Samsung Exhilarate Review
Needless to say, we’d be in a lucid dream of some kind if we found the Exhilarate running the most up-to-date versions of Android and TouchWiz, but instead, it’s running the older build of TouchWiz on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. For the average consumer, it isn’t going to be much of an issue, seeing that it offers all of the lovable aspects of Google’s mobile platform – like its deep personalization and productivity aspects. So yeah, we’re not terribly bummed by its outdated experience, but more importantly, we’re curious to know when and if it’ll be updated.
After spending time with other handsets donning super large displays, we find ourselves cautious with our pace when it comes to typing up messages with its on-screen keyboards. Of course, its layout isn’t as spacious, but at least it’s responsive enough to keep us going at a good rate of input after some adjusting.
When it comes to the core organizer apps, the Exhilarate doesn’t deviate from the typical experience, as the calendar, calculator, clock, email, and Gmail apps all follow in form to what we’ve seen constantly in the past.
Out of the box, the smartphone is preloaded with a host of AT&T, Samsung, and third party apps. Specifically, it consists of AllShare, Amazon Kindle, AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Featured Apps, Kiers air, AT&T Live TV, Media Hub, AT&T Messages, myAT&T, Qik Lite, Quickoffice, and YPmobile.
Processor and Memory:
Of late, mid-range devices have been blessed with dual-core processors, but the Samsung Exhilarate is powered by a single-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor with 1GB of RAM – thus, it’s more in line to being a low mid-range device. Now don’t thinking that it’s a bad thing, since the handset performs admirably with almost all tasks. Sure, there might be some instances of choppiness rearing its head somewhere every now and then, but it’s never impacting the experience negatively. Its benchmark scores are nothing worth writing home about, but nonetheless, its real world actions are agreeable.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Sony Xperia ion||2833||6044||36,4|
|Samsung Galaxy S III||5335||12016||58,6|
|HTC One X AT&T||4958||6863||57,7|
If you plan to store a lot of content on the Exhilarate, you might want to invest in putting in a microSD card since it has 1.4GB of USB storage out of the box – with another 0.93GB reserved for apps.
Internet and Connectivity:
For a device of its stature, the Exhilarate is able to impress us because it’s offering all of the modern conveniences of 4G LTE connectivity – so yes, data speeds are blazing! Even better, the handset performs handsomely in the web browsing department, as it’s able to deliver smooth navigational controls in the wake of heavy Flash content. In fact, it rarely slows down or exhibits any choppy tendencies with its performance.
Being a GSM phone and all, the Exhilarate benefits from being compatible with a host of GSM networks around the world – while 4G LTE connectivity is achieved domestically via AT&T. As usual, the handset offers connectivity options such as aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, mobile hotspot functionality, and Wi-Fi.
1. ImHungry (Posts: 17; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
Great review! I think i may pick this up, i really like the size an the specs of the phone! and LTE too.
2. Birds (Posts: 1007; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I don't get it....This phone is decent and all but AT&T should have made the contract free price like 299 instead of 399.
3. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
"it’s rather difficult to put this into consideration knowing that for $50 more, you can pick up the Sony Xperia ion for $100"
Xperia Ion is also 50$ at Sony and Best Buy stores which makes it a much, much better buy knowing it has better hardware specs and is getting both ICS and Jelly Bean.
Please stop being biased, thank you.
5. vbetts (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
Review sites don't take 3rd party retailers like Best Buy or Radioshack into consideration, I work at Radioshack, we carry the Exhilarate, but we won't be carrying the Ion. That's why they aren't taken into consideration.
6. dha_george (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)
The exhilarte has a dual core processor not a single core processor.
7. techguy21 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)
It is dual-core:
I'm tempted by this phone mainly because it's got good specs and is not gargantuan - I don't want a tablet in my pocket! I bet it will get ICS too, since it has 1GB of RAM.
8. sarahzz30007 (banned) (Posts: 16; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)
I really don't get why they made the contract price so high ?..
9. jim200 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)
I bought Exhilarate 5 days ago after reading the specifications of the phone. The good: it looks nice.
Now the bad: The battery charge lasts 36 hours vs specified 250 hours.
Here is the info from the specs:
Talk: 7 hours max. (420 minutes)
Standby: 250 hours max. (10.4 days)
1750 mAh LiIon, Removable
I actually did not use this phone to make calls, play games, or anything other than checking the battery every few hours. The phone lasted on one battery charge 36 hours. Little math shows, it is 15% of the specified time. So I called Samsung. Let me say that before this experience I had Samsung in a high respect. I called Samsung and spoke with supervisor Josia. He told me that Samsung considers a phone delivering 15% of specified performance perfectly good. I asked him how do I get 250 hours. He did not know. Let me say again, the phone was not used for any calls and no aps were running. I used task manager to terminate all aps. This review is written by a computer professional.
10. Thullraven (Posts: 20; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)
The Experia Ion is slow and sluggish compared to The Exhilarate. The Exhilarate even beat the GS3 in some benchmarks. I like this phone a lot, especially with my ICS update. It can do almost everything big brother GS3 can do, and it does them well. Whatever it doesn't do, I wouldn't use anyway. The battery hasn't been great, but not horrible either. I have a spare battery anyway if I for whatever reason can't charge.