Welcome to my definite article, my personal experience longer than 3 months (and not a 3 minutes review off YouTube) and not sponsored by any tech companies which would affect the outcome; my ultimate non-technical guide to why the hell I have switched from an iPhone 4 (iOS 4.1) to a Samsung Captivate (Android OS 2.2). Because, make no mistake, you have to be a little crazy to make this kind of switch. And, don’t worry this review (more like a personal experience) won’t put you to sleep.
First off – Design
That’s easy, iPhone 4 wins. Why? The Captivate is made of plastic except for the flimsy battery plate made of light metal at the back, whereas the iPhone 4 is sheeted with a thick front and rear glass so it is sturdier and its metal contour is prettier than the plasticy Captivate.
Second – Features
The very reason why I wanted the Samsung Captivate is for its awesome AMOLED 4″ screen. It really is a thing of beauty the first time you see it. Resolution may not be as high as the iPhone 4 retina display but, nonetheless, it is quite sharp and 0.5″ bigger than iPhone. I also wanted to be able to mess around with various settings – Android does give you more tweak access under the hood – which is nice, of course. However, the iPhone may not be as tweakable as Android, but what Apple does with iPhone is it bring the same philosophy of all other products they make: Simplicity, elegance and works great right out of the box. Yes, Android (2.2) does all what the iPhone does… just not as simple, as smooth and as great as iPhone 4.
3rd – Performance
The Samsung Captivate running Android Froyo 2.2 performs decently on the Captivate. I am not sure about other Android devices but on my phone the performance is alright. Still, a lot of the operations can be clunkier such as opening and closing apps. But to be fair, I am mostly talking about apps which both platform run; and these run better on the iPhone. Example of some popular apps are Facebook, Twitter and the Web browser – These 3 are my favorite apps and I want them running smoooooth!
4- Battery Life
This one is simple: The iPhone 4 battery life blows away the Samsung Captivate’s by a mile. No contest. I can’t get a full day on my Captivate like I used to on iPhone 4.
Rogers Wireless currently has the Captivate listed at $49 on a three year contract and the iPhone 4 at $159. My advice? Well unless you’re a tech nerd and love tweaking shit, bigger screen, perhaps you might wanna go for the Captivate. But if you want a device that work smoother but with limited tweakable options, then that’s obviously the iPhone 4.
List of stuff that annoys me about Samsung Captivate
- Android OS not as refined as iOS… by a mile
- Built-in mail and Sms apps are shit, totaly
- A matter of fact, pretty much all of the built-in apps sucks
- Unable to uninstall built-in apps
- TW app launcher is weak
- WIFI connection doesn’t always turn on when enabled
- Weak battery life
- The Facebook app is shitty compared to its iPhone cousin
- Google Browser not as smooth and responsive as Safari on iPhone
List of stuff that annoys me about Apple iPhone 4
- Small screen made me switch to the Captivate, no joke
- Not as customizable as Android
- Everybody has one, including people that annoy me!
- No file manager (really Apple, I can’t browse the phone?)
Look, this is just MY personal observations but if you’ve never had an iPhone and use Android instead then you have no clue what you’re missing. The again, not everyone likes Apple products. Put it this way, the iPhone is like a Mercedes-Benz and Android is a Honda Civic. The Civic is not a bad car, far from it, but the Mercedes is quite a few notch better.
So, all Android fanboys, yes this review is biased perhaps. But I have used both devices for months and I prefer the iPhone. That’s my choice. If you don’t think so than that’s your beef. Write your comments and convince me otherwise.