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The Samsung Epic 4G Touch runs Android 2.3.4 with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on top of it. The official specs list it as 3.0, but when compared to our TouchWiz 4.0 walkthrough it sure looks to be the latest version of Samsung’s custom UI. We reached out to them for clarification but all we got was that it “features an improved Samsung TouchWiz user interface.” Either way, it looks and acts like TouchWiz 4.0 so checkout the above walkthrough for an in-depth look at the user experience.

TouchWiz gets better with each iteration and does offer some nice widgets that take advantage of the extra screen space on the Epic 4G Touch, but we also can’t say we’d be sorry if the overlay was accidentally left off of the phone. The good news is that the Epic 4G Touch doesn’t seem hindered by the overlay and the phone runs through everything lightning quick. In fact, no matter what we did with the Epic 4G Touch we couldn’t get it to stutter or hang up on us.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch runs Android 2.3.4 with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on top of it - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review
The Samsung Epic 4G Touch runs Android 2.3.4 with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on top of it - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review
The Samsung Epic 4G Touch runs Android 2.3.4 with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on top of it - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review
The Samsung Epic 4G Touch runs Android 2.3.4 with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on top of it - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch runs Android 2.3.4 with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on top of it



The included software is a pretty standard mix of Google apps and manufacturer add-ons. Thankfully most of the bloatware is uninstallable, and there are some useful applications like Samsung’s Kies Air and a full version of N.O.V.A. 2 HD. Kies Air is similar to Motorola’s Phone Portal app in that it allows you to transfer data between your phone and computer over a Wi-Fi network. Samsung also includes their Media Hub for movie and TV show rental and purchase and the AllShare app which lets the phone play nicely with other DLNA devices around your house.  Samsung has tapped Vlingo for its voice action software.

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posted on 19 Sep 2011, 05:58 11

1. first (unregistered)


Don't forget the added notification light, seems everyone else has been a big fan of this.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:05 10

2. ecml490 (unregistered)


Those cons are not a big deal...

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 11:32

26. Kjayhawk (Posts: 293; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Yeah thats why the phone got a 9. It wasn't perfect because it doesn't have a camera key. I thought for sure a con would have been because it was so late coming to the United States... I would have flipped if that was one. a 9 is a good score

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 14:20 1

37. Andy (unregistered)


I dunno if that's really a con tho. I don't find the camera key being all that useful. On my Epic, I only use the camera key to launch the camera app. Maybe it's just me, but I have a hard time getting good in focus shots because the key responds so slow.

I find it's much easier to use the on screen key since I just push and hold until it's focused, and then release to take the picture.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:34 2

3. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


No 4g lte enough said

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 10:54 3

21. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


LTE is overrated like everything else in Android

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 11:00 17

23. the_mizzus (unregistered)


retina display is overrated, so is glass front and back.. just like everything else in iPhone..

see how i play with your words?

really now, stop doing these kinds of silly trolling.. it makes you look desperate and uneducated...

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 14:40 5

43. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


you mean typing? xD

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 15:44

49. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Failure in common sense

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 14:24

38. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Why are you so worried about me jizzing?

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 14:33 4

42. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i'm not, you just would.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 15:44

50. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I have a woman for that

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 16:54 9

60. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


on your computer screen.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 14:29 8

41. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


He jizzes with his iphone now he don't need no LTE to do that lol

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 15:44

51. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


You're just mad they don't have an app for a virtual gf

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 16:55 7

61. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


yeah, if there was Miz would know! ;P

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 19:00

71. biophone (Posts: 1980; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I would. As long as the bat life is good.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 01:03 4

80. Cinnamon (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)


Man you killed it...

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 11:48

94. John (unregistered)


Buddy Lte isn't only android, it's a data connection that will eventually be available on the iphone. Just wait more than a year and you will eventually be able to have lte on your iphone. Then you will realize what your missing.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:47 7

4. Isseyphresh (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Sep 2011)


Those are not cons, they're personal preferences, so don't list them as such. I for one actually prefer TW it's lightweight and accelerated. The volume rocker is fine, how big do you want it? geez. Lastly, a dedicated camera button doesn't qualify as a com for a smartphone. Why, because it's a phone not a camera. I rarely use my phone for snapping photos, therefore would hardly consider the lack of a dedicated camera button a con. I'm sure I'm not alone on this either. A con has to bea universally accepted flaw. Not just something you don't like personally. I would consider the power button and volume rocker placement more of flaw/con. They sit practically directly across from one another. Making it somewhat difficult to press one without the other while operating the device one handed

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:54 1

6. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i dont find the lack of a camera button to be a big deal, as im used to not having one. Having one is nice though as it makes getting to the camera a bit quicker, but its not really "necessary" anymore as most of us have gotten used to not having them.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 13:57

35. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


like it or not Reviews are made from personal preference. the only reason they nit-picked like that is because this handset borderlines so close to perfect that being serious about the little things became necessary to know whether or not it could be regarded as a perfect handset. as a very much critical person myself giving a perfect 10 to a device is much more involved than even a 9.5.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 04:08

82. lamb (unregistered)


exactly, i would like to see them list iphone4/5 cons when iphone dont have dedicated camera button

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:52 2

5. Isseyphresh (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Sep 2011)


...which has the potential to effect everyone who purchases the device, not just the author.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 07:19 4

7. E (unregistered)


I dont understand why you would want LTE on any phone from Verizon / AT&T if you can only use 5GB a month without getting raped in overage. They talk about how fast their network is which is fine, but I can chew 5GB in a day easy. What good is the speed if you are limited on how you use it? Give me unlimited WiMax which is a little slower which is fine as long it doesn't cause me to take out a loan to pay my next phone bill.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 08:28

12. tech-head (Posts: 133; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


Please explain how you use more than 5GB a day......

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 09:31 1

16. SF Steven (unregistered)


Streaming video...downloading pr0n while tethering on your laptop...video chatting...

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 11:27 1

24. Laron (unregistered)


Constantly streaming movies seems like the only logical way to reach 5GB in a day; I don't think there is anything else that would cause you to use 5GB of data in a day.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 16:04

57. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


5GB per day is irrelevant. The limit is 5GB per month, and E makes a good point about that. It seems like if you had LTE you'd just be using your monthly allowance faster, although if you used less than 5GB per month then you'd be perfectly fine.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 07:23

8. bam99 (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I held the phone and noticed there is no hdmi output or is it via the usb???

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Samsung Epic 4G Touch

Samsung Epic 4G Touch

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0.4 2.3.6 2.3.4
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Display4.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (206 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Exynos processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.11 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches
(130 x 70 x 10 mm)
4.60 oz  (130 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 8.7 hours talk time

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