If you have been waiting for a decent Android phone which allows you to use a physical keypad, you might try the Samsung Captivate Glide. Albeit not a razor-thin phone, this Android phone is rather sleek and perhaps even sexy. It succeeds the Epic 4G and looks like a cross between the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S II.
It's fair to call this phone is chunky, with dimensions of 4.9 x 2.5 x 0.5 inches and a weight of 147 grams, but the screen is also rather large, measuring 4 inches. The Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, but if you have used a Galaxy S II, you will not be impressed with this screen’s brightness or energy efficiency.
Inside the all-plastic body of the phone is 8 GB of internal storage coupled with a standard 1 GB ROM and a microSD slot which allows you to expand the memory up to 32 GB. The phone’s processor, the Tegra 2 CPU, deserves mention due to its performance and Samsung should probably use it more often. The phone's primary camera is 8 MP and the secondary camera is 1.3 megapixels. Picture quality is decent but several reviewers have complained about the Captivate Glides's shutter speed being excruciatingly low.
The phone boasts of Samsung’s best user interface to date, the latest TouchWiz, which offers a smooth experience over Gingerbread - Android’s version 2.3.5. Unfortunately the phone comes stuffed Samsung bloatware and apps like Amazon’s Kindle, Yellow Pages, Social Hub, FamilyMap and others you may not want.
Overall, the Samsung Glide promises a talk-time of 8 hours, has a reasonably bright display and good audio quality. It's likely a nice fit if touchscreen typing is not your thing and you're looking for a powerful Android phone with a QWERTY keypad.
Need to know: Samsung Captivate Glide
1. Good connectivity options including Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi a/b/g and n. (The Good)
2. Snappy processor. (The Good)
3. The all-plastic body can be a turn off for those wanting a high-end and stylish Droid. (The Bad)
4. Lacks a dedicated button for the camera. (The Bad)
Prices (Where to Buy)
Samsung released the Captivate Glide on November 21, 2011.
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Samsung backs up the Captivate Glide with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Captivate Glide has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.