Samsung Glyde Review Verdict: Get Yourself a Voyager

The Samsung Glyde was announced for Verizon Wireless today. The $249 phone, after a $50 rebate, has a 2.8” haptic touchscreen and a full QWERTY keypad that slides out from under it. We liked the messaging capabilities of the Samsung Glyde, but were frustrated by its confusing and often unresponsive touchscreen and user interface. The LG Voyager costs $50 more and offers a second display, an onscreen QWERTY keypad, and support for V Cast Mobile TV. And the upcoming Samsung Instinct at least tries to be innovative with its easier-to-customize favorites menu and voice-activated local search, although that phone lacks a physical keyboard. Other features of the Glyde include support for V Cast Music, Video, and Navigator for GPS. You can even add an 8GB microSD card to store your own songs for playback on the go. Be sure to check out our video and full review. [flq:c0afaf8e4f5646dc90cccbe831b9b0fd]

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  1. Dan Says:

    I’ve seen several reviews pop up over the last few days, and was just wondering how the phones web browser performs over a variety of sites… is it the same browser as the Voyager?

  2. World's Best Todd Says:

    Hey Dan,
    What sites would you like to see? I’ll compare it next to the Voyager and tell you the differences.

  3. Philly Says:

    voyager has text to speech for text messages as well

  4. alex Says:

    what has a better browser the voyager or the glide ? for email and myspace youtube ?

  5. ramone Says:

    does anybody have any battery troubles my hardly lasts a full day

  6. Amalia Says:

    So all in all, you would prefer/recommend the voyager over the glyde right?

  7. hb Says:

    The blue box is a shortcut menu. You personalize this menu with links to things you commonly use. The menu button gives you links to all menu options. The personalized shortcuts are a bonus if you ask me!

  8. fbdfb Says:

    i have purchased i samsung glyde and i am very displeased with it. i have been having alot of phoine troubles with it. the screen freezes and the phone sometimes restarts itself, and scince i have had the phone for over 30days verizon will not let me exchange. it is definatly not worth the money.

  9. ks Says:

    ok i had this phone for exactly 17 days, and all i can say is thank goodness the 30 days wasnt up. my phone froze all the time, would hit buttons that i wasnt even close to, and call people while it was in my purse, even though it was on lock. sometimes, while i was typing on the QWERTY keyboard, the phone would vibrate as if i was touching the screen, and attempt to send the message or move somewhere else. when it rang, it would be quiet and then get really loud. the vibrate was barely anything. i loved the shape and design, and i was sad that i had to turn it in, but imagine this phone working in 2 years. im waiting a while for touch screen mishaps to be corrected. in the meantime, get an EN V 2. thats what i did.

  10. k. lo Says:

    I have the glyde and i’ve had it replaced three time already after the third didnt work either I went to the store and they wanted to replace it for the envy2. Iwas so pissesd. I yealled and screamed untill they send me the voyager… Much better.

  11. s.b Says:

    This is the worst phone I’ve ever had. The screen freezes. When I touch something, it picks something else. Even after the software update, it still is horrible. Pretty much everything Ks said was true. (except for I think the ringer being soft then loud is on purpose). I’ve already had it replaced once and wish I would’ve gone with another phone in the first place. The first time I got it replaced they convinced me it was just a “lemon”…now it’s too late to replace it. Do NOT get this phone, if you value your sanity.

  12. kyle Says:

    I love this phone. It is the best phone i have ever had. Even though it sometimes hits something thats on the opposite side, i dont really mind. The only thing i wish i could change is the spot of the shortcut box, can you move it?

  13. Greg Says:

    I hav the voyager and have used the glyde. The voyager is better i had to make a desiscion inbetween the enV2 voyager or glyde. At christmas time the glyde the voyager was in the middle and the enV2 wuz the cheapest. I ruled out the enV2. The glyde can not be navigated from the keyboard the touch screen sux. It cant read the txt messages 2 u like the voyager. I know several people that have it. I hav used theres and went to a verizon store where the voyager and glyde were activated and compared them i even sent a txt 2 myself and a friend with them. So I picked the voyager. If you’re dumb enough to want this phone it’s being discontinued my friend wants to get it and they said it was being discontinued. So you realloy dont hav a choice anymore but apparently something better than the glyde is coming out soon so keep an eye out for that. P.S. VOYAGER TOUCH SCREEN IS 1000000X BETTER XCEPT WEN U NEED 2 SCROLL.

  14. Rachael Says:

    This is hands-down the worst phone I’ve ever had. The problems started on day one and it was all downhill from there. The touch screen is unresponsive, when I try to press one icon it pushes something else — over and over again. Making calls is extraordinarily difficult as the phone has tremendous difficulty registering my touch-screen directions. Half of the time, I can’t even get it to work at all. While typing next messages it sometimes just moves the cursor without prompting — over and over. I bought this phone under the assumption that it would make texting easier, I was sorely mistaken.

    The worst part is verizon tricked me into signing a two-year contract with them in exchange for this “free” phone. The old bait and switch.

    I wouldn’t wish this piece of shit on my worst enemy. This phone is an embarrassment to both Verizon and Samsung, I nearly threw it out the window of my tenth-floor office building this afternoon.

  15. leebee Says:

    screw the samsung glyde i just got it today to replace my voyager and im calling rite now to have it exchanged. EVERYTHING ks said was true and im sick of using it after only an hour!!!! no way im keeping this phone. FUCK this peice of shit phone. im SOO pissed

  16. Mercedes Says:

    The WORSE phone EVER, it cuts off when it wants to. The phone presses buttons just sitting there unattended. When i press a button it presses something else! My screen has went blank TWICE! The screen freezes about 20 times a day, leaving me to power it on and off over and over. I sometimes find myself beating on the screen because it does not work properly!! I HATE IT. Dont let them convince you to get a “system upgrade”, that does not help!!!

  17. DJ Says:

    This phone used to be awful. key phrase there, though, is used to be. since the new firmware update (take it to any vzw store and they’ll upgrade it for you) this phone is a million times better. as far as i can tell, they took the old coding and threw it out the window and started from scratch. the touch screen is 10 times more responsive and accurate, the phone hasn’t frozen once since i got it back, the shortcut menu is completely revamped, the screen lock is redone… this phone rocks now. don’t get me wrong, i still wouldn’t say it is better than a voyager, but with the new price point ($70 with contract online) it isn’t really a phone to be compared to the voyager. it’s closer to an enV or similar messaging phones. honestly, i can’t ask for a better price for a touch screen phone that funcions correctly with everything it is supposed to do.
    my only complaints are that the screen is a little small for my liking (what with my sausage-like fingers and all) and it could have a little louder speaker in it. other than that, though, it works great as a messaging phone with a touch screen to boot!

  18. Ron Says:

    I got the Glyde for FREE with a 2yr Verizon contract. They still wanted $79 for a 2yr contract on the Voyager. Though I prefer LG phones, I think it was worth it for a free phone. No problems as of yet either.

  19. Andy Says:

    im getting the Glyde in like 3 days (i orded it alredy)
    Is the touchscreen that bad?

  20. Elizabeth Metcalf Says:

    okay so i have the razor. its a great working ophone but i hate it because im sick of it. im either getting the palm, the glyde, the envy2, or the voyager. immm thinking voyager after so many7 peoples problems with the glyde!? which onee?

  21. Ginamarie Says:

    I got my Glyde (refresh) a couple of days ago. I absolutely love it.The size is perfect, looks good, the touch screen is awesome, the camera is great ( I love the flash) . Glad they fixed the problems this phone model was having. I am so glad I chose the Glye instead of the voyager ( that was my other choice) way too big for my liking.

  22. Allison Says:

    I’m ordering this phone right now. it says it already had the update. is it that bad though?

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