Review: Samsung Captivate Glide for AT&T
The Captivate Glide uses the same camera software as found on other Galaxy-branded phones from Samsung. The viewfinder window is busy with controls running down both sides. On the left, users can switch to the front camera, set the flash, or dive into a fuller settings menu. On the right, you can access the camcorder and the gallery.
The main camera settings menu is extensive and lets advanced users adjust nearly every facet of the camera and picture-taking experience. Exposure, scene/setting, metering, ISO, and more can all be tweaked. Shooting modes include single shot, smile shot, panorama, and action shot. Scene modes include portrait, landscape, night, sports, party, beach/snow, sunset, and more.
The Captivate Glide has touch-to-focus, and will lock onto anything you want in the viewfinder. Focusing is extremely fast, and then the image is captured immediately.
The lack of a physical camera button is my only complaint, but is mitigated slightly by the fact that you can use the "OK" button on the keyboard to fire off the shutter.
The Captivate Glide makes use of the stock Android 2.3 photo gallery software. Images are stored in floating stacks based on date. The view of the gallery can also be switched to a more linear timeline view. Once you dive into the gallery or photo you want, you'll find more of the same stock Android behavior.
The on-board Android gallery is OK when it comes to editing photos, but not great. It supports the simplest tools for adjusting images after the fact (crop, rotate, rename, and so on). The gallery software makes sharing images through MMS, email, social networks, etc., a breeze with simple drop-down menus.
The Captivate Glide does not include the excellent third-party photo and video editing applications that are found on the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
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.