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Samsung Exhilarate Review

Samsung Exhilarate

Posted: , by John V.


Calling Quality and Battery:

Samsung Exhilarate Review
As a whole, the handset delivers a bearable calling experience, as our callers didn’t have any issues on their end of the line. However, through the earpiece, voices have a choppy tone to them, but we’re still able to comprehend things thanks to its strong volume. Switching over to the speakerphone, it produces some squeaky tones at the loudest volume setting.

During our time using the smartphone, we didn’t experience any major fluctuations with its signal strength, nor did it drop any calls.

Packing a 1,750 mAh battery inside of its body, we’re glad to say that its battery life is good – well, that’s when it’s running off HSPA+. We’re able to get 1 ½ days of normal usage on a single charge, but with LTE, it obviously sucks on juice like no other.


In an era where $100 can get you a pretty stacked smartphone, you’ll need to do a lot of thinking if you’re considering picking up the Samsung Exhilarate at $49.99 on-contract. Overall, we’re pleased by its well-balanced package – and it helps that it’s one of the better-looking eco-friendly devices out there! However, it’s rather difficult to put this into consideration knowing that for $50 more, you can pick up the Sony Xperia ion for $100 – or better yet, if you want to experience the best of the best, the Samsung Galaxy S III is there. Still, there’s a home for this little guy, seeing that not everyone is in the market for super spec’d smartphones. Therefore, if you prefer something that’s still capable of delivering a tasteful experience, the Samsung Exhilarate will no doubt exhilarate your interest.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 2.3.6
Kernel Version:

Samsung Exhilarate Review:


  • Pretty solid for an eco-friendly device
  • Affordable
  • Packs 4G LTE connectivity
  • Handles Flash heavy sites with no issues


  • Photos appear washed out
  • Paltry internal storage
  • Choppy voices through the earpiece
  • Doesn't run Android 4 ICS
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posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:42 1

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.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:49 2

2. Birds (Posts: 1171; 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.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:49 3

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.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 15:05

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.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 13:45

4. imkyle (Posts: 1086; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Johhhhhn V

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 15:12

6. dha_george (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)

The exhilarte has a dual core processor not a single core processor.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 17:56

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.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 20:05

8. sarahzz30007 (banned) (Posts: 16; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)

I really don't get why they made the contract price so high ?..

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 21:43

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.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 20:22

10. Thullraven (Posts: 26; 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.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Dual-core, 1200 MHz
Size4.80 x 2.48 x 0.46 inches
(122 x 63 x 12 mm)
4.60 oz  (130 g)
Battery1750 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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