Samsong Exhibit 4G, which come packed with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1GHz processor and other goodies, will begin selling at T-Mobile stores from June 22 at a price tag that will leave you drooling.
Exhibit 4G is a classy looking smartphone that sits comfortably in the hand. The device packs a wallop too: it comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS 1 GHz Humming bird processor 3.5 inch touch screen display (480x800 WGA resolution, 16 million colors), Swype keyboard, customizable home screens, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash, front-facing VGA camera for video chats, 32 GB storage (4GB inbuilt), 512 MB RAM, 3.5 mm head set jack and a 1,500maH lithium ion battery that promises to keep the Exhibit 4G juiced up for nearly 6.5 hours without needing a recharge.
Exhibit 4G also boasts of neat features such as text and multimedia messaging, mail merge, social network integration, Qik video chat and photo sharing services like Flickr and Kodak.
The Android device also offers Google apps and services such as Gmail, Google Search, Google Maps (with turn-by-turn voice navigation), Google Places, Google Talk and YouTube.
And if that’s not enough, Exhibit 4G also comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI (which has some extremely cool graphics) and Samsung MediaHub.
Sounds good so far and you will be happy to know that Exhibit 4G costs just $79.99 after a mail-in rebate and with a new, two-year service agreement. At a time when any good smartphone costs upwards of $200, Exhibit 4G is a steal. But don't expect Exhibit 4G to behave like an iPhone or even a top-end Android-based smartphone. Let's face facts - Exhibit 4G is no doubt cheap but it has its limitations.
Take the camera for instance. At a time when most smartphones offer 5- or 8-megapixel camera, Exhibit 4G's 3-megapixel camera is a big let-down though it does take some decent photos.
Exhibit 4G also lacks a camera shutter button and a lag in the camera software can often make you miss capturing the precious and beautiful moments in life.
The virtual keyboard of Exhibit 4G is also too cramped and those with chubby fingers may experience a nightmare while typing.
As for the network, well, T-Mobile's not the best of the wireless carriers but it’ll do.
In conclusion, the candy bar-shaped smartphone could sometimes leave you panting for more but think about it - for $79.99 you get a smartphone that gives you access to Google Android Market, you get to video chat with your friends and family and you get access to T-Mobile's 4G network. How many sub-$100 smartphones can do that?
If you have $100, would you buy Samsung Exhibit 4G? Or would you rather spend it on other things? Leave your comments below.