AT&T is launching a whopping 4 Android devices on Sunday (November 20th) The Samsung Double Time, The Pantech Pocket, The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G/LTE and The Samsung Captivate Glide.
The Samsung Captivate Glide builds on the highly successful Samsung Galaxy S franchise and the Samsung Captivate which was AT&T’s version of the original Samsung Galaxy S. The original Captivate went on sale in July of 2010 and sold pretty well at AT&T stores.
The Samsung Captivate Glide features a 4 inch SuperAMOLED screen running on top of a 1ghz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with 1gb of RAM. Although 8 months ago the Nvidia Tegra 2 was the primo top of the line processor, it’s now mode to medium to high range phone status. The medium to high range category is one that we thought up to describe two phones on Sprint, the LG Marquee and the HTC Evo Design 4G.
The Samsung Captivate Glide feels great in the hand and feels like it weighs a lot less than the Samsung Epic 4G (original version) and the Samsung Stratosphere on Verizon Wireless.
The phone is running on AT&T’s pre 4G, 4G called HSPA+ with theoretic speeds up to 14.4 mbps. Combine that with the 1ghz dual core processor and 1gb of RAM and you’ve got a pretty zippy phone without shelling out big bucks.
One of the greatest points of the Samsung Captivate Glide is the reason they call it “The Glide”, it features a 4 row side out qwerty keyboard. The keys feel good in the hand and don’t have to be pressed too hard. They’re also not that weird bubbly plastic feeling of older phones like the Samsung Moment.
The keyboard features a home and menu button on the left side. The search and back buttons are on the right side and facing the right way so you don’t have to turn your phone around to navigate while typing. The keys are also back lit so you can finish off that text message and email in the dark.
In the camera department you’ve got an 8 mega pixel camera with an LED flash on the back side and a 1.3 mega pixel camera on the front for all your video chatting needs. The rear facing camera shoots 720p HD video at 30 frames per second.
Like most Samsung Android phones the Captivate Glide is running the latest version of Touch Wiz. This is the version that was introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S II at the U.S. Launch. It has that fast bar at the bottom of the home screen to move to whatever home screen you want. The phone’s home screens are on an infinite loop as well, just like HTC’s Sense.
Media Hub for renting and watching tv shows and movies is on board. Social Hub for keeping up with your Facebook and Twitter pals is also on the device. The Samsung App store isn’t on it but AT&T’s featured apps widget is.
The Samsung Captivate Glide will set you back $150 on a new two year agreement, and for what you’re getting it’s definitely a great price.