Operating system: The Samsung Captivate is an Android-powered device featuring Samsung's custom user interface called TouchWiz (version 3.0). The Android platform and TouchWiz include a number of differences, and depending on personal opinion, enhancements when compared to the iPhone OS -- perhaps most notably superior customization options and the ability to add widgets. Many users, however, prefer the simplicity and minimalism of the iPhone OS. The latest version of the iPhone OS also offers multitasking, although the multitasking capabilities as compared to Android (a seasoned multitasker) are still somewhat limited. Android users will also be quick to remind you of other Android advantages such a free turn-by-turn GPS directions, voice-to-text, the ability to install any application you wish without being limited to only approved apps, and more. Certainly, the differences are many (and beyond the scope of this comparison), and the choice between the two popular operating systems is one of personal preference.
Apple iPhone 4
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4", 480 x 800 Pixels, AMOLED
3.5", 960 x 640 Pixels
5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
HD; Up to 720p
HD; Up to 720p
Apple App Store
Adobe Flash Support
Adobe Flash Lite
16GB on-board; Support for up to 32GB microSD card
16GB or 32GB on-board flash drive
Up to 5.83 hours talk time; up to 340 hours standby
Up to 7 hours talk time; up to 300 hours standby
ARM Cortex-A8 Hummingbird, 1000 MHz
Microsoft Outlook Support
View Word Docs
2.53" x 4.82" x 0.39"
2.31" x 4.5" x 0.37"
Power: In the mobile phone food chain, both the Samsung Captivate and iPhone 4 are tops dogs. The Captivate is equipped with an ultra-fast fast 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and 512MB of RAM. The Apple iPhone 4 has Apple's own A4 processor, which hovers around the 1 GHz mark as well, although Apple hasn't disclosed specifics on the processor.
Display: The Samsung Captivate has a large and gorgeous 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels. Because f its large display, the Captivate is an ideal mobile device for movie-watching and web browsing. The iPhone 4 has a relatively moderately sized display (as smartphones go), but offers an impressive and industry best 960 x 640 pixels. As such, the iPhone 4 has many more pixels-per-square-inch than the Captivate, making it a significantly higher resolution device. The Captivate is equipped with an ultra-thin Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen. The AMOLED screen will provide a number of advantages, including a brighter screen, less sunlight reflection, and reduced power consumption.
Camera: Both devices are equipped with an advanced 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and the ability to record HD-quality video up to 720P. The iPhone 4 offers on-board video editing capabilities by way of a mobile version of iMovie. The iPhone 4 also features an LED flash, while the Samsung Captivate does not have a flash. The iPhone 4 offers an impressive video chat experience (limited to WiFi) that can utilize either a front-facing VGA camera or the rear 5-megapixel camera while the Captivate is not equipped with a front-facing camera.
Samsung All Share: Featuring DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology, the Captivate will be able to wirelessly send user-generated video content to other DLNA-enabled devices, such as TV’s, monitors and laptops.
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