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Would You Recommend the Cappy Now?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by avgazn91, Mar 8, 2011.

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Would You Recommend the Captivate now (with 2.2)

Poll closed Jun 16, 2011.
  1. I have always recommended the Captivate and still do

    63 vote(s)
    54.3%
  2. I have never recommended the Captivate and never will

    15 vote(s)
    12.9%
  3. I have never recommended the Captivate but will now thanks to 2.2

    2 vote(s)
    1.7%
  4. I sometimes recommended the Captivate but will now thanks to 2.2

    16 vote(s)
    13.8%
  5. I hate Samsung and will never recommended their products

    20 vote(s)
    17.2%
  1. avgazn91

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    So before the Froyo update, I must say, I would never recommend the captivate to someone looking for an android phone. Yea it's sexy and sleek. But that really was it. Nothing else was too amazing about it asides from the AMOLED screen and the fast processor.

    But now afterwards, I wouldn't mind recommending the phone itself, though I would never recommend Samsung as a company other than for their TVs and monitors (which I absolutely love. I have 2 of their LCD tvs and one of their LCD monitors).

    So there's a poll if you haven't noticed (or if I failed and it doesn't show). If your option is not up there, please pick one closest, and if you want, add a little more detail in your post!
     

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    I've always recommended it with the caveat that the gps probably won't work. other then that its a solid phone. my girlfriend and her son have it, they love it.
     
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    Yeah i have my qualms with Samsung, previously it was because all their products felt like they were made that plastic they use to make easter eggs. Agree that monitors were a solid buy.

    I love my captivate and hope to improve it more and more. Much better than iphone4. Also my roomate has the droidX. Everythign i show her cool to play with she downloads and it sucks on her phone. Makes me feel proud to have the captivate. Then again the whole galaxy S line is at least decent maybe even good-great with the right user.
     
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    I think its one of the best phones I could have gotten. Lots of Devs working on ROMs and such. If it wasn't for the ROMs & Kernels I wouldn't want it.
     
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    Since the Captivate is my first smartphone, I don't have anything to compare it to. So I've been happy enough with it (both Eclair and Froyo). I don't freak out over the occasional lag or whatever. If things really act up, I just reboot. No problem. Every person to whom I've recommended this phone has also heard the caveats. No biggie. Nothing's perfect.
     
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    Ya know-

    Its real easy in this day for everyone to get caught up in spec's wars and one-upsmanship.

    I got my Captivate in Oct from Bestbuy, and was mostly happy with it. The GPC was on-off, and my battery life improved tremendously after the first coule of weeks. I am not a big user, but do some texting, play some Mahjong, an occasional surf and was at 2 days of charge. I learned early on that a task-Killer was your friend and started using ATK.

    My battery life went to 4 days(powering off at 9 PM and powering on at 5AM), and then I started reading how Task-Killers were NOT our friends after-all. I stopped using ATK and then went to 5 days of battery.

    Like everyone else- I thought Froyo was gonna be the neatest thing since sliced bread- and wanted Froyo(officially). I updated day of release and battery life was immediately halved and down to 2.5 days. My GPS su**ed.

    I wentto ATT Tech Center and swapped out Friday afternoon for a new one. GPS is back to being *OK*, and battery life is back up there, but its running Eclair.

    For what I do- I guess I will leave it alone(for now). My entire point to this- my wife returned her HTC Freestyle to the ATT Store and I looked at the 2 newer top tier Android phones- the Moto Atrix and the HTC Inspire. Before going there I felt I'd love the sleek Inspire, or the Dual core good ness of the Atrix.

    The Atrix came off as the cheap looking third cousin to my old KRZR or RAZR2 V9. I REALLY looked cheap in its plasticy glory.

    The Inspire looked really sleek- but reading how its battery life was horrible(for a smart phone)- I will be happy to stick with my Cappy. Yes- the phones have matured since the earlier builds, and I understand the 1012 builds seem to be great running units.

    I understand that something that not too long ago was a luxury has now blossomed into a complete extension of our lives- and is considered a major priority for some(over rent, food, etc!!!).

    The grass is not always greener elsewhere -:)

    Chris
     
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    I've steered people away from this phone, any Samsung phone. I'm stuck with it for now. I might change my mind if I get it back from Samsung service and everything is finally functioning as advertised.
     
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    I got to play with a friend's Atrix the other day, and frankly I was underwhelmed. The screen is totally blah compared to the AMOLED, and I couldn't perceive any performance difference in normal use. We did some side-by-side page loads of various web sites, and they came out exactly the same. I'm happy with the Captivate, although I agree with the caveat that someone who is particularly dependent on accurate GPS might need to go elsewhere. The GPS works well enough for me (Nav works, and it gets close enough for recommending nearby restaurants, etc), but if you need really precise tracks for some reason, you won't be satisfied. Other than that, it's a great phone, really.
     
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    Overall I love this phone alot, the GPS works when I have used, battery life is not too bad for a smart phone (I can go from 5 AM to 10 PM and be at 15% which is fine for me) and as for the random shutdowns....I can live with that happening twice a week!
     
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    There are newer phones out for the same price, and newer still on the way. I won't recommend people get a phone that is running an outdated OS and no promise of any further updates in the near future.

    It was the best Android phone for AT&T when it was released, but they aren't keeping up with it like they are the other Galaxy S devices overseas. I would NOT recommend.
     
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    This was my first Android phone and the first phone I've bought at it's launch date. I love Android but I won't be buying a phone at launch date again.
     
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    I was really excited about this phone, and I do still like mine alright. But I recently misplaced one of my three chargers so I couldn't keep it perpetually plugged in. I am starting to realize just how much poor battery life really cripples a phone. That and bugs you always get with ROMs, and the fact that about 1% of people want to even mess with ROMs...

    I used to suggest this phone to my friends. Anymore, I just tell everyone they'd probably be more satisfied with the reliability and ease of use of the iPhone, sadly. I'll probably never switch back, but I can't recommend this kind of hassle for others.
     
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    Love the Phone, Love the versatality of rooting and flashing Roms. My nephew who has an Evo, could not believe the speed of my Cappy verses his Evo 4G. I would NEVER touch a Motorola again, had Blackberry. This phone beats them all...can't wait for the Infuse!
    I-phone? Hate Apple.
     
  14. avgazn91

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    I feel that if this phone was owned by another company (say Motorola) and ran on another network (like Verizon with 4G), this phone would be utterly unstoppable.

    I really love the Super AMOLED screen, it is wonderful and I like that the battery life is somewhat in the decent range, though I would prefer a longer one. But I feel that motorola would have rolled out the updates a lot quicker along with verizon. And motorola would have fixed the GPS problem, or maybe even never had the problem in the first place.
     
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    Yes I would!!!
     
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    Combo reply:

    1. I would never recommend Samsung products.
    2. If it weren't for xda developers toiling in their kitchens and cooking up custom ROMs, I would never buy another Samsung phone.
     
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    I'd still get people to get the newer phone which is coming out in less than a month rather than the current Captivate...
     
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    I would only recommend the captivate to people willing to root their phones and flash roms. On top of that I would only be willing to recommend it to people willing to exchange phones a few times to get one with a semi-working gps.
     
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    Dunno about this "Cappy" ... but I wouldn't recommend the Captivate to anyone, not with the GPS issues and lag. Especially not when there are better options out there at the same price point.
     
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    Had the AT&T captivate and it was laggy, buggy and didnt work at all when I first got it. Custom rom and lag fix helped but the phone was done for within a month so I traded it (to a noob for an iphone 4 32gb) and sold the piece of shit iphone for $60 more than i paid for the captivate. Then i bought the rogers version (for $200 less than the first ;) ) and upgraded to 2.2 through kies and its been fine(ish) and i recommended it to a friend who bought it and loves it. Only issue is putting files onto the internal card from your computer. Gps works fine with navigation but it drains the battery in under 2 hours (from full). Solid specs but samsung sucks at software
     
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    Even less today than my earlier response. Maybe if it wasn't an AT&T phone...
     
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    i would still recommend it.

    i think it's great that AT&T is beginning to have a bigger selection of android phones and if there isn't one you like, you can choose another.

    i would say if people wanted to try a new smartphone, this one would be the way to go. granted, the phone isn't perfect (i don't think any phone is), but with so many custom ROMs.. you can essentially change your phone.
     
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    You do realize that quite a few people(on xda at least)

    ONLY bought an atrix because, designgears got one as well right?

    Actually had I not already had the captivate, i would have probably bought a captivate based on DG's decision to get one as well.

    Anyway, I am not here to get in some sort of giant flame war or troll people based on their decision to buy products but, from the beginning I loved my captivate, I love my captivate now.

    I will be the first to admit the captivate isn't for everyone. However, I love my 23" samsung monitor. Even though it is TN instead of IPS, (and cost almost the same sadly). It still has a gorgeous screen, and was the best deal available when I bought it in terms of aesthetics, resolution, and size. (always been encouraged to see a monitor before I buy it, so I was limited to BB and it was he best available) Where I am kind of going with this is samsung tends to have pretty decent hardware even if lacking software.

    As far as samsung phone's go.. "plastic feeling" is a bit of a moot argument IMHO if your going to shove a case on it anyway.

    Samsung has a tradition of decent hardware that is never fully realized.

    for whatever it is worth, I wonder if there is any phone's I wouldn't want to install some sort of custom rom on now though.

    After getting angry birds ad free.. even Cognition 4.1.1 which is more or less the exact same as stock, just add in lag fix, and a few customization options seems vastly superior with its lack of adds in games and apps.
     
  24. chicknlil

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    Not to derail the thread, but people didn't just buy the Atrix because of DG. They bought it because it has phenomenal stats, and Motorola had promised an unlocked/unecrypted/whatever bootloader, which would have opened up a world of amazing possibilities for that phone...

    ...the issues was that they immediately backpedaled on their bootloader promise, and that pretty well limited any backing up or ROM options. And when the "4G" speeds on the phone were less than 3G speeds on my Captivate. No dev options + slow speeds = returned to AT&T.

    I'm leaning towards giving Samsung one more chance with my next phone, not because of the Captivate, but because my previous 3 phones were Samsungs (as were my Mom's last 2) and they were great little phones. I'm hoping the Captivate is the exception rather than the rule when it comes to my dealings with them.
     
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    Absolutely not, first 2 captivates had the shut-down bug, now my third has crappy GPS. It sucks I'm stuck with this thing for 1.5 more years, I love the SAMOLED screen but I would give it up in a heartbeat for a phone with functioning GPS and when I unlock it there is no doubt that the phone will still be on.
     

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