Samsung Captivate Glide


A new South Korean phone

Samsung might not be one of those brands wanting to be on top by all means necessary while sacrificing performance just to make more money, but the South Korean company sure knows how to make its fans always come back for more. Their most recent smartphone, called Captivate Glide, is a case in point for what we said earlier. The device might, at first, not appeal to, say, iPhone users, because of its design, slide-out keyboard and so on. But this smartphone proves to be quite a good dual-core one. Or so our tests told us. Read the following review for more info.

Good overall impression

First of all, the Samsung Captivate Glide features a black body which is overall solid and doesn’t break easily. The only thing we frowned upon, during our tests, was that when we handled the smartphone, its slide-out action was somewhat easy to happen and that the power button sitting on the side made an accidental flipping. The rear also presented a flaw because of a very thin plastic cover. But all that was forgotten when we saw how light the device was when we began using it. As for the keyboard, Samsung might want to work on improving it, but the overall impression is good: typing is very easy with the real buttons and the keyboard lights up if the user decides to write a text message in the middle of the night with the light turned off. Naturally, playing racing games on this type of keyboard was a great experience; the product even came pre-installed with what many consider today’s best racing game: Asphalt 6.Samsung-Captivate-Glide

1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU

The Captivate Glide offered a 4″ Super AMOLED touchscreen which, helped by a 480 x 800-pixels resolution, delivered great colors, deep contrast and superb details. When we used the smartphone outside, the display was easy to read even in bright sunlight. Processor-wise, the latest Samsung Captivate Glide is packed with 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2; even though you will crinkle your nose at this information, we’ll tell you that the processor performs really well, including when it comes to multitasking. The 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 also offered access to a set of very nice games once we opened the Nvidia Tegra Zone; and, to all of you out there who love Pinball: you’ll be able to play Zen Pinball on this device right after its official release.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS

The operating system this smartphone uses is Android 2.3 Gingerbread; the interface is the newest version of TouchWiz. When we tested the Captivate Glide, the UI worked smoothly, without hiccups. The pre-installed software includes all the usual Samsung apps and Google services such as Gmail, Maps and so on. The most important aspect of all: this smartphone enables users to take a screenshot by holding the home button and tapping with the power one at the same time.

8-megapixel camera

The Captivate Glide also features, as is the norm, an 8-megapixel camera which can take photos and record 720p videos. Results looked good in both cases, so no complaints there.

Some words on the battery life: Samsung’s newest smartphone is equipped with a 1650 mAh that is capable of providing 9 hours of moderate usage before needing a recharge. Watching videos on YouTube made the battery last for only 4 hours and a half. Fortunately you can buy an MHL/HDMI converter cord to output to a HDTV and charge the device while watching content.

Review conclusion

Truth be told, the Samsung Captivate Glide doesn’t perform as well as the Galaxy S II one or the iPhone 4S (recently reviewed), but it still remains a nice smartphone ideal for people who love frills-free but with a good performance devices.

Technical specifications

Processor1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H dual core processor
Official anouncedOctober 2011
General2G NetworkGSM 850 MHz / 900 MHz / 1800 MHz / 1900 MHz
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
FeaturesOSAndroid OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
MemoryPhone bookPractically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call recordsPractically unlimited
Memory card slotmicroSD card, up to 32GB
Internal8 GB capacity, 1 GB RAM, 1 GB ROM
Infrared portNot available
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothAvailable, v3.0 with A2DP
USBAvailable, v2.0 microUSB
3GHSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
SoundAlert characteristicsVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackAvailable
ScreenTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 16M Available Colours
Dimensions480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
QWERTY keyboard
Gorilla Glass Screen
TouchWiz UI
Proximity Light sensor for auto shut down
Multi-touch input method
touch-sensitive controls
Gyro Light sensor
Accelerometer Light sensor for UI auto-rotate
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
RadioNot available
GamesAvailable + downloadable
Internet BrowserHTML
GPSAvailable, with A-GPS support
Available ColoursBlack
JavaAvailable, via Java MIDP emulator
HDMI port
SNS included
Digital compass
NFC support
Camera specificationsPrimary camera8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
SecondaryAvailable, 1.3 MP
VideoAvailable, 1980×1080 pixel, [email protected]
FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face&smile detection
Time management organizer
MP4/DivX/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
Image/video editor
MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
Adobe Flash support
Document viewer
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa included
Voice memo/dial/commands
Predictive text input (Swype)
BatteryStandard battery, Li-Ion