Samsung Glyde Review

Introduction and Design

The Glyde U940 is Samsung’s first touchscreen phone for Verizon and is in direct competition with the LG Voyager that was released almost 6 month earlier. It is based on the GSM Samsung F700, with similarities in style and form, yet the feature-set has changed. The Glyde is targeted to consumers that are looking for a touchscreen device, with a smaller footprint than the Voyager, while maintaining a mechanical QWERTY keyboard.

The Retail Package includes the Glyde phone, 1000 mAh battery, wall charger, USB data cable, Music Essentials CD, and user manual. Just like with the Voyager, we are glad to see an inclusion of the data cable and music manager CD, which eliminate the need to purchase them separately.


The Glyde features a unique design, being that it looks like a standard candy-bar style phone, but in fact has a side-sliding form factor, which reveals a hidden QWERTY keyboard for text input. The whole device is constructed out of plastic, which feels durable and should hold up to normal everyday use. It is black around the display and keyboard, a dark pearl-blue for the battery cover and QWERTY buttons, and with silver accents around the perimeter. When holding onto the Glyde, you can easily tell that it’s not as a big or as heavy as the Voyager, and is less noticeable when placed in your pants pocket.

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The front features a 2.8” diagonal 240x440 pixel capacitive touch-sensitive TFT display with 262K color support, which is used for all device functions and menu navigation, but it is a far cry from the larger 3.22” display that is used on the F700. When placing the same wallpaper on both the Glyde and Voyager, we noticed that the image on the Glyde was not as sharp and almost looked out-of-focus, but this was not true when viewing the phone’s main menu or using any of the applications. Unfortunately, both devices suffer from poor visibility while in direct sunlight, rendering the displays nearly dark and unable to view.

Unlike the Voyager that uses a pressure-sensitive display, the one on the Glyde is capacitive-sensitive, meaning that it responds to the electricity in your finger instead of the pressure of the touch, while also providing a slight vibration feedback. Even though this is good in theory, and is the same technology used in the iPhone, we encountered numerous problems while trying to utilize it. It is unclear if it is a software or hardware problem, but a majority of the time the screen would be over sensitive and go into menus and options that we did not intend press; despite turning the sensitivity level down to medium or low. Yet other times the menus would not respond at all, causing us to repress icons and on-screen buttons to get a response. However, our biggest complaint here is that the display lacks the ability of user calibration. Trying to dial a phone number, which should be relatively easy, is a chore on the Glyde, due to wrong numbers being consistently pressed. Because of this, we believe that a calibration system would fix a majority of these problems by allowing the software to “learn” where you touch the screen. This is used on both the Voyager and Glimmer and allows for a more precise response.

There is only one physical button located on the front and is used to return you back to the home screen, while on the right side is the camera button, volume rocker, and power/lock button. Along the top are the stereo speakers and 2.5mm headset jack, with the charger/data port on the left. The memory card slot, which accepts up to 8GB microSDHC cards, is inconveniently located under the battery door, but the device does not have to be powered off to access it. The 2MP autofocus camera and flash are integrated into the back of the device and are almost flush with the rest of the phone when the battery door is installed.

When opening and closing the phone for the first time, you realize how it got the name “Glyde”, since the both sections effortlessly glide back and forth, utilizing two springs that provide it with fluid movement. Once opened, there is a 3-row QWERTY keyboard, as opposed to the more commonly used 4-row keyboard on the Voyager, enV2, and even the F700. We are not certain as to why this was done, but conjecture it was to decrease the size of the device. Even though there is one row less, and the buttons are slightly closer, we had no problems when using the keyboard for typing text messages or e-mails, but it does become more complicated when having to enter numbers or symbols, since you have to press the Fn key to change between modes. Also lacking is the inclusion of a standard d-pad, which is replaced by directional arrows on the “L”, “N”, “M” and “.” keys. These can only be used when the phone is slid open and while using the main menu or an application.

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