AT&T users now have a competitive choice for the iPhone 4. The Samsung Captivate is challenging Apple’s iPhone on the AT&T network. The Captivate features Samsung’s custom user interface called TouchWiz (version 3.0). The Android platform and the TouchWiz interface offer users ways to customize their Smartphones in ways that can’t be done on the iPhone 4, but is it enough to beat the stronghold the iPhone has on the market? A side by side comparison of the two Smartphones shows just how competitive they are. The biggest difference seems to be that the iPhone 4 has 2 cameras (front and back) plus a flash for the back camera, and the Captivate has a larger screen (4″ vs. iPhone 4’s 3.5″). Neither can be a hotspot, nor has HD output.
Power: In the mobile phone food chain, both the Samsung Captivate and iPhone 4 are tops dogs. The Captivate is equipped with an ultra-fast fast 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and 512MB of RAM. The Apple iPhone 4 has Apple’s own A4 processor, which hovers around the 1 GHz mark as well, although Apple hasn’t disclosed specifics on the processor.
Display: The Samsung Captivate has a large and gorgeous 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels. Because f its large display, the Captivate is an ideal mobile device for movie-watching and web browsing. The iPhone 4 has a relatively moderately sized display (as smartphones go), but offers an impressive and industry best 960 x 640 pixels. As such, the iPhone 4 has many more pixels-per-square-inch than the Captivate, making it a significantly higher resolution device. The Captivate is equipped with an ultra-thin Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen. The AMOLED screen will provide a number of advantages, including a brighter screen, less sunlight reflection, and reduced power consumption.
Camera: Both devices are equipped with an advanced 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and the ability to record HD-quality video up to 720P. The iPhone 4 offers on-board video editing capabilities by way of a mobile version of iMovie. The iPhone 4 also features an LED flash, while the Samsung Captivate does not have a flash. The iPhone 4 offers an impressive video chat experience (limited to WiFi) that can utilize either a front-facing VGA camera or the rear 5-megapixel camera while the Captivate is not equipped with a front-facing camera.
Samsung All Share: Featuring DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology, the Captivate will be able to wirelessly send user-generated video content to other DLNA-enabled devices, such as TV’s, monitors and laptops.
Another HUGE difference between the Captivate and the iPhone 4 is the removable battery in the Captivate. The iPhone requires you take the phone to an Apple store to have the battery replaced. On the Captivate you can easily replace the battery yourself. The back slides off and the battery pops out. You can even replace the battery with a Samsung Captivate Extended Battery if you don’t mind your phone being thicker and heavier. Otherwise you can buy a spare battery and keep both charged and exchange them as needed. The Captivate is only available at this time at AT&T, but it will show up on all four of the major U.S. wireless carriers soon. AT&T customers who live in New York and San Francisco will want to avoid getting the Captivate as the network is already having trouble because of the many iPhone users crowding the network. Otherwise, Samsung’s Captive (Galaxy S) seems like a great phone.
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