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Cell Phone Comparisons
Samsung Captivate vs. HTC Aria w/ video

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July 30th, 2010

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Key Differences

  • Display: The Samsung Captivate has a large and gorgeous 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels. Because o-f its large display, the Captivate is an ideal mobile device for movie-watching and web browsing. The HTC Aria, on the other hand, has a smaller, lower resolution display (3.2-inch, 320×480 pixels). 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.
  • Side-By-Side Comparison

    Samsung Captivate
    Samsung Captivate HTC Aria
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    Carrier AT&T AT&T
    Operating System Android 2.1 Android 2.1
    Interface TouchWiz 3.0 HTC Sense
    Display 4″, 480 x 800 Pixels, AMOLED 3.2″, 320 x 480 Pixels
    Data Speed 3G 3G
    Global Roaming Yes Yes
    WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 Bluetooth 2.1
    GPS aGPS aGPS
    Mobile Hotspot No No
    Camera 5-megapixel, autofocus 5-megapixel, autofocus
    Front-facing Camera No No
    Video Capture HD; Up to 720p VGA (640×480)
    HD Output None None
    Apps Android Market Android Market
    Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash Lite Adobe Flash Lite
    Storage Space 16GB on-board; Support for up to 32GB microSD card 2GB microSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32GB microSD card)
    Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
    Battery Up to 5.83 hours talk time; up to 340 hours standby Up to 6 hours talk time; up to 360 hours standby
    Processor ARM Cortex-A8 Hummingbird, 1000 MHz 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227
    Memory RAM: 512MB RAM: 256MB ROM: 512MB
    Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
    View Word Docs Yes Yes
    Weight 4.16 oz 4.05 oz
    Dimensions 2.53″ x 4.82″ x 0.39″ 2.3″ x 4.1″ x 0.46″

  • User Interface: Although both devices are powered by Android version 2.1, the Samsung Captivate is running Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 user interface while the Aria is running HTC’s Sense user interface. TouchWiz and Sense differ in a number of ways, including the home-screen widgets available, appearance and some Android enhancements characteristic of each respective interface. Overall, however, the core functionality of Android remains the same on both devices, and the choice between the two interfaces is one of personal preference.
  • Power: The Captivate is equipped with an ultra-fast fast 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and 512MB of RAM. Although still a very snappy device, the Aria has only a 600MHz processor and 256MB of RAM. In day-to-day activities such as web browsing or checking email, the difference in power between the two devices won’t be significantly noticeable, but may make a difference for power users.
  • Camera: Both devices are equipped with an advanced 5-megapixel camera with autofocus. The Samsung Captivate, however, has the ability to record HD video at 720P while the Aria is only capable of recording VGA-quality video. Unfortunately, both the devices lack a camera flash.
  • Storage space: Right out of the box, the Samsung Captivate offers 16GB of on-board storage space and also will support up to a 32GB microSD card, making for a possible total of 48 gigabytes of storage. The Aria comes pre-installed with a 2GB microSD card, and can support up to a 32GB microSD card. Of course, this means that the Captivate has 8x the available storage space of the Aria without purchase of a microSD card.
  • Battery life: Although not definitively confirmed, the Samsung Captivate offers a whopping 13 hours of talk time and an incredible 750 hours (more than a month!) of standby time. Though still impressive, the Aria offers up to 6 hours of talk time and 360 hours of standby time.
  • Size: Because of the Captivate’s impressively large display, it is in turn a relatively large device overall — although still pocketable. As one of the smallest Android-powered phones on the market, the Aria is extremely compact, and will fit easily into any pocket or purse.
  • 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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Up to 450 min. usage; 500 hr. standby

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4 Responses to “Samsung Captivate vs. HTC Aria w/ video”

  • I had the aria and that phone was trash. I will now be gettng the captivate. I had the aria since Jan. of 2011 and had to go to the at&t store 3 times in a matter of 5 months because it would just stop working. It would not allow me to make calls or anything for that matter. I think I’m done with HTC phones for good. They’re too new and they have a lot of kinks to work out. The broweser was pretty slow with the aria. Don’t get me wrong, there were some nice features with the aria like the weather update. When expecting rain, it would actually have raindrops on your screen followed by a windshield wiper going across your screen to remove the drops, I thought that was great feature. navigating between screens was great as well but the speaker phone was non-existing. you were better off just keeping the phone on your ear. Hope this helps if you’re thinking about getting the aria. I wouldn’t get it again by mistake.

  • Thanks so much for comparing these two smartphones. The primary feature I was interested in was the QWERTY keyboard and how they look on the actual screen. I have been researching smartphones for a few weeks now and no one store in my local area had all the units I was interested in. The use of the credit card for scale was also a nice touch. Although I will not access many of the features on both phones, I will use the typing feature and the voice recognition feature extensively. Not all of us are interested in cameras and video displays and gaming.

  • As someone who works at a mobile phone store without commission, I honestly would rather crown the Captivate/Vibrant as the top android phone as of right now, not the EVO. For some reason, no one ever discusses the amazing battery life the all Galaxy S phones have, and I absolutely hate having to constantly charge any portable device. The EVO’s greatest fault is the battery life, with or without your wireless connections turned off. Can you imagine telling a customer they have to pay $10 extra for 4G, but they have to turn it off by default otherwise their phone will die in 3 hours?

    Whenever the Samsung Epic comes out on Sprint,it will no doubt be the top android on the market. The only Galaxy S with front facing camera, physical QWERTY keyboard, AND 4G with an impressive battery to boot. Sign me up for that.

  • The HTC EVO in my view is clearly the top android phone in terms of features on the phone, clearly the most serious competator to the iPhone 4. The other two that have very good features are the Motorola DROID X, on Verizon. and the Samsung Captivate, on AT&T. When comparing and contrasting various phones, one thing never discussed is the networks these phones run on. I presently am AT&T customer which means that with the GSM I can make calls to or from basically anywhere in the world. The top phone available on AT&T right now is the Samsung Captivate. Both Verizon and Sprint are CDMA networks which means their phones do not work outside the U.S. Verizon is solving this by including SKYPE on its Motorola DROID X. But Sprint has no capability outside the U.S. unless you rent a GSM phone from them when out of the country. The best android phone runs on the most limited (and therefore the lousiest) network!!! This makes the decision on which very difficult.

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