Telstra Glide mobile phone

Telstra Glide review: The Telstra Glide is a cheap prepaid mobile phone that is poorly designed and built

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  • Cheap
  • Benefits from excellent Next G network


  • Glossy plastic attracts fingerprints
  • Questionable build quality
  • Mediocre touchscreen

Bottom Line

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.

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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.

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the girl that is stuck with this phone


i have broken this phone three times and had to replace it without anyone knowing........ if u know u might break it DONT BUY THIS PHONE!!!!!!!

Cameron P


Meh, I like mine.



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Ahenata Tuhi


I bought this phone on trade me I am unable to connect to Internet can you please advise me where is the problem apart from I live in New Zealand I also have my Telecom sim in the phone everything works fine apart from the Internet



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I bought a Telstra Glide mid 2011 for about $80 and it is awesome. I still have it and it does everything I need it to (I don't bother using it for internet connection - tablet for that) . I have dropped it several times and it just keeps going strong. This is in contrast to the phone I had before that - SAMSUNG that cost me around $500 - what a waste of money! Lasted 18 months, then packed it in. GIve me the GLIDE anyday - excellent value for money with qwerty keyboard



I still have my Telstra Glide and have had few probs with it. The problems I have had are this. Found it difficult to set up as a hot spot, but eventually managed that. And the screen is rather difficult to slide.

In every other respect it is fantastic and it did not cost me 129 but $80 + postage, new and unlocked.
I have internet, fm radio, music and other stuff I put on it, and many free websites.

After a while you get used to the way you need to move the screen along, so there is no problem at all with it. And I did drop it, once in the ocean, but it keeps on going.

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We'll lets start off with... this phone is the crappiest thing I have ever brought! Starting with when you use YouTube it has a heaps bad lag, When Texting fast it freezes, the slide is terrible stopping half way and/or not sliding at all!!!The apps are so damn small that your fingers when you tap one you tap all of them and then your screen freezes! You cant cancel texts even if you press cancel, the touch screen isn't heat activated so if it slightly touches something in your pocket or bag it vibrates and makes sounds and wastes the battery!!! Also the Lock on the phone there's no point! On the screen it even says pull string down to unlock! So basically anyone can get into the phone.... There's just a none ending list with what is wrong with this Phone and i'm begging you not to waste your money because mine broke in half , 1 year after I brought it for no particular reason same with another person I know there's did the same... SO DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE AND DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ITS A TOTAL RIP OFF!!!! >:|




Good for texting
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I think this phone is goo for texting but i text to fast which causes it to freeze. I also cannot get the picture gallery off my homescreen :(




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I got this phone about 4 months ago and it is already breaking, and I hardly use the phone, and the problem could not have been done physically. The slide does not slide out or gets stuck half way, good baybe when it did work is really easy to type. Also have to lock screen so doesn't go onto who nos what.


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