Samsung Captivate Glide Review
Before rushing to judgment, don’t let its model name fool you for one bit, well, that’s because the Samsung Captivate Glide isn’t merely a rehashed device with a physical keyboard. Rather, it’s a transitive smartphone that’s tastefully modernized, thanks to its hardware, to meet the demands of power and elite users all around. In fact, it boasts a snazzy looking Super AMOLED display, dual-core processor, HSPA+ connectivity, and an always useful landscape style keyboard – all packaged together for a reasonable $149.99 with a 2-year contract.
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Quick Start Guide
- Health & Safety and Warranty Guide
For starters, it doesn’t look exactly like a Samsung Captivate with a physical keyboard attached to it, nor does it bear any striking resemblance to Samsung’s line of Galaxy S II smartphones, but instead, the Captivate Glide is a totally different looking handset on its own. Constructed out of plastic, it’s nice to see that it’s rather compact in form (0.5” thick) and lightweight (5.2 oz) in the hand, but it tends to give it an overall flimsy build quality – though, it’s not that bad at all.
Constructed out of plastic, it’s nice to see that the Samsung Captivate Glide is rather compact in form and lightweight in the hand
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Just like the Captivate before it, the handset features a 4” WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED panel that delivers a lot of eye-candy right from the start thanks to its high-contrast, overly saturated color production, wide-viewing angles, and average details. No, it’s not a Super AMOLED Plus panel, but nevertheless, it’s able to reel our eyes from afar thanks to its polarizing glow. As much as we’re entranced by it, we’re still finding ourselves shielding it from the sun to make out what’s on screen.
4-row landscape style keyboard seeing that its mechanism is very springy in nature. Despite the flat and nearly flush appearance of its keyboard buttons, our thumbs are able to type away with relative ease thanks to their sufficient size and tactile response. After some practice, we get into the groove of typing with minimal mistakes – plus, it’s nice that we have access to the usual set of Android buttons and a directional pad with its layout.
Since the set of Android capacitive buttons are placed very near to the bottom edge of the phone, we still find ourselves accidentally pressing them on occasion. Meanwhile, the handset’s earpiece and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera are located above the display.
Around its sides, we find its microphone, volume rocker, dedicated power button, 3.5mm headset jack, and a plastic sliding cover that hides away a microUSB port. With the latter, you can use an optional MHL adapter to gain video-out functionality.
In the rear, its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and speakerphone notches lay flush towards the top side. Finally, removing the plastic cover provides us access to its SIM card slot, 1,650 mAh battery, and microSD slot.
5. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
This is a cool smartphone. I miss keyboards. I want one.
6. bucky (Posts: 1574; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
i like the landscape touchwiz! that would look great on my sgs2!
7. Netolic (Posts: 142; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I have the skyrocket.... should i return this phone and exchange it with captivate glide?
8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
if you're not getting LTE coverage i would trade it for either this or the Galaxy S II.
9. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
I would keep the Skyrocket. You're going to have lte before your contract expires, assuming you got a 2yr contract.
10. johnlim.b4l (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
great looking phone, hopefully I can get it soon.
11. Dr.Kirby (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)
I have this phone now. Works beautifully and I Love the keyboard
12. forkpuppy (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Does this have that ugly Pen Tile display on it?
13. kanagadeepan (Posts: 722; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Well, Yes for Pentile... But NO for UGLY... I have used Photon4G before... Its high resolution screen sux with Pentile-LCD... But the beautiful AMOLED reduces the ugliness of Pentile Matrix...
SAMOLED+ > SAMOLED(Pentile) >= SLCD_RGB >>> LCD_Pentile...
14. debra.addis (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jul 2012)
has anyone had problems with talking on it,, I always have to go outside to talk,, my daughter has a metal roof, and I'm wondering if that is the problem, other than that love the phone,, I might try putting a ear piece in with a side mircophone to see if that works,, would hate to have to get rid of it because of that reason,,