Review: Samsung Captivate Glide for AT&T
The Captivate Glide's 4.0-inch Super AMOLED Plus display isn't that much different from Samsung's other recent offerings. It has the standard 480 x 800 pixel count found on many Android devices. What's nice is that the slightly smaller size (most of the Galaxy-class devices sport physically larger displays) gives the Captivate Glide a higher pixel density. That means the display is razor sharp, clear, crisp, and colorful. The Captivate Glide's display is bright both indoors and out. Not even direct sunlight put too much of a damper on its viewability. Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus displays continue to be excellent.
The Captivate Glide was reasonably good at attaching itself to AT&T's network. Whilst in northern New Jersey, it rarely dipped below three bars and never lost the signal entirely. In NYC, signal performance was a bit weaker, and it lost AT&T's network at least once. I didn't miss any calls while testing the Captivate Glide, but I had trouble connecting one from NYC. Data speeds were good across the board.
The voice calls I made with the Captivate Glide on AT&T's network sounded good. I'd rate them at 3.5 out of 5 stars. Most were loud, free of noise, and consistent in their timbre. I heard static and network noise every now and then. The earpiece volume can be set to a comfortably loud volume, though it is just shy of painfully loud. I found the speakerphone to be a bit weak. It wasn't loud enough for my tastes. You'll get the best results if you turn it all the way up and put the Captivate Glide on a hard, flat surface, such as a table or desk. That seems to give the speakerphone some extra oomph. Call quality via the speakerphone was not as good as through the earpiece. Ringers and alert tones were extremely loud, but I thought the vibrate alert was a bit weak.
The Samsung Captivate Glide for AT&T lasted a full day of intensive use, but just barely. If I unplugged it at 7AM, the battery would start warning me that it was about to die around midnight. Most users will need to charge the Captivate Glide every night.
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.
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.