Posts Tagged ‘Samsung Captivate’

Xperia X10 Arrives August 15 at AT&T

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Sony Ericsson
AT&T logo

It’s official. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is heading to the US. AT&T and Sony Ericsson announced the upcoming launch in a press release today and on the Sony Style website.

Xperia X10

Here’s a refresher on the specs:

  • Android 1.6 (Upgrade coming soon)
  • 4″ touch display
  • 8.1MP Camera with LED Flash, face recognition, autofocus, and smile detection
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • aGPS
  • In-phone Image Stabilization for video
  • 1GB on-board memory with 2GB memory card in the box, expandable up to 32 GB

As I mentioned in the Vivaz unboxing video, the smile detection feature is really nice. It works exactly as advertised, in my experience. It is nice to see an LED flash on the phone as well, as it seems to be a relatively new idea among the other smartphones.

There have been a lot of fans and critics alike discussing the Android 1.6 OS in terms of a liability. It has been said that the Xperia X10 was only relevant a year ago. I disagree. I think the phone is very relevant today. Let’s take a look at the Xperia X10 in contrast to the iPhone 4.

Xperia X10 iPhone 4
Viewable Screen Size 4″ 3.5″
Camera 8.1MP 5MP
Memory 1GB onboard
2GB card in the box
Expandable to 32GB
16GB
Resolution 854 x 480 pixels 960 x 640 pixels

As you can see, while the iPhone 4 offers 16GB in the box, the Xperia X10 doubles the iPhone’s memory at capacity. The Xperia X10 is comparably sized, coming out slightly larger but weighing the same. The Xperia X10’s touch screen is .5″ larger than the iPhone 4. The 8.1MP camera is among the largest smartphone cameras available, especially compared to the iPhone’s 5MP. The iPhone 4 does boast a more vivid color display, among the best in the market.

The Xperia X10 even stands up to the Samsung Captivate. It has a slightly larger pixel resolution than the Captivate. It also beats the Captivate’s 5MP camera.

As with the Xperia X10 mini and mini pro, the X10 features Timescape, allowing you to keep track of your contacts on Twitter, Facebook, and your various other points of contact. The X10 also features Mediascape, which connects your various forms of media. Even though I don’t really think Android needs a UI facelift, the one Sony Ericsson provides is attractive. The combination of the Sony Ericsson User Experience interface, Timescape, and Mediascape more than make up for the “old” Android OS. With the upcoming upgrade, this will be even less of a problem, if it ever was one.

The Xperia X10 will be available on August 15, 2010. The press release on AT&T and Sony both announce a $150 price point with 2 year contract. Sony Style lists it for $130 with 2 year contract. At this point it isn’t clear which one is accurate. The difference being only $20, I am not sure how much it matters in the scheme of things.

The Xperia X10 is certainly able to stand up to its current competition, both on AT&T’s network and its competitors. It boasts one of the best cameras available, and one of the largest displays. If you have been waiting for AT&T to launch a real Android phone, the wait is over.

Samsung Captivate Available on AT&T Today

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

AT&T logo

AT&T now carries the Samsung Captivate. This is AT&T’s third Android device. It’s also the second one that AT&T has made difficult to find upon launch, at least online. As of 9:30 am (Pacific) this morning, the Samsung Captivate does not show up under the Android section on AT&T’s website.

To find it, you have to wait for the second banner on the home page, which you may or may not see if you are using Google Chrome as a browser. I was unable to see any banners. Switching to Firefox, the banner was cleverly hidden behind an iPhone 4 banner.

One would think that on launch day, the Captivate could catch a break. Evidently not. It turns out you can find the phone by using AT&T’s search filters. You have to narrow it down by Samsung and PDA/Smartphone. If you click Samsung and Android, it isn’t there. If you search only by Android, it isn’t there. Before I found the banner, I did a search on AT&T’s site. I found the press release stating that it is “coming soon”, and there was a “Buy Now” button there. So, if you are willing to hunt for it, you can find the phone on AT&T. I am going to test the call centers and my local AT&T store again, since they didn’t know about the HTC Aria after it launched. Hopefully they’ve heard of the Captivate.

While it is clear that the iPhone is AT&T’s flagship device, it is interesting that it takes other firms to do the proper marketing for other popular devices. Go to Wirefly.com, for example, and you see the following banner ad, front and center.

The Samsung Captivate is a big deal. It is the most powerful Android device in AT&T’s lineup. Yet, the launch fizzled. Again. AT&T is continuing to disappoint, unfortunately. It needs to start taking Android seriously.

If you are looking for the Captivate, you can find it here. I’d get it from Wirefly.com though, where you can save $50.

Upcoming Samsung Galaxy S Phone Promo Videos

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Samsung has a number of Galaxy S based phones coming out soon from each of the major US carriers. AT&T will carry the Samsung Captivate on July 18. T-Mobile will carry the Samsung Vibrant on July 15. Verizon will carry the Samsung Fascinate on an as yet undisclosed date. Sprint will carry the Samsung Epic 4G, also on an as yet undisclosed date.

Samsung held an event in New York shortly after announcing the lineup. The official site of the Galaxy S series was announced at that time. On it are the promo videos for each of the phones. The promos are nearly identical from one carrier to the next. As the videos have been popping up as brand new on other blogs, I figured I’d post them all here in one place. You can see the similarities for yourself. Enjoy.

Samsung Captivate

Samsung Vibrant

Samsung Fascinate

Samsung Epic 4G