Hardware & Design
The Samsung Exhibit 4G is a mid ranger phone with some nice high-end details. While the screen is only 3.5 inches which is small for today’s standards it does have 800×480 resolutions for a nice sharp image and vibrant colors. Above the screen is a VGA front facing camera. Below the screen there is touch sensitive buttons for menu, back and search and a physical button for home. The phone has a soft physical build all around with a leather bottom on it to give it an interesting look. The back of the phone has a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash. The images are good enough for sharing on Twitter, occasional Facebook upload and MMS messages. Internally there is a 1.0 GHz processor, 512 MB of Ram, 1 GB of storage with a micro SD card slot expandable up to 32 GB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 4G HSPA+ 21 Mbps data speeds to round-up the specs. It’s a nice all around phone.
Software & Usability
The Exhibit 4G runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Touch Wiz UI on top of it. Its pretty much your standard Touch Wiz experience with 2 less desktops. Not much preloaded software other than what you would expect from T-mobile. The phone is runs smooth and responsive with not noticeable lag. Battery life is pretty standard for android with getting about a 1 day on a full charge with moderate usage and heavy users will charge throughout the day. Call quality is also good with clear calls and no dropped calls in my area. The 4G data speeds work as expected and are fast for a mid range device.
The Exhibit 4G is a good phone for those that are just getting into smartphones and don’t want to break the bank on a high-end power user one. It’s good for those that want to check e-mail, send text, make phone calls and get a few apps here and there. If you can grab it for under $100 or free on contract you’ll be satisfied.