Hands-on with Verizon's Glyde and Curve

Hands-on with Verizon's Glyde and Curve
Two of this year’s most highly anticipated Verizon devices were released this week, the Samsung Glyde and BlackBerry Curve.

The Glyde is a unique device, which offers a 2.8” WQVGA capacitive sensitive touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keypad, 2MP autofocus camera with flash, HTML browser, Bluetooth, and microSD card slot. It is no surprise that the Glyde is Samsung’s competition to the LG Voyager, and is cousin to their F700, but offers slightly different features and user interface. It is targeted to consumers who are looking for a fashionable touchscreen device that is slightly smaller than the Voyager without losing valuable features.

The Curve is the latest Blackberry to come to Verizon. It has a larger QWERTY keypad than the Pearl, but lacks the GSM roaming capabilities of the 8830. It features a 2.5" QVGA display with LED backlight, full HTML browser and E-Mail capabilities, 2MP camera with flash, Bluetooth, VZ Navigator, and microSD cards slot. Unfortunately, data only supports EVDO Rev 0 and is not upgradeable to the faster Rev A.

Two-year contract pricing of the Glyde is currently set at $249 after $50 rebate, with Curve being $170 after $50 rebate and $100 data-plan discount. From 5/9 to 5/12 the Glyde is $199 during the Red Hot Deal Days sale. After that, it will go back to the normal price of $249.

Does the Glyde hold-up to months of hype and give the Voyager a run for its money? Is the Curve the best Blackberry for Verizon? Check back soon for our full review of both devices and find out!

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