Difference Between Samsung Captivate & the iPhone

by Steve Lander

Apple's iPhone 5 and the Samsung Captivate are both relatively full-featured smartphones that can work on the AT&T Wireless cellular network. They nominally compete in the marketplace, with completely different approaches to both the software and hardware aspects of smartphone design. However, they offer many of the same functions, including a broad range of multimedia capabilities and support for additional applications.

Processor and Operating System

The iPhone 5 features Apple's proprietary dual-core A6 chip, running at a speed of 1.29 GHz. It runs Apple's iOS operating system, which syncs with iTunes. The Capivate is an Android-based phone; it runs version 2.3 of Google's Android operating system, also known as Gingerbread. It has a 1-GHz Cortex A8 processor. Both iOS and Android offer a broad array of features, but while iOS offers a polished but controlled environment, Android is more open but has a reputation for being less polished. Apple provides updates for all iOS devices with each release. In contrast, devices that run Android may or may not ever be able to support an OS update; Gingerbread is several versions behind the latest Android version, and it is not known whether Samsung will ever make the Captivate capable of upgrading to later versions like Jelly Bean or even Ice Cream Sandwich.


While both devices have 4-inch widescreen displays, they're very different. Samsung's screen is 800 pixels wide and 400 pixels tall and uses self-illuminating organic light-emitting diodes. The iPhone 5's screen has a much higher resolution that's 1,136 pixels wide and 640 pixels tall. It uses more traditional backlit LCD technology.


The iPhone 5 features two different cameras. Its lower-resolution front facing camera captures video at a 1.3-megapixel 720p resolution for video conferencing. The main, rear-facing camera has a flash, an 8-megapixel resolution and the ability to capture 1080p video. Samsung's phone has just one camera: a rear-facing 5-megapixel cam that captures 720p video.


The Samsung Captivate has a removable lithium-ion battery. It can provide up to five hours and 50 minutes of talk time and up to 300 hours of standby time. The iPhone's built-in battery, on the other hand, can provide up to eight hours of talk time and 225 hours of standby time. Alternately, it can power the phone for up to 10 hours of use over a Wi-Fi rather than cellular network.


Apple sells the iPhone 5 with three different onboard memory capacities: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. The Samsung Captivate's built-in memory of just 2GB is much less than the iPhone's. However, the Captivate has a microSD card slot that enables you to expand its memory by adding a readily-available memory card. The iPhone's memory, on the other hand, is fixed.


While both phones are relatively large due to their ample screens, the iPhone is a little smaller and a good bit lighter. It measures 4.87 inches tall, 2.31 inches wide and 0.30 inches thick, as opposed to the Captivate's measurements of 4.78 by 2.5 by 0.39 inches. The iPhone's 3.95-oz. weight is also lighter than the Captivate's 4.5 oz.

About the Author

Steve Lander has been a writer since 1996, with experience in the fields of financial services, real estate and technology. His work has appeared in trade publications such as the "Minnesota Real Estate Journal" and "Minnesota Multi-Housing Association Advocate." Lander holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Columbia University.

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