I currently have a Samsung Epix
on AT&T. It's been a functional phone, but it's upgrade time, and I want your collective opinion. The poll lists the options I've considered, but isn't meant to be all-inclusive.
I'm looking for a phone that both functions well as a phone and text messenger, but also works very well with internet access. The ability to not only look things up but, for instance, post in forums is of interest to me. Google maps is my most used app on the WinMo phone I have, and Opera the second; and I'd use data more if it weren't terrible with a small screen and borderline useless touchscreen.
Given that I'm coming from WinMo with all of my contacts on a SIM, I have no brand loyalty. I can get someone (ATT store, friend who sells phones for RadioShack, etc) to transfer over my contacts. I also currently have a no-limit data plan with ATT, which I can carry over for the Captivate (though I believe I have to go through ATT, not Amazon for sure), but cannot transfer to an iPhone. I have no idea how much data I would use, but unlimited contracts are valuable; I like the idea of rooting my phone and being able to use it tethered sometime in the future without having to worry about extra charges, but at this time I don't even own a laptop that would make use of such a feature.
I think that these phones are about equal, on almost every point, which is making my decision a little harder.
My assessment is that the iPhone has a superior screen, though smaller. It has a flash for its camera, which could be nice, though the Captivate camera is supposed to be very good. iOS is smoother, everyone reviewing the Captivate or any other Galaxy S has mentioned scrolling hitches, and I've seen it on a friends Incredible. The iPhone has the Apple App store. The iPhones antenna problem would be mitigated by the case I'd put on it anyway, and I'm right handed, so I consider it a non-issue.
Conversely, the Captivate is Android, which is NOT Apple, and has it's own app store. It can do pretty much everything that the iPhone can do, which is the point of this thread- deciding between two very nice devices that I believe would equally satisfy my need. Discuss!