"If you're comming from any other prepaid you'll love it"4.0 starson by zx6guy
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.