Samsung Captivate Glide (AT&T)
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: CAPTIVATEGLIDEATT
- Bottom Line:
- The Samsung Captivate Glide is one of AT&T's most powerful QWERTY smartphones, and at $150, it won't cost you an arm and a leg. However, the ultraflat keyboard may be more hindrance than help to all but the most dedicated keyboard enthusiasts.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $149.99
- Reviewed by: Jessica Dolcourt
- Reviewed on: 11/21/2011
- Released on: 11/20/2011
The good: The Samsung Captivate Glide has high-end specs like AT&T's HSPA+ speeds, a dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and 720p HD video.
The bad: Samsung commits its typical plasticky sins with the Captivate Glide, and the phone is slippery despite the textured backing. The keyboard is too flat, and call quality was variable.
The bottom line: The Samsung Captivate Glide is one of AT&T's most powerful QWERTY smartphones, and at $150, it won't cost you an arm and a leg. However, the ultraflat keyboard may be more hindrance than help to all but the most dedicated keyboard enthusiasts.
Surprisingly well built
by urr_quasdim on February 1, 2012
Pros: Wonderful display, sturdy construction, very good camera, mass storage mode, choice of virtual or physical keyboard, just the right size for handling, decent battery life, lots of useful apps available.
Cons: Sliding open for the keyboard requires some getting used to.
Summary: I was surprised at Jessica's emphasis on the supposedly less-than-stellar materials and construction of the phone. Now, while it may not be at the level of Apple, HTC or ...
Summary: I was surprised at Jessica's emphasis on the supposedly less-than-stellar materials and construction of the phone. Now, while it may not be at the level of Apple, HTC or Nokia phones, I find the materials/construction quite good and sturdy - definitely less plasticky feeling than the Galaxy S II. Overall an excellent phone and the 4" display allows the phone to be just the right size even for single hand usage.Very fast downloads and swift rendering of even complex online sites.
Updated on Feb 1, 2012
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
A good side slider option.
by snowmutt on December 27, 2011
Pros: -Gorgeous display.
-Very good reception.
-Thin for a horizontal slider.
-Commands are responsive.
-Touch-wiz UI compliments Android well.
-Great camera performance.
Cons: -Found it to be a little Buggy.
-Slider not as smooth as should be.
-Keyboard just feels uninspired.
Summary: This was my Daughters dream phone, so we got it for her B-Day. I have spent a lot of time helping her get it set up. There is nothing really ...
Summary: This was my Daughters dream phone, so we got it for her B-Day. I have spent a lot of time helping her get it set up. There is nothing really wrong or weak with the Glide- it is a fine effort from Samsung. As a follow up to the Captivate, which was AT&T's Galaxy phone from 2010, you would expect nothing else. I like the Touch-wiz User Interface. It allows you to set up several home screens any way you would like. It allows Android to do it's thing without trying to get in the way. The actual motions and commands you perform on it are very good and responsive. All the basics such as screen, reception, signal strength, camera, and video capture are very good to excellent.
However, there are a couple of areas where you really need to test it out before you buy it. 1st off is the main reason why anyone including my Daughter would want it: The keyboard. The fact that the Glide is a thin device is great, but it does it at the expense of the keys. They are extremly flat and run together. Also, at only four rows Samsung has taken a step back from the 5 row of the Sprint Epic and it shows. You really need to spend some time with the keyboard at an AT&T store before you grab one. It may be a problem for some users. Also, the actual loading of web sites, apps, and screens are usual really good, but it does drag at times, leading to a buggy experince. It is not a deal killer, but it can be annoying if that is something you have to have in a smartphone. Also, Samsung makes good products, very durable, but they are all plastic. Some users have a problem with that. I also found the slider to be a little stiff. Again: No deal breakers, just personal preferences.
Overall, I would happily recommend this phone, and it doesn't hurt that it is better than other AT&T keyboard options such as the Pantech Crossover, Blackberry Torch 9810, or the other Samsung option the Doubletime. It is a very powerful phone, enjoyable to use, and easily puts those other devices to shame. Just try it out first.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Physical QWERTY GSM Android Smartphone.
by RADicaLSatDude on March 16, 2012
Pros: 1. Slider is well built, the spring action is helpful.
2. The 4" screen is ideal for me, since I mostly listen to radio.
3. The slider on the USB door is very cool, keeps the dust out.
4. Beautiful back-light keyboard, very clear.
Cons: 1. No notification light.
2. No slot to attach a hand strap.
3. Speaker should've been stereo and on the sides, for louder sound.
4. No hardware FM radio receiver. Really useful if you're out roaming or on vacation.
Summary: My first phone was a physical QWERTY Nokia 5510, and my last was a Nokia E71 (Unlocked). These phones have very well built hardware keyboards, Samsung is not entirely there ...
Summary: My first phone was a physical QWERTY Nokia 5510, and my last was a Nokia E71 (Unlocked). These phones have very well built hardware keyboards, Samsung is not entirely there yet, but this is a very well built classy looking phone.
1. Not Samsungs fault, but it's hard to find good quality leather covers for sliders.
The AT&T ROM has carrier restrictions which means you can't manually toggle between 2G and 3G networks. This is not a deal breaker, but those who don't use data packages or want to conserve battery can't switch to 2G if they want to.
Even after sim unlocking you can't do network searches, other network's sim will work, but you won't be able to see a list of them. This is not an Android or Samsung limitation, since flashing with other ROMs from XDA will release you from these restrictions.
The GPS receiver on this phone keeps accurate locks on satellites, I was driving at 140 Km/hr and Google Latitude was tracking me accurately, even exiting at high speeds or traffic jams. I don't have a data package and it was switched off as well. So it wasn't getting any help from AGPS.
Fantastic value for the price.
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: CAPTIVATEGLIDEATT
- Description: The sleek exterior of the Captivate Glide gives it a premium look and feel. Every letter has its own key on this sliding QWERTY keyboard. It makes typing for email, web surfing, posting updates and playing games faster and easier than ever before. And there's something about feeling the touch of real keys under your thumbs and fingers that makes typing fun and more accurate. The 4" Super AMOLED screen gives you brilliant detail, spectacular color and deep contrast. Plus, it's bright enough to read easily in bright daylight, and then automatically adjusts when indoors.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Slider - Full keyboard,
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components Wi-Fi hotspot,
- Width 2.53 in
- Depth 0.5 in
- Height 4.9 in
- Weight 5.2 oz
- Body Color Black
- SAR Value 0.54 W/kg (body) / 0.2 W/kg (head)
- Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 3G
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
- Application Software Amazon Kindle,
Microsoft Direct Push
- Installed Games Asphalt 6
- Input Device(s) QWERTY keyboard,
Touch sensitive screen
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yahoo! Messenger,
AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM),
Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger)
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs Yes,
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support
- Mobile Services AT&T U-verse Live TV,
Samsung Media Hub,
AT&T Code Scanner,
Google Search by Voice,
Samsung Social Hub,
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth 3.0
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Ring Tone Formats MP3
- Sensors Proximity sensor,
Ambient light sensor
- Additional Features Samsung AllShare,
Software updates FOTA (Firmware Over The Air),
Intelligent typing (T9),
Intelligent typing (SWYPE)
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards M4A,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Type NVIDIA Tegra 2
- Clock Speed 1 GHz
- RAM 1 GB
- ROM 1 GB
- Bult-in Memory 8 GB
- User Memory 8 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC - up to 32 GB
- Sensor Resolution 8 megapixels
- Still Image Resolutions 640 x 480,
2048 x 1536,
3264 x 2448,
800 x 480,
3264 x 1968,
2048 x 1232
- Digital Zoom 4
- Self Timer Delay 10 sec,
- White Balance Automatic,
- Camera Light Source Flash
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (1080p),
1280 x 720 (720p)
- Features Video recording,
- GPS Navigation A-GPS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services AT&T FamilyMap,
TeleNav GPS Navigator,
- Type OLED display - Color
- Technology Super AMOLED
- Diagonal Size 4 in
- Display Resolution 800 x 480 pixels
- Color Depth 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
- Features Wallpaper
- Connector Type USB,
Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm
- Capacity 1650 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 480 min,
Standby - up to 396 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter