AT&T Brings the Samsung Captivate to the Party

by Jeff Wiener on July 19, 2010

A lot can be said about AT&T that leans towards the negative, but they do manage to entice consumers with a regular arsenal of products that prove to be, well, captivating.

The latest party guest is the Samsung Captivate, another Android number that is piling up the good reviews. The Captivate is a nice follow-up to the iPhone, which AT&T launched in June, and gives AT&T that impressive Android product they’ve been looking for.

That doesn’t mean that AT&T hasn’t fudged large parts of the deal, though. There’s the “redundant and irritating” AT&T built-in software, according to PC Mag, and there’s the problem with AT&T blocking out side apps.That means that the phone can’t install applications from anywhere except the Android Market.

Now the phone itself is quite impressive. It features a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a 1GHz processor. There’s also 16GB of oon-board memory and an expansion slot. The Captivate includes a host of multimedia features that many will find terrific and the call quality is said to be fantastic.

The Samsung Captivate does make for a nice alternative for those not interested in going the iPhone 4 route. Its design leaves a little to be desired, but if looks aren’t really your thing and you care more about function, the Captivate should do nicely.

In terms of user interface, the Captivate runs Android 2.1 and includes Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 interface. There are some new widgets to toy with and a pile of quick-launch buttons. There’s a toolbar on the bottom that features buttons to various apps for ease-of-use.

Without question, the Samsung Captivate is AT&T’s most powerful Google Android phone. With Apple still struggling in the aftermath of the antenna situation, it may be the perfect time for the Captivate to really move some units.

The Captivate retails for $199 on contract with no rebate.

Whether the Android-powered Samsung Captivate will be able to take on the juggernaut iPhone does remain to be seen, but it seems to be a quality product that offeres AT&T more diversity in what it can offer the consumers. If only they’d stop fiddling with the phones and locking customers in to strange software specs, they might actually gain some consumer confidence as a decent carrier.

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