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Samsung Gleam Review

Samsung Gleam

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Samsung Gleam Review
The Reception and Sound Quality on the Gleam were both excellent and performed much better than the VX8700 or the Juke, and almost as good as the Maxx Ve. We were able to place and receive calls in fringe areas; where the Juke could not. The sound quality through the earpiece was also good, lacking the “hiss” sound that we experience with the Juke, and had very little distortion. Unfortunately, when using the Speakerphone, we could hear some distortion through the front stereo speakers when the volume was turned up to the highest setting. People that we called said that our voice sounded natural and they could not hear any static or interference.

Accessing any of the downloaded applications is easy and there is very little delay when they are opened. But we did encounter a few random phone re-starts when going through the menus. We are unsure as to why it re-started, but hopefully a future software upgrade can fix this problem, since it happened about once every-other day.

The included 800mAh battery is rated by Samsung to have 3.5 hours of talk time or 10 days of standby time on a full charge. Our testing showed a much more realistic 3 hours of talk time and 4 days of standby time.


We are overall quite happy with using the Samsung Gleam. It is a nice addition to Verizon’s line-up, and is a better quality device than the K1m or VX8700. Both the call quality and reception were excellent, beating out most other mid-range phones. The shiny black & gold exterior is something that you will either like or dislike completely, but there is a dark blue version that is expected to be released in the upcoming months. The only feature that is missing from the Gleam is the better music interface that is used on the Juke. However, since the Gleam is not marketed as an “mp3 player/phone” we can understand why it uses the standard player layout. We highly recommend the Gleam for anyone that is looking for a good quality mid-range phone with a wide variety of features and without spending a lot of money.


  • Excellent call quality and signal reception
  • QVGA internal display
  • Stereo speakers
  • Bluetooth music support


  • Smaller than average external display
  • Shiny keypad that reflects sunlight
  • Software occasionally re-started
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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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