Samsung Exhilarate Review
Far from being the class-leading device for taking photos, the Exhilarate’s 5-megapixel camera manages to deliver some so-so looking shots. Specifically, it produces average details that enables us to make out some things in the shot, but its color reproduction has a washed out and bland appearance. In low lighting, noise becomes more pronounced, which then softens the overall tone of its images. Its LED flash on the other hand is effective up to 3 feet away, but anything more, it’s unable to maintain any color accuracy.
720p video capture, seeing we’re not tremendously convinced by them. In fact, its details appear to be softer, with artifacting being evident as we pan very quickly from side to side. Fortunately, it captures at the smooth rate of 30 frames per second, while its audio recording rounds things out with its noise-free performance.
Samsung Exhilarate Sample Video:
There’s nothing particularly exciting with the handset’s TouchWiz music player, even more when it’s the same old one we find on many TouchWiz devices. Indeed, its presentation is rather boring by today’s standards, but it’s at least functional without being too complicated. As for the audio quality of its speaker, its output is likable thanks to its pleasant tones – plus, there are various equalizer setting to better enhance its quality.
Frankly, we’re spoiled by those gargantuan displays on some high-end smartphones, but nonetheless, the Exhilarate is still a worthy option if you can handle its smaller display. In fact, it’s able to play a video that’s encoded in MPEG4 1920 x 1080 resolution, but it tends to be somewhat sluggish with its playback. However, it handles 720p videos better, as we find ourselves being attracted to the iridescent glow of its Super AMOLED panel.
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: 1027; 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.