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Cell Phone Comparisons
Samsung Galaxy S Series: What’s the difference?

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August 24th, 2010

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Overview

By and large, members of the Samsung Galaxy S Series (Vibrant on T-Mobile, Captivate on AT&T, Epic 4G on Sprint, and Fascinate on Verizon Wireless) are very similar devices — packing equivalent horsepower, the same 4-inch Super AMOLED display, similar cameras, and Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 user interface built on top of Android 2.1.  Each respective smartphone, however, differs slightly in its look and feel — and some members of the Galaxy S fleet offer features that their counterparts lack.

Key Differences

  • Look & feel: Although they aren’t tremendously different in any way, each Samsung Galaxy S Series phone adopts its own differentiable look and feel.  Because of its physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint) is the odd man out with a slightly thicker profile and somewhat different overall feel.
  • Data speed: The Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile), Captivate (AT&T) and Fascinate (Verizon Wireless) are capable of operating on their own respective 3G networks.  While the Epic 4G is of course able to operate on Sprint’s 3G network, it also capable of connectivity to the carrier’s super-fast 4G network — enabling the Epic 4G to reach average download speeds of 3 to 6 Mbps and peak download speeds of up to 10 Mbps.
  • Camera: The Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile), Captivate (AT&T) and Fascinate (Verizon Wireless) are each equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and the ability to record HD-quality video at 720 P.  The Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint) touts the same camera, but also offers an LED flash for improved photos in low light.
  • Front-facing camera: The Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint) boasts a front-facing camera (VGA) for video chat, while its brethren are without a front camera.
  • Storage space: While all Samsung Glaxy S devices support up to a 32GB microSD card, they differ in the amount of storage space available right out of the box (see comparison chart).
  • Keyboard: While the Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile), Captivate (AT&T) and Fascinate (Verizon Wireless) are pure touch screen devices, the Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint) offers a physical sliding QWERTY keyboard in addition to the touchscreen and available virtual QWERTY keyboard.  Users preferring a physical keyboard may have an easy decision between these four smartphones.
  • Mobile hotspot: The Epic 4G (Sprint) and Fascinate (Verizon Wireless) offer mobile hotspot support, enabling up to 5 users to wirelessly share the device’s internet connection.  The Vibrant (T-Mobile) and Captivate (AT&T) do not offer mobile hotspot support.
  • Wirefly’s price: Wirefly prices can fluctuate frequently and often come down several months after a device debut. That said, at the time of this comparison, the Galaxy S Series’ price range is dramatic — with on-contract prices for phones with new accounts ranging from $9.99 to $239.99.

Side-By-Side Comparison

Samsung Vibrant Samsung Captivate Samsung Epic 4G Samsung Fascinate
Samsung Vibrant Samsung Captivate Samsung Epic 4G Samsung Fascinate
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Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) $99.99 $9.99 $239.99 TBA
Carrier T-Mobile AT&T Sprint Verizon Wireless
Operating System Android 2.1 Android 2.1 Android 2.1 Android 2.1
Interface TouchWiz 3.0 TouchWiz 3.0 TouchWiz 3.0 TouchWiz 3.0
Display 4″, 480 x 800 Pixels, Super AMOLED 4″, 480 x 800 Pixels, Super AMOLED 4″, 480 x 800 Pixels, Super AMOLED 4″, 480 x 800 Pixels, Super AMOLED
Data Speed 3G 3G 3G/4G 3G
Global Roaming Yes Yes No No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes
GPS aGPS aGPS aGPS aGPS
Mobile Hotspot No No Yes; Up to 5 users Yes; Up to 5 users
Camera 5-megapixel, autofocus 5-megapixel, autofocus 5-megapixel, autofocus, LED flash 5-megapixel, autofocus
Front-facing Camera No No Yes (VGA) No
Video Capture Yes; HD up to 720P (30 fps) Yes; HD up to 720P (30 fps) Yes; HD up to 720P (30 fps) Yes; HD up to 720P (30 fps)
HD Output None None None None
Apps Android Market Android Market Android Market Android Market
Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash Lite Adobe Flash Lite Adobe Flash Lite Adobe Flash Lite
Storage Space 16 GB on-board + 2 GB microSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32GB card) = 18 GB 16GB on board; support for up to 32GB microSD card = 16GB 16 GB microSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32GB card) = 16GB TBA
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY Physical slide-out QWERTY & virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Battery Up to 6.5 hours talk time; up to 432 hours standby Up to 5.8 hours talk time; up to 340 hours standby Up to 7.5 hours talk time; up to 500 hours standby TBA
Processor ARM Cortex-A8 Hummingbird, 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 Hummingbird, 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 Hummingbird, 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 Hummingbird, 1 GHz
Memory RAM: 512MB RAM: 512MB RAM: 512MB RAM: 512MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weight 4.16 oz 4.41 oz 5.46 oz 4.1 oz
Dimensions 2.54″ x 4.82″ x 0.39″ 2.52″ x 4.83″ x 0.41″ 2.54″ x 4.91″ x 0.56″ 2.52″ x 4.91″ x 0.41″

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