Samsung Captivate

Samsung Captivate Glide review

Samsung Captivate Glide review

When it comes to releasing new devices, Samsung and the rest of the manufacturer bunch doesn't always aim for the top of the ladder - case in point, the Samsung Captivate Glide, a dual-core smartphone with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and a slide-out keyboard. This device is being released on AT&T's 4G network (not LTE, mind you, just regular ol' 4G) and is currently one of the only dual-core smartphones with a keyboard on the market. If we turn away from the keyboard for a moment and focus on the rest of the device, I think you'll find that while this handset certainly doesn't seem to be up to the task of beating down the very top of the pack of smartphones out today, it's certainly a wrestler for the dual-core lovers of you out there in AT&T Land.

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SG Comics Presents: Updates Gone Wrong

SG Comics Presents: Updates Gone Wrong

Several devices are finally getting their updates for Android 2.2 Froyo that will be rolled out in batches over-the-air. But with all updates, there's always a chance of firmware issues wrecking your phone. So be sure to backup first. Sprint last week announced that they would be rolling out Froyo updates for the Samsung Epic 4G, but had to quickly halt the update as complaints arose over Epic 4G phones getting bricked after the new install. Other devices announced for firmware updates last week include the Samsung Captivate, Sanyo Zio, and the Samsung Omnia 7. Check out the full comic after the jump.

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The Daily Slash: September 22nd 2010

The Daily Slash: September 22nd 2010

It's the middle of the week, so we're just about to the end. Hopefully you've got some plans for the weekend, with plenty of rest before we get back into it on Monday. With that in mind, welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash. In our news from around the Web segment, we got an update for their new 27-inch displays. And then, as usual, we wrap up what's been going on around the R3 Media Network.

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AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant & Galaxy S simple unlock unearthed

AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant & Galaxy S simple unlock unearthed

Unlocking a cellphone can be a headache, so we're pleased to see Samsung has done its users a service with the Galaxy S - and the US versions, the AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant, based on the phone - by including the unlock codes in a file on the smartphone itself.  Unfortunately they've not made them easy to access, and so the team over at xda-developers has stepped in with a simple tool that takes a locked Galaxy S family handset and spits out an unlocked version.

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AT&T Samsung Captivate on sale today

AT&T Samsung Captivate on sale today

Another day, another Galaxy S family smartphone available in the US market.  Samsung continues its rollout - so that's where all the Super AMOLED displays went - with the AT&T Captivate, packing the same 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, UMTS/HSPA, WiFi b/g/n and 5-megapixel camera of its siblings.

There's also Android 2.1 with Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 UI, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and 720p HD video recording.  Onboard memory is 16GB, with a microSD card to expand that, and you also get the Swype keyboard preloaded.

The AT&T Samsung Captivate is available now, priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement and mandatory voice and data plans.  Meanwhile AT&T's contract-free price for the smartphone is $499.99.

AT&T Samsung Captivate unboxing & first-impressions

AT&T Samsung Captivate unboxing & first-impressions

AT&T's Captivate is the first of Samsung's Galaxy S series smartphones to reach the US, and our review unit has just dropped onto the test bench.  Packing a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor and 16GB of onboard storage, AT&T's latest Android device marks a reasonably significant style departure from the original European Galaxy S, though you still get Android 2.1 and TouchWiz 3.0.  Check out the unboxing and our first impressions of the AT&T Samsung Captivate after the cut.

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Samsung Captivate hits AT&T July 18th

Samsung Captivate hits AT&T July 18th

AT&T has confirmed launch dates for the Samsung Captivate, their version of the Super AMOLED Galaxy S smartphone.  The Captivate will arrive on AT&T on July 18th, priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement (including a voice plan and $15 data package add-on).

That gets you a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, UMTS/HSPA, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, along with Android 2.1 and the company's own TouchWiz 3.0 UI enhancements.  The Captivate also gets a 5-megapixel autofocus camera capable of 720p HD video recording (though, like the European Galaxy S, lacking an LED flash), 16GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot.

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AT&T getting Galaxy S with Samsung Captivate

AT&T getting Galaxy S with Samsung Captivate

Samsung's Galaxy S may have just dropped in on us earlier on today, but in a few months time it'll be making quite a splash on AT&T's network in the US.  The carrier has announced that it will be selling a rebadged, slightly redesigned version of the Galaxy S, the AT&T Samsung Captivate, "in the coming months"; still present are the Galaxy S' 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 16GB of internal storage and Android 2.1 OS.

There's also WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and HSPA for up to 7.2Mbps downloads, AT&T's network depending.  Samsung will preload their Social Hub, which pulls in Twitter, Facebook and MySpace messages, while AT&T will slap on their Navigator app and AT&T Family Map.  There'll also be the regular Google Android apps, including access to the Android Market, a multitouch-compatible browser and DLNA media streaming support.

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