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Samsung Gleam Review

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Home screen - Cruiser theme - Samsung Gleam Review
Main menu - Cruiser theme - Samsung Gleam Review

Home screen

Main menu

Cruiser theme

The main menu of the Gleam is laid out just like every other Verizon phone, with categorizes for Get it Now, Messaging, Contacts, Recent Calls, and Settings & Tools. There are 3 new FlashUI Themes that are included: Cruiser, Espresso, and Rainbow. We first saw a variant of the Espresso used on the GSM Samsung G600. We are glad to see that Samsung is including modern themes on Verizon phones, but between those choices, the Cruiser is by far the best looking theme with very little menu lag. The Gleam is also Samsungs first phone on Verizon to incorporate something new called Living Wallpaper, with 4 choices: City Background, Country Background, City Cruising, and Country Cruising. They are all animated, showing either a moving city or country image. The first two wallpapers (City Background and Country Background) only show the Date & Time, but the second two (City Cruising and Country Cursing) add round “meters” for showing how many voice mails and text/picture message have been received.

The Phonebook is nothing new, with up to 500 Contacts being able to be stored, each with their Name, Mobile 1, Home, Work, E-Mail 1, Group, Picture, Ringtone, Mobile 2, Fax, E-Mail 2, and Notes. After a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 999 speed-dial locations.

Phonebook - Samsung Gleam Review
Phonebook - Samsung Gleam Review

Phonebook



Camera:

Samsung Gleam Review
The 2MP Camera does not have a flash, so you can only use it in well-illuminated areas. Images taken outside have low color saturation, which makes them look lifeless, and the edges are not as sharp as most other 2MP camera phones. Interior images did not come out well either, due to lower light levels, and they have a grainy look to them. The camera on the Gleam is by no means spectacular, but it does take slightly better looking images than the LG VX8700. However, since it lacks an Auto-Focus system and a flash, the Motorola Maxx Ve still ranks higher for image quality and overall usability.



Camera Settings:
• Color Effects: Normal, B&W, Sketch, Antique, Negative
• White Balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent
• Memory: Phone, Card
• Auto Name: On, Off
• Preview Mode: Full Screen, Actual Screen
• ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400
• Metering: Average, Center, Spot
• Icon Display: All, Partial, Guidelines, None
• Sound Effects: Ready Sound, Shutter Sound
• Night Shot: On, Off
• Self Timer: Off, 3 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec
• Quality: Fine, Normal, Economy
• Resolution: 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480, 320x240, 176x144
• Multi-Shot: Series Shot, Divided Shot

Outdoor images - Samsung Gleam Review
Outdoor images - Samsung Gleam Review
Outdoor images - Samsung Gleam Review
Outdoor images - Samsung Gleam Review
Outdoor images - Samsung Gleam Review
Outdoor images - Samsung Gleam Review

Outdoor images


Bright light - Indoor images - Samsung Gleam Review
Medium light - Indoor images - Samsung Gleam Review
Low light - Indoor images - Samsung Gleam Review

Bright light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor images




Music:

Samsung Gleam Review
Samsung Gleam Review
Samsung Gleam Review
Even though the Gleam lack the 2GB of internal memory for music storage that is on the Juke, it makes up for this by having a microSD slot that is capable of using cards up to 4GB in size. However, the music player interface on the Gleam uses the standard Verizon layout, so nothing new or spectacular there. Actual playback quality is quite good, since there is a pair of stereo speakers located on the front flip. There are also touch-sensitive music buttons on the front, for rewind, play/pause, and fast-forward, but they only light up when pressed, so finding them in the dark can be a pain. If you are looking for better music quality, you can always connect wirelessly to a Bluetooth Stereo headset, since profiles A2DP and AVRC are supported.


Other software features include Mobile Web 2.0, VCast Music downloads, V Cast Video streaming, and VZ Navigator for GPS guided directions. You can also download a wide variety of games and other application using Get it Now.

Internet browser - Samsung Gleam Review
Internet browser - Samsung Gleam Review
Internet browser - Samsung Gleam Review
Internet browser - Samsung Gleam Review

Internet browser


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. brad (unregistered)


cool looking phone but the numbers arent "solid" , really frustrating to text, when you press 9 for instance it hits pound not fun trying to check messages, would not recommend this phone unless you never text! or need to enter passwords!

posted on 28 Jun 2008, 13:12

2. Keith (unregistered)


This phone is rock solid, except for the reception. Samsung hasnt offcially said that there is a reception issue (atleast i haven't heard about it) but we get this unit returned ALL THE TIME. Each person who returns it complains about having little to no reception and dropping calls 6-7 times out of 10. Stay away from this unit.....

posted on 05 Aug 2008, 09:59

3. (unregistered)


i've had 3 so far, reception is a huge problem, i can hear the caller, but they can't hear me 9 times out of 10! Keep taking it back, maybe they'll give you a better phone, a different model . . .

posted on 18 Aug 2008, 02:51

4. (unregistered)


amazing phone however it skips when scrolling through music in music player, and music stops when you get a txt msg

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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.88 x 1.91 x 0.55 inches
(98.5 x 48.5 x 14 mm)
3.35 oz  (95 g)
Battery800 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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