Samsung's Exhibit 2 is a good value, especially at T-Mobile, even if its predecessor launched less than six months ago.
The design is different from the original Exhibit, and it looks like a downgrade. Gone is the rubberized grip that adorned the original, replaced by plastic that does not feel or look as nice. The muted blue and matte gray color options helps the Exhibit 2 stand out, though on the whole the design is uninspired. It stands 4.5-inches tall, 2.3-inches wide and is a little less than a half-inch thick, so as far as size is concerned it's neither big nor small, and that run-of-the-mill quality bleeds into almost every aspect of the handset.
To call the screen top of the line would be wrong, but unless you're doing a side-by-side comparison with a nicer handset, it's hard for a causal phone fan to distinguish the difference between this functional screen and something world class. The device features a 3.7-inch display with a resolution of 480-by-800 pixels, which is bright and very clear. The display tends to get much harder to see in sunlight, but using any smartphone in direct light is a pain, so we can't dock it too hard for that.
Meanwhile, the 3-megapixel camera is definitely an improvement on its predecessor, and takes nice photos, especially in well-lit environments. But it still fails to live up to more impressive 5-megapixel lenses on the market, like on the Samsung Stratosphere. The Exhibit 2 also shoots video, but unfortunately it's not high-definition quality, which makes it more of a novelty than a legitimate replacement for a small camcorder. Still, the entire camera package is more than you'd expect in a smartphone at this price.
It runs Android 2.3, dubbed Gingerbread, without a hiccup. Apps download without a problem, boot quickly and run smoothly, while the five customizable home screens and menus all look perform well on the device. If you want to download a ton of apps, you'll want to utilize the microSD slot, since it comes with a paltry 1-gigabyte of internal storage. Samsung's TouchWiz overlay doesn't add much, but it's not a nuisance as other third-party interfaces.
It's not often that an affordable, feature-heavy smartphone hits the market with above-average voice quality, but the call quality is the most impressive feature. Voices are crisp and clear, even in noisy environments. If communication is most important to you, the Exhibit 2 will keep you talking. The device also supports T-Mobile's HSPA-plus network, which gives you 3.5G speeds in areas. It's not top-notch, like 4G LTE, but it will do the job if you browse the Web.
The Exhibit 2 isn't going to light the world on fire, and if you're an existing Exhibit owner you may be peeved that this device is already here. However, while high-end buyers should steer clear, for first time smartphone buyers who don't want to break the bank, the attractiveness of the price can't be denied.
For $30 and a two-year contract, you can walk out of T-Mobile with an Android-powered device with a decent camera, great call quality and 3.5G speeds. As long as you're comfortable with serviceable, but run-of-the-mill features, that's a solid deal. Of course, the Exhibit 2's hardware is identical to the Exhibit, but the older model has a nicer look and feel, so you could always snag the earlier model -- at a lower cost -- and get the same experience. ♦
Wow. Where do I even begin? The Exhibit 2 is a gorgeous smartphone. It's got a powerful 1-gigahertz chip, with 512-megabytes of RAM, to prove it's not just all looks. The 3.7-inch screen is even bigger than the more expensive 3.5-inch iPhone 4!
- Pairing this with T-Mobile's prepaid service. A lot of prepaid plans offer you a choice of crappy phones. Not here! If you're on prepaid, this is a no-brainer. You're not getting a better smartphone than this. Don't like it? Walk away and switch carriers. After being locked up for two-years... I'm finally a free man! That's the beauty.
- As mentioned before, the display resolution is wonderful. The 252 ppi pixel density makes images look crisp and brilliant!
- Android. Hundreds of thousands of apps to choose from. Solid, stable platform. Aside from iOS, there's no really no other comparison.
- $200 price tag. Why pay $700 for an iPhone? When you get most of the functions. I'm pretty clumsy. And frankly, I drop my phone a lot. With the Exhibit 2, I worry a lot less and it's not the end of the world. I've dropped it a few times and it still looks brand new.
- The battery life is exceptional. With moderate use, you can easily go a whole day without a charger.
Comes with a lot of useless apps that you can't remove.Was this review helpful to you?
The Exhibit 2 4G is a decent phone with its features and size. It's good that it has most of the things an average smartphone has.
I don't like how the exhibit is slow / laggy when you are online, YouTube, playing temple run, or searching something. Other than this, the phone is good for your first smartphoneWas this review helpful to you?
This phone is a real deal at under $200 without a contract. It's a nice size, has excellent specs and its call quality is fine.
The phone is not a world phone (you can't use in it Asia for starters), it's loaded with Bloatware you don't want and has a poor battery life (get the Juice Defender app, it helps a lot). Mine started acting wonky after 5 months (randomly vibrating, slow response time, random screen blackouts, phone couldn't find networks). Fortunately, I could exchange it for another Exhibit 2 and I'm hoping this one lasts a while. I'm a little nervous now about its reliability and would rather have spent a bit more and gotten a Galaxy 2.Was this review helpful to you?
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