- Eric M. Zeman , 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.
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)
Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)
Offers plenty of functionality for a device with ecological credentials
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 nutshell, the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate is all the smartphone most users will ever need.
Unfortunately however, having the above qualities is no longer a guarantee for success with today's cut-throat competition in the Android world. The Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate lacks the looks to attract many... Full review
The value is high and the drawbacks are few
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 processor, and the video deliver; and the price tag that's now 40 percent lower just keeps ratcheting up the value.
There are still trade-offs to be made. The Exhilarate isn't superlative in any category apart from LTE, and I was expecting more from the camera. The phone isn't fancy or slim, a... Full review
Offers peace of mind when it comes to carbon footprint thanks to its eco-friendly build
One of the better-looking eco-friendly devices out there
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