Reviews and Problems with Samsung I927 / Captivate Glide
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The Samsung Captivate Glide Combines Best of Touchscreen and QWERTY
30 September 2012
Summary: Additional comments: Document editor and file manager pre-installed. Stereo Bluetooth. No radio. Corning Gorilla Glass for excellent scratch resistance. Touch-sensitive controls. All plastic. Very similar to the GS II without the branding. Camera provides touch focus as well as face detection; full editing software provided. Sound player allows MP3 and MP4 files. Expectedly, Google provides functional integration package.
Summary: Reviewing the Samsung Captivate Glide right after the Samsung DoubleTime is a study in contrasts. The DoubleTime is outdated, slow, and ugly, while the Glide is modern, fast, and sleek. The natural successor to the Epic 4G, the Glide is a hybrid of the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II — it has a nice 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, an acceptably recent version of Android, and though there’s no LTE it still connects to AT&T’s HSPA+ network.
Pros: Solid keyboard, Overall zippy performance, Good call quality
Cons: Poor noise cancellation, No LTE or Android 4.0, Unimpressive screen, Incredibly slow camera
Summary: Right now, the Samsung Captivate Glide is your best choice on AT&T if you want Android plus a physical keyboard. It offers solid performance with a bright display and strong audio. However, the flat keyboard on the Glide doesn't provide the best tactile feedback, and the phone offered below-average battery life on our tests. Plus, you don't get 4G LTE, so this handset isn't future-proof.
Pros: Bright AMOLED display with vibrant colors, Solid overall performance, Good audio quality
Cons: Keys feel flat, Relatively short battery life, Camera a bit slow, Sluggish "4G" speeds
Conclusion: After seeing nothing but some stellar Android smartphones back-to-back, like the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II and the 4G LTE Skyrocket , it’s hard to imagine the Samsung Captivate getting some credible recognition following those two. Surprisingly enough, it’s able to establish its own identity by proving to be a commendable solution with its useful physical keyboard.
Pros: Reasonably priced, Fast HSPA+ speeds, Useable physical keyboard
Cons: Below average 720p video recording, Flimsy build quality, Paltry internal storage
Samsung Captivate Glide – the Galaxy S2 with a QWERTY keyboard is finally here
24 November 2011
Conclusion: Overall, the Samsung Captivate Glide is a great addition to the list of Android smartphones – having the Galaxy S2 with a QWERTY keyboard is pretty awesome, and if you need a good phone for everyday work or even entertainment, you should definitely check it out.
Summary: The Samsung Captivate Glide is one of AT&T's most powerful QWERTY smartphones, and at $150, it won't cost you an arm and a leg. However, the ultraflat keyboard may be more hindrance than help to all but the most dedicated keyboard enthusiasts.
Pros: The Samsung Captivate Glide has high-end specs like AT&T's HSPA+ speeds, a dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and 720p HD video.
Cons: Samsung commits its typical plasticky sins with the Captivate Glide, and the phone is slippery despite the textured backing. The keyboard is too flat, and call quality was variable.
Conclusion: This device is surprisingly high quality. There were only two moments when I had my doubts, one of them being when I put the battery in for the first time since the back cover is so very very thin, and the other when I first started to hit the power button and realized I'd have to find a new way to hold the handset because the slide-out keyboard wasn't held nearly as tight as it was on other recent keyboard phone models from other manufacturers.
Summary: If you love having a physical keyboard, there are few options out there. There are even fewer options if you want a quality, high-end phone. The Captivate Glide is an excellent all-around smartphone, but it fails in perhaps the most important area, the keyboard. The physical QWERTY is simply too wide with keys that are too flat with not enough travel and feedback.