Samsung Exhibit II 4GGeneral

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  1. JaeWeb

    JaeWeb Well-Known Member

    Who here has it? Do you like it? I don't see this phone listed on the forums yet so I wanted to ask here. Moderator, add this phone to the list and move this thread there? I'm thinking about buying it in the next couple of weekssince its on sale @ Walmart for $199 :D

  2. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    I got this phone a few days ago and LOVE it. I upgraded from my Optimus V to this phone, so I don't know how it compares to some more high end phones, but compared to the Optimus V, this blows it out of the water in my opinion. Very smooth, definitely not perfect, but worth the $200 and the 4g compared to the 3g is just AWESOME. Definitely recommend this phone to anybody who is looking for a cheap plan and doesn't use a lot of minutes since the $30 a month plan only comes with 100 minutes.
  3. drfreeman

    drfreeman Well-Known Member

    Does this phone have a Notification LED?
    I have the Optimus V and the speed, amount of storage, and lack of notification LED bother me on this phone.
  4. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

  5. soda gong

    soda gong New Member

    For me it's a mixed bag so far, mostly not good.

    Size and weight.
    On-board storage space.

    Mostly disappointing and spotty 4G.
    Short on RAM.
    Backup to 4G is practically useless Edge, not 3G.
    Images tend to look washed out and greenish.
    Slipperiest phone ever.
    Audible tones on dialer too loud even at lowest setting.
  6. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    I've had a completely different experience. The backup to 4g is edge, which does suck, but I've very rarely had to use edge instead of 4g. The images, videos, picture, everything has been beautiful, I mean the picture and video looks awesome to me, I don't see at all how the picture looks bad in any sort of way. I picked up a D3O case for my phone, so slipperiness hasn't been an issue. Lol, the audible tones on the dialer are quite loud, which can be almost embarrassing when you are somewhere full of people, but you can simply turn that off, not a huge deal. I'm not at all trying to say anything that he says is wrong, just letting you know another perspective since my experience has been completely different. I'd definitely look into coverage really good in your area before getting it though.
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  7. drfreeman

    drfreeman Well-Known Member

  8. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    It looks to me like there is a notification, it just doesn't work when the phone is in power save mode, which you don't have to use, I don't use power save mode.

    Any chance a mod could make a forum specific to the Exhibit II?
  9. dwcasey

    dwcasey Well-Known Member

    Yup, same here. I have the LG-OV and got my wife the Exhibit 2 and it's really a great phone with great features.
  10. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    Also, another thing I've been playing with is Grooveip used with google voice, which allows you to make your calls through your data plan, which in turn does not use your t-mobile minutes. It is not perfect, you have to play with the settings quite a bit to get it right, some people hear echos... But Grooveip only costs $5, and any time you are in a 4g area or wifi, it works great. I will be using this to make calls, but still probably receive calls on my t-mobile plan. But with the 2 apps, you pretty much get unlimited minutes since you're getting 5gb of data.
  11. drfreeman

    drfreeman Well-Known Member

    notification light = checked
    4g = checked
    1GHz processor = checked
    front facing camera = checked
    Samsung? = CHECK AND CHECK!! :)

    I will be upgrading from the Op. V for this phone next week sometime. :D
  12. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    After reading that thread again, the phone may not come with an led notification, you might want to check into this a little more if it's something that is important to you. Like I said, I've never used that setting on any of my phones, so I may be missing it, but I'm not seeing a setting to turn on led notifications on the phone. If you tell me which setting it should be under, I can double check this for you. But it looks like you can use the app "noled" if it turns out that it doesn't have one.
  13. JaeWeb

    JaeWeb Well-Known Member

    The only phone I've ever had with a notification light on it was my Motorola Cliq.
  14. 907ski

    907ski New Member

    I'm looking at my Exhibit II right now and there is no notification led. I used to have the Moto cliq and I did like that feature, but this phone has so many other better features. Totally worth the $199 @ Wal*Mart.

    Btw, does anyone know how to turn off T-mobiles throttling?
  15. JaeWeb

    JaeWeb Well-Known Member

    There's no way to get around the throttling. I've never gone passed my 2GB limit though so I wouldn't know. Unless you sit and watch Youtube on your phone all day long.. Even when I use the web and Facebook apps a lot I still barely hit 1GB in a month. I have 10 days left in my month and I have only used 253MG. I don't use Youtube or stream any other media so I am happy with my 2GB monthly limit :)
  16. Epic Drop

    Epic Drop New Member

    I got my first smartphone and made the switch to Tmobile's $30 plan and the Exhibit II after reading a lot about GrooVe IP. I've played around with it non-stop for the last 3 days, and even with a consistent 4g connection with ~5MB/s, the quality is horrible 99% of the time, and lags terribly.

    Could you share your settings? I'm frustrated, because it doesn't seem like my plan of using GrooVe IP to offset the 100 min is going to work unless I can pretty dramatically improve the sound quality/lag.
  17. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    I've changed my mind about grooveip... at first it was great... now it seems like I'm having nothing but problems with it no matter how much I play with the settings... it was a complete waste of $5.... I'll still be ok with the 100 minutes a month, but grooveip is worthless for me.
  18. ww321q

    ww321q New Member

    I got one a week or so ago. I'm upgrading from a very slow 3g Iphone. I had it unlocked and am using it on AT&T till my contract runs out. Seem like a really good deal to me. No problems yet. I rooted it to remove unwanted T-Mobile apps. I picked up a spare battery and battery charger from eBay to use in case I'm not around any place with power. I really liked the size of the Iphone because it was the smallest phone that I could still read text from the web. The Exhibit II 4g is almost the same size . Web pages load several times faster and scroll pretty good too. Lots of cool Android apps and I don't need Steve Jobs blessing to load them :) ! Don't expect it to preform like a $600 phone though . But for $200 and a $30 a month service from T-mobile , This is an unbeatable deal ! for sure !
  19. ja5219

    ja5219 Member

    Maybe if we get a good enough community here we can get our own forum!

    I bought this phone exactly one month ago.
    This was my first initial smart phone (I had used the Optimus V (not mine) on and off with VM for a few months).

    There are some very good things about this phone, and some things that I don't like.

    Mainly its sluggish at times, Its probably my fault I do like to use alot of apps frequently, so sometimes when I'd like to go back to my home screen.. I'll get a blank wallpaper image and the icons slowly reappear.
    It seems like 512MB RAM (which in reality is 350MB or so for apps) is not enough for android.

    But the 4G coverage I get very well makes up for that. I have watched/heard live streams/high quality radio stations and doing many things at once thanks to 4G.

    This past month? After pretty heavy usage I only had 1.5GB out of 5GB bandwidth used. (It should really be 2.5GB but halfway through the month.. it reset the bandwidth counter.. Shhh!)

    Overall, I love this phone... Onto month 2!
  20. JaeWeb

    JaeWeb Well-Known Member

    I finally got this phone last week! I love it!! I don't use it enough to notice any lag and I'm not an app heavy user. But it's just slightly bigger than my other 2 phones and I'm happy with it. I'm using it with my current Monthly 4G $60/mo plan :D


    A very happy Exhibit II 4G owner :D
  21. FlyingBoat

    FlyingBoat Member

    I tried GrooveIP with my daughter's exhibit as well. As everyone is saying here, the quality is terrible. Unfortunately not useable even on WIFI. Now, I just installed the app on a couple of Droid 2's and a Droid X and it works very good on these phones on my verizon network. It even works OK from my trying it a bit on 3G on these phones.

    So what is the deal here? Is it a problem with Tmobile network, or implementation on this phone? I would be interested in knowing if other TM phones work better with Groove.
  22. dodukes

    dodukes Active Member

    Getting this phone for xmas and very excited from what i read here....going to try to root it so i can tether to mytouchpad or can i do the wifi hotspot from this phone with no problem?
  23. smt4375

    smt4375 New Member

    I've had my Exhibit II for about 2 1/2 months and I absolutely love it! You don't have to root it for tethering and wi-fi hot spot capabilities, it comes already installed on the phone.
  24. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    They are built in, but if you try to use them, it will bring you to another page letting you know you have to pay extra for these features... So to be able to use them for free, you will have to root it. I'm still too worried to root my phones, but I would love to get rid of all this bloatware that came with it.
  25. ja5219

    ja5219 Member

    Me too, i've read alot about people already rooting this phone but still can't bring myself to root mine. I'd like to freeze the extra junk running on this phone from startup.

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