Pros 4G SPEED!!!, Great Value, decent battery life compared to its peers, 1Ghz processor,
Cons Kind of slippery case that might make it prone to dropping, 3 megapixel camera (seriously, there wasn't any 5 megapixel units leftover?)
Summary This device has replaced a Samsung Intercept that was on Virgin Mobile. With the exception of a higher monthly cost ($60 vs $25) pretty much everything else has improved. Speed: The intercept had a Rev 0. EVDO radio and averaged between 150-250k down. The Exhibit II has a HSPA+ 14.4Mbps radio and usually sees somewhere around 4Mbps. This is a huge percent improvement and I'm blown away by what I was missing. HSPA+ bridges the gab between 3G and LTE nicely. It delivers very fast and useable speed but keeps the device from suffering from the horrible battery life that's inherent to LTE devices. Battery: I have not done an "official" drain test but I've gone 30 hours on several occasions with about 10-15% remaining on moderate usage (well it feels moderate to me but I do a far amount of surfing, 1 hour of Pandora at the gym daily, google maps and the occasional video). Processor: I haven't benchmarked it and have no plans too. Regardless its fairly quick and seems smooth even with several open apps at a time. Occasionally I'll get a little lag but it will be gone in a second or two. I have read and agree that its due to the bloatware clogging up the RAM. I'm planning rooting the phone in the next week or two so I can delete the fluff. People have claimed their devices have shown marked improvement by doing so. Still, compared to my Intercept this thing is a Ferrari. If you're stepping up from a sub 1Ghz phone you will be pleased. Screen: The best way to sum it up is like this, if you're stepping up from something smaller or lower in resolution you'll love it. If you're stepping down you won't like it. I'm stepping up from an intercept so the resolution looks 2x better, the touch accuracy improvement is somewhere in that range and the 1/2in size gain is much appreciated as well. My friends that have 4inch + devices say they'd have a had time giving up the size but appreciate that the resolution is on par. As for the size, it fits in hand nicely and even my buds have admitted it pockets better. The only problem is that the backing on the device makes it kind of slippery and it feels it could be prone to dropping. Camera: Meh. Not much to talk about here. It has a flash which is a step up for me. Memory: I don't mind the storing things on a card so that usually takes care of any storage issues. I could wish for a little more RAM but T-Mobile/Samsung would probably just fill it up with more bloatware. I'll fix this with a root (see above). Network: I live and work in Chicago and I usually have great coverage/4G anywhere I go with the exception of the L underground (my work AT&T BB Curve seems to keep its 3G connection but I lose 4G on the Exhibit). The far suburbs is also sketchy and I sometimes lose 4G. At $60 a month everything is unlimited except for data which is limited to 2GB at 4G then throttled. Don't believe the Sprint commericals. Consider my usage (1 hour of Pandora a day??? and a fair amount of surfing) and I'm only at 350mbs (officially checked on my "my-tmobile.com") with two weeks before my month is up. If I can make this work you can.
Overall I'm pleased. Its a lot of phone of the money ($200 with no contract). What you're giving up, Dual core, screen size and camera. My arguments are dual core phones aren't threading (except for games) so you're not getting the "real" advantage of the second core anyways. How many 1GHz + single core phones are out there? That's right, none. So its basically as good as you can get in the single core market. The screen size is a toss up. The resolution is on par with say a 1st gen EVO so no complaints there. Its the size that you have to think about. 3.7 makes it really easy to manipulate with one hand and it pockets nicely. But, you're giving up about another half inch. You gotta figure this one out for yourself. As for the camera....its ok. It could be 5 megapixel but what are you going to do? What you are getting is SPEED! If you're moving from any other pre-paid carrier you'll ask yourself how you lived without 4G. No one comes close, period. You can change your PRL in your Moto Triumph but you'll still measure your download in kb NOT Mbps.
Pros = Apple 3GS in size and function
Affordable off-contract price at $195-199
Affordable to operate on T-Mobile prepaid, $50 unlimited voice, text, data (1st 2 GB of at 4G, then throttled), more than 2 months of service for the price of 1 month on AT&T.
Cons Rear camera only 3 megapixel, but does have front facing video chat cam
Smaller screen than biggest Android phones
1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor isn't a dual core but scrolls smoothly, no notable lag.
Summary The Samsung Exhibit II 4G is very directly comparable to my iPhone 4GS, except it's far more affordable to buy and operate.(I meant to say the Exhibit II is directly comparable to my iPhone 3GS in feel and function, except the Exhibit II delivers data at 4G speeds -- faster than AT&T's 3G service on my iPhone.)
The trade-offs are few compared to the bleeding edge Android phones: smaller screen, lower resolution camera, single-core processor. I love the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Motorola Droid Razr and iPhone 4S, but they are not twice the phone that the Exhibit II is. At $195 to buy and $50 a month to operate, it's a break through in features for the pre-paid market. Pre-paid equals independence and no surprises.
The Exhibit II features the current version of Android at 2.3.5 when many "discount" Android phones are a generation behind at 2.2.
Great features include:
1. Wireless network phone calls, perfect when you're buried deep in a building with poor cell tower reception.
2. Wireless hotspot, tether your other devices to the Exhibit II's wireless hotspot when you need (great for travel).
3. Screen reads very well, both bright and high resolution.
4. Battery management features are very good, including prominent placement of open application management tool. (Android does true multi-tasking, which is both an advantage and a threat to battery life if you don't watch it).
5. I like the virtual keyboard better than on my iPhone 3GS. The Exhibit's keyboard is less error prone and slightly better organized requiring fewer switches between keyboard screens.
I'm tremendously impressed at this price point. The $500 and up bleeding edge phones don't add that much more to justify their more than doubling the cost. It's great to see a supremely competent choice at this price point. Highly recommend the Samsung Exhibit II 4G.
Updated on Nov 15, 2011
Pros Great battery life, very smooth scrolling, Gtalk video works very well, fast 4g internet, perfect size form for pocket (3.7" screen but smaller than my original Droid), $199 off contract with great plans, wifi calling, good voice quality and speaker phone
Cons ATT might spoil the whole thing if they buy out T Mobile, lots of bloatware.
Summary If you're looking for a great phone off contract (prepaid) look no further...T Mobile and Sammy scored big with this one.
Pros It should do great things...
Cons Aside from my faulty phone's issues:
POOR placement of on/off button in relation to volume buttons, mic is oddly on the back of the phone, UNDELETABLE tmobile apps that insist on being updated, bizzare sensor creates difficulty bringing the display up o
Summary I'm sure plenty love the phone, I see the stars, Know this: I was "informed" by tmobile tech support that the random shut downs,inconsistant touchscreen, hardware vol. control was out of synch with display, inability to completely power off and crashes etc were commonly due to android and third party apps. He specifically mentioned facebook!
Their solution, delete all but preloaded apps. What's the point of buying it if the freely admit it has issues with the android market it's bragging about posessing?
Pros Android Gingerbread has a lot of great features - widgets, lots of free apps on Android market and Amazon; Also Google Music free cloud & free text to speech GPS
Cons Tmobile admits this handset has 'known issues" -- screen freezing, power cycling, inability to text, and problems with text photo attachments. ALthough Tmobile admits to these issues, it hasn't done anything to fix them. Poor camera. battery & screen
Summary Phone was released to a lot of hype but if you read TMobile's own website forums, you'll see customers have been plagued with issues. Tmobiles response is "we know" but they refuse to fix them. Recently, they actually raised the handset price from 199 to 350. Definitely not worth it. Do your research and go through the Forum Threads. Do you want your screen to freeze every day? Do you text a lot and will you be upset if your texts don't go through - even though you're charged? Will you be mad if your friend sends you a photo attachment to your text and you never can open it? What if your phone is lying on your nightstand and automatically turns off? Or what if you have to take the battery out daily to restart your phone and then it starts power cycling for an hour or two or three? This phone was supposed to be a good mid-grade phone and the crown jewel of TMobiles Prepaid 4G. Its fallen short. Also realize its 4G is only about 2-3mbps - its not HSPA+42..so read the fine print. The camera is only 3mp which seems pretty lame in 2012..and the screen is hard to see even at its brightest level when you're outside. Also, I find the screen hurts my eyes. Would I recommend this phone? Not in its current state. Tmobile doesnt seem capable of fixing the freezing and texting problems that make this a very expensive brick.