Samsung Exhilarate Review

Interface and Functionality:

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 So yeah, we’re not terribly bummed by its outdated experience, but more importantly, we’re curious to know when and if it’ll be updated.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 StandardAnTuTuNenaMark 2
Samsung Exhilarate 2639542252,8
Sony Xperia ion2833604436,4
Samsung Galaxy S III 53351201658,6
HTC One X AT&T4958686357,7

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.

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