Specs summary


The Samsung Captivate's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.


There is a 1.02 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 2.1 (Update Available: 2.3 Gingerbread) operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 31.5 days standby time, 800 minutes (2G), 393 minutes (3G).

The Captivate offers much more power, a larger display, better battery life, and 16GB of on board storage.

- Todd Haselton , MobileBurn 

Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


The Captivate still manages to impress with its personalized look, equally responsive feel, and depth of features

from PhoneArena

If Samsung keeps on producing fantastic devices like the Samsung Captivate and Focus, there is no stopping them from creeping up to the top spot in the global scene. Even though they sport opposing platforms, the results in various categories are in fact relatively similar – and that's why they're both wonderful solutions in the smartphone realm. However, consumers that are shopping around right now are going to need to weigh the benefits offered by both platforms since they have their own unique perks. Windows Phone 7 is the newer of the two and employes a straightforward exp... Full review


Samsung’s first serious play at a high-end, top-of-the-line Android smartphone

from BGR

The device’s heavily customized UI really does tax the phones list of impressive resources at times. And for this reason alone we are not overly impressed with the Captivate. This phone could be a case study of how marginal software can taint the experience of an amazing piece of hardware (we’re talking about TouchWiz 3.0, not Android).

This is Samsung’s first serious play at a high-end, top-of-the-line Android smartphone, and it is a great start. In our opinion the Samsung Captivate would make a great smartphone for those who are new to the world of An... Full review


Offers much more power, a larger display, better battery life, and 16GB of on board storage

from MobileBurn

AT&T fans can finally rejoice with an Android smartphone that's competitive with Android offerings on the other U.S. carriers. The Samsung Captivate is the best Android smartphone on AT&T today, and while there are other solid offerings, such as the HTC Aria, the Captivate offers much more power, a larger display, better battery life, and 16GB of on board storage.

The Captivate seems to offer it all, from a 5 megapixel camera to a 1GHz processor and a Super AMOLED display. It's a beauty all around and was a pleasure to use during my testing experience. However, I did ha... Full review

Phone Scoop

The media performance of the Captivate is above par for Android devices

from Phone Scoop

The Captivate is no doubt the best Android handset available from AT&T. It beats the Aria and Backflip hands down on many levels. It easily offers one of the best displays available in AT&T's entire offering. Some may not like the large size of the device (a result of the large display), and those people could be happy with the smaller Aria.

The media performance of the Captivate is above par for Android devices. Additions to the music player software are welcome and appreciated. The camera software is more advanced, and happens to take great pictures, too. Even... Full review


The Samsung Captivate is average at best in this category as our callers stated that our voice sounded a bit hissy

from PhoneArena

Honestly, this is the best Android smartphone available to AT&T customers to date – and that's a fact! Not only does it easily trump all of the mid-range offerings released thus far for the carrier, but it stands tall amongst the elites in the Android world. With its lightning quick reflexes, navigating on the platform is very assuring as everything just moves so smoothly – which goes to show the processing prowess of its Hummingbird processor. And to tell you the truth, its customized Android experience is a refreshing new look when you take into consideration what... Full review


Android smart phone with Super AMOLED screen

from CNET
Thanks to Android's software brains and Samsung's hardware flair, the Galaxy S is a very impressive smart-phone package -- albeit an oddly light one. The huge Super AMOLED screen is great, and you can freely ignore the occasionally clumsy Samsung widgets and apps in favour of your choice from the thousands in the Android Market. The downside of all this power is the Galaxy S' weedy battery life. But, for the pay-monthly price, we can forgive the plasticky case and incontinent battery... Full review

Samsung galaxy captivate s, mediocre smartphone with a great screen

After receiving the third phone from rogers, you realize that the android platform will be ready in 2015. Battery last half day with email and phone calls only. No other apps running. Call clarity is subpar. Navigation is always behind and cannot be trusted. If you receive a call, navigation crashes... More
After receiving the third phone from rogers, you realize that the android platform will be ready in 2015. Battery last half day with email and phone calls only. No other apps running. Call clarity is subpar. Navigation is always behind and cannot be trusted. If you receive a call, navigation crashes. It freezes a lot even with the 2.2 OS. ( of course, not as much as windows devices ) wi-fi is not compatible with n range. Keeps locking up. Bluetooth voice activated calls is a joke. Screen is nice to surf the web...when you have battery. My solution: I ditched it and got a Blackberry Torch 9800. What a difference in performance. Less

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Full Specs

Release date June 7, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
900/1900/2100 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.1 (Update Available: 2.3 Gingerbread)

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Processor 1.02 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.24 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
800 minutes (2G)
393 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 31.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.2 x 6.4 x 1.0 cm
(4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 118 grams
(4.2 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Screensavers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Unknown
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Unknown
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Geotagging, Self-timer, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats Unknown
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Zoom Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, Real Audio, WMA, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung SGH-I897

Android 2.2 update available
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