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Samsung Captivate Glide thumbs-on review: Keyboard bummer

A slider smartphone with a tabletop QWERTY? Bummer, dude. Thankfully the rest of the phone performs well and the price doesn't hold you at gunpoint.

Samsung Captivate Glide
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AT&T's Samsung Captivate Glide is one of the carrier's two new Android-toting slider phones (the other is the Samsung DoubleTime.)

The Captivate Glide looks and feels like a member of the Samsung Galaxy S II pack, albeit a lesser model, with slightly more modest specs. There are still 4G speeds to be had with the HSPA+ network, and a dual core processor running the show with Android Gingerbread. However, there are also a couple of design flaws I had a hard time looking past, like the weak link of the keyboard, a bad Achilles heel to have if the keyboard forms your entire sliding form factor.

Still, if flat keys don't bother you as much as they bother me, the $150 purchase point is a fair one and the smartphone definitely delivers. Watch the video, see the photos, and discover more pros and cons in the full Samsung Captivate Glide review.