Samsung Exhibit II 4G Review
Rather than using the same Hummingbird processor used by its predecessor, the Samsung Exhibit II 4G utilizes a single-core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor instead, which is coupled with 512 MB of RAM. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to handle as well because we experienced many instances of slowdown and lag while navigating across its home screen with a live wallpaper activated. Obviously, things are a bit better a when a static one is used instead, but its inconsistent performance whittles away its overall allure.
Featuring the latest TouchWiz user interface running on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, there is plenty of personalization found with it. From its resizable widgets to various live wallpapers, it's more than adept in surrounding us with an exceptionally deep experience. Also, we're given control in how the app panel is organized – such as adding new pages and folders. Even though it might not be as refined as HTC's Sense UI, it's nevertheless sufficient in surrounding us with a resounding experience.
The Samsung Exhibit II 4G features the latest TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Mainly because of its screen size, the layout of its portrait style on-screen keyboard is more on the cramped side – especially if you happen to have larger sized fingers. Still, its responsive action enables us to quickly compose messages with very little pause. And of course, we're presented with both the Samsung keyboard and the Swype one to manage all of our messaging needs.
When it comes to the Gmail experience, there's nothing astoundingly new with the handset – since it's essentially the same as all other handsets before it. Regardless of that, set up is a simple procedure as it requires our email address and password to complete the process correctly.
Both Samsung and T-Mobile are well established in the apps front, as we're presented with apps like 411 & More, Kies air, Media Hub, T-Mobile Mall, T-Mobile Name ID, and T-Mobile TV HD. In addition, there are numerous third-party applications preloaded, which include AllShare, Bejeweled 2, Blio, Lookout Anti-Virus, Slacker, TeleNav GPS Navigator, Tetris, Qik Video Chat, Yelp, and Zinio Reader.
1. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
anything that is not GLASS is considered cheap feeling for PA -____-
it's a mid range/entry device, what do you expect...
3. saiki4116 (Posts: 334; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
they don't really understand the practical designs well,metal attenuates signal.
7. alvinspeakstoo (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Jul 2011)
Metal makes it feel premium but if you want something to be affordable. Usable and great signal. go with strenthen plastic or glass and not metal
8. alvinspeakstoo (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Jul 2011)
Mukrenol. PA is an Apple Fan Boy site. ahha. thats why i use phonedog. He said the phone is cramped when he said the iphone was spacious. the width of this phone is 1.9 inches whereas iphone is 1.94 . really now. thats 0.04 doesnt make a difference
10. dskbfoeva (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
A year ago when phones like the Galaxy S, iphone 4, Droid X, Droid 2/2 Global, HTC myTouch 4G, Evo 4G, etc. were top of the line, this phone would have also been considered high-end despite its camera (which doesn't seem too bad to me).
2. LongIslander (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
What are the alternatives that will give you an Android smartphone with 4G speeds for $200 and no contract or ongoing equipment charges?
If anyone else is offering similiar value I haven't found it.
4. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
good battery life, good voice, and good data.
200 bucks should sell well. we shall see
5. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
The data is 5GB of 4G data speeds per month, which is a great deal when the main competitors are offerring 3G data speeds. After you go over 5G, T-mobile will still provided unlimited data per month, but the data speed will be throttle.
Most 5GB of 4G data speeds plans cost about $50 a month on a two-year contract, so $30 a month is a really good deal.
6. alvinspeakstoo (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Jul 2011)
I like how he say the keyboard is cramped on this phone but on the iPhone he say its spacious. dude. this phone has a width on 1.9 inches where as iphone has 1.94 inches. you cant really tell the difference between 0.04 inch. this reviewer is bias
13. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
You are right. Then with the different aspect ratio, the landscape option is much more spacious.
11. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2938; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
You can get this phone for 200-250 dollars off contract with T-Mobile's prepaid service. That's right, 200 dollars OFF contract for a very powerful and up to date android cell phone. Best prepaid phone period.
12. kenya31092 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
best phone i ever got for less than $100 got a gr8 discount from the dealer. he was gr8. with this phone i feel like i have everything i can ever need in life. i love it
14. JunyPro (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
I HATE IT!!!! Do you know how many times I had to take the battery out BECAUSE IT FREEZES in about 2 weeks of having this phone, ABOUT 20 TIMES; ( AND I LOST THE COUNT) I NEVER HAD A PHONE LIKE THIS ONE, if anyone out there can help ME AND MY WIFE. We both got it with a family plan, and both PHONES ARE EXACTLY THE SAME WITH THE SAME PROBLEM. FREEZE, FREEZE... OH, SORRY, FREEZED AGAIN, HELP!!!!!!!!
15. danviernes (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Hello,,,I have been using cell phones for a long time and i came across with many models for which I thought they were pretty good. My experience with this phone is very good,,,awesome customer service, phone is very good on music, internet access, pictures, videos, talking inside the train tunnels and many more good things that I can say I'm very happy to be with T-mobile. Thanks T-mobile!!! you guys rock!!!
16. sbernardelli (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Aug 2013)
I got this phone one year ago for 180 $ (of which 50 $ were for my pre-paid plan): I think this has been one my best deals ever - the phone still works great, I dropped it many times and it is still alive (friend of mine had a more expensive Galaxy and after a few drops the screen broke). Granted... outdoors I have to increase the brightness to top level and sometimes it is still not enough - that this is the only cons in my opinion... everything else compared to the price I got it is an awesome value - screen size is perfect, if I ever will need a new one I will look for something similar to this
|Display||3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) TFT|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
|Size||4.54 x 2.35 x 0.45 inches|
(115 x 60 x 11 mm)
4.10 oz (116 g)
|Battery||1500 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time|