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Product description
  • Super AMOLED 4" touchscreen
  • Stream, record and store video
  • Faster texting with Swype
  • Access the Internet with a full HTML browser
  • Sync and share digital content with AllShare
Product Information
Captivate the world in the palm of your hand with the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate SGH-I897 touchscreen mobile from Samsung. The Android 2.2 OS feature of this Samsung smartphone gives you access to various useful applications like messaging, social networking, and many more. You can also enjoy stunning and brilliant HD graphics on the 4-inch Super AMOLED display of this touchscreen mobile. The virtual Full touch QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology of the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate SGH-I897 helps you to input texts at a remarkable speed. This Samsung smartphone with its 5 Mega Pixel Camera, allows you to capture excellent and real-life pictures.

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Product Identifiers
BrandSamsung
MPN SGH-I897ZKAATT
CarrierUnlocked
Family LineSamsung Captivate
ModelSGH-I897
UPC631656874693, 899794007971
TypeSmartphone

Key Features
Storage Capacity16 GB
ColorBlack
Network Generation3G
Network TechnologyEDGE, GSM, HSDPA, UMTS
BandGSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband) WCDMA (UMTS) 850/1900/2100
StyleBar
Camera5.0 MP

Memory
Supported Flash Memory CardsMicroSDHC

Battery
Battery Capacity1500 mAh

Display
Display TechnologySuper Amoled
Diagonal Screen Size4 in.

Other Features
Touch ScreenYes
BluetoothYes
Digital CameraYes
GPSYes
QWERTY Physical KeyboardNo
Email AccessYes
Internet BrowserYes
SpeakerphoneYes

Dimensions
Height4.78 in.
Depth0.39 in.
Width2.5 in.
Weight4.5 oz

eBay Product ID: EPID108836440

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86%

of customers recommend this product

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Created: 06/14/11

Lovely phone crippled by AT&T.

No, I would not recommend this product.

I got this product as a warranty replacement for a Motorola Backflip. My reseller refused to order anymore Backflips, and this appeared to be the closest to what I wanted that they offered.

Likes: Fast, lots of memory and the option to add more, beautiful screen, classy looking phone.

Dislikes: Touch keyboard only, ringtones can be hard to hear from another room, no flash which is surprising since it has a very nice camera. My biggest dislike, however, is that AT&T Samsung smart phones are disabled from installing any non-android market apps. Supposedly this is to save us from potentially malicious applications, but due to this feature when I had an issue with gmail that could not be fixed and wound up having to delete gmail I was unable to reinstall it because it came on the phone originally and was not a market app. So instead I had to root the phone (voiding the warranty) so I could change permissions simply to reinstall software that came pre-installed (and the installation package was still on the phone.)

Compared to other smart phones I would rate the Captivate very highly. It's a really nice phone and a pleasure to use (except for the no flash).

I could not recommend the AT&T version of this phone to the average user however, due to the disabled installation features. This is unique to AT&T. If you're familiar and comfortable with rooting phones it's pretty cool though.

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Created: 06/11/11

A great phone for the $200 dollars I paid.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

This a a great phone and can be rooted by be forewarned that AT&T has REALLY made it hard to install the apps you want. Once rooted the easiest way to install apps of your own not from the google market is to use DroidExplorer. Using that tool you can install (side load) all the apps you want from any source. With that out of the way onto the actual quality of the phone.

The phone has a great screen. I can NOT stress this enough, it is just simply breathtakingly vivid and clear, this screen. This screen is one of the few phones to also feature gorilla glass. You can take a pen and stab it all you want and NOT pierce the screen, this stuff is no joke.

The CPU is 1Ghz hummingbird CPU. Can NOT be overclocked with SetCPU but you can set up profiles with it so that your battery last even longer than it's already default great life. I can go days (so far 2.5 days) without charging it, so long as you don't game too much. With normal phone and text use the battery will last a long time between charging.

The speaker, although very clear, is a bit on the quiet side. Not that big of a deal with media as I prefer to use headphones anyway but I like to have my ringtones be as loud and annoying as possible. While the phone will grab your attention it's not obnoxious at all.

With 16GB of free space for your apps/music/videos you'll have lots of room to play around with.

A great phone for the $200 dollars I paid, bar none.

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Created: 12/14/10

The Samsung Captivate i897 cell phone

This cell phone is very interesting to say the least. The Android Operating System is a great system. The cell phone with the Hummingbird Processor inside makes this phone a top runner in cell phones. It, along with the Android System makes this phone a stiff competitor among the smart phones on the market today. I feel it will only improve as the Android Operating System gets tweaked. I don't give it a perfect rating, because there is always room for improvements, but the things it seems to lack, for my personal use, I can live without to get the top performance this cell phone offers. Screen quality is one of the best around. Size of the screen is wonderful and the Applications that can be added are almost unlimited. If you want to add an APP. to this phone that isn't for the phone, more than likely there is a way to get it added. I have installed some that aren't supposed to be able to be added and they work fine. I suppose there are one or two that won't work, but I don't need them anyway. Battery life, at least on mine, is pretty good. I have had a lot worse, but this does last for a few days with nominal use. A little better than a day under heavy use. Plus, you can turn WIFI and Bluetooth on and off at will. It is a fun phone to play around with and learn all the different programs that it offers. I feel that the Samsung Android i897 cell phone will have to be reckoned with for a long time to come. If you are wanting a great Operating System that is easy to work and a cell phone that is super fast, then this is the cell phone. If you are scared of something new, then stay away. I have found it to be more than I need and a lot more than I expected. Also, one camera is enough. You can turn the cell phone around to do conferencing calls, if needed. The speaker is on the back, I feel, just for that. Would I recommend this phone to anyone? Yes, I would and have already. This is a great cell phone and I love mine.

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Created: 11/29/10

Samsung Captivate Cell Phone from AT &T

Hi
I would like to share my experience with my Samsung Captivate Cell Phone.
I got this phone a week ago and have not been able to put it down since.

The first thing you notice about the phone is the display. The Super AMOLED display is second only to the iPhone 4 in my opinion. It is so clear you will think you are looking at a high quality print rather than a web page. There are no visible pixels.

The phone is powered by android which is google based so you get all the fantastic google search, maps, etc. standard.

The app marketplace is full of cool and useful things to make your phone stand apart from the pack. Best of all most of them are FREE. I have found so many cool things on there and I am sure I could spend hours more just checking out all the cool stuff they bring to my phone.

It takes wonderful pictures (despite the lack of camera flash)
Also, it shoots HD video so you can let that bulky camcorder collect dust (or sell it on ebay!)

Battery life is average for a smartphone with a overnight charging a must.

It comes with 16GB onboard memory upgradable to 32GB via Micro SD card so you can store tons of media.

My overall impression of this phone is in one word: AWESOME.
I cannot recommend it enough! Just be sure you get a case, You will never forgive yourself if you scratch that beautiful AMOLED screen.

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Created: 12/26/10

Well up to date tech phone! HD cam awesome!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

My wife LOVEs the Captivate. She is able to do many things that were never possible before. Internet is easy to use. Its pretty decently fast. The camera is awesome! Great HD quality. Almost compares with my HD camcorders! Love the 16gb space AND the ability to add a 16gb card to make a total of 32gigs. Nice, like the MP3 player. Sounds good with a 3.5 mm earphone jack. No adaptors needed, NICE! Nice big screen.

***** The ISSUE I HAD BEFORE, but its undercontrol now*******
It KEEPS turning off by itself! Very upsetting. Half of time when I come to phone, its OFF. WHATS up wit that? What if someone needs to call me? Something is wrong with it that causes it to turn off. Also another issue, the damn calls keep dropping out! That get very annoying. This makes this phone very UNRELIABLE! Sometimes it just turns OFF while calling. THEN another issue I had too, is when I use the video camera, sometimes the stupid thing just FAILS! While recording a video, it just STOPS and says Warning: Camera Failed! and makes me loose the 5 minutes of video I was just making.

**************UPDATE 8-20-2011*********************​**

OK all! I had this phone for about a year now! I obtained the app (Captivate Keep Alive) and since then the ABOVE issues has been resolved! No more call drops, no turning off, no camera faileds. Now that the phone works like its supposed to, this is how I like the phone now!

What I like about the captivate!

1) Big screen 4 inch!
2) Awesome HD camcorder, almost as good as my $1000 HD camcorder. Yes it's THAT good!
3) Internet is easy to do on this phone and works great, dont need to depend on home computer as much for internet! + WiFi
4) Phone is pretty easy to use overall!
5) Has 16 gig built in memory, and takes 16gig micro SDs, access without removing batteries, 32 gigs total.. NICE!
6) has a 3.5 mm earphone jack
7) A nice advancement of technology. It well up to date tech!

Now for the things I DONT LIKE!

1) Video camera not good with low light! NO FLASH for camera.... UGH! Thats too bad!
2) Batteries drain TOO FAST, unfortunately since I need the Captivate Keep Alive app running. Gives only 1 day standby
3) Bulky size. Not always easy to carry around. But OK still.
4) Touch screen thing is not as reliable as push buttons. Too easy to push the wrong buttons with my bigger fingers.
5) Speaker phone volume WAY TOO LOW!
6) Having other minor issues. Sometime the speaker does not work, and I have to bump the phone to make it work!

Thats all I can think of as of now

So all in all, I can give a score 8 out of 10. And the batteries draining too quick and the issues of defects of phone takes away all the points.

What would make this phone better? Besides the battery issue. Well it would be so nice if video camera can handle the low light well! Plus a flash for the pictures! But can live with it. Just bring my home cmaera! This is all I can think of!

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