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Samsung Focus vs. Samsung Fascinate vs. Samsung Captivate – Comparison

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October 13th, 2010

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Key Differences

  • Background: If the Samsung Focus, Fascinate and Captivate seem a little similar, there is definitely a family resemblence under their pretty four-inch Super AMOLED faces. They are made by Samsung (obviously), use the same display technology and have 1 GHz processers. The Fascinate (Verizon Wireless) and Captivate (AT&T Wireless) are two of Samsung’s well-received “Galaxy S” line of Android smart phones, while the Focus will be among the first of the eagerly awaited Windows Phone 7 devices to reach the market. The Focus will operate on AT&T’s network alongside the Captivate. The big difference among these phones is in their operating systems: The Fascinate and Captivate use Android 2.1 (with a promised upgrade to Android 2.2) and the Focus uses Windows Phone 7.
  • Operating System: The Fascinate and Captivate run on Android, a graphical interface developed by Google that has a growing following by consumers. Google developed Android to be open and easy for developers to create new applications, and there is a large market of free or low-cost apps. Windows Phone 7 was developed by Microsoft and it should be considered a proprietary system, much like Apple’s iPhone operating system. All three operating systems — Android, iPhone OS and Windows Phone 7 — are targeting the same users who want highly visual, easy-to-use phones from which they can handle both work and life requirements.
  • Availability: The Samsung Fascinate and Captivate are available for sale now on Wirefly.com. The Samsung Focus starts shipping in early November.

Side-By-Side Comparison

Samsung Focus Samsung Fascinate Samsung Fascinate
Samsung Focus Samsung Fascinate Samsung Captivate
Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) FREE $39.99 $24.99
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Highlights
Operating System Windows Phone 7 Android 2.1 (upgradable to Android 2.2 later this year) Android 2.1 (upgradable to Android 2.2 later this year)
Display 4″ Super AMOLED, 480 x 800 Pixels 4″ Super AMOLED, 480 x 800 Pixels 4″ Super AMOLED, 480 x 800 Pixels
3G Capable Yes (EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA) Yes (EVDO) Yes (EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA)
Processor 1 GHz Snapdragon 1 GHz Hummingbird 1 GHz Hummingbird
Memory 16 GB internal; up to 32 GB microSD card 2 GB internal; up to 32 GB microSD card 16 GB internal; up to 32 GB microSD card
Camera 5 megapixel stills; 720p HD video 5 megapixel stills; 720p HD video 5 megapixel stills; 720p HD video
Mobility
GPS Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes
Voice-dialing Yes Yes Yes
Physical Features
Size 4.8 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches 4.2 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches 4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches
Weight 4.1 ounces 4.5 ounces 4.2 ounces
Battery Li-ion 1,500 mAh, replaceable Li-ion 1,500 mAh, replaceable Li-ion 1,500 mAh, replaceable
Productivity
Outlook Support Yes Yes Yes
View MS Office Attachments Yes Yes Yes
Web Browser Yes Yes Yes
Apps Microsoft & developers Android Market Android Market
Music Player Yes Yes Yes
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY

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