Samsung Captivate | AT&T’s Version of the Galaxy S

After a last minute scare that the phone would cost close to $500 because someone at the store told me in April that I was eligible for an upgrade in June but failed to notice that was in 2011, I was able to get the phone and have the $75 early upgrade fee waived on it’s release date (yesterday)! I’m just under three weeks away from the next eligible upgrade, so they used that one.

So far, I have the basics down with still so much to learn. There are seven main screens to scroll through. The default is the center screen.  Scroll once to the left, and there’s my Facebook news feed.  Scroll twice to the left, and there’s my “Daily Briefing”, which includes weather, finance, and AP news. Scroll a third time to the left, and that screen is still blank – I’ll figure out that one later. Once to the right is an extension of my home screen. Twice for “Days”, which is a mini diary and schedule. Third screen to the right is blank still.

I won’t waste a lot of time trying to type an overview of the phone.  You can see a video on that here. The guy in the video unpackaged white earbuds (headset), but mine were black. The guy also mentions twice that it’s unfortunate that the phone’s camera does not have a flash. I’ve never had a flash for a camera on any cell phone, and it hasn’t made any difference to me. Of course, I hate straight-forward flash in most cases anyway! So this isn’t the best video review of the phone out there, but it roughly covers the basics.

My only concern so far is that it does NOT sync directly with my Outlook Calendar. It syncs with my Google calendar, which is synced to my Outlook. So the color coded events aren’t so color coded – just a couple shades of blue. However, I haven’t worked on the Google calendar setup in quite a while. I may be able to tweak that a bit. This is one of my must-haves! I function much better on a schedule, so I will figure this one out.

There’s this app called “Write and Go” that brings up a legal pad looking screen. After you type, you have the option to Send (text or email), Update to Facebook, or Save as a Memo, where you can also change the color of the note. Finally, some color coding for me! So this app is on my home screen, and I’m sure it will get a lot of use.

Again, there is still so much to learn … and so many waiting to get their hands on it to play games! Of course, the majority of the games I’ve added so far are word and memory games. I have to keep this aging brain sharp somehow! :)

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