Samsung Glyde Review
The call quality, while in strong signal areas, was quite good though the earpiece speaker and lacked any background noise or interference. Turning the earpiece volume up to high was not a problem, as it is on the Voyager, and did not produce any noticeable distortion. People that we called on a landline also agreed that the Glyde produced good sound quality, with our voice being clear and lacking any interference. However, when using the speakerphone we did have to keep the volume down to level 5, otherwise the stereo speakers would cause distortion.
The included 1000 mAh battery is rated by Samsung to provide 3.5 hours of talk time or 10 days of standby time on a full charge. During our testing, we were able to achieve 5 hours of continuous talk time by fully charging the battery, dialing a landline, and keeping the Glyde connected until the battery was depleted. This means that the Glyde is capable of 1.5 hours more talk time that the Voyager. Standby time was a mediocre 4 days and was measured with the battery fully charged and the phone left on (yet unused) until the battery was depleted.
Despite the numerous features and sleek appearance offered by the Glyde, we find it difficult to recommend the device based upon the countless problems we encountered while using the touchscreen interface. At this point, we honestly cannot see the Glyde used as someone’s primary phone, not only due to those issues, but also due to its poor signal reception. If you are in the market for a touchscreen Verizon phone, than the Voyager is a better choice at this time, as it is possible that a future firmware upgrade may alleviate the problems that we experienced. However, if you do not require a touchscreen, but still want the convenience of a QWERTY keyboard, then the enV2 may be your ticket.
UPDATE: We've tried to fix the problems with the touch screen - please check out our article here.
- Smaller and sleeker than the Voyager
- Large 2.8” WQVGA display
- HTML browser
- QWERTY keyboard
- 5 hours of talk time on a full battery
- Can use 8GB microSDHC cards
- Continuous problems when using the touchscreen
- Reception is weak
- Speakerphone causes distortion at high volumes
- Camera flash range
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2 MP (Single camera)
- Storage 0.057GB, microSDHC
- Battery 1000 mAh