Samsung Glyde Review
The Glyde also comes with a program called mobile email, allowing you to connect with your own personal e-mail accounts while on the go. However, unlike smartphones that can automatically check for new messages every few minutes, the mobile email program must be run manually to check for new messages. It comes preloaded with the ability to connect to Yahoo Mail, Windows Live Mail, AOL, AIM, and Verizon.net, but you can also manually configure it to connect to any other email account through means of POP or IMAP. We were able to access all of our email accounts without any problems, and could send messages through the account server. When viewing a new message, you can choose not delete it from the server, so that you can download it later when you are connected using a PC. Even though this application is not as feature-rich as Windows Mobile Outlook, it does a fairly good job for showing plain-text mails. However, it cannot open attachments or properly render HTML messages, which is a disappointment since the browser is HTML compatible and the Glyde is targeted as a messaging device. Regardless of the limitations, it is still worth the $5/month access fee.
For people who like to use Instant Messaging, the Glyde also comes with mobile IM, which will connect you to AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo. After signing in, you and can send and receive IMs, but it is basically glorified text messaging to people on your buddy list and will count on your calling plan the same as using text messages.
Connectivity and Data:
The Glyde is a dual band all-digital device that operates on the 800MHz and 1900MHz CDMA Verizon Wireless network. Non-voice data, such as web and email, are transmitted using the 3G EVDO network, but it is limited to Rev 0 speeds instead of the faster Rev A, which should have been implemented on such a high-end device. The Glyde also lacks the Mobile TV service, which is featured on the Voyager and uses the 700MHz spectrum on Qualcomm’s MediaFLO network.
The time required for the browser to completely load graphically rich sites, such as PhoneArena.com, is 50 seconds, while more simplistic sites, such as Google, would only take up to 6 seconds. While the speed is not excessively bad, the Glyde should have been EVDO Rev A compatible to allow for faster downloads.
Even though the Glyde comes with a USB data cable, you are limited to only using it in conjunction with the Music Essentials program, which must be installed from the CD. This is because the device does not show as USB Mass Storage. With the program and proper Samsung device drivers installed, you can sync music from your PC to the microSD card installed in the phone. However, you cannot transfer any other files over the data cable, such as pictures or videos, like you can with the Voyager. For this, you must still use a card reader.