It is interesting. I went into using the Samsung Vibrant thinking that it was exactly the same as the Captivate, as they are both part of the Galaxy S series. Instead, I feel more like I’m using two cars from different GM lines — Buick and Chevy, for example. The Vibrant comes across as a more media-focused device, even though it really doesn’t offer much more than the Captivate. It “feels” more fun, especially when sitting next to a Captivate.
However, T-Mobile and Samsung do very well in presenting a nearly packed device to users. There are ample applications to configure, homescreens to customize, and settings to tweak. And when that’s all done, the Android Market is well positioned to provide all kinds of neat content and abilities (Calvin and Hobbes and Bump fit the motif of the Vibrant quite nicely).
It says a lot when a device is mistaken for an iPhone these days. That much will draw some attention to the Vibrant — more than its Galaxy S siblings will. And once people have it in hand, T-Mobile’s very speedy 3G network is sure to keep those fans beaming about the Vibrant for the foreseeable future.
- Excellent screen (indoors and outdoors)
- Solid Battery life
- Goof experience right out of the box
- Screen is a fingerprint magnet
- Heat in longer, intensive browsing or multimedia sessions
- Uninspiried camera app