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Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G

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Sizing up evenly with their 5-megapixel auto-focus cameras, the results are actually quite different with the Samsung Epic 4G providing better looking shots in general. Even though details are almost identical in good lighting conditions, the Epic 4G manages to produce fairly richer looking colors over the neutral tones offered by the Nexus S. Taking it indoors where lighting is dim, the shots produced with the Epic 4G once again outshine the Nexus S with their distinctive color reproduction.  Meanwhile, the LED flash with the Google Nexus S tends to make images look a little over-exposed, with the results from the Epic 4G looking more natural in tone.

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Sadly, the eye straining omission of 720p video capture with the Google Nexus S is a big eye sore in the company of other high-end smartphones in the market. With that in mind, there's no denying that most people will take a liking for the Samsung Epic 4G with its high-definition capture. Not only does it move steadily at a capture rate of 29 fps in good lighting conditions, but the Epic 4G still retains the same capture rate even in low lighting conditions. In the same situation for the Google Nexus S, its usual capture of 29 fps drops to a dismal looking 16 fps in low lighting areas. So if you want to capture precious memories, you'll want to have the Samsung Epic 4G in hand over the Nexus S.

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Sporting the usual stock Android music players, there isn't anything too striking with either phone since they look and feel identical – while still being functional at their core. As for the audio output with their respective speakers, the one with the Nexus S is more than audible with its strong tones. However, you'll be blown away by the stronger tunes emitted by the Samsung Epic 4G as it clearly resonates at a deafening tone – while still being acceptable to the ear.

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As we mentioned earlier, the Samsung Epic 4G features a microSD card slot which is occupied out of the box with a 16GB card. It's nice to have since it enables you to swap it out with something bigger at an instant, which easily makes it more of a convenience as opposed to the fixed 16GB internal storage of the Nexus S.

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posted on 27 Dec 2010, 09:51

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; 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: 156; 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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