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Samsung Glyde Review

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The Glyde has a 2-megapixel autofocus camera with flash, which is a step down from the 3MP camera used on the F700. The application takes 4 seconds to load and can be easily launched by pressing the camera button located on the right side. Unlike the Voyager that uses the whole screen as the viewfinder, the Glyde only uses about 75%. With the autofocus turned on, it takes 2 seconds to focus, 2 seconds to capture the image, and another 2 seconds to save it to the memory card. The total turn around time to take one picture, save it, and take a second picture for saving is 11 seconds. If you need to take pictures faster, you can turn off the autofocus feature and it will cut the amount of time.

Camera interface - Samsung Glyde Review
Camera interface - Samsung Glyde Review

Camera interface

Images taken outside are sharp and have a lot of detail with good color saturation, but tend to look underexposed (darker) than they should. Interior images taken with plenty of daylight look fine due to the camera using faster shutter speeds, but in instances where you can only use standard incandescent bulbs, the shutter must remain open longer, causing images to be blurry. The camera features a built in LED flash, which the Voyager does not have, however the range is only about 6 feet. Because of this, don’t expect to use it for taking many low-light pictures. The autofocus system is also capable of taking macro (up close) images, which worked without problem.

Camera Options:

  • Color Effects: Normal, B&W, Sketch, Antique, Negative, Green, Aqua
  • White Balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent
  • Brightness: 9 levels
  • Memory: Phone, Card
  • Auto Name: Off, On
  • ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400
  • Metering: Average, Center, Spot
  • Icon Display: All, Partial, Guidelines, None
  • Sound Effects: Ready Sound, Shutter Sound
  • Flash: Off, Auto, Only this shot, On
  • Auto Focus: Off, On
  • Self Timer: Off, 3 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec
  • Quality: Fine, Normal, Economy
  • Resolution: 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480, 320x240, 176x144
  • Multishot: Series, Divided

Samsung Glyde Review
Samsung Glyde Review
Samsung Glyde Review
Samsung Glyde Review
images - Samsung Glyde Review
images - Samsung Glyde Review
images - Samsung Glyde Review
images - Samsung Glyde Review

Outdoor images

Strong light - Indoor images - Samsung Glyde Review
Medium light - Indoor images - Samsung Glyde Review
light - Indoor images - Samsung Glyde Review
Macro ON - Indoor images - Samsung Glyde Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Macro ON

Indoor images

Videos can be recorded at maximum of 320x240 resolution, with the length being up to the available memory. Watching a recorded video on the phone is best, due to the smaller screen size. Once they are transferred to a PC, you can see how low quality they are, with blotchy color and low frame rate.


The music player on the Glyde is almost identical as the one used on the Voyager. The music menu shows icons for genre, artists, albums, songs, playlists, inbox, play all, and shuffle. Once a song begins playback, there are several icons on the left and right side of the screen that you can select from, allowing you to play/pause, rewind, fast-forward, or select a different track. But unlike the Venus, Chocolate, and F700, which have a more customizable music interface, this one cannot continue to play music while the phone performs other tasks, such as sending a text message or using the browser.

Music player - Samsung Glyde Review
Music player - Samsung Glyde Review
Music player - Samsung Glyde Review

Music player

The Voyager and enV2 both have their stereo speakers located on the inside flip on either side of the display, whereas the stereo speakers on the Glyde are both located next to the earpiece. Because of this, when the phone is in landscape mode to use the music player, it places both speakers on the left side, thus defeating the purpose of having stereo speakers to begin with. A better design would be to have the left speaker next to the earpiece and the right speaker on the opposite end, as with the F700. Despite their poor location, music quality is relatively good, but does not get quite as loud as if it were playing from the enV2 or Voyager. For better quality, you can use a pair of wired earbuds or a Bluetooth stereo headset.


Because the Glyde lacks Mobile TV functionality, you can only watch videos using the standard V Cast video service. These are pre-recorded at 320x240 resolution and 15fps. Because of their low quality, this should not be looked as a primary feature of the Glyde, since most all Verizon devices are also capable of accessing the V Cast service.

Samsung Glyde Review
Samsung Glyde Review


VZ Navigator - Samsung Glyde Review
VZ Navigator - Samsung Glyde Review

VZ Navigator

As with most other Verizon phones, the Glyde uses Qualcomm’s BREW format for all application. One of the most useful available ones is VZ Navigator, which is used for GPS guided directions. It comes with Version 3 preinstalled, but can download and install the updated Version 4, which allows for new 3D maps, traffic congestion and accident re-routing, as well as the ability to find local gas stations, restaurants, movie theaters and show times, and local events. We were able to use VZ Navigator around south FL without problem. The updated 3D maps are easy to follow and are more professional looking than the previous version. The added improvements are well worth the $10 per month price.

No games are preloaded on the Glyde, but can be purchased and download over the air directly from Verizon.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)

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.

posted on 01 Jun 2008, 16:47

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.

posted on 13 Apr 2009, 16:23

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

posted on 23 May 2008, 06:17

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.

posted on 23 May 2008, 09:39

3. (unregistered)

DON"T GET EITHER...GET THE LG DARE(VX9700) comes out July 4th (at least thats what the rumors say)

posted on 01 Jun 2008, 16:48

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

posted on 23 May 2008, 17:53

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.

posted on 23 May 2008, 21:38

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.

posted on 25 Oct 2008, 21:00

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!!!!

posted on 06 Dec 2008, 19:14

27. (unregistered)

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.

posted on 24 May 2008, 18:09

6. (unregistered)

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!

posted on 24 May 2008, 21:08

7. (unregistered)

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.

posted on 24 May 2008, 21:09

8. (unregistered)

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneDetail&selected PhoneId=3727&changingCompletedOrder= "Services HTML Browser with touch navigation"

posted on 06 Dec 2008, 19:15

28. (unregistered)

yes glyde has full html

posted on 25 May 2008, 01:13

9. (unregistered)

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.

posted on 31 May 2008, 20:08

13. (unregistered)

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.

posted on 25 Oct 2008, 21:06

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.

posted on 26 May 2008, 18:51

10. (unregistered)

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.

posted on 27 May 2008, 23:09

11. (unregistered)

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...

posted on 30 May 2008, 22:02

12. (unregistered)

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.

posted on 04 Jun 2008, 00:08

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

posted on 13 Jun 2008, 12:30

17. (unregistered)

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???

posted on 16 Jun 2008, 22:28

18. (unregistered)

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.

posted on 20 Jun 2008, 16:19

19. (unregistered)

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.

posted on 28 Jun 2008, 13:05

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......

posted on 04 Jul 2008, 10:50

21. (unregistered)

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.

posted on 30 Aug 2008, 22:14

22. (unregistered)

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 =]]

posted on 02 Oct 2008, 23:51

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.

posted on 06 Oct 2008, 02:04

24. (unregistered)

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.

posted on 26 Dec 2008, 16:42

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!

posted on 24 Jun 2009, 17:54

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.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 06:34

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posted on 20 Apr 2012, 11:29

33. ashraf64 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

General I like Samsung phones , But I don't advice to get slide phone because data strip between screen and keyboard after wile get broken. If you looking for information for All Samsung products and phones here is link :http://www.samsungtoday.co.uk

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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 440 pixels (179 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.09 x 1.97 x 0.70 inches
(103.8 x 50 x 17.8 mm)
4.13 oz  (117 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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