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Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G

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Interface & Functionality:

Beating and supplying the dose of speed for both high-end smartphones is none other than a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor that brings forth a sense of responsiveness when navigating around their platforms. From opening up applications to scrolling through their homescreens, everything is effortlessly accomplished by these two powerhouse devices – with very few instances of lag or sluggishness. Even testing their limits by using a graphically intensive live wallpapers, there's nothing that's going to get in the way of their ability to exhibit a high level of speed and responsiveness.

Obviously, the Google Nexus S is the sole Android device on the market right now to sport the latest build of the platform – Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Combining that and its rigorous processor in tow, there's no denying that everything operates at a blazing rate. However, even with Android 2.1 Eclair still running on the Samsung Epic 4G, it's able to establish the same level of performance from a visual point of view. Love it or hate it, the TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 2.1 on the Epic 4G might not appeal to everyone, but it packs on some of Samsung's specific widgets. On the other hand, the Nexus S sports an untainted appearance with its stock experience – which some can appreciate to an extent. Regardless, there's a lot of personalization offered by both devices with their widgets, folders, shortcuts, and live wallpapers.

The Google Nexus S sports the  Android 2.3 Gingerbread - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G
The Google Nexus S sports the  Android 2.3 Gingerbread - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G
The Google Nexus S sports the  Android 2.3 Gingerbread - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G

The Google Nexus S sports the Android 2.3 Gingerbread


The Samsung Epic 4G runs Android 2.1 - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G
The Samsung Epic 4G runs Android 2.1 - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G
The Samsung Epic 4G runs Android 2.1 - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G
The Samsung Epic 4G runs Android 2.1 - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G

The Samsung Epic 4G runs Android 2.1


Aside from the Samsung Epic 4G's “Feeds and Updates” widget, which aggregates social networking content, the overall experience is pretty much even between the two. Moreover, you can instantly post a status message and tweet from directly within the widget – as opposed to running separate dedicated apps. However, you'll essentially gain the same functionality if you happen to install the Facebook and Twitter apps on the Google Nexus S.

For those individuals heavy on text messaging, the Samsung Epic 4G is easily the perfect device for them – especially with its highly usable physical keyboard. But in terms of their on-screen options, the offerings with the Epic 4G are slightly more appealing and functional over the new revamped stock Android keyboard with the Nexus S. Granted that it now implements numbers into the first row of its keyboard, which lessens the time needed to type numbers, it still doesn't beat the larger sized buttons found with any of the Epic's keyboards. Moreover, the Swype keyboard is also available on the Epic 4G to really provide a swift and accurate experience for those who can master its unique method.

The stock Android 2.3 keyboard on the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G
The stock Android 2.3 keyboard on the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G

The stock Android 2.3 keyboard on the Google Nexus S


The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Epic 4G - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G
The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Epic 4G - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G

The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Epic 4G


Sporting the same 0.3-megapixel front facing cameras, both have the ability to move past voice phone calls and straight into video chat. Though, the Epic 4G comes pre-loaded with Qik's video chat service, whereas there is nothing offered from the onset with the Nexus S.


Internet and Connectivity:

Upon first using both phones, you wouldn't suspect the experience to be any different since they basically exhibit the same performance – especially when Flash enabled ads load up. However, the Google Nexus S offers full Flash 10.1 support while the Samsung Epic 4G only offers Flash Lite, due to it still running Eclair. Still, they both radiate smooth scrolling, offer multi-touch gesture support for zooming, and properly render complex web sites to the teeth. But if there's an ace up the sleeves of the Samsung Epic 4G, it has to be the fact that it's a 4G enabled device – thus offering moderately faster speeds. All in all, you won't be disappointed with the web browsing experience on either smartphone.

The Google Nexus S offers full Flash 10.1 support - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G
The Google Nexus S offers full Flash 10.1 support - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G
The Google Nexus S offers full Flash 10.1 support - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G
The Google Nexus S offers full Flash 10.1 support - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G

The Google Nexus S offers full Flash 10.1 support


Since the Samsung Epic 4G is a CDMA device, it's going to be a problem when you attempt to bring it along your trips overseas. However, it's not a problem for the GSM enabled Google Nexus S as it'll work in just about every location across the globe. But in the event that you're not getting sufficient connection to the network, you can always opt to switch over to the built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi on either handsets to get faster data connections. Meanwhile, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR is available on both to enable a myriad of wireless devices to connect to them.

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posted on 27 Dec 2010, 09:51

1. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


generally i find fault with PA's comparisons. But I also have a hard time reasoning a nexus S over a galaxyS phone. The only thing it has on my vibrant is a FFC and a flash on the camera... the first of which, id never use. Lacking 720p and a removable mem card slot are big hits to me. I would assume they would add in the 720 option later though as its just a software upgrade.

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 23:43

2. theo14461 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


As for me, I don't care for the slide-out keyboard, or the branding on the Epic. Stripped down Android, is what I'll take. Wimax is nice if you get it, and lets not forget it costs 10 extra bucks a month. It'll be great day, when all Galaxy S phones get 2.3.

posted on 28 Dec 2010, 01:22

3. arokingpin (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Jul 2010)


Glad I got me the epic for christmas... swype is awesome

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 23:35

5. Simone Wilson (unregistered)


the samsung epic iz better and anyone who thinks the nexus s is better can go sumwhere for all i care................ i can care less so yea the SAMSUNG EPIC IZ THE BEST FONE IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 13:51

6. cposey (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


So, in the end, would it be better for me to use my insurance to get a new Epic or just sell my Epic in order to get a Nexus S 4G?

posted on 11 Aug 2011, 23:44

7. daniyo (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


now the nexus is really just the epic with 2.3 and no keyboard.. its a matter of if u like the keyboard and notification light

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 15:36

8. Amy (unregistered)


I like the Epic. The Nexus is good but personally I like how Epic gives me choses of texting : potrait and landscape texting on screen, swype, and with a keyboard. I'm 13 and a mega texter so i like that feeling I can text in all the possible ways I can and as a teen, trust me when I got my LG Rumor Touch, my first phone, I said I will never drop this phone .. EVER! but i did -_____________- and I like how Epic is stronger than the plastic Nexus background. Both phones are great :D but for those who like that I can text in all possible ways and a tougher phone for butterfingers (i admit :P) than I suggest Epic ^___^

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