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Samsung Captivate Glide Review

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Samsung Captivate Glide Review
Introduction:

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.

Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The package contains:


  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Health & Safety and Warranty Guide

Design:

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 - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
Constructed out of plastic, it’s nice to see that the Samsung Captivate Glide is rather compact in form and lightweight in the hand - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
Constructed out of plastic, it’s nice to see that the Samsung Captivate Glide is rather compact in form and lightweight in the hand - Samsung Captivate Glide Review

Constructed out of plastic, it’s nice to see that the Samsung Captivate Glide is rather compact in form and lightweight in the hand


Samsung Captivate Glide Review

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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.

Front - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
Samsung Captivate Glide Review
Android capacitive buttons - Samsung Captivate Glide Review

Front

 

Android capacitive buttons


Thankfully, it doesn’t require much force to expose its 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.

The 4-row landscape keyboard - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The 4-row landscape keyboard - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The 4-row landscape keyboard - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The 4-row landscape keyboard - Samsung Captivate Glide Review

The 4-row landscape keyboard


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.

Bottom edge - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
Volume rocker (left) - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
Power key (right) - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
microUSB port and 3.5 jack (top) - Samsung Captivate Glide Review

Bottom edge

Volume rocker (left)

Power key (right)

microUSB port and 3.5 jack (top)


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.

Back - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
Camera - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Captivate Glide Review

Back

Camera

Battery compartment



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posted on 24 Nov 2011, 08:03 3

5. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


This is a cool smartphone. I miss keyboards. I want one.

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 11:34

6. bucky (Posts: 1222; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


i like the landscape touchwiz! that would look great on my sgs2!

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 12:07

7. Netolic (Posts: 139; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I have the skyrocket.... should i return this phone and exchange it with captivate glide?

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 12:43 2

8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


if you're not getting LTE coverage i would trade it for either this or the Galaxy S II.

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 14:31

9. Forsaken77 (Posts: 542; 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 19:07 1

10. johnlim.b4l (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


great looking phone, hopefully I can get it soon.

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 14:09

11. Dr.Kirby (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


I have this phone now. Works beautifully and I Love the keyboard

posted on 23 Mar 2012, 23:54

12. forkpuppy (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Does this have that ugly Pen Tile display on it?

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 11:46

13. kanagadeepan (Posts: 590; 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...

Imho,

SAMOLED+ > SAMOLED(Pentile) >= SLCD_RGB >>> LCD_Pentile...

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 18:18

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,,

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual core, 1000 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size4.90 x 2.50 x 0.50 inches
(124 x 64 x 13 mm)
5.20 oz  (147 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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