Apple iPhone 4 Vs. Samsung Captivate (Galaxy S) – Which One is Better?

iPhone 4 vs. Samsung Captivate

AT&T has recently announced a handful of new Android handsets and among them, Samsung Captivate; also known as Samsung Galaxy S on carriers like Sprint and Verizon, has been receiving a lot of rave reviews.

So how does this Android 2.1 device compare with Apple's iPhone 4? We will take you through the key differences in features and performance between the two devices.

Operating System: 

iPhone 4 comes pre-installed with Apple's new iOS 4.x.x that includes more than 100 new features.

Samsung Captivate is powered by Android 2.1 that offers a slew of customizations including the ability to add widgets and custom alerts. This is in addition to functionalities like free turn-by-turn GPS navigation, voice-to-text and the ability to add any app of choice. 

However, the functional difference between a Samsung Captivate and iPhone 4 is one of personal choice and users who prefer simplicity and minimalism will find iPhone 4 appealing. 


iPhone 4 comes with a gorgeous 960×640 pixel retina display, which is one of the major features of the new iPhone. AT&T Captivate, on the other hand, comes equipped with a 480×800 pixel Super AMOLED display. Both the displays come with advantages of their own. While the Super AMOLED screen on Captivate will offer a brighter screen along with reduced glare and power consumption, the higher resolution display on iPhone 4 renders better video quality. The difference in video quality rendered on the two screens may be more pronounced because of the fact that the pixels on Samsung Captivate are spread over a larger screen area. You may note that the Captivate comes with a 4" display that is slightly larger than the new iPhone's 3.5" display.


The processor power of both these devices are impressive. Samsung Captivate is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor with a 512MB RAM. The iPhone 4 on the other hand, is powered by Apple's native A4 processor that too runs at 1GHz  though the RAM specifications are unknown  and comes with 512MB RAM. Speaking of the external casing, TiPb points out that while the back casing on iPhone 4 may appear to be marginally more scratch-prone than Captivate, the iDevice however feels more solid and better built. 


Both Captivate and iPhone 4 come equipped with a powerful 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and support for 720p HD video capture. However, Apple wins the competition hands down due to the availability of LED flash along with support for on-board video editing features and video chat functionalities. Captivate also does not have a front-facing camera like iPhone 4.


Folks at TiPb point out that the Captivate may not be an ideal device for Mac users. Unlike the iPhone 4 which only requires the user to plug into iTunes to sync content, the Captivate will require several workarounds to achieve the same task. Also, MobileMe users may find it difficult to restore content while switching handsets.


Heavy users of smartphones may find the battery life offered on Samsung Captivate disappointing. As many of our readers have noted in the past, the new iPhone 4 offers significantly improved battery life that comfortably lasts for a day in most cases. However, this may not be the case with the Captivate and as TiPb points out, the battery may not last a work-day if you are a heavy user.

Here is a comparison chart detailing the technical specifications of the two devices: 

iPhone 4 vs. Samsung Captivate

iPhone 4 vs. Samsung Captivate

You can checkout feature videos of Samsung Captivate and iPhone 4 below:

As you see, there is not much to choose between the two phones in terms of hardware specs at the moment though in our opinion iPhone 4 is better than Samsung Captivate due to iOS 4.0, the massive App Store, which now houses over 238,000 iPhone apps, better battery life and front-facing camera, which has brought video chat features like FaceTime. 

But as we have mentioned earlier, the important thing to note here is that Android phones like Samsung Captivate, HTC EVO 4G will keep Apple honest and put pressure on them to keep innovating (not that they've needed the pressure), which is always a good thing from a customer point of view.

Do you like the new Samsung Captivate? Do you prefer Apple iPhone 4 or Samsung Captivate (Galaxy S)? Which one will you buy? We would love to hear your views in the comments so do drop us a line.

[via Wirefly, TiPb]