I’ve been testing the first two Galaxy S phones, the T-Mobile
Vibrant and the AT&T Captivate, both of which cost $200 with a
two-year contract. Neither has all the features of Apple’s
latest model, like a front-facing camera for video calls or an
ultra–high resolution screen, but they are worthy competitors.
They have some attributes the iPhone lacks, like bigger screens
and better integration of social networking.
They sound like good — maybe the best? — Android phones. What I find interesting is that “Galaxy S” is Samsung’s branding, but the phones aren’t called that. Each carrier gives them their own names. How many real people will know that the T-Mobile Vibrant and AT&T Captivate are pretty much the same phone from different carriers? And “Android” doesn’t get mentioned at all. The word “Android” doesn’t get much play from the carriers, either. There’s just one mention of “Android” on AT&T’s web page for the Captivate, and it’s near the bottom in the small print section.