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Samsung Captivate Glide Review

Samsung Captivate Glide

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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

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


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

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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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
1 GB 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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