Samsung Glyde Review
home screen displays the signal strength and battery level, while also showing icons for the Dial Pad, Menu, and Contacts along the top, a blue Shortcut Square in the middle, with an Alert Bar and date & time across the bottom.
The main menu is laid out identical to the Voyager in a 2x4 grid, with icons for Get it Now, Messaging, Contacts, Recent Calls, Settings & Tools, My Music, Browser, and VZ Navigator. If you press your finger and hold it to the screen, it will have two blue lines (horizontal and vertical) crossing at the current menu selection. Releasing your finger then selects that area of the menu. Unfortunately this uniqueness comes at the cost of not having any additional themes to choose from, with the only options for customizing being the wallpaper, dial font size, and two clock formats. The blue Shortcut Square located on the home screen brings up a 3x4 grid of 12 commonly used features where each one can be replaced with over 25 selections. This is an easy way for the user to have one-touch access to their most commonly used applications and services. The bottom Alert Bar will show color icons on the home screen if there is a new message, voice mail, missed call, calendar event, or saved alarm. You can also press the alert bar to access any of those menus directly without having to go through the standard main menu or shortcuts menu.
Up to 500 contacts can be stored by entering the information directly on the touchscreen or by using the QWERTY keyboard. For each one you can enter in their name, 5 phone numbers, e-mail address, and can select a specific picture and ringtone. Once the information is saved, you can assign them to one of 999 speed dial locations. Retrieving a stored contact is easily done by pressing the contact icon located at the top of the home screen. This brings all of them up in a list that you can scroll through, or you can press the go to field, where you can type in the first or last name and have it search your stored list. When you receive an incoming call, and that person is stored in your list, the display will show their name and number, as well their picture ID (if there is one), and will play their specific ringtone (if set). Unfortunately, just as with the Voyager, the picture ID image is only about ½” in size. We do not understand why Verizon would allow the picture ID to be that small, considering the large size of the display.
Pressing the dial pad icon from the home screen will bring up a numeric dial pad for entering a phone number. However, due to the touchscreen issues, it can become troublesome to use. Often times when we would press 7, 8, or 9, it would think we pressed *, 0, or #. This can easily be cleared before pressing Send, but after being connected, and logging into a voicemail or banking system, it becomes even more challenging to press the correct number since they cannot be cleared. We sincerely hope that the touchscreen issues are resolved in the next software update, as they are so frequent that they almost make the Glyde unusable and unreliably as a primary phone.
Nothing new has been added to the calendar and it operates in similar fashion to most other Verizon phones. It begins by showing the current month with the date highlighted in blue. From there, you can move forward or backwards one month at a time by pressing the left and right arrows at the top, and can select a specific day of the week by using your finger. There is an option to allow you to view weekly instead of monthly and to type in a specific date to go to. Once the correct date is selected, you can add a new event with the appointment name, start date and time, end date and time, repeat (once, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly), alert tone, and reminder. When the phone reaches that saved event, it will display the information on the screen and playback the designated alert tone.
Separate from the calendar are three independent alarms, with each one allowing you to select the time, frequency (once, daily, mon-fri, weekends), and ringtone. This is an easy way to setup a daily wake-up alarm or notification if it takes place within 24 hours.
The speaker-independent voice commands can be launched by going though the main menu, or by simply going to the shortcuts. Once activated, there are 8 choices that you can speak to the phone: call name or number, send message, go to menu, check item, contacts name, play playlist, my account, and help. The most useful of these is the “call” command, where you can speak the digits to dial or the name of a person in your contacts list to call. The only training that is required is for the digits, not the names or commands. The system works best in quiet environments, but was still able to understand our voice selection while used in a car traveling at highway speeds, and while in noisy mall. It can also be used in conjunction with a Bluetooth headset, so you can call numbers while you are away from the phone.
There is a total of 45MB of internal memory on the Glyde, half of which is used by applications, leaving only 27MB available to the user. This pales in comparison to the Voyager, which has 184MB of internal memory, but the Glyde (as well as the Voyager) accepts microSDHC memory cards currently up to 8GB in size. However, larger cards are expected to be released, which will allow the storage limit to increase to 16GB and 32GB.
I disagree, i've had this phone for about 2 weeks and i haven't had any problems with this phone. It works great, the camera is nice (auto focus), and i have no problem w/signal strenght. I have not had any problems w/ the touch screen and it has been working great, its just like the Voyager's touch screen. The only problem is that the vibrate and Tone volume could be a little bit louder, but thats not even a huge problem. It is the perfect size and overall a very great phone, i would suggest this to anybody looking to get a nice phone w/touch and qwerty key board.
14. apb1994 (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 May 2008)
It could just be where you live that you don't have any problems. The phone I have from Verizon right now only gets one or two bars in my area, when I call somebody my calls almost always get lost if they're not quick conversations. And I went to the VZW store a couple of days ago looking for a new phone, I called my house and I talked to my dad and the reception was horrible, it took about one minute before the call was lost.
30. scarlett2603 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Apr 2009)
I had the glyde for six months and ihated it the whole time. the touch screen is TERRIBLE. it takes me ten minutes just to call someone! i HATE touch screens. NEVER get this phone! it doesnt hold a very good charge either. its terrible. i could charge it all day and it would only hold it for about four hours.i dropped it once on carpet and the camera broke. NEVER GET THIS PHONE
2. XxTNTxX (Posts: 12; Member since: 12 May 2008)
even mobile youtube can't work? now THAT is lame.. stereo speakers both on one side? LOL! WTH was Samsung thinking!! I own a Voyager and have played with a Glyde @ a VZW store recently. I think the Glyde feels cheap as if I could break it with one hand. It's also not as eye catching as the LG Voyager but rather looks more like a kids toy. IF ANYONE reading this is debating on whether to get a Glyde or a Voyager, go w/ LG. Hands down.. The Voyager has all the functionality of the Glyde but better implementation and even more features if you consider Mobile TV.
DON"T GET EITHER...GET THE LG DARE(VX9700) comes out July 4th (at least thats what the rumors say)
15. apb1994 (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 May 2008)
I agree, I'm looking forward to the LG Dare, but it'll probably come out a week later then when it's supposed to. Almost every phone does except the env2
4. Western_Son (unregistered)
I've seen many reviews criticizing the touch screen performance and I cannot agree with those who say it's buggy to a fault. Can someone please post a detailed description of a known, reproducible bug that is a product of the touch screen malfunctioning. My expectation of the touch screen is based on using my girlfriend's iphone. The accuracy of the glyde touch screen is on par with her iphone experience. Sometimes the targets are small and that is difficult on both phones. I turned down the sensitivity of the touch screen when I first got the phone and that is how it has remained. From my experience with the glyde I would say that touch screen problems are ultimately a user problem and not a design issue. Look at it like this: A $2500 Les Paul guitar in the hands of a qualified operator sounds great. A $2500 Les Paul guitar in the hands of a beginner will sound like a beginner. Where does the fault reside? Ultimately a phone is a communication instrument.
5. sinfulta (unregistered)
I usually agree with phonearena.com, but this happens to be the worst review I've ever seen for any phone. I have been demo'ing this phone all week and went with my car club to Carmel California to the beach cause I figured it would be a good test through mountains and long driving time. We were in Aptos, California right next to a resort on the beach and the Glyde was the only phone that got reception. My LG Chocolate 8550 (My personal) was searching for service and I was able to complete a call on the Glyde. I think personally the Glyde is just not as "optamistic" about it's reception, and shows signal of what it's really getting. It definetly does hang around the middle range of 2-3 "bars". But defintely has never dipped as low as the chocolate so far. Sound quality is excellent. I totally agree with review. Touch screen is excellent. I dissagree big time with phonearena.com. I've had no trouble even using HTML or just browsing around the phone. It's definitely an huge step up in screen from the Voyager. I have no Idea what this reviewer is talking about. Outside phone conditions for screen brightness is similar to any other phone. And can be turned up out of the box. Voyager can not and in a side by side test outside in sunlight. It is defintely better with the samsung with it's brightness turned up from medium to high. Talk time is very very good, Standby and music/web browsing battery life is short. If i'm on the phone all day and do 2-3hrs of web browsing and light use of text and calling my battery will be dead after about a 16-18hr day. When I just used the phone for just phone calls, i was able to get approx 3.5hrs, and my phone had just went down to 1 bar of battery after I made it home from a local bar having cocktails with friends at 2am in the morning and I had the phone on since 7am that morning. (Sorry trying to give real world scenarios. lol) I hope this helps those who were concerned with the terrible review this was given. This is one of the best phones I've used in year. I think I might get one once I have to give this back.
25. repo33 (unregistered)
I agree, I've had the Glyde now for almost two months and I love it. I had a LG Chocolate and that was the biggest piece 'o crap LG ever squeezed out! I've been with VZW for about 7 years now and have had nothing but rage with LG phones. The Chocolate was so bad that they offered me an early upgrade with another $80 promo for the Glyde. So basically I got my Glyde for FREE! I don't care who ya are...that's a great deal and I couldn't pass it up. When I first got the Glyde I was a little skeptical if I liked it. But after playing with it for about a day and learning tips and shortcuts and such, I decided I loved it and STILL DO! So do the chics...lol. Cell phones are such an intregal part of us...like our car. If you are a basic person you most likely have a basic car. If you are sophisticated and refined so is your car...our cell phones are the same. I saw a commercial for some prepaid junk called 'jitterbug'...as basic as it gets. Obviously that is for the Ford Taurus people!!!!
LOL!!! I drive a Ford Taurus , bUT My phone is always the best of the best on market. I change phones evey few months. As a sales agent i find it better to of used the phone! Look I've been doing this job along time and from the sales side the phone is crappy! Ive sold over 200 hundred of them an had almost eveyone exchanged. aLL Went to Dare or Voyager! Now the Choc. thats a whole other story i have no clue what Lg was thinking there. All i know is the Glyde in my book is another phone i hate selling just like choc.
PHONE ARENA get ur facts right this phone doesnt have a full HML browser the only verizon none pda phone thats has this is the voyager! u need to read ur facts and not just post what ever u think the phone has!
Ah, yes it does! The Glyde and Voyager both have an HTML browser. It sounds like you are too much in love with your Voyager to admit that another phone has this as well.
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yes glyde has full html
Unfortunately I don't think many of you truly understand the problems with this phone. The phone has many issues concerning the touchscreen and that is the main reason that I am returning it. The bug I consistently experience isbthat the send button on text messages never works. Every time I use it I need to press it multiple times. On the Internet I experience issues getting links to work. And for the person who said that is it on par with an iPhone, I very much disagree. I have an iPod Touch and the touch works so much more better on the iPod. This review is very correct except that I have had good experience regarding reception. The battery dies for me after only maybe an hour of browsing, twenty texts, and ten minutes talking after about 12 hours. I have also experienced issues regarding testing when switching from front touch to qwerty.
I had a problem a that when I touched the calculator icon the phone would do a reset. I also had a problem with the space bar when texting. I exchanged the phone and so far none of those issues had shown. I think that you have a defective phone. The issues with the touchscreen, I think has to do where you do the tapping. I have learned this after playing with the phone. I still have to tap a couple of times, but to me that is the problem with the touchscreen. When tapping and it doesn't work just tap it slightly to the side. It will work just fine.
26. repo33 (unregistered)
I have this phone and wondered what everybody was talkin' about with software and firmware issues. I've never had any. Then the guy at Verizon told me that I have the newer release Glyde that got the software updates. Take your Glyde to Verizon and ask them if it has the software updates. If not, they will do it for you for free.
I have benn using this phone since it was first launched. So far, I had no problem with Glyde at all. The touch screen is very responsive which works better than Voyager. And qwerty keypad is easy to tap and comfortable. Even though Voyager has more features like Mobile TV, I doubt that not many people actually use Mobile TV. Overall, this is a great touchscreen & messaging phone with attractive price.
Well, now that I have had it for a few weeks its little problems are easily managable... My only real issue is the call quality.. I'm not sure if it is the phone or the network. I came from ATT and havn't used other phones on the verizon network... There is a significant difference, I just hope its the coverage in my area and that it improves...
Well, I just picked up this phone and really compared the voyager to it. I wen with the glyde because the phones are almost exactly the same. I Don't reallneed a phone that has a mp3 player for it but something that is more sleek and comfortable in my hand, the glyde was just that even when texting I thought the keyboard was better on the glyde. Dont get me wrong the voyager is a great phone too, but for 100 dollars more, not that great.
16. budboyy2k (unregistered)
I disagree with this review too. I've played with this phone for a good length of time. It worked perfectly- the touch screen, sounds, reception, and everything. I actually like it and up against the Voyager-it's a hard call for the winner. I"m upgrading soon and the only bad thing I can think of is that the Voyager has FTP and the Glyde only has OBEX
yeahh.. i just got the phone two days ago, and have been using it just as much as i use my other phone. using it for texting a lot. and the battery lasts about 4 hours and then dies.... 5 hours tops.... is this how it's supposed to be? cause my girlfriend who i'm texting has the curve and she charges it every other day.... is the glyde supposed to have such terrible battery life? or is my phone or battery messed up???
This is suppose to be a flagship multimedia samsung phone for VZW yet it still can't sync with outlook or use samsung PC suite to sync up your pictures and video when is Verizon gonna get a clue At&T and T-mobile samsungs can use the PC Suite and sync, my old samsung that is 6 years old can sync with my computer, they still haven't change their policy in 6 years!! It is so frustrating.
Ive had this phone since the day it came out and I havent had any problems with it. Although to some people it may be a bit difficult to control the touch screen, but to me its like cake... some people like it and some people dont.
20. Keith (unregistered)
This unit has got to be the worst unit ever released from Samsung. The touch screen has poor responce time (if you can even get it to respond) The keyboard is way too small for guys with big hands. I found the menu layout to be poorly designed as well. For being one of our flagship phones, this is a total flop. Look at the Voyager or enV2 for better text messaging units. I'd even go with Samsung's u740 over this unit......
I got the Glyde two weeks ago and I had it for one week and took it back to Verizon. In my opinion it was horrible! For me the worst part was the lag, it reminded me of the first Razor. I also had a lot of problems of having to touch the screen multiple times for it to do what I wanted, even though my sensitivity level was as high as it could go. I would not advise anyone to buy this phone unless it was just mine that was crap.
I've had it 4 over a month now. I think its a problem with the circuitry. A hardware problem in other words. Maybe its even cuz i live in chicago and its rlly humid here. Idk but its like rlllly annoying sometimes. But when it works correctly then it really is a decent phone =]]
23. kristina1987 (unregistered)
I have had this phone for about 2 months and have already had to have it replaced. The "alignment" was off according to the sales rep. Which basically means it would do whatever it wants whenever it wanted. They replaced it like I said but I wish they would have just let me trade for a new one because I now hate the phone. Do not buy it, go with the dare or the voyager. Seriously.
ive had mine for bout 3 months and yea i experienced bad problems wit the touch screen. its like the phone had a mind of its own and would hit butons on its own. the sales rep said it ust needed a alignment and it works a lil bit better. dont get me wrong, i like the idea and design of the phone but they jus messed it up wit the capacitive-sensitive screen.
29. drsurprise (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
lol, i've had the glyde for like more than 2 and a half months and i love it! nice phone, light, stylish and works for me! the touch screen is great, haven't had a problem with it although the touch screen hates my friend when he uses it, lol. but for those that say the touch screen sucks, you can change the sensitivity level. i put mine on high and it works. if you put it on low, then it'll take several clicks for the screen to respond. also, i heard of a flash update for the phone which tons of people said that fixed the touch screen problems as well as other problems, but i didnt get it because i had no problems to begin with. i heard this upgrade is free. and the claim that you can't play youtube videos from youtube's mobile website on the glyde, thats not true! i went on youtube's mobile website, and i managed to play videos on my glyde. the sound sounds staticy just like any other phone. to prevent that, use 2.5 mm headphones. i don't know if my glyde has god's magic infused into it and other glydes don't but from my experience, i like it and its amazing!
31. vaan144 (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Jun 2009)
i like this phone, i never had major problems with it. i think everyone thinks this phone's touchscreen is bad because it's capacitive, and many people don't understand how to use them, since you can't use your fingernail and only the actual finger. i got used to this, even though it's my first touchscreen device. as for the battery, i agree that it's not so great, but I've had phones that die after a day, and give me even less talk time. my phone receives on average, but i live in a good are for reception.
33. ashraf64 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
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