Hands-On: Samsung Captivate Glide
Nov 17, 2011, 8:06 PM by Eric M. Zeman
The Captivate Glide from Samsung adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to the familiar look of Samsung's Galaxy phones. It is fast, svelte, and has a great display.
Think of the Samsung Captivate Glide as a Captivate — or an Infuse 4G — with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It has the same rectangular loo, the same slippery plastics, and about the same footprint when held in the hand. It feels light — and cheap — in the hand, but isn't egregiously thick. The materials used in Samsung's Galaxy class devices continue to leave me unimpressed.
The large Super AMOLED display looks fantabulous, and was extremely bright in the poorly-lit room this evening. There are capacitive controls underneath for the normal Android menus, and they worked well.
The volume toggle on the left worked well, and the power/lock button on the right also didn't give me any trouble. The 3.5mm headset jack was positioned appropriately on top.
Samsung did a really good job making the Captivate Glide feel as thin as possible. Considering that it has a sideways slide-out keyboard, it could feel much, much thicker. The weight is also very nice, and it doesn't come off feeling too heavy.
The slider mechanism felt very good. I liked the spring assistant, which is tuned just right. Underneath, the keyboard was only so-so. In order to keep the Captivate Glide thin, Samsung has to take some shortcuts. In other words, the contour and shape of the individual keys is minimal, and they keys also have minimal travel and feedback. Worse, the keyboard is large, and spread over a wide area, which means your thumbs really need to work to reach all the letters.
The user interface is the exact same version of TouchWiz that has appeared on most of Samsung's Android devices in the last six months. It was zippy, and fast.
Samsung delivers a winner in the Captivate Glide, an Android smartphone that includes a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for the messaging minded mobile user.
Oct 10, 2011
AT&T announced a slew of new Android smartphones today from Motorola, Samsung, Pantech, and ZTE. Motorola Atrix 2: The Atrix 2 is a follow up to this year’s Atrix with a few spec bumps.
Nov 9, 2012
AT&T today announced that it is resuming delivery of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Samsung Captivate Glide. The update had been put on hold for further refinement.
Sep 7, 2012
AT&T recently announced that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update is now available for the Samsung Captivate Glide. The update must be downloaded and installed via Samsung's Kies desktop software.
Mar 22, 2012
AT&T today published a list of devices that it plans to update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months. The devices include the LG Nitro; the Motorola Atrix and Atrix 4G; the Pantech Burst and Element; and the Samsung Captivate Glide, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and Galaxy Tab 8.9.