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Samsung Captivate Black 3G Unlocked Smart Phone w/ 5.0MP Camera, Auto Focus / Wi-Fi / GPS / 16GB Storage (SGH-i897)

  • Android OS 2.1
  • 4" Super AMOLED Touch Screen
  • 1GHz Cortex-A8 Processor
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Your world just got brighter and you don't even need shades. Experience HD-quality video recording that's clearly detailed, extraordinarily vivid and astonishingly colorful on the brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED screen. Movies, games and websites all come to life even in broad daylight thanks to an anti-reflective screen. One of the thinnest, most responsive smartphones in the world, it also uses less power and has a longer battery life.

Do you want the whole world in your hands? How about the whole universe? Tens of thousands of apps populate Android Market -- everything from popular games to productivity tools to constellation maps. Powered by the latest Android platform (and upgradeable to 2.2), this phone fully integrates with Google Mobile Services. You're now at one with your Gmail account, Google Maps, YouTube videos and more.

This phone integrates your email, social networking and phone contacts into one address book -- and combines your Google Calendar and social networking calendars. Also, you can instantly post your status and upload pics to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter with the Feeds & Updates app, as well as instantly see recent posts from friends and family on your home screen thanks to Buddies Now.

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In addition, the cell phone box may arrive unsealed and the cell phone may appear previously handled. The unlocking procedure requires unsealing the box and manually handling the cell phone. In this case, the cell phone should not be considered "tampered with" or "defective".


Form Factor
Touch Screen Phones


Wireless Radio
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

UMTS 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Compatible Carrier & Service
AT&T, AT&T 3G (US Carrier)
AT&T 3G Only
Wi-Fi Support
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; DLNA
Data transfer


GPS Integrated
A-GPS support
Music Player (AAC, MIDI, MP3, WMA, XMF)

MP3, WAV ringtones
Email, Push Mail
Additional Function


Operating System
Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair), upgradable to v2.3
Hummingbird Chipset, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 CPU, PowerVR SGX540 GPU
Internal Memory
16GB ROM / 512MB RAM
Card Slot
MicroSD(TF Card)
Card Capacity Support
Up to 32GB


Main Display Size
Main Display Color
Main Display Format
Main Display Resolution
800 x 480
Touch Screen
Capacitive Touchscreen


5.0 MP
Camera Zoom
Auto Focus
HD Video Capture

I/O Interface

Bluetooth Support
Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
3.5 mm audio jack, microUSB


Battery Type
Lithium Ion Battery
Battery Capacity
Talk Time
Up to 5.83 hours
Standby Time
Up to 300 hours


Calendar, Scheduler, To do list, Clock, Worldtime, Alarm, Calculator, Memo book

Video player: MPEG4, AAC, AAC+, H.263, H.264

Social networking integration

Digital compass

Image/video editor

Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration

Flash Lite v3.1


TouchWiz 3.0 UI

Multi-touch input method

Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate

Touch-sensitive controls

Proximity sensor for auto turn-off

Swype text input

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection

Voice memo/dial/commands



4.78" x 2.5" x 0.39"
4.5 oz.

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 30 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 30 days

Customer Reviews of the SAMSUNG SGH-i897

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  • James I.
  • 3/29/2014 12:39:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUpdating

Pros: Lots of memory. Fast

Cons: Unable to update firmware. Samsung rep at Best Buy tried for an hour but the updating software would not recognize the phone. Possibly due to being too outdated. 2 phones with same problem.

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  • Andrew G.
  • 3/3/2014 9:42:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood but not great

Pros: Big-ish screen, Metal case, back cover lock is very good, the way its designed makes it so it never comes off even when dropped. Android based so jail breaking is easy and helpful to get rid of the bloat ware.

Cons: So after having this phone for a long time it has had some definite downsides. The only fix for this is to turn off the search button in the code of the phone.
- The search button is messed up. I repeatedly presses itself whenever it pleases, To get it to stop i have to lock the phone, i usally wipe the screen/buttons in hopes that helps then unlock it. This is probably the biggest annoyances i have ever had with a phone.
- The phone turns off when ever it wants, there is an issue with the CPU voltage that kicks the phone off. This is what i have read anyway, there is an App that will basically fix this but it shouldn't need one.
-A small annoyance is that sometimes the phone lags and read inputs for a couple seconds late up to maybe 10 seconds sometimes.

Other Thoughts: The two cons stated are the worst thing about the phone but in all they aren't deal breakers. I have had my phone for about 2 years and I have just dealt with it, the app to keep it alive helps a bunch but the search button is so bad, I haven't disabled it because i don't know the API for the platform. These problems are in many of the captivates but not all.

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  • Betty W.
  • 2/27/2014 9:48:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Got this phone for a greandson who did not take care of an expensive one. It worked right out of the box. There have not been any issiues with the phone.

Cons: Have not had any as of yet.

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  • Betty W.
  • 2/19/2014 8:36:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Placed in the sim card and the phone is working great.

Cons: None as of yet.

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  • John W.
  • 9/1/2012 8:44:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I was able to use the SIM card from my ST smart phone and the phone functions worked without any modification. All I had to do to get the data working was to define an APN which ST has instructions for on their web site.

This isn't the first touch screen phone that I've had but it is the first one that I've had that I can honestly say is awesome. The on screen keyboard works very well and the AMOLED display is gorgeous. Apps start very quickly and run smoothly.

The camera takes very good pics for a phone camera especially considering that there is no flash. There are a lot of setting to control the exposure depending on the lighting situation. The pics load onto the micro SD card pretty quickly but be sure to get a Class 10 micro SD card. It works very well with a barcode scanning app.

This is my first Android phone and I'm so very impressed. Compared to all the other "smart" phone OSs that I've used this is so simple to work with. I might actually use this one for a w

Cons: No flash for the camera.
Battery life could be better but I think its not too bad compared to other large screen (4") smart phones.

Other Thoughts: Mine came with Android OS 2.3 installed, USB cable, AC adaptor, ear buds with 2 spare sets of covers, battery and a quick start guide. It was very well packaged and had no blemishes on it at all.

There are ATT apps that I can't use because I'm on the ST network and unfortunately, I can't uninstall them but that's not a big deal. Its an excellent phone at a great price.

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  • John M.
  • 6/26/2012 7:21:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggstext issue

Pros: It updates to 2.3, big screen makes my iPhone friends say "Wow..."

Cons: Samsung sharing software is clunky with my Samsung TV. Havent gotten it to work properly

Other Thoughts: Hey Andy! You'll probably never see this, but I have found I only get the text issue if I go to texts through the notification drop down. If you hit Home, and tap the messaging icon they shouldn't mess up.

I also empty my inbox often, seemd to help.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/21/2012 12:15:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Phone is easy to navigate. Love how I can add and update easily.

Cons: Text messaging feature not working properly. Go to reply to a text and when I hit send, screen will change and send message to a different person. Reset phone over 10 times and only corrects problem 24-48 hours. Called store umpteen times as well.

Other Thoughts: Other than the texting problem, I love my phone. Store cannot fix problem and it started acting up after warranty expired. Go figure!

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  • Lee Q.
  • 4/19/2012 2:51:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat phone

Pros: - Fast shipping - phone arrived in 2 business days
- As advertised, tested unlocked
- Arrived with the latest AT&T KK4 image for the captivate
- Price is reasonable for an unlocked phone

Cons: - phone unlocked but still carries AT&T logo

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  • joshua b.
  • 4/10/2012 11:34:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood phone for the price

Pros: switched to this phone after selling my iphone my hate for itunes was the reason for the switch overall a nice phone im satisfied battery life pretty good

Cons: none so fa

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