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Review: Samsung Glyde

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May 8, 2008, 10:28 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated May 8, 2008, 3:30 PM

Samsung bundles a touch screen and QWERTY keyboard into one, pocket-friendly phone. Reach out and touch the Glyde. With video tour.

If touch screens turn you on, but you find them lacking when it comes to composing messages, something like the Glyde will be right up your alley. It combines a slick touch-based user interface with the option of a physical keyboard. Throw in EVDO, a full HTML browser and you might think you have a winner in your hands. Is that the case with the Glyde?

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.

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May 8, 2008, 11:50 AM

Very tempting...and a question about vib/sound

I wasn't at all aware of the Glyde until this morning, and it looks very enticing. I'm a heavy text-messager and I find little need for the internet on the go. With that said, the Glyde may be a better choice for me than the Blackberry Curve recently announced by Verizon. (I'd hate to spend the additional $30 a month and not use the smartphone features.)

The review wasn't terribly clear in talking about ringers and vibration: I use my phone for my primary alarm clock- will this thing wake me up?

Can't wait to fiddle with it at Verizon..
Well, if it's anything like the Voyager, you will be disappointed with the touchscreen. The lack of responsiveness is the biggest issue. I'd actually recommend the Env2 if you're a big text message user and occasional internet.

I personally jus...
Try the phone I have, Samsung U740, it's pretty easy to use for texting, but you need small fingers.

May 11, 2008, 7:47 PM

voyager vs glyde

Hey everybody which would be the better phone the voyager or glyde>>>???? 🤣
The Glyde is smaller, lighter and cost less. The screen size are the same and for the most part so are the menus. The Voyager's screen is a pit fragile due to the type of display that is used, the Glyde is much more durable. Out of the box I feel t...

May 10, 2008, 8:04 PM

Call quality in Phonescoop's review

did it fail only because your unit was not fully functional? (cnet says it has great call quality)
I am using the Glyde and live is a very fringe area. So far I have been getting very good call quality and signal strength. I would say that its like most phones on Verizon.

May 8, 2008, 8:10 PM

Can I use America's choice plan with this phone?

I didn't buy the Voyager because I had to change my plan. I have a grand fathered plan and even Verizon says to not let it go away ever.
yes- you'll need to go to nationwide pricing. Depending on your area, there may be save plans or bonus minutes that will keep your price plan close to what you have now...
whats the plan?

May 9, 2008, 8:52 AM

Instinct with a Keyboard?

I know it's a bit early to speculate, but we're all wondering what's the point of the Instinct if this is one with a keyboard.

Feels like we're always two steps behind Verizon here at Sprint.
From our Samsung rep this is the difference between the two phones:

Is using a parred down version of the TouchWiz UI

Uses the old croix interface

Visual voicemail.

No Visual voicemail.


May 8, 2008, 7:17 PM

Software-Based Keyboard on Voyager???

I guess I'm kind of confused on this comment? Did you mean the Vu?
There is a software keyboard that is available when browsing the Voyager with it in the closed position. It pops up so you can enter URLs, etc, with the phone closed.

May 8, 2008, 12:00 PM

A Review????

How the heck can you call this a review when you don't even have an active connection to the wireless provider? I thought this was Phone Scoop???

If you're going to review a product, review it the correct way. This is absolutely atrocious. One of the main differences between this phone and the Voyager is the HTML browser (which the Voyager doesn't have), so wouldn't it be a good idea to review this portion of the phone to allow your readers to decide with all of the information? I guess LG just gives you better kickbacks.

Oh well...I guess I'll get my phone "reviews" from elsewhere.
I can assume the phone was sent to Phonescoop as-is and the lack of connection wasn't this site's problem, it was Verizon's or maybe Samsung. I may be talking out of my ***, but I wouldn't blame Scoop on this one.
We were given a very short time to review this phone. You can be assured that everything we mentioned in the review appears just as it would with a fully functional working unit. The fact that the phone was not provisioned correctly when we received i...
Now that the phone is working properly, we have conducted our full calling, signal and browser tests. Those portions of the review have been updated to reflect the results of our tests.
We wanted to get a review up on launch day, since so many of our readers are (very) early adopters. We certainly tried to get the unit to work 100% (of course) but were a few hours late with that. Sorry.

With that said, we were still able to review...
Just so you know, the Voyager does have an HTML browser. The differences between the 2, besides the design, is this one doesn't have MobileTV.
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