4G Samsung Smartphone – Exhibit II
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If you are in the market for a 4G-enabled smartphone launched by Samsung you might want to have a look at the Exhibit II. The device is running on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ “4G” network and doesn’t look at all like its predecessor. The first one adopted a rounded top and flat bottom, while the Exhibit II has a flat top and a rounded bottom, exactly the opposite.
The smartphone is made from hard plastic, featuring a shiny front, a textured dark-blue back and matte gray sides, while the ring that surrounds the camera lens is made from metal. The device measures 4.54 x 2.35 x 0.45 inches which makes it a compact and thin handset that will stay comfortably in your pocket. It weighs 4 ounces which manages to feel quite fine for its size.
Samsung has installed a 3.7-inch TFT LCD display that has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and can reveal up to 16M colors. It appears to be a colorful and bright display, which is also quite sharp and clear. Its only downside would have to be that it stops being readable if you expose it to sunlight. Above this screen there’s a modest VGA front-facing camera which is suitable only for video chats and taking self-portraits.
The Samsung Exhibit II 4G is running on Google’s Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system and on top of that is the company’s own TouchWiz user interface. You will get to use up to seven home screens that can be filled with shortcuts and widgets, plus it also has an overview screen that displays all of the screens at once.
Below the display sit four touch sensitive buttons, while on top of the phone you will find the microUSB charging port and the 3.5mm headset jack. The volume rocker has been installed on the left spine, while the power buttons sits on the right side. At the back is a three megapixel camera that has a flash, while hiding behind the phone’s battery cover is the microSD card slot that can accept cards up to a capacity of 32GB.
This is a proper Android smartphone so it comes with the usual tech goodies like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and multimedia messaging support. Aside from these, you’ll find Google’s popular services including Gmail, Maps with turn-by-turn voice navigation, YouTube, Places and the usual music player. Sammy throws in the Kies Air and AllShare DLNA syncing applications, along with the Social Hub.
The Samsung Exhibit II 4G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.0 GHz and has a 1,500 mAh lithium-ion battery that has a rated talk time of 5.5 hours while in standby it should last for 15 days.