August 13, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
The Samsung Galaxy S line of phones is Samsung’s road back into Android’s good graces. Though the company triggered a backlash with the lack of support in previous devices, the Galaxy S is a big push forward.
The Galaxy S is a big seller in South Korea and parts of Europe, but it’s not really a phone in the United States. Instead its a brand that encompasses several devices bearing strong similarities but some key differences. Which phone is best for you? Here’s a way to tell the difference between the Galaxy S versions going to different carriers in the United States.
Below is a chart and brief explanation on each phone. Keep in mind that all of the Galaxy S phones closely resemble each other in terms of specs, save for a few differences in form factor and pre-loaded content.
Captivate (AT&T) – $199
The Samsung Captivate was first to the market and a worthy entrant. The Hummingbird 1 GHz processor, present in all Galaxy S phones, truly hums along with fast pace and incredible graphics rendering. The Captivate is a great device hurt by its ties to AT&T. Users will be limited to 2GB of monthly data and are unable to install apps from sources outside of the Android Market. But if you’re already an AT&T customer and looking to upgrade to Android, this is definitely the way to go.
Epic 4G (Sprint) – $249
The Epic 4G is the Galaxy S phone that you wanted but didn’t get (unless you opt for Sprint, of course). It’s the only GS phone the includes a front-facing camera for video chat and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Epic 4G also has more of an oval shape compared to the other phones, making it the most unique. You may be disappointed by the lack of 4G in your city or reliable 3G in certain areas, but this is the most feature-rich. Maybe that’s why it’s also the most expensive.
Fascinate (Verizon) – $199
The Fascinate is coming to the nation’s largest 3G provider, and it will be the first to deliver Bing apps (Maps and search). The Fascinate doesn’t have anything else to distinguish it from the GS family, but it has Verizon exclusives like the NFL Mobile app and service from what’s arguably “the most reliable network” in the country.
Vibrant (T-Mobile) – $199
The T-Mobile Vibrant is the best phone offered on contract by T-Mobile. Games play beautifully, the media experience is rich, and the latest version of TouchWiz UI is much improved than what we’ve seen previously. While it lacks any real discerning feature other than a pre-loaded copy of The Sims, it is the first Android “super phone” offered on contract. If you’re on T-Mobile and don’t need a physical keyboard, it’s the best option.