As with all our articles that cover modding, hacking, and/or rooting, your phone you do so at your own risk. Ahead there be dragons.
1. If you don’t already have it, download the Android SDK and install it.
2. Grab the Samsung USB Windows drivers, and while you’re at it get the Galaxy S drivers (32 bit, 64 bit) and install them.
3. Download this update.zip file.
4. Plug your Captivate into your computer via USB.
5. Pull down your notifications bar and click on “USB connected: Select to copy files to/from your [...]
AT&T Captivate owners daring to push the limits on their Hummingbird processors can proceed to XDA-Developers to overclock their Galaxy S smartphones to 1.2 GHz. Theoretically, you can go up to 1.6 GHz safely, though 1.2 GHz so far is the safe, stable cap. If you have a need for speed, you can go to XDA-Developers for the details and instructions.
(via: Samsung Hub)
We haven’t been shy in our praise of the Samsung Galaxy S series phones (Vibrant, Captivate, etc.), particularly their speeds. But just how fast can it go?
Lucky for us, we’ve got really good benchmarking tools. In particular, Quadrant scores are what the industry uses as the standard for comparing speeds. As a point of reference, the Droid X, one of the faster phones out there, was recently overclocked, yielding ~1350 scores.
Not to be left out, two Captivate hacks have been employed, with results that are amazing!
The first hack employs creating a [...]
We’ve seen a small handful of TV commercials for some of the Galaxy S smartphones (specifically the already-released Captivate and Vibrant), and in their latest commercial, Samsung touts the features of all four variants of the Galaxy S, including the unreleased Verizon Fascinate and the 4G-capable Sprint Epic. Highlights of the Galaxy S devices, according to Samsung, is that they feature the “brightest, fastest screen ever created” and that they are twice as fast as “leading Android devices” (quite a claim!). And, not to be outdone by Google who once [...]
You may have recently heard about the secret Galaxy S Android desktop syncing software. It sounds like it could have been a pretty good sync solution. It certainly seems to be more feature-rich than the other sync options, and I especially like the text message archiving/printing features. We took it for a test drive with the Samsung Vibrant, and here’s how it went.
YouTube, in partnership with Sundance, Ridley Scott and director Kevin MacDonald, is embarking on an ambitious project on July 24th. The project asks users to take their cameras out and tell a story about their lives and the winning entries will be selected to appear in an edited documentary with footage created by users on their own recording equipment. With modern phones like the HTC EVO 4G, the Motorola Droid X, the iPhone 4, Microsoft KIN Two, and the Galaxy S variants capable of shooting videos in HD, modern geeks would make for great filmmakers. Now, all you need is a [...]
Previously we wrote about the technological differences between Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPU (found on the EVO 4G, Nexus One, Desire, Droid Incredible, etc) and Samsung’s Hummingbird CPU (found on all Galaxy S smartphones). In this video, we add the Texas Instruments OMAP 3630 to the mix and put all three CPUs against each other to determine which “feels” fastest in everyday use. To achieve this, we see which device boots up fastest, which exhibits the smoothest internet performance, and so on. In the end, as you can see in the video, the Hummingbird and OMAP 3630 [...]
While I’ve been using the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant Galaxy S series smartphone, I’ve been thinking… I wish there was a better way to sync music & videos to this device. Manual USB copy/pasting is really annoying. And also… I wish I could archive text messages off of this device. Well, guess what Samsung made for their Galaxy S phones, but didn’t tell anyone about? It’s called Kies and it’s a desktop program that syncs your phone’s contacts and calendars with Outlook, lets you download media and text messages off your phone, lets you [...]
If you want the Samsung Captivate (which we reviewed and loved), it’ll cost you $199 through AT&T. Or, you can go through Amazon and get it for half the price, $99, if you sign a new contract. Don’t know about you, but I’d go for the second option!
(Thanks for the tip, Cody)
Update: As Alex B. points out, the Captivate can be had for free at Walmart. Even better!
In this video we begin by talking about some of the built in application on the AT&T Captivate and how the program tray can be completely customized. What’s interesting is that in order to spruce up the tray, Samsung adds a unique colored background to all of your icons. You can view the icons in a list or a grid, or you can customize the order of them by hitting the menu and edit button. Customizing the icons lets you change three of the four dock icons along the bottom, plus side icons around from screen to screen.
About halfway through the video we do a web [...]
The Samsung Captivate for AT&T comes with a plethora of keyboard options as we demonstrate in this video. First we have the stock Android keyboard, which you may know from the Nexus One. Second, Swype is included, and those of you that use Swype know that with some practice, it’s one of the fastest text input methods available. And finally, we have several keyboards direct from Samsung: one is a standard QWERTY, one is a T9-style, and two final options allow you to do handwriting recognition (which isn’t easy without a stylus, but perhaps useful for character-based [...]
Samsung has done some cool stuff to Android for the Captivate on AT&T. First and foremost, you can have up to seven homescreens, or you can have just one. Meaning, you can add and delete homescreens depending on how many you want to use. HTC should take note of this feature! Common to every homescreen view are the four docked icons on the button which sadly can’t be changed. Update: yes, you can change the docked icons! If you go into the application tray and hit the menu button, there is an edit option. Nice!!
To jump from one homescreen to another, you can use the [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S series of devices will all have a different design when they hit the US carriers. The AT&T version, the Captivate, has a very thin and wedge-shaped design. The back of the device is made from real metal, while the rest of the phone uses a mix of glass and plastic, giving the device an overall quality, but light-weight feel. The 4.0″ WVGA Super AMOLED screen has an interesting blue shine to it.
For TV-Out, the Captivate uses microUSB, unlike the Droid X and EVO 4G which use HDMI. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack. The microSD card [...]
Like most new smartphones, the Samsung Captivate from AT&T can record video in 1280×720 resolution. That is a lot of resolution, but how is the quality? The below two videos are some samples taken from the Captivate on the highest quality setting. One is shot outdoors on a cloudy day, while the other is shot indoors in low light. While the audio is crisp on both, the video quality is overall lacking in color, and there’s also a lot of noise in the indoor sample because the Captivate has no LED light. If you want to see how other smartphones did with this test, take a [...]