After about three months of waiting after the announcement, Rogers has finally started shipping the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate to retail locations. Apparently the delay was due to a shortage of Super AMOLED displays on Samsung’s end, but ain’t that always the story? The Captivate is still available for preorder online for $149.99 (on a three-year contract, of course) until this Sunday, after which it will go for $179.99 in store.
The Samsung Galaxy S Captivate is certainly nothing to sneeze at. It has a 4″ 800 x 480 Super AMOLED touchscreen, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera (no flash), Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G, 16 GB of internal memory, TV-out through the 3.5mm jack, and runs Android 2.1 with TouchWiz. The screen is hard to beat, but Samsung Android customizations might not quite be your cup of tea, especially after having a taste of HTC Sense.
This is a sorely needed handset in Rogers’ Android lineup, which is still headlined by the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 which is still running 1.6. By comparison, Bell has had the Galaxy S Vibrant I9000 for awhile now, while Telus instead opted to go with HTC for the Desire. Now that Rogers customers will have to chew on a contract for 30 months before even looking sideways at a new phone, the new handset damn well better be worth it.
If you’re thinking about nabbing a Samsung Captivate on Rogers, take a look at our review of the AT&T version, then head over to the Rogers online store to seal the deal.