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Samsung Captivate SGH-i897 Black AT&T 3G Only Single-Core 1.0GHz 16GB GSM Smart Phone for AT&T Only

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  • Android v2.1 (Eclair)
  • Wi-Fi/GPS
  • 4.0" Super AMOLED Touch Screen
  • 5.0 MP 720p
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Learn more about the SAMSUNG SGH-i897


Form Factor
Touch Screen Phones


Wireless Radio
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Compatible Carrier & Service
AT&T 2G, AT&T 3G
AT&T 3G Only
Wi-Fi Support
Data transfer


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

40 Polyphonic Ringtones
Email, Push Mail
Additional Function


Operating System
Android v2.1 (Eclair)


ARM Cortex-A8
CPU Core
CPU Speed
Hummingbird Chipset, 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


Auto Focus
5.0 MP
Camera Zoom
HD Video Capture

I/O Interface

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


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


Dimensions Weight

4.78" x 2.5" x 0.39"
4.5 oz.

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 90 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days

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  • Riley S.
  • 5/21/2013 9:45:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNot very good.

Pros: Small and compact. Other than that, going against guidelines, it is really easy to root (WILL VOID WARRANTY) and is therefore a versatile phone in that regard. Probably a good miniature tablet that can handle Skype.

Cons: Low memory; constantly crashes. Default OS downloads to 2MB cache, preventing you from downloading anything over 2MB, Samsung won't update. Won't handle many apps. Slow processor clock speed.

Other Thoughts: I recommend Smart Launcher instead of the default home screen this will reduce the phone crashing when hitting home.

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  • John M.
  • 5/21/2013 7:13:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I have had this phone [not from Newegg] for over 2 years. It still works pretty well. I think the screen looks great [even if newer phones are a little better these days].

Cons: Newer apps bog it down. Facebook and the like assume everyone has quad core tablets and stuff now so expect to have some kind of task manager to kill background apps. I spam my all the time to keep memory free. Also, there are a few quirky bugs. It will sometimes turn itself off when not in use. Last I researched it was a problems with a certain large batch of serial numbers and from what I understand a lot of refurbs are from that batch. It's annoying, but the phone still works fine.

Other Thoughts: Decent phone but memory and processor are showing their age. I think the latest official update was 2.3.5 Gingerbread.

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  • Brian R.
  • 1/15/2011 7:00:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Phone even with no 2.2

Pros: Works flawlessly, 1Ghz processor, cheaper than buying it new.

Cons: Still no 2.2 update.

Other Thoughts: At first it will look like the battery doesn't fit but a quick scan of the directions will show the bottom of the phone will slide out to accommodate.

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  • Albert R.
  • 1/14/2011 9:52:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRecert didn't go so well ...

Pros: Phone reportedly has lots of features.

Cons: I got the phone and battery would not fit inside the phone. When they did the recertification, they must have put another outer shell on it and it wasn't correctly aligned. In addition, the back cover would not fit either. Didn't want to mess with it myself so I sent it back.

Other Thoughts: I've RMA'ed the phone and am deciding if I want to go with this phone or the Vibrant in its place.

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  • Jose R.
  • 12/30/2010 6:13:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRefurbished phone for power users...

Pros: This phone is the AT&T version of the I9000 Samsung Galaxy. You get all the power, screen size and storage you would get from the I9000 without the $600+ price tag. Supports every app out there, shoots great HD video and even better 5MPx pictures. Phone is unlocked, so you can pop in any sim card and it will recognize it. I do not need to go over all of the benefits of Android Eclair (2.1) which is preloaded with the phone. Phone is very responsive, fast, and you can do almost anything with it. This is definetly a top-notch android phone as of December of 2010.

Cons: The only 3 hardware differences I could find between this phone and it's I9000 cousin are: 1. This phone does not have a front facing camera, but to be honest with all of you, this feature is rarely used. I came from a Nokia 7390 with a front facing camera and I used it only twice during a 3 year period. So basically I just tested the camera and that was it. No real usage was done because very few people have this option and even fewer will ever use it. 2. This phone does not have a camera flash. But then again, phone flashes are not that good, and if I am at a party or somewhere I would need a flash, I'd take my pro camera instead. Phones are good for spontaneous pictures, but not for anything professional. This phone will take those perfect shots at a wedding or any other event where you forgot your camera. Same thing goes for the video. 3. No FM Radio, but come on, with 16GB of space for music and video, who really needs FM? Besides, you'd have to carry the headset along to hear it.

Other Thoughts: Since this is a refurb, I understand someone returned it to AT&T for some reason. My came with Eclari 2.1 and a ton of bloatware I got rid of by rooting and installing the Designgears leaked Froyo 2.2 so now I have an upgraded phone with no AT&T bloatware. Then came the random shutdowns, which I think were the reason this phone was returned to AT&T in the first place. So I had to download the Captivate Stay Alive app from the market to have a fully working phone. Also, had that GPS problem I had to fix with Froyo.

If you are going to get this refurbed phone, be aware that you may have to tweak it a little in order to use it properly, but you can't beat the price!

Also keep in mind that this is an AT&T phone so it will only work with AT&T 3G network in the 850Mhz band, so if you have a T-Mobile or other sim and plan to use it on it's 3G network, you better go with the Vibrant.

Battery life is decent, it lasts a full day, keep a cleaning cloth near, the glass display gets dirty

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