Calling Quality and Battery:

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.

Conclusion:

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: 2.6.35.11

Build Number: GINGERBREAD.UCLD2

Samsung Exhilarate Review:




Pros

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

Cons

  • Photos appear washed out
  • Paltry internal storage
  • Choppy voices through the earpiece
  • Doesn't run Android 4 ICS

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

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