[How-to] Revert Your Captivate To Stock with Odin3 “One-Click”!

So, you got yourself a shiny new AT&T Captivate.  Great, fantastic device; SuperAMOLED, Hummingbird, blah blah.  As any new Android user, you hop on the interwebs and get to Googling.  Slowly, over time, the inevitable happens; you stumble onto xda-developers.com.  You see the light.  Within hours, you’re on your third rom, the thirst for speed clouds your judgement.  Life is great, your device is flying, multitasking with gusto.  It’s at this point the tech Gods decide to rain on your parade, or, more precisely, your Captivate.  The speaker is dead, the rain markers are clear, time for insurance.  But wait!  You’re running CFW.  They’ll never replace a device that has so blatantly been modified.  In comes Odin3.  With just “one-click” (really a few more than that), you’ll have your Captivate SGS back to factory specifications with none the wiser (it’ll also help in ‘bricked’ devices).  Hit the link for directions and downloads!

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A Month With AT&T’s Samsung Captivate

Recently, I was given an opportunity to spend a good deal of time with AT&T’s flagship Android phone, the Samsung Captivate.  The Captivate is (Quite obviously) a member of the Galaxy S family, whose 4″ SuperAMOLED screens and 1GHz Hummingbird processors can be found on most of the worlds major carriers (See T-Mobile Vibrant, .Samsung Fascinate, Sprint Epic 4G, etc).  How does the Captivate hold up to my (often hyper)criticism?  Can I successfully remove the battery door without a heart attack?  Find out after the break!

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Samsung ships 1 million Galaxy S phones in the U.S.

Well here is a story you would not have expected to see some 3 years ago, or even 6 months ago. Samsung’s very first iPhone competitor was the Samsung Instinct. With the Instinct being exclusive to Sprint, Samsung did what it is now known for doing, put the phone on different carriers with different names. The Instinct had very good short-term success, but as you can see by the simple fact that you never hear about the Instinct today, it had very little long-term success. Samsung then took the already known Behold name and threw Android 1.5 on it. I don’t know if Samsung was just simply testing the waters with this phone, but it ended in disaster. Angry customers because it wasn’t ever going to be updated. It was super sluggish and came out at a time when other phones were already better. However, Samsung wasn’t going to give up on Android just yet. Fast forward to today, Read more of this post

Galaxy S unlock is hidden on the phone, Vibrant works on AT&T 3G bands

XDA has found quite the surprise inside the Galaxy S phones here in the United States. Apparently their unlock codes were right there the whole time. Without even having to root your phone, you can enter the Galaxy S unlock codes directly on your phone and use them on other carriers. Here is one of the exciting kickers about this whole thing. The Samsung Vibrant actually works on AT&T’s 3G network. Engadget took the Vibrant for a test spin and were able to get 2MB/s download speeds on AT&T with an AT&T SIM inside the T-Mobile Vibrant. However, all good news comes a healthy dose of bad news as well. The Samsung Captivate on AT&T, though it is possible to unlock and use it on T-Mobile, does not have the bands to support T-Mobile’s 3G. So if you end up making that switch, you will be stuck with T-Mobile’s Edge network. So if you haven’t already, head over to XDA and read through their step by step guide on doing so.

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T-Mobile’s $99 1 day only sale for the Vibrant is over, Amazon still selling it for $0.01

If you were thinking about getting a Samsung Vibrant and you missed your chance yesterday to pick it up for $99, don’t feel too bad. If you have ever heard of Amazon.com, then you know that they are known for lowering the price for just about everything they have. Yesterday, after T-Mobile dropped the price for the Vibrant to $99 for a 1 day only sale, Amazon decided to one up them and drop it to only a penny. Well the one day deal for T-Mobile is over, but not for Amazon. You can still head over to Amazon right now and pick up your Samsung Vibrant for $0.01 on a new 2 year contract. So what are you waiting for?

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Samsung Epic 4G releases August 31st, $249.99 new contract

Sprint has announced the release date on its second 4G phone, the Samsung Epic 4G. The powerhouse Android phone will release August 31st for $249.99 with a new contract or eligible upgrade. Pre-orders will begin tomorrow as well. I am a big fan of the slide-out QWERTY keyboard so I am definitely interested in this bad boy, but I am still waiting for some 4G coverage in New Jersey even though I know Sprint turns 4G on and off in New York City. Sprint has also put up a video comparing the Epic 4G and EVO pointing out the differences for anyone trying to make a decision. Video and Press Release after the break. Read more of this post

Samsung UK giving away free Galaxy S phones to iPhone 4 users; Samsung Mocks Apple

It seems as though Apple still can’t get a break from Antennagate. Pouring salt on Apple’s iPhone 4 wound, Samsung’s PR has decided to take full advantage of Apple’s misfortunes. Read more of this post

Samsung Vibrant now on sale at T-Mobile

Incase you have forgotten, the first Samsung Galaxy phone in the U.S. is now on sale at T-Mobile. The Samsung Vibrant features Android 2.1, a 4″ Super AMOLED Screen, 5MP Camera, and the fastest mobile processor in a modern smartphone today. It is $199.99 on a 2 year contract after a $50.00 mail-in rebate. If you were planning on buying or at least checking it out, today is the day to do so. Head over to a T-Mobile store near you or their online store to find out more.

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Samsung Captivate goes on sale July 18th for $200, Vibrant moved up to July 15th

The only official Galaxy S release date we have so far is T-Mobile’s. T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant, which is the T-Mobile branded Galaxy S, was set for July 21st. Yesterday word spread like a wildfire when blog sites began hearing that the Samsung Vibrant release date has been pushed forward to July 15th. This is a rarity as most handset launches are delayed. When the word first got out, our original thought was that the Vibrant was moved forward to compete with the July 15th Droid X release. Now it is looking like Read more of this post

An Android chart that should scare the crap out of Apple

Why would Apple need to be afraid of Android? Well according to this chart put together by SAI, Android has gained tremendous momentum in adoption of it’s operating system and become a preference for developers due to it’s overall global size, potential and the fact there are over 85 Android based handsets in the world. But if history has taught us anything, Apple may make the same mistake once again. Read more of this post