Posted on 30 November 2011
Changing Leaves. Black Friday. And Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. These are the cornerstones of the month of November. Releasing new phones, however, is not. Unfortunately, this means that our Android Smartphone Round-Up for November is a bit lean, but we’ve still managed to pick out a few handsets worth your valuable consideration.
Without further ado, these are our favorite November releases of the Gingerbread (2.3) persuasion: The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket (AT&T), the HTC Rezound (Verizon), and the Samsung Captivate Glide (AT&T). They range between a solid $300 to a cool $149 (all with a two-year agreement, of course), and each has its claim to fame.
Posted on 14 November 2011
You may have already been acquainted with the Samsung Captivate Glide, but it hasn’t quite gotten as much attention as it deserves. Today, that changes. I got the opportunity to get up close and personal with the new Android slider and found it to be a solid little handset for anyone who simply can’t stand touchscreen keyboards.
To refresh, the Samsung Captivate Glide will run on AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network, and run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It sports a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, with a dual-core 1GHz processor under the hood. You’ll find an 8-megapixel flash-enabled shooter on the rear capable of video capture in 1080p, along with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing cam for video chat. It packs 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory with support for a microSD card up to 32GB. Naturally, the Captivate Glide has support for HDMI out, and of course sports a sliding four-row QWERTY keyboard.
Upon first inspection, the Captivate Glide doesn’t necessarily stand out. It’s much like any other Android slider handset you’ve seen before, but with specs that can compete with the likes of the Droid RAZR and HTC Rezound in terms of performance. In fact, if you’re looking at it head-on, the Captivate Glide reminds me a lot of the Samsung Galaxy S II with rounded corners and a very (sorry to say it, Samsung) iPhone-like shape.
Then you pick up the phone and realize its quite a bit thicker (to make room for that QWERTY keyboard, of course) and sports a nice textured finish across the back. It’ll probably pick up more crumbs than your standard plastic back panel, but it’s also more comfortable, offers a better grip, and feels a bit more expensive. The keyboard felt solid, and slid back and forth quite smoothly. The 480