I love my Samsung i897 Captivate...I had it for about one year now and the only problem I had I fixed it online. By far its the best phone I ever owned. I recently upgraded and its blowing my mind on how fast it can process.
This is an awesome phone. I've used my friend's iPhone 4 for a few weeks before buying it and the Captivate beats it. I prefer the Captivate to the iPhone 4. For some reason the iPhone just feels like a normal communication device and I got bored with the phone very quickly. As for the Captivate, I'm really enjoying it, there's always something new to try or do.
It's pretty fast in all areas including the web and supports flash content. Some movies don't play but when using alternative players such as MoboPlayer then all movies play with great quality. Using the tons of 3rd party apps is where the Captivate really starts to shine in it's glory.
I'm running Android 4 OS ICS. It can be slow at times but this is usually if it is installing an app. The battery life is bad. It's power usage is probably due to the number of apps and screen size. There's also a slight problem with the speaker cause it tends die, this only happened once thus far. I simply press on the speaker and it's back again, this seems to be a design flaw (as noted on forums).
TIP FOR BATTERY LIFE:
I've dimmed the screen light and lost 1/4 battery life over night. Then tried a brighter screen light and lost half battery life over night. So try changing the screen brightness and see if it helps with your battery life.
My Charger Thing Is Loose And It Wont Charge But Other Than That Its A Good Phone
P.S. If You Drop It Once Without A Case It Will Break Something ...
Icant wait til my contract is up so I can upgrade. The battery life is awful on the captivate even eith ur stettings on all programs disabled. Not happy at all nbecause the poor battery life dimineshes the features I do like...
Captivate is pretty good. ive had it for more than a year. the camera is amazing, so is the video. the screen and the speaker is really loud when playing mp3.the screen size is i think the perfect size for a smart phone. 4.5 inch for me is too big. less than 4 inch is kind of small.
I bought one when they were first released and loved it. The first ones as with anything new had various glitches that they have since fixed and the newest Captivates are amazing phones! I will never own anything other than a Samsung phone with the Android operating system!
GJ, 06 Dec 2011Can anyone tell me is it possible to use skype on this phone ? Thank you.It had never worked untill I Updated the android system. After using KIES to update the android system it worked perfectly.
people.. please stay away from odin to flash this phone.. i had a bad experience with odin flashing this phone and now my phone is hard bricked..
Amazing phone, have had it for one year so far and no problems at all. Battery life is great if you install a task-killing app.
singh.., 28 Apr 2012i read it in the specification dat it doesn't have radio...is it so??The Galaxy S (GT-i9000) has a FM tuner chip in it that the U.S. Captivate (i897) does not.
There are rumors involving hacking the bcm4329 chip which the Captivate does have. Unfortunately, the FM tuner functionality of this chip can't be accessed or enabled for the i897.
i read it in the specification dat it doesn't have radio...is it so??
Anonymous, 16 Apr 2012I would not suggest this phone to anyone. I have this phone at the moment ant it gives me so m... moreThe phone isn't actually shutting off but rather dimming to save power/energy. Other phone lines do this also such as Motorola to slow down the battery draining. It's a power saving mode built into a lot of smartphones and androids because of all the power they eat up. You can easily make an adjustment that will fix this. Just run the app called Captivate Keep Alive and the problem should disappear.
I would not suggest this phone to anyone. I have this phone at the moment ant it gives me so much trouble. The mp3 player skips, ringtones skip, it force closes on many things, the loud speaker is going out, and the reception is getting worse. Take note that this phone has been in an otterbox all of its life, and the only time its out is to take the battery out after it has frozen. Do not get a samsung captivate or any samsung smartphone.
When will samsung release official ICS for Captivate?
Or how can I update my firmware to ICS?