I had an iPhone 4 first, and returned it 1 week shy of the 30 days. I'm very glad I did! Retina display my arse, give my AMOLED!
The screen is Gorilla Glass, and VERY durable. I do have the AT&T protector on it, but it has taken some pretty good hits, and is still perfect.
Overall, I am very satisfied with the phone. Android does take a bit to get used to after so long in the Apple world, and some things take a bit more tweaking, but you can do a lot more with the device.
- 11-05-2010, 08:10 AM #22
I chose to get the aria in the end. The captivate has amazing specs but in the end the gps was a deal breaker for me. I use it way to much for it to be flaky. I do wish the aria had more space for apps and better camera quality. But those are my only issues.
- 11-05-2010, 08:22 AM #23
I'm not goin to sit here and deny that the GPS has it's issues (on the Captivate), but in a Case-n-Point type manner...
...I used the Turn-by-Turn to get me through a 9.5 hr drive into downtown Philadelphia. Which is NOT an easy city to navigate through on your first time!
Out of the week I was there using that GPS like a bible...I only had one issue with it. It's easily a step down from my wife's Garmin, but it pulled through in the clutch.
- 11-05-2010, 09:26 AM #24
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Captivate has many pros we all know about..but a couple of cons for me at least (after a couple of mins with my daughter's iphone):
-Font is WAY too small in gmail application and it doesn't zoom..almost useless for some emails.
-Google maps is MUCH better utilized in the Iphone. One example: you can orient heading up or north up as in the "normal" mode. Another: when doing searches, it drops pins on the map and you can scroll from one to the next in the map mode instead of looking at a list.
It amazes me that an android device doesn't implement these things better
- 11-05-2010, 09:44 AM #25
Not goin to pretend to know how the iPhone does it (it very well could be easier)...but as far as your Google Maps comments go, I've done all that on my Captivate with little trouble.
May be better utilized on the iPhone, but Gmaps on Android can work the same way. (if you touch one side of the bottom corner....think it's the "ETA"....it will take you to an overhead map where you can scroll from point to point)