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Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate review

7/10 AVG.

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The Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Looking for decent smartphone with a 4-inch screen that will last for a full day of moderate to heavy use? You might consider the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate. It's a mid-range Android device with decent specs and all the latest wireless connectivity features. As a added bonus, it uses an eco-friendly casing. The question is, is this the most worthy selection?

Design-wise, the Exhilarate is pretty boring. It looks a lot like many other Galaxy-branded smartphones that were released before it, and there’s no easy way to tell that it comes in an eco-friendly casing. It is based on the ever-dependable candybar form factor and weighs 130 grams. It's not compact by any means but it is fairly easy to grip because of its 12mm thick profile. Also, the presence of soft-touch buttons below its 4-inch 480x800 touchscreen display makes life easier for users in navigating Android.

Things are rather disappointing for the Exhilarate on the software front. It comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed and there is no indication that it will get an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, much less Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It supports plenty of official and third-party applications that can be downloaded easily through Google Play. But just the fact that it’s seemingly stuck with an older version of the Android software won’t leave too many users happy.

Need to Know: Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate

1. 4-inch 480x800 Super AMOLED touchscreen display. (The Good)

2. Eco-friendly casing. (The Good)

3. Runs an older version of the Android software. (The Bad)

4. Old and tired design. (The Bad)

Operating system
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


Eco-friendly body aside, there's nothing revolutionary about the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate I577, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It offers decent performance, a good camera and solid build quality to go with a low price tag. AT&T's LTE network is a joy to use, where available too. In a nutsh...

- GSMArena Team, GSMArena

The Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate started off looking good on paper, and got better and better throughout the course of my testing. I'm not sure if the handset is always faster than others, or if I got lucky with my review unit and testing pattern, but AT&T's LTE speeds were on fire. The screen, the pro...

- Jessica Dolcourt, Cnet
Phone Scoop

In a world full of smartphone extremes, the Exhilarate strikes a good balance, and in so doing, finds an identity all its own.

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop

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...

- John V., PhoneArena

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Common Questions

Samsung released the Galaxy Exhilarate on June 10, 2012.

Samsung backs up the Galaxy Exhilarate with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Galaxy Exhilarate has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate's screen size is 4 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

There is a 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.


Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1750 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time.

Galaxy Exhilarate Specs

Release date June 10, 2012
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1900 MHz
700 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage No
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.96 W/kg
Body: 0.94 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1750 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 cm (4.8 x 2.5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 130 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
4x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-portrait, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Amazon Kindle, Facebook, Google+, Android Market, Qik Lite, YouTube, YPmobile)
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-I577

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