Screen Captures on Android Phones

I know you can take a screen shot on an iPhone by holding down the only two buttons, which got me thinking "I should be able to do that on Android phones too." So doing some googling for a few minutes, the only thing that I was able to find was connecting phone to a computer and firing up Eclipse and doing it through the SDK/IDE, downloading a special App and again connecting it to your computer, or installing a 3rd party app.

I know it's possible to do this without rooting the phone, or having to do any of the above ways. I was able to do this on two Samsung phones running Android 2.2 and 2.3, but with different key combinations. So far these are the only two phones I was able do a screen capture on:

  • Samsung Droid Charge: Hold the Back button and hit Home
  • Samsung Galaxy S: Hold the Back button and hit the Power button.

When I get some more free time, I'm going to go to a Verizon store and try to figure out how to do this on other phones, providing that it's possible. It doesn't make sense why this feature was would be left out because it's such a small and nice feature to have.