Face Off: Samsung Captivate vs. Samsung Vibrant
We’ve recently settled some pretty tough smart phone battles, but nothing is more intense than a good ole’ case of sibling rivalry. We’re talking about the recently launch Samsung Captivate (AT&T) and Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile), the first two members out the gate in the Galaxy S line. Both Android superphones sport Samsung’s snappy dazzling Super AMOLED 4-inch displays, 1-GHz Hummingbird processors, and a robuts 16GB of storage. Samsung’s custom Touchwiz 3.0 interface on top of Android 2.1 (Eclair) graces each device, and they both can shoot 720p video.
So, yes, the Captivate and Vibrant are twins, but they’re far from identical. And not just because one is sold by AT&T and the other by T-Mobile. Here’s how these two powerhouses stack up.
Both the Captivate and Vibrant house the same 4-inch Super AMOLED high-res (800 x 480) display that’s simply a sight to behold. Movies, pictures, video games-they all look glorious on either device. In almost every other way, though, these phones look quite different.
While dimensionally the same at 4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches, the dark gray sides of the Captivate don’t look as sexy next to the chrome-like border of the iPhone 3G-inspired Vibrant; we prefer its more rounded corners. They both have touch-sensitive capacitive buttons (Menu, Home, Back, and Search), but the space between the bottom of the display and the bottom edge of each phone (where the buttons are housed) is wider on the Vibrant, making them more comfortable to touch. We found ourselves touching the bottom edge of the phone on the Captivate more than we liked. The same buttons are also brighter on the Vibrant, making them easier to see in all lighting conditions.
On the other hand, we prefer the metal backplate of the Captivate over the glossy, more slippery plastic one of the Vibrant. The sliding hinge on the Captivate also makes it much more user friendly to access the battery over the small slot (beneath the phone) used to pry open the Vibrant. At times we feared we might damage the case if we applied to much pressure. The volume rocker on the Captivate is more contoured than the flat one on the Vibrant, making it easier to adjust, and the power/lock key on the Captivate is also larger and easier to press.
Winner: Draw. Both phones are svelte and pocket friendly. The sturdier metal backplate, and user-friendly opening mechanism on the Captivate balances with the brighter, more spacious capacitive buttons on the rounder Vibrant.