AT&T customers rejoice! The Samsung Captivate (a Galaxy S phone) has launched this weekend on AT&T’s network. I know, this post comes pretty late, but I wanted to get a little hands-on time with the new Captivate before sharing the news. If in the last eight hours you jumped ship and moved your number over to another carried just because AT&T didn’t have any appealing Android phones, you might want to think about taking advantage of that 30 day termination policy that most carriers offer.
The new Samsung Captivate on AT&T is one of the best Android phones currently available in the U.S. market. AT&T is selling the new phone for $199.99 with a new two year agreement bundled with a required data plan. Those willing to buy the phone without signing their life away on the dotted line will be required to pay $499.99.
The phone itself is a little different than the Samsung Vibrant which launched on T-Mobile late last week. Rather than having straight edges with rounded corners, the captivate features straight edges on the side of the phone while the top and bottom edges curve outward. The back side of the phone has a unique design as well. The carriers probably chose to have different bodies on the phones so that they could maximize their revenue from accessory sales. On the software side, Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 UI is pretty much identical to what we have seen on the Vibrant, but there are a few color tweaks that are barely noticeable.
If you’ve in the market for an Android phone on AT&T’s network, the Samsung Captivate should be at the very top of your list. The 1GHz Hummingbird processor with dedicated GPU, Android 2.1, and Samsung’s 4 inch Super AMOLED display truly make the phone stand out from the competition and will definitely give AT&T customers a great rival to go head-to-head with the iPhone 4.
Feel free to let us know if you’ve picked up the Samsung Captivate already and what your initial thoughts are so far.