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Samsung Captivate Glide Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Not surprisingly, the Samsung Captivate Glide features the same old TouchWiz UI we’ve been accustomed to seeing on so many countless Android powered Samsung devices of late. Naturally, it offers its own unique blend of enhancements to provide users with an agreeable experience, but it’s clearly not yet on the same level that we find with HTC’s Sense UI. Nevertheless, it boasts all of the wonderful depth of customization elements that we find with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread as a whole.

The Samsung Captivate Glide features the same old TouchWiz UI - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The Samsung Captivate Glide features the same old TouchWiz UI - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The Samsung Captivate Glide features the same old TouchWiz UI - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The Samsung Captivate Glide features the same old TouchWiz UI - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The Samsung Captivate Glide features the same old TouchWiz UI - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The Samsung Captivate Glide features the same old TouchWiz UI - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The Samsung Captivate Glide features the same old TouchWiz UI - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The Samsung Captivate Glide features the same old TouchWiz UI - Samsung Captivate Glide Review

The Samsung Captivate Glide features the same old TouchWiz UI


To keep it in good light after the Samsung Galaxy S II and the 4G LTE enabled Skyrocket, the Captivate Glide is able to muster up a respectable performance thanks to its 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM. Even though we still witness a subtle amount of choppiness with its operation when graphically intensive live wallpapers are used, it’s never to the point debilitating, and honestly, it’s nearly instantaneous when static wallpapers are used instead. Overall, it’s not the fastest thing on the block, but it exhibits enough oomph and power to its operation to make us feel confident in its abilities.

When it comes to typing, there’s no arguing that we prefer doing it all with the physical keyboard, but if you must use the on-screen one, it provides a tolerable experience that firmly keeps our rate of input steady. Yes, the portrait layouts are rather cramped, but its peppy responsiveness helps us in quickly composing messages. Fortunately, we’re given three keyboard options, which include the stock one, Samsung keypad, and Swype keyboard.

Whether it’s the Samsung Email app or Gmail one, the experience is essentially the same as we’re presented with deep functionality to get us organized. As always, setup is a breeze just like any other Android smartphone, as it only requires our email address and password for automatic set up.

Samsung Email - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
Samsung Captivate Glide Review
Gmail - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
Samsung Captivate Glide Review

Samsung Email

 

Gmail

 

Being the AT&T bound device it is, there are quite a few AT&T branded apps in for the ride – like AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, Featured Apps, Live TV, and myAT&T. Also, some of the other third party apps bundled with the handset include AllShare, Asphalt 6, Qik Lite, Quickoffice, and YPmobile. Lastly, if your heart yearns for video content, you can get your fill with Samsung’s Media Hub.

AT&T branded and third party apps - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
AT&T branded and third party apps - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
AT&T branded and third party apps - Samsung Captivate Glide Review

AT&T branded and third party apps



Internet and Connectivity:

In addition to the fast data speeds we’re exposed to with the handset’s HSPA+ connection, it’s able to render complex sites properly, display fluid navigational controls, and handles heavy Flash content without working up a sweat. When it comes down to it, the Samsung Captivate Glide is indeed one equipped handset to deliver a resounding web browsing experience.

The Samsung Captivate Glide delivers a resounding web browsing experience - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The Samsung Captivate Glide delivers a resounding web browsing experience - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The Samsung Captivate Glide delivers a resounding web browsing experience - Samsung Captivate Glide Review
The Samsung Captivate Glide delivers a resounding web browsing experience - Samsung Captivate Glide Review

The Samsung Captivate Glide delivers a resounding web browsing experience


Being a GSM enabled smartphone, it’s naturally compatible to work on a wealth of GSM networks littered around the world – so it’s constantly connected, even with data connectivity. Meanwhile, its connectivity options are further expanded with other items like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

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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: 1288; 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: 5538; 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: 545; 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: 634; 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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