Review: Samsung Captivate Glide for AT&T
Music playback choices on the Captivate Glide are plentiful. First, there's the Samsung-skinned music player. It includes an attractive carousel for sorting through music, and user-adjustable equalizers for shaping the sound.
Music can be played back through attached headphones, or sent via Bluetooth to properly-equipped Bluetooth devices. Sound quality of music playback was quite good.
There are no third-party music applications preinstalled such as Slacker or Pandora, though they are easy to find in the Android Market. There aren't even any AT&T-branded music services on board the Captivate Glide.
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As far as video goes, the Captivate Glide has the stock Android video player application, YouTube application, and AT&T TV & Movies application on board. It also has the Android Movies application, which is a Google-run app for renting and buying movies.
The Captivate Glide also comes with Samsung's Media Hub. Users can access the Media Hub to download movies and television shows on the Captivate Glide, but not music. Rental fees and sale prices vary by title.
AllShare is on board for those who like to share their multimedia files with DLNA-compatible devices, such as HDTVs.
USB Mass Storage
Strangely, the Captivate Glide does not support USB mass storage mode; not for the internal memory and not even for an installed microSD card. Instead, it uses the MTP protocol for talking to computers. This is unique among Android phones, and quite frankly, puzzling and frustrating. For Windows machines, it shouldn't be a major problem. However, for Mac users, it means you'll need to install a special utility on your Mac to access any files on your phone. You'll need this for side-loading music or video content onto the phone, and for retrieving photos and videos you capture with the Captivate Glide. The software is freely available from Google (http://www.android.com/filetransfer/), but it's still a pain.
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.
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