iPhone 4 or Samsung Captivate?

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iPhone 4 or Samsung Captivate?

I'm torn between these two phones. I currently have a 3GS and really like it, but was looking to Android for the customization and soemthing different. I like the iPhone but it seems so basic to me, I like a challenge.  Input?

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Guru

Re: iPhone 4 or Samsung Captivate?

If you are like me you would be wise to stick with the iphone.

At first the android is so much fun with the customization but then a few months down the road i started to hate it because it lacked a lot of games and other useful apps that the iphone has.

 

Also the iphone is a lot easier to use when it comes to syncing music and such via itunes.

There are alternatives for android but you have to pay.

 

If you are looking for a phone that is easy to use, stick with the iphone

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Employee

Re: iPhone 4 or Samsung Captivate?

I've converted my girlfriend and my sister from iOS to Android and they are happier with their phones now (HTC Evo)

 

Syncing is easier I'd say since you don't have to use iTunes or anything, well it's more drag-n-drop than sync, but you can use DoubleTwist (which mimics iTunes interface) and there are iTunes sync apps on the market (some are free even) so it's not really a problem.

 

While it doesn't have all the games iOS carries it does have a few ports. The big issue is updates. You may not get these on AT&T but with some toying around (rooting) you can put custom ROMs on your phone to put whatever update you want. Plus you can use a Wii controller to play NES/SNES/Gensis games on your Android phone Smiley Happy

 

Grab the Captivate, return in 30 days for iPhone if you don't like it

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Stick with the iphone. Battery life on the captivate sucks. Im actually going back to the iphone soon. Dont get me wrong, i like my captivate and android but i need a longer battery life. Charging twice a day just to make it isnt cutting it.
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Re: iPhone 4 or Samsung Captivate?

I agree with many of the things that have been stated already.  If you like a challenge, then the Captivate is for you, because the updates are do it yourself!  There are endless customization options, especially if you root. Talk to some people that own Android phones on AT&T, since AT&T does things to limit the Android experience.

 

If you want ease, familiarity and great battery life, the iPhone 4 is for you.

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Employee

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one thing I noticed why battery life isn't so great on Android is because of all the features enabled from the start.

 

Weather, Stocks, News, Auto-Brightness, haptic feedback, silence on pick-up, "all animations", facebook, twitter, friendstream (HTC Sense devices) all running all the time.

 

disable most/all if you don't really need them constantly and you should be great. 

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Professor

Re: iPhone 4 or Samsung Captivate?

I would have swapped to Android or similar that becomes available, but there are pros and cons:

  • Apple has the most cases available for their iDevices ; Only a few third party cases may work for the Android device that you have available already.
  • Bluetooth headsets work on either one, but some keyboards won't.
  • You also don't have a plugin cable on the bottom for standup docking. Apple has their plugins on all their devices on the bottom featuring a sturdy dock seat. Android and WP7 devices are mini-usb and their plugs are on the side.
  • iDevices doesn't have social networking except by developers apps as long as they are intialized; Android has social networking built in at a cost of battery life if not set to hourly or manual
  • Limited keyboard options on the Android. Unless the vendor added 100 country languages to the devices. I've only known there to be 5 of them. They also do not have Emoticons. Apple has both of these features.
  • Battery life is hard to maintain on the Android OS compared to the iPhone. Some of the applications have automatically enabled features and run in the background.
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Teacher

Re: iPhone 4 or Samsung Captivate?

Thank you all for your input. I think I'm going to try the Captivate, who knows I may really like, if I don't there is always that 30 day exchange policy. Smiley Happy

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Re: iPhone 4 or Samsung Captivate?

 


josephz2va wrote:

I would have swapped to Android or similar that becomes available, but there are pros and cons:

  • They also do not have Emoticons. Apple has both of these features.

Ok I'm with you on the other pros and cons (mostly pros in favor of Apple)...but Emoticons?  Isn't that stretching things a bit too far in trying to swing things in Apple's favor?  I mean, c'mon...it's not as if the ability to use emoticons is gonna be a dealbreaker by any stretch of the imagination--is there someone out there who's really thinking, "I'm going with the iPhone over the Android because at least the iPhone has emoticons"? Smiley Wink

 

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Re: iPhone 4 or Samsung Captivate?

I was also facing a same problem. I realised that all the unwanted tasked which I opened earlier and I dont want them now are also running in background.

Use any task killer app and you will then find almost day lasting battery.

 

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Teacher

Re: iPhone 4 or Samsung Captivate?

I just switched over from Android to iOS.

 

 

The main thing I hated about my Android devices was that they were too slow software wise, and most apps would fail. The battery life on my device made my phone useless without carrying a charger. I use to dislike iOS because I wasn't good with virtural keyboards. After using my iPod touch more, I decided that I'd get the iPhone 4.

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For me the best part about the iPhone, besides ease of use, is the iTunes store and its wealth of apps.

 

I have and use over 150 apps and being able to run these same apps on any iOS device including an iPad is the deal breaker in what mobile device I'd go with.

 

My apps as of today

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Re: iPhone 4 or Samsung Captivate?


bmkpoe wrote:

Thank you all for your input. I think I'm going to try the Captivate, who knows I may really like, if I don't there is always that 30 day exchange policy. Smiley Happy


I think that's a good decision. If you come to the point where you are unsatisfied with the Captivate/Android itself, you'll know which other alternative to pick. Smiley Wink I think I also may get the Captivate, as it seems very nice and fits my needs. Good luck with your decision!

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Re: iPhone 4 or Samsung Captivate?


bmkpoe wrote:

I'm torn between these two phones. I currently have a 3GS and really like it, but was looking to Android for the customization and soemthing different. I like the iPhone but it seems so basic to me, I like a challenge.  Input?


Run away from the Captivate!!!  I've had two of these, and they're nice, but they tend to lock up, get flaky, lose email, and the power connection is fragile.  I "wanted" to keep the Captivates because of the Android OS, but the units simply didn't measure up to an iPhone 4.

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Scholar

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I vowed never to buy a Samsung phone again after my experience with the BlackJack antenna becoming loose if you dropped it problem. Samsung phones are known for having quality problems. I love my iphone4.

 

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