Samsung Epic 4G Review
Folks over Engadget have done a nice review of Sprint’s latest 4G smartphone ‘Epic 4G’. we are posting some of the insights from that review. To read full review go to Engadget.
- Sprint tried to make this phone as “epic” as possible, it’s unclear why they left out that internal capacity; the only thing we can think of is that they simply ran out of room with all of the phone’s modifications over the standard Galaxy S like the slider mechanism, the LED flash, and the WiMAX circuitry.
- Another place where the Epic wins over its Galaxy-branded cousins is just below the 5 megapixel camera, where you’ll find an honest-to-goodness LED flash.
- The volume and camera buttons have plenty of feel, but the power button — which is more flush than the others to prevent accidental actuation — would be much easier to deal with on the top for a couple reasons: one, that’s where you usually find it; and two, every time you press it, you risk accidentally sliding open the phone a bit.
- Overall, we’d say that the Epic’s QWERTY falls behind those of Android contemporaries like the myTouch 3G Slide (manufactured by keyboard specialist HTC, of course) and the Droid 2, but that’s not to say that it’s bad — it’s leaps and bounds beyond the dismal Moment, for example, and we imagine that anyone would be able to get fast and error-free on it within a couple days of use.
- The Epic’s 4-inch Super AMOLED display at WVGA resolution is exactly the same as the one you find on the Captivate and Vibrant — and as you can probably guess, it’s absolutely glorious.
- Speaking of battery power, we got 3 hours and 43 minutes of use from 97 percent power to shutdown with the phone in 4G hotspot mode while occasionally interacting with the handset, continuously streaming internet radio, and doing… well, you know, other “internet things” on our connected laptop.
- We weren’t expecting the world out of the Epic’s primary camera; given that other versions of the phone don’t even ship with any sort of flash, it was obvious that Samsung prioritized a thin shell over heavy-duty optics. That said, we came away really happy with the stills we were able to capture.
Video capture was less impressive than the still shots. The problem, really, is that this is advertised as a 720p recorder. Yes, true, you can toggle a 720p mode — but to associate the quality of the output you get with anything you’d consider to be 720p is a complete fallacy.
- Many of our annoyances probably won’t bug people who are just getting into Android for the first time, but some seasoned users — particularly of stock Eclair or Froyo — will be ready to punch Samsung’s UI designers in the face after just a few minutes with the Epic. Our biggest issue is with the cartoonish, overly colorful appearance of everything, a problem exacerbated by the fact that this display makes bright colors look… well, really bright. For some reason, TouchWiz puts a seemingly randomly-colored square behind every app icon in the launcher, which — to put it very bluntly — looks stupid.
Verdict: So is it the right phone for the job? In a word, yes — the Epic 4G is a great device. Killer, even. Nothing speaks to us more strongly during the course of a review than finishing it and saying, “alright, I’m ready to buy this thing,” and the Epic is on the short list of phones that has managed to do it.