Hands on with the Samsung Epic 4G Touch

Hands on with the Samsung Epic 4G Touch
Samsung Epic 4G Touch. This phone is a beast. It is big, it is bold, it is beautiful (?) and man is it fast. The 4.5" WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display is vibrant and crisp and colorful. The 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor blazes through everything we've thrown at it thus far. Yeah, we know Quadrant Standard scores can be manipulated and don't really tell the whole story, but out of the box the Epic Touch is touching north of 3500. Yep, its fast.

It's not too shabby on the eyes either. Sure, it's a big black slab but man is it a BIG black slab. The display is massive yet the Epic Touch clocks in at just 10mm thick and is easily smaller in the pocket than the HTC EVO 3D or the Motorola Photon 4G. It has an 8 megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p videos at 30fps and complemented by a 2MP shooter up front. It has 16GB of on-board memory (11.5GB for user storage, another 2 for apps) plus a microSDHC card slot. It has Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 4.0 running atop Android 2.3.4. Yeah, this is a monster device through and through. The short story is that if you're looking for the meanest, baddest, most awesome phone on the market right now... well, you should wait for our full review to see just where this phone slots in on the pantheon of superphones!

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Epic 4G Touch
  • Display 4.5" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(8.70h talk time)



1. Zoenphlux

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

One phone closer to Nexus Prime. If this was offered on ATT i might would go for it. BUt att is getting the 4.3 screen. I will just wait for HD screen and ice cream sandwich

28. CostcoHotDogs unregistered

what makes you think the prime is better than the GS2? The OMAP 4460 is inferior to the exynos and the HD screen runs on pentile. ICS will be hitting GS2 soon anyway if not than there are ROMS. Also you have no idea which carrier the Prime will go to as well... so WHAT?

36. chris da computa guy unregistered

The Samsung Nexus Prime will most likely be going to Verizon. Since Verizon is the ONLY carrier not getting the SGS II. Makes sense that the Prime is headed to Verizon. I was waiting for Samsung to release the SGS II on verizon. Was really looking forward to it. But now it's a no go on Verizon.

41. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I wouldn't pick on AMOLED HD for using PenTile. There are 2.5 TIMES more pixels - one million total - so you won't notice the "screen door effect" without magnification. Super AMOLED HD is going to be very impressive on a 4.65" screen.

2. sctwinslow

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 06, 2010

That would be Touchwhiz 4.0 not 3.0

8. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

Maybe the firmware needs updated? That sure looks like TouchWiz 3.0 to me. Unless they just used the TouchWiz 3.0 icons on top of TouchWiz 4.0 which could be possible but doesn't make sense.

10. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

TW4 is much lighter than 3. There is no way that this phone is getting better Quadrant scores with identical hardware than the OG SGS2 if it has to deal with older, worse-coded software.

14. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

I know. I'm just curious as to why they'd put touch wiz 3.0 icons on top of a touch wiz 4.0 device. If it is touch wiz 4.0.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

That is one gorgeous device. I can't wait to get my hands on it. This is the device I have been waiting for.

4. yungmel0

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 18, 2011

This is one beast of the phone. I have my money waiting for this one!!!!!

5. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

As if this phone wasn't the baddest thing on the planet already it gets even better. Sprint sells a super thin black carbon fiber style case that has a slick fold out kickstand! I've died and gone to heaven :-)

16. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Do you have a link to this magical case? Literally when I first saw the GSII, the only improvements that I could think of were a carbon fiber battery cover and a kickstand. I usually can't stand putting a case on my phones, but if this one were thin enough I just might get it (if, of course, I do indeed get the GSII).


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Off topic but have to say it: FALLOUT IS AWESOME.

6. bam99

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Im going to trade my photon back and get this beast lucky im still under my 30 day exchange

7. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

PA maybe you should proof read before you upload your articles...its touch wiz 4.0...people may decide against the phone it they are made to believe it has that crappy touch wizard 3.0

9. dj unregistered

thanks for ruining perfection sprint. will be skipping this phone

11. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

*yawn* Sorry, but this phone looks like another boring rehash of Samsung trying to copy Apple.

13. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Is it copying if samsung can do it better? I say not.

20. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

LOL, do better in what? Failure, yeah maybe so.

34. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

It's currently the most powerful phone in the world...?

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so, miz what is samsung copying there? the huge screen? the thin profile? the 8mpx camera? HDMI out? oh yea, im sorry, iphone doesnt have anything like that. I guess ur just an idiot.

44. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Ok, when you get the phone, go to the homescreen on the iPhone 4/5 (or get a picture). Then, open the app drawer on the EpicTouch. You tell me who copied who.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

*yawn* just like how every iphone from the original, to the 3g, to the 3gs, to the 4 and soon the 5 will all look, act, and only be slightly different from one another. Apparently you are too much of a blind idiot to see that.

21. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh yeah, because the Android phones are soo different. Slapping on dual processors and cores that won't mean squat. Fail.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

lets see, there are multiple skins over androids that come with the devices(that all look differently unlike the iphone) and there are skins you can download and choose from which you like the most. Unlike the iphone where you have to settle with scrolling through apps and getting annoying pop up notifcations android has a true multitasking task bar that you can slide up and down from. Oh wait IOS5 is getting that too! OHHHHH thats right, Apple is COPYING that from ANDROID.

30. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Righ, Apple is copying Android despite Android is clearly trying to copy Apple. Lol, Android fans are in a constant state of denial. iOS interface is much faster than Android, and the pure Android interface is pretty much the same as iOS except with all of the clustered apps hogging the screen and memory.

39. TheRock unregistered

Really? REALLY? REALLY?! So basically the ONLY thing Android ever stole from Apple is ummm The Touchscreen Idea? Wow, revolutionary...Carriers had their own download stores for ringtone and games so even thats not a new concept...Touchscreen tablets had been out for years, so really all Apple did was put a phone radio into a smaller version. I guess Apple stole the original idea from Motorola for a "cell phone" too eh? Basically Android has ALWAYS offered more hardware options, feature options, custom options, accessory support through HDMI and DLNA, more durable materials (gorrilla glass), hardware replacement and transfer support via removable batteries and expandable memory... At what point will you realize that anyone with an Iphone is pretty much just a TOOL that thinks over-priced and shiney means "good". Standard sheep to marketing philosophy. Nice...Pretty sad, Im not even an Android fanboy, Id rather get a WP7 device after the Mago update...

40. TheRock unregistered


42. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Why are you people still feeding this troll? He's not here to listen to reason, he's here to bash Android and piss you off for sport. His name says it all... how can you take a guy who worships a reality TV star/pro wrestler seriously?

45. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Bro that is the beauty of iOS. You can use badges on your icons, or use the status bar (If you were in an app). Android uses the status bar and ONLY the status bar. iOS also lets you recieve email, facebook, calls, texts, voicemail, and twitter updates on your lockscreen. Can Android do all of that? I will answer, no. If Android was more battery efficient and actually let me last an entire day syncing my phone, I might actually get another one. Then, again, I might not take the risk.

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