AT&T First out of the Gate with Galaxy S, Announces Samsung Captivate

AT&T, of all companies, is the first of the US wireless providers to announce the Samsung Galaxy S.  In what comes as no surprise, the phone will be called the Samsung Captivate and will rock the same internal hardware.

Powered by Android 2.1, the phone offers a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and a 5.0-megapixel camera/ camcorder with auto-focus and HD (720p) video recording. Interestingly enough, there’s no mention of a flash for the camera. That jives with what we heard over a month ago. Other hardware includes 16 GB of internal storage with room for another 16GB (microSD) of memory. Rounding out the phone are support for WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0, and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 Mbps.

The press release tells us the phone has the full Google experience (Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, and Google Talk) but I’m interested to see if AT&T restricts this phone to Market apps only.

Standout applications and services:

  • Samsung Social Hub – integrates the user’s social networking services, messages, personal and business email, calendars and contacts.
  • AT&T Address Book – syncs contacts to an online address book so customers can access and manage their mobile contacts from their handset – or their PC.
  • Access to AT&T’s entire national Wi-Fi network — any Captivate with the Wi-Fi turned on will automatically connect when in range.
  • Text messaging is enhanced with group messaging and “reply all” functionality for up to 10 contacts, a threaded conversations format, a consolidated inbox, and enhanced multi-media display
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology
  • Samsung’s All Share application – enables inter-device connectivity through DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology
  • AT&T Navigator – voice-guided and visual turn-by-turn GPS driving directions with automatic reroute, full-color maps, and real-time traffic alerts
  • AT&T Family Map –  gives families the ability to track a child’s location from a PC or cell phone and request location updates at any time.

There’s no mention of price as of yet nor do we have an official release.  The best we have to go on is “the coming months”.

Come on AT&T, get this one right.

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27 Comments

  1. dan
    June 17, 17:34 Reply

    This will be it for AT&T. If they don't restrict this phone I'll stay with them else I'm switching to Verizon for Droid X.

    • MN1
      June 17, 18:06 Reply

      get ready to switch to Verizon. Unless you root it, AT&T is not going to budge with their locking down every Android device they sell. Sad as this is coming from an AT&T subscriber ready to jump ship in 2.5 weeks when my contact expires

      • @scottyabrown
        June 17, 18:50 Reply

        Not sad at all. AT&T is in bed with Apple and the iPhone. They are NOT going to bite the hand that feeds them.

        I was hoping that TMO would have been the carrier to be the Android advocate, but it looks like they are leaving that up to VZW for the time being.

  2. mikeeeee
    June 17, 19:13 Reply

    wonder if att/microcell is allowed?

    maybe this is the harbinger for a UMA ANDROID?

  3. Joe
    June 17, 20:58 Reply

    Anyone else notice they took off the front facing camera from the regular Galaxy S? That would be to much competition for Mr. Jobs.

  4. meanmcclean
    June 17, 23:40 Reply

    looks like At&t castrated another good Android phone with their own proprietary crapola. Good job.

  5. Ken
    June 18, 00:41 Reply

    Is it me, or does anyone else think it looks like a blackberry storm?

  6. webby
    June 18, 00:42 Reply

    3 . 2 . 1 . . . Let the ATT crippling of this Android phone begin!

  7. pamelaalmeda
    June 18, 00:53 Reply

    The picture in the article is misleading. That is not a Samsung Galaxy S.

  8. Eric
    June 18, 02:48 Reply

    They already said on that website: http://att.com/captivate

    that you will have access to the Android Market: "Choose from thousands of apps on the Android Market™"

    They removed the front VGA cam but added a Gyroscope just like the iPhone 4 … I would have preferred they kept the front cam instead.

    It only supports up to 16 GB microSD according to the Press Release and website.

    "–16 GB on-board memory for photos, videos, and music – expandable memory up to 32 GB"

  9. Steve
    June 21, 18:17 Reply

    NO CAMERA FLASH?!?!?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! Why make such an impressive phone and then cripple it by not including a flash? Wow… I guess unless I leave AT&T I am never going to get an iPhone alternative…. PLEASE SAMSUNG PULL THRU AND ADD A FLASH FOR THE CAMERA BEFORE IT'S RELEASED!!!!

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