Conclusion: We think the Glyde could be a solid phone if it had a more reliable touchscreen and a better Web browser (really, Verizon, it’s embarrassing); as it is, we give it borderline pass/fail grade. We look forward to Samsung’s Instinct , which will include hot features like Visual Voicemail, and we pray they did a better job with the touchscreen.
Pros: Sliding mechanism and keyboard feel great; 2MP camera; GPS; good call quality
Cons: Unreliable touchscreen; web browser is very limited
Conclusion: Despite the numerous features and sleek appearance offered by the Glyde, we find it difficult to recommend the device based upon the countless problems we encountered while using the touchscreen interface. At this point, we honestly cannot see the Glyde used as someone’s primary phone, not only due to those issues, but also due to its poor signal reception.
Pros: Smaller and sleeker than the Voyager, Large 2.8” WQVGA display, HTML browser, QWERTY keyboard, 5 hours of talk time on a full battery, Can use 8GB microSDHC cards
Cons: Continuous problems when using the touchscreen, Reception is weak, Speakerphone causes distortion at high volumes, Camera flash range
Conclusion: Samsung makes excellent phones with a wide variety of features and capabilities. Unfortunately, the Samsung Glyde needs a little work before we can recommend it heartily. The small size combined with a haptic touch screen and QWERTY keyboard is great, and the screen is easy to read despite the high resolution squeezed into a 2.8" panel.