AT&T is now the first US carrier to announce the Galaxy S; AT&T’s model will be called the Captivate and will have a slightly different body than the Galaxy S announced at CTIA. The Captivate should give many users an alternative to the iPhone 4 on AT&T’s network as both devices sport similar feature-sets, including 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording, gyroscope and accelerometer, and 1 GHz Hummingbird chip–Apple’s A4 chip is widely believed to be a rebrand of the Hummingbird design. According to AT&T’s press release:
In addition, the Samsung Captivate is designed with a six-axis sensor that combines the smartphone’s accelerometer and gyroscope to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right. The Captivate’s user interface also supports a series of advanced touch screen gestures capabilities including multi-touch pinch, long tap and zoom and vertical and horizontal swiping. This series of versatile gestures provide easier and quicker access to many applications including location-based services, Web browsing and digital photos.
Other features for the Captivate include Samsung Social Hub and AT&T’s Address Book:
The Captivate keeps users connected with Samsung’s Social Hub, which is built around Messaging and Contacts, both of which initiate the sending and receiving of information, whether it is e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates or SMS messages. Additionally, calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar, and social networking services are displayed together in one calendar with two-way synchronization. The familiar text messaging experience is enhanced with group messaging and “reply all” functionality for up to 10 contacts, a threaded conversations format, a consolidated inbox, and enhanced multi-media display.
In addition, AT&T customers who choose Captivate can take advantage of AT&T Address Book. A Web-based service, AT&T Address Book syncs contacts to an online address book so customers can access and manage their mobile contacts from their handset or their PC. Also available to users at no additional charge is access to AT&T’s entire national Wi-Fi network — any Captivate with the Wi-Fi turned on will automatically connect when in range.
Other specs include WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 4.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, GPS, Android 2.1 with TouchWiz, and DLNA integration.
The device should be released in the coming months; an exact date was not given. Users can go to http://www.att.com/captivate to learn more about the device.