For the longest time now, smartphones packing along WVGA displays and 1GHz processors are normally designated as high-end devices, but as technology continues to advance, these once perceived top shelf handsets are now being positioned in the mid-range category. Interestingly enough, that’s exactly where the Samsung Exhibit 4G finds itself at, with its affordable $79.99 on-contract price to make it a clear contender in its product space. Featuring some contemporary hardware under the hood, it combines some of the lovable characteristics that can make any device instantly admired, but more importantly, it needs to excel highly in all aspects to prove itself as a strong contender against its higher-end counterparts.
The package contains:
- Samsung Exhibit 4G
- microUSB Cable
- Wall Charger
- 4GB microSD card
- Stereo headphones
- Start Guide
Not as refined in form compared to the design of the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, the Samsung Exhibit 4G is appreciable with its soft touch feel and acceptable solid construction. Thankfully, its plastic exterior is durable enough to withstand some punishment, and at the same time, it contributes in giving it a good balance in weight. Indeed, it’s not the prettiest thing we’ve seen and could be mistaken as a feature phone, but it’s nonetheless fitting for a mid-range handset.
The Samsung Exhibit 4G is appreciable with its soft touch feel and acceptable solid construction
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Sizing up with a reasonably sized 3.5” LCD display, we’re actually attracted to the fact that it employs WVGA (480 x 800) resolution to produce sharp looking details – though, colors are rather light in tone. Looking at it straight on, colors retain their appearance, but tilting the handset even slightly washes it out. It’s surely nowhere close to the level of AMOLED displays, but it’s more than sufficient for this case scenario.
The 3.5” LCD display employs WVGA resolution
Bucking the trend, the Exhibit 4G employs three capacitive touch Android buttons, with a tactile physical one used to get back to the homescreen. Moreover, its tucks in a VGA 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera for all your video chatting and self-portrait needs.
Around its sides, we find a dedicated power button, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, volume rocker, microphone, and slot loading microSD cards. Luckily, all of its buttons are clearly decent in size and responsive when pressed.
Capacitive touch Android buttons
The sides of the Samsung Exhibit 4G
In the rear, it’s sporting a 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash – with three notches towards the bottom end for its speaker. Finally, removing the plastic back cover provides access to its 1,500 mAh battery and spring activated SIM card slot.