After downloading ATK (Advanced Task Killer) I really noticed an improvement in performance. However, even after swapping it out for a new unit I still didn't see an improvement in the received signal levels, especially on 1900 MHz.
I'm not basing this on the "number of bars" showing on the display. If you go into Service Mode, you can get an actual RSSI measurement in dBm. Let's face it, folks, 0 dBm is 0 dBm. No software patch is going to fix this. The radios in the entire production run of the Captivate are bad by design.
Either wait for the flaw to be fixed or move to a place that's within half a mile of an AT&T cell tower.
I was forced to return mine. I still want an Android phone, though, so I'll probably wind up on Sprint or (shudder) Verizon. T-Mo is outta the question.
Anonymous, 13 Aug 2010..what else is the back plate made of?..Aluminum.
If you have excellent ATT coverage in your area this is the best Galaxy phone to get. When Verizon releases thier version, it could be faster, But, playing with the Droid X in a franchise store, it was obviously slower than ATT. ATT really did deliver on their upgrades in NYC. The call quality is slightly better, but I still think Verizon's call quality is better than ATTs.
Anonymous, 13 Aug 2010..what else is the back plate made of?..Cheap paint.
Anonymous, 12 Aug 2010About 90% is metal..what else is the back plate made of?..
I've been used iphone 3G, 3GS, and wanna try Android to see how good of it, but so disappointed...Just returned this Craptivate after using for 3 weeks. Nice designs, good looking, best feature of swype pad and file storage from both internal and external SD cards. You can drop and drag direct from PC or download direct from email and store into Micro-SD.
Many bugs caused foreclose like crazy. Freeze up on me many times.
Chat applications from Android market didn't work very well for this Craptivate.
Most of the mail(yahoo, aim, hotmail..) dont sync via Wi-Fi.
Syncing over 3G, you must stand at a spot that has a good signal otherwise, it will take forever for u to retrive your email or even freeze the phone.
The battery life is a cock suckker worser than iphone 3GS.
The active button was placed on the right of the phone, whenever you hit it, you will hit the volume control on the left.
I returned it with 15% restocking fee.
You will be regreted to buy it. I am going back to iOS. Apple tastes a lot better than this piece of KimChi.
Anonymous, 09 Aug 2010does anybody know that if this phone supports 220v/60hz? (voltage-frequency in Europe)The charger that shipped with my Captivate supports 110 through 240 volts, 50 - 60 Hz. Should not be an issue. Just remember to take adapters if you're going to be traveling. Can't fit a square peg into a round hole, so to speak. ;)
Has anyone else noticed how badly the WiFi range SUCKS on this thing? ...or is it just my unit? This thing has HALF the WiFi range of my girlfriend's iPhone 3Gs. I can even be in the same room with the WAP and notice weaker signals.
It also doesn't seem to play very well on the cellular network, either. Signals are consistently weak. 0 bars @home half the time! The other half of the time, signals are weak. As a result, the 3G CHOWS my battery.
Best sound quality?? HA!! My Nokia 6267 has this thing beat hands-down. Just about every Blackberry I've encountered sounds way better than this phone, as well.
The above, along with having the pleasure of my apps locking up and hanging, browser crashing and other flakiness has me wondering just HOW people can love this phone.
Did I just get a bad one??
Tell me your stories.
Cindy, 12 Aug 2010Is the battery cover REAL carbon fibre, or just a cheap plastic look alike? is there any metal... morethe back plate is entirely made of metal, and imo this is the best build quality of all the galaxy S series
Is the battery cover REAL carbon fibre, or just a cheap plastic look alike? is there any metal on this phone?
still the best phone is droid x, if only it was to have a gprs, edge, gsm kind of network. no one can beat droid x today... the thing i love the most about it is the battery life (we all know its pretty much loaded with hardcore features).
Samsung user, 08 Aug 2010I am returning my Galaxy S 16Gb. It is very good in general but the GPS is terrible, terrible.... moreI have a Galaxy S and no problems with the GPS so far. Ask for a replacement, or return it, but I have to say this is the best phone on the market so far.
Anonymous, 09 Aug 2010does anybody know that if this phone supports 220v/60hz? (voltage-frequency in Europe)Look on the values on the charger. It might work.
Seriously ? no flash for 5MP cam !, seriously ? samsung , come on
Had both the Vibrant and Captivate, Returned the Vibrant. The plastic shell seemed flimsy, and weak. Captivate is metal. ATT a faster download than TMobile. I am going to give Sprint a shot. Android OS is really superior to other OS on the market right now. Super Amoled prob best display right now, Spoke to local ATT employee, Apple 4G s not selling, getting whipped by Captivate and HTC Aria.
I already have researched this product and has no second camera? Waiting in the wings.