Samsung Exec (U.S. Cellular) review:

Samsung Exec (U.S. Cellular)

Both Bluetooth and GPS/A-GPS are onboard. Supported Bluetooth profiles include A2DP for stereo Bluetooth, hands-free kits, audio-video remote control, object push, file transfer, phone book access, basic printing, and personal area networking. Unfortunately, there's no integrated Wi-Fi, but the Code is 3G EV-DO capable. Also, U.S. Cellular offers a location-based service called Your Navigator, but it's not supported on the Exec. You can, however, get text-based directions and conduct business searches using Bing.

Despite having only a 2-megapixel camera, picture quality was quite good.

The Samsung Exec is equipped with a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder. It offers a number of editing options, including various shooting modes, white-balance settings, and effects. There's no flash, but there is a night mode. Despite the lower-end camera, we were pleasantly surprised by the picture quality. Though colors could have been slightly richer and brighter, the overall image was quite sharp and clear.

We tested the Samsung Exec in New York using U.S. Cellular roaming service, and call quality was a bit mixed. Our callers' voices were a bit muffled so we had to really strain to hear every bit of the conversation. It wasn't so bad that it prevented us from carrying on with the call or using an airline's voice-automated response system, but we've definitely heard better. Our friends, however, reported excellent results. They were impressed with how clear the calls sounded and how loud the volume was. Speakerphone quality was mostly good. There was a slightly hollow tone to calls, but the phone offered clear audio and plenty of volume. We had no problems pairing the smartphone with the Logitech Mobile Traveller Bluetooth headset or the Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones.

Since we were roaming outside of U.S. Cellular's 3G coverage, we had to deal with 2.5G speeds, which made Web browsing and downloading apps a little pokey. Obviously, the experience should be much better in the carrier's coverage area.

Armed with a 667MHz processor, the Exec was able to keep up with our demands with little delay. Occasionally, the handset would pause briefly when we had multiple apps open, but we never experienced a crash or had to reset the device during our testing period.

The Samsung Exec has a 1,500mAh lithium ion battery with a rated talk time of 8 hours and up to 18 days of standby time. The smartphone beat the rated talk time by an hour in our battery drain tests. According to FCC radiation tests, the Exec has a digital SAR rating of 1.12 watts per kilogram and a Hearing Aid Compatibility rating of M4/T4.

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