Design and Form Factor
Let's get straight to the point and compare the Samsung Captivate vs iPhone 4 blow by blow, in terms of their features. First up, lets see how these two smartphones stack up against each other when it comes to design and form factor.
The major difference when it comes to design and form factor between these two phones is the fact that the Samsung Captivate does not have any metal parts, be it on the back or front. This is what turns me off with any Samsung phones, including the Samsung Captivate. Samsung could not do away with using plastic material. For some this is a turn off as those plastic materials make the Samsung Captivate not as classy and solid as the iPhone 4. But then, there is one major flaw with the iPhone 4's design as well, and that is the full-glass back panel. For some, this is not as durable as the plastic material. When it comes to the perennial problem of getting hairline scratches, the iPhone 4 is more susceptible than the Samsung Captivate because of the glass back panel.
Don't get me wrong here. Both phones are as durable as their manufacturers say they are. So, it's up to your daily usage to determine which one is really more durable.
When it comes to form factor, the iPhone 4 is slimmer than the Samsung Captivate - 0.37-inch vs 0.41-inch thickness. But when it comes to weight, the Samsung Captivate beats the iPhone 4 by being a bit lighter - 4.41 oz vs 4.83 oz. For the mobile phone user, weight is a big factor since it determines comfort and ease of transport on a daily basis.
In the looks department, both the iPhone 4 and Samsung Captivate are stunning in their own rights. You couldn't really say which one looks better than the other.