Design and Display
The Samsung Captivate has a nice solid design and it seems like a merger between the iPhone 4 and its previous generation. Boxy overall design, but with a slight curve on the corners. Along the right edge is the power button which also acts as a lock button. On the other side, the left edge, there's the volume controls. There's a microUSB slot on top with a sliding cover, a fantastic idea. Next to the microUSB is the 3.5mm audio jack on the top. Behind is a 5 megapixel camera, and sadly, like the Vibrant, it does not have any type of flash.
The Captivate's screen is a brilliant, responsive, 4 inch super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. The AMOLED technology allows the phone to be used in bright sunlight and provides great visibility at almost any angle. Underneath this fantastic display are 4 touch sensitive buttons that are backlit when active. They offer a nice bit of haptic response, when the option is enabled. The only downside is that, at times the backlight to the buttons will not activate immediately.
Sometimes you have to touch the screen twice to get the backlight going on those buttons.
On the AMOLED screen, the primary colors do stand out as primary colors, not dulled out, as some smartphones tend to be. Red looks red on the Samsung Captivate, unlike the maroonish color displayed for red on the iPhone 4. The technology behind the AMOLED screen also allows the color black to use very little battery power. Technically the screen is turned off in black space. White however comes off with a slight blue hue.