Excerpt: The Samsung Glyde has a lot of potential, with a smooth-sliding full-size QWERTY keyboard and a 2.8-inch touchscreen, as well as extras like assisted GPS, Bluetooth, haptic feedback, and a 2-megapixel camera. It even looks like a smaller version of one of its main competitors, the LG Voyager , though it lacks the former’s mobile TV capability. Unfortunately, the Glyde’s main input method – the touchscreen – doesn’t work well enough for us to recommend the phone.
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.
Summary: The Glyde seems like a compelling touchscreen messaging phone with fun messaging capabilities, and we like the keyboard, but it has too many drawbacks to recommend. The interface is bland and needlessly difficult to customize, and the touchscreen doesn’t always act on each finger press. We say either spend the $50 to get the V CAST Mobile TV–sporting Voyager or—if you can do without a touchscreen—pick up the $129 LG enV2.
Pros: Decent 2-MP camera, Comfortable full QWERTY keyboard, Bright 2.8-inch display, Good call quality,
Cons: Clunky Web-browsing experience, Unreliable and sometimes confusing UI, Audio plays out of only one headphone when wired, Poor camcorder,