Telstra Glide mobile phone
Telstra Glide review: The Telstra Glide is a cheap prepaid mobile phone that is poorly designed and built
- Benefits from excellent Next G network
- Glossy plastic attracts fingerprints
- Questionable build quality
- Mediocre touchscreen
The Telstra Glide prepaid mobile phone is a low cost, entry-level handset. Its slide-out QWERTY keyboard and resistive touchscreen are both poorly designed.
Price$ 129.00 (AUD)
Retailing for just $129, Telstra's Glide prepaid mobile phone is a low-cost, entry-level device targeted at teenagers who text excessively. Unfortunately, its key features, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a small, resistive touchscreen, are both poorly implemented.
Read our reviews of other top Telstra Next G mobiles on prepaid.
The Telstra Glide mobile phone certainly won't win any design awards. It's a compact slider handset that easily fits into your hand, though it is quite thick. Manufactured by ZTE, the Telstra Glide is constructed from cheap-feeling, glossy plastic that attracts an excessive amount of fingerprints. The Glide's slider also feels loose and rattles from side to side in both the open and closed positions, the rear battery cover creaks when pressed, and the buttons below the display are flat and don't offer great tactility.
The Telstra Glide has a 2.4in resistive touchscreen. It is not as responsive as most touchscreen phones with a capacitive screen and requires a firm press to activate. To compensate Telstra includes a stylus that is housed in the top left corner of the phone. The small size of the display means it's trickier to navigate than cheap Android phones like the Huawei IDEOS U8150. The home screen in particular has small icons that don't appear designed for finger presses, while scrolling and swiping across the screen is clunky.
The key feature of the Telstra Glide is its slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but like the rest of this phone, it is poorly designed and implemented. The keys are well spaced, but each key is flat and requires a firm press, making typing an uncomfortable chore. The layout of the keyboard is also questionable; you need to use a shift key for basic symbols like comma and full stop.
The Telstra Glide mobile phone naturally comes with links to a wide range of Telstra apps and services, most of which you'll never use. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr and YouTube are also included in the main menu, but these are merely links to the mobile versions of each of these sites rather than dedicated applications. Though it is useable and benefits from Telstra's excellent Next G network, the Glide's browser takes too long to load pages and the small screen makes for an overall poor mobile Web experience. The screen also makes it difficult to click on links with any sort of accuracy.
Other features of the Telstra Glide include a basic 3-megapixel camera, an MP3 and video player, an FM radio, and a microSD card slot for extra storage. Disappointingly, the Glide doesn't have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, instead utilising a combination mini-USB headphone and charging jack.
The Telstra Glide is available in Australia through Telstra prepaid for $129.
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Join the PC World newsletter!
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Acer Swift 7
Lexar® Portable SSD
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Google Daydream VR headset
Huawei Mate 9
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Surface Pro 4
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 5 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
Latest News Articles
- 5G progress at Ericsson could help enterprises work worldwide
- Apple smartphones outsold Samsung's in Q4
- Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium, charging up iPhone 8 rumor
- Google might be gearing up to remove millions of Play Store apps next month
- Now you can control your smart devices from your Pixel, no Google Home required
GGG Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSenior Technical Consultant - SQLACT
- FTSenior Information Security ConsultantQLD
- TPEnvironment Specialist(DevOps)QLD
- CCLevel 2 IT Service DeskQLD
- CCData Analyst - AutoHaulWA
- FTLead PMONSW
- FTJava Developer - Fixed Term ContractQLD
- FTDynamics AX Functional ConsultantQLD
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Manufacturing and Trade & Logistics Modules)QLD
- FTSecurity Incident / SOC Analyst (Tier 1) - Permanent - North Ryde BasedNSW
- CCIT Project ManagerNSW
- TPSenior Test AnalystQLD
- CCSenior .NET DeveloperNSW
- FTSolution Designer l Microsoft SMENSW
- CCTechnical Business Analyst - Infrastructure - VirtualizationNSW
- FTPerformance TesterACT
- TPBusiness AnalystVIC
- FTPart Time - IT Service Desk AnalystVIC
- FTDeveloper/ ProgrammerSA
- CCSenior Solution ArchitectQLD
- TPMobile DeveloperWA
- CCIntegration DeveloperNSW
- CCWindows AdministratorACT
- TPDigital Strategist - Newcastle BasedNSW
- FTRegional Sales ManagerACT