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Samsung Captivate Glide review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The Samsung Captivate Glide currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

The Samsung Captivate Glide is aiming for the interest of a special group of people – the messaging and social network junkies, which abound here in the United States. We believe that, especially for those who are already fond of Android, the device will be a welcome upgrade. It also has plent...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Phonedog

If you love having a physical keyboard, there are few options out there. There are even fewer options if you want a quality, high-end phone. The Captivate Glide is an excellent all-around smartphone, but it fails in perhaps the most important area, the keyboard. The physical QWERTY is simply too wid...

- Sydney Myers, Phonedog
Laptop Magazine

Right now, the Samsung Captivate Glide is your best choice on AT&T if you want Android plus a physical keyboard. It offers solid performance with a bright display and strong audio. However, the flat keyboard on the Glide doesn't provide the best tactile feedback, and the phone offered below-average...

- Sherri L. Smith, Laptop Magazine
MobileBurn

The Captivate Glide offers an attractive package for those who want a powerful smartphone, but aren't satisfied with a virtual keyboard for their text input.

- Dan Seifert, MobileBurn

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MobileBurn

The Samsung Captivate Glide is going to appeal to a particular user - the one that wants a physical keyboard but also wants a reasonably modern device that has at least some high-end features. Thankfully, the Captivate Glide impresses on most fronts, and has only a few weaknesses. Those who want a h...

- Dan Seifert, MobileBurn


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Common Questions


Samsung released the Captivate Glide on November 21, 2011.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Captivate Glide user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Captivate Glide with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4"

The Samsung Captivate Glide's screen size is 4 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Dual-Core Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1650mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1650 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 16.5 days standby time, 480 minutes.

Captivate Glide Specs

Overview
Release date November 21, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
EDGE, HSPA+ 21.1
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Dual-Core Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H 1 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM 1 GB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.2 W/kg
Body: 0.54 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1650 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 480 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 16.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 cm (4.9 x 2.5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 147 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D Yes
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA, SyncML
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Panorama, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, DivX
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
1.3 megapixels
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, DivX
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, Android Market, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-I927, Samsung Gidim, Samsung Galaxy S Glide

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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

Practically lag-free, great telephony and Connectivity will overwhelm you with options

The Samsung Captivate Glide is aiming for the interest of a special group of people – the messaging and social network junkies, which abound here in the United States. We believe that, especially for those who are already fond of Android, the device will be a welcome upgrade. It also has plenty of appeal for potential OS converts....

More

The Samsung Captivate Glide is aiming for the interest of a special group of people – the messaging and social network junkies, which abound here in the United States. We believe that, especially for those who are already fond of Android, the device will be a welcome upgrade. It also has plenty of appeal for potential OS converts.

We liked the hardware QWERTY of the device a lot – it is a perfect addition to an already familiar package. Having it on board, along with the Exchange ActiveSync support and virtual private network access and device encryption capabilities, makes the Samsung Captivate Glide a serious business alternative – something which until recently was almost exclusively reserved for the offerings of a certain Canadian company. In the case of the Captivate Glide however, you are bound to have a much better experience in terms of OS and sheer entertainment capabilities.

The rest of the smartphone’s hardware is more than adequate. The presence of an NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU made us raise our brows at first and be a bit skeptical. It turned out that there is no reason for such feelings – it performed up to our expectations. Plus, you get access to the graphics-rich Tegra-only games in the Android Market.

We gotta admit, the lack of full HD recording is a bit of a letdown. The other fault is the lack of any Galaxy related branding. Like we mentioned earlier, Samsung and AT&T have overlooked the brand potential here – the Captivate Glide is more than capable of carrying the Galaxy moniker. Besides, its predecessor on AT&T, the Samsung Captivate, was marketed as a Galaxy S phone.

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Phonedog

The keyboard was poorly designed and difficult to use

from Phonedog

If you love having a physical keyboard, there are few options out there. There are even fewer options if you want a quality, high-end phone. The Captivate Glide is an excellent all-around smartphone, but it fails in perhaps the most important area, the keyboard. The physical QWERTY is simply too...More

If you love having a physical keyboard, there are few options out there. There are even fewer options if you want a quality, high-end phone. The Captivate Glide is an excellent all-around smartphone, but it fails in perhaps the most important area, the keyboard. The physical QWERTY is simply too wide with keys that are too flat with not enough travel and feedback. Though keyboard opinions will vary from person to person, it's difficult to recommend a phone with a bad QWERTY keyboard when that will be the main reason someone would be interested in it. Perhaps try out the keyboard for yourself to see if it suits you, but for me it was disappointing, making the phone a waste. No matter how well the phone performs, why deal with the extra bulk if it's not useful?

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Laptop Magazine

If you hate the idea of typing on a touch screen, the Captivate Glide is worth a look

from Laptop Magazine

Right now, the Samsung Captivate Glide is your best choice on AT&T if you want Android plus a physical keyboard. It offers solid performance with a bright display and strong audio. However, the flat keyboard on the Glide doesn't provide the best tactile feedback, and the phone offered below-avera...More

Right now, the Samsung Captivate Glide is your best choice on AT&T if you want Android plus a physical keyboard. It offers solid performance with a bright display and strong audio. However, the flat keyboard on the Glide doesn't provide the best tactile feedback, and the phone offered below-average battery life on our tests. Plus, you don't get 4G LTE, so this handset isn't future-proof.

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MobileBurn

Snappy performance, bright, colorful screen, friendly user interface

from MobileBurn

The Samsung Captivate Glide is going to appeal to a particular user - the one that wants a physical keyboard but also wants a reasonably modern device that has at least some high-end features. Thankfully, the Captivate Glide impresses on most fronts, and has only a few weaknesses. Those who want...More

The Samsung Captivate Glide is going to appeal to a particular user - the one that wants a physical keyboard but also wants a reasonably modern device that has at least some high-end features. Thankfully, the Captivate Glide impresses on most fronts, and has only a few weaknesses. Those who want a high-powered Android phone with a hardware keyboard don't have too many choices these days, but, fortunately, they don't have to compromise much with the Captivate Glide.

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guillermo pena
I need phone, but I no have enough money
MobileBurn

Snappy performance, bright, colorful screen, friendly user interface

from MobileBurn

The Samsung Captivate Glide is going to appeal to a particular user - the one that wants a physical keyboard but also wants a reasonably modern device that has at least some high-end features. Thankfully, the Captivate Glide impresses on most fronts, and has only a few weaknesses. Those who want...More

The Samsung Captivate Glide is going to appeal to a particular user - the one that wants a physical keyboard but also wants a reasonably modern device that has at least some high-end features. Thankfully, the Captivate Glide impresses on most fronts, and has only a few weaknesses. Those who want a high-powered Android phone with a hardware keyboard don't have too many choices these days, but, fortunately, they don't have to compromise much with the Captivate Glide.

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Engadget

The Captivate Glide delivers a quality experience with the addition of a workable, slide-out QWERTY keyboard

from Engadget

No doubt, the Captivate Glide is an excellent option for QWERTY aficionados, but its $150 on contract price is too close to the lowest tier LTE option for our liking. For only $50 more, beefier specs and access to AT&T's faster, 700MHz 4G network are within reach on the HTC Vivid. Is it worth the...More

No doubt, the Captivate Glide is an excellent option for QWERTY aficionados, but its $150 on contract price is too close to the lowest tier LTE option for our liking. For only $50 more, beefier specs and access to AT&T's faster, 700MHz 4G network are within reach on the HTC Vivid. Is it worth the jump in cost? Well, that depends on your predilection for slide out keyboards. If you've had your eye on an SGS II-like device, can't seem to part with AT&T's service (read: contract chains) and rely upon tactile feedback for messaging, then by all means make the Captivate Glide your own.

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The Verge

Modern, fast, and sleek

from The Verge

If you can’t wrap your mind (or fingers) around the idea of relying solely a on-screen keyboard, you should absolutely buy the Captivate Glide. In effect, the phone is a slightly smaller, much thicker Galaxy S II — a very good phone — with a QWERTY keyboard underneath. The keybo...More

If you can’t wrap your mind (or fingers) around the idea of relying solely a on-screen keyboard, you should absolutely buy the Captivate Glide. In effect, the phone is a slightly smaller, much thicker Galaxy S II — a very good phone — with a QWERTY keyboard underneath. The keyboard is good, too, or at least as good as a keyboard can be on a phone this large. The Glide is going to be almost immediately out of date, though, because it doesn’t come with Ice Cream Sandwich (and Samsung’s track record says it’s going to be a while before it gets updated) and doesn’t support AT&T’s new LTE network.

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Phone Scoop

An Android smartphone that includes a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for the messaging minded mobile user

from Phone Scoop

The Samsung Captivate Glide for AT&T is one of the best all-around devices I have tested in recent memory. Sure, it has a few foibles here and there, but it scores high marks on all the basics and then some. It is comfortable to hold and use, it makes good calls and offers good data speeds, the screen looks great, the camera and other media software excel, and the user interface is easy to manage...

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The Samsung Captivate Glide for AT&T is one of the best all-around devices I have tested in recent memory. Sure, it has a few foibles here and there, but it scores high marks on all the basics and then some. It is comfortable to hold and use, it makes good calls and offers good data speeds, the screen looks great, the camera and other media software excel, and the user interface is easy to manage.

Obviously, the big draw of the Captivate Glide is the QWERTY keyboard. While it's not for me, those who prefer the sideways slide-out QWERTY form factor can add the Captivate Glide to their holiday wish list this year, because it’s sure to make some people jolly ol’ souls.

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PC Magazine

Solid keyboard, fast performance and beautiful screen

from PC Magazine

AT&T has plenty of smartphones, but it doesn't have plenty of keyboarded smartphones. Sure, there's the Sharp FX Plus and the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810, but neither of those devices are particularly cutting edge. Enter the Samsung Captivate Glide. It's a lot like the popular Samsung Galaxy S...More

AT&T has plenty of smartphones, but it doesn't have plenty of keyboarded smartphones. Sure, there's the Sharp FX Plus and the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810, but neither of those devices are particularly cutting edge. Enter the Samsung Captivate Glide. It's a lot like the popular Samsung Galaxy S II, with the addition of a full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a slight bump down in specs. It's our Editors' Choice for keyboarded smartphones on AT&T.

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PhoneArena

Reasonably priced and useable physical keyboard

from PhoneArena

After seeing nothing but some stellar Android smartphones back-to-back, like the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II and the 4G LTE Skyrocket, it’s hard to imagine the Samsung Captivate getting some credible recognition following those two. Surprisingly enough, it’s able to establish its own identity by proving to be a commendable solution with its useful physical keyboard. Even though it might not have the brand name recognition like its siblings, the Samsung Captivate Glide is easily deemed as a high-end offering with its dual-core processor, HSPA+ connectivity, and vivid Super AMOLED display...

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After seeing nothing but some stellar Android smartphones back-to-back, like the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II and the 4G LTE Skyrocket, it’s hard to imagine the Samsung Captivate getting some credible recognition following those two. Surprisingly enough, it’s able to establish its own identity by proving to be a commendable solution with its useful physical keyboard. Even though it might not have the brand name recognition like its siblings, the Samsung Captivate Glide is easily deemed as a high-end offering with its dual-core processor, HSPA+ connectivity, and vivid Super AMOLED display.

Meticulously looking at its arsenal of features, we’re pleased to see it priced competitively at $149.99 on-contract. Obviously, if you don’t fancy keyboard devices, the previously aforementioned smartphones are great offerings, but if you simply require something with a more physical feel when typing, then the Captivate Glide is surely the right one for you.

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