December 21, 2014

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.