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.
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.
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.
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.
|Processor||1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H dual core processor|
|Official anounced||October 2011|
|General||2G Network||GSM 850 MHz / 900 MHz / 1800 MHz / 1900 MHz|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)|
|Memory||Phone book||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall|
|Call records||Practically unlimited|
|Memory card slot||microSD card, up to 32GB|
|Internal||8 GB capacity, 1 GB RAM, 1 GB ROM|
|Infrared port||Not available|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Available, v3.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Available, v2.0 microUSB|
|3G||HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|Sound||Alert characteristics||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Screen||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 16M Available Colours|
|Dimensions||480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)|
|Gorilla Glass Screen|
|Proximity Light sensor for auto shut down|
|Multi-touch input method|
|Gyro Light sensor|
|Accelerometer Light sensor for UI auto-rotate|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS|
|Games||Available + downloadable|
|GPS||Available, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Available, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Camera specifications||Primary camera||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Secondary||Available, 1.3 MP|
|Video||Available, 1980×1080 pixel, [email protected]|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face&smile detection|
|Time management organizer|
|Google Search, Maps, Gmail,|
|Adobe Flash support|
|YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa included|
|Predictive text input (Swype)|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion|