Hands on with the Samsung Epic 4G

Hands on with the Samsung Epic 4G
There is no denying the success of the HTC EVO 4G: Sprint cannot keep the unit in stock and two and  a half months after launch supply simply cannot even come close to keeping up with demand.  No doubt eager to capitalize on the momentum Samsung is throwing their name in the hat with the Epic 4G, a Galaxy S phone.  Unlike the Galaxy S variants found on the other three major carriers the Epic 4G offers not only a 4" Super AMOLED display but also a full QWERTY keyboard.  As the name implies the Epic is capable of running on Sprint's WiMax network, but also supports 3G over EVDO Rev. A and has Wi-Fi capabilities as well.  It has a rear-facing 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash, complimented by a VGA shooter up front for self-portraits and video chat.

Where the EVO 4G is a heavy slab of industrial design, the Epic is actually rather light.  The two don't differ much in size, but the Epic is noticeably lighter in the hand, almost to a fault.  Like the HTC Diamond and Touch Pro, you expect the keyboard touting edition to be heavier, bulkier.  Instead the Epic feels almost like a toy.  Still, the Epic has some advantages over the EVO.  Despite being smaller the display is undeniably better thanks to the Super AMOLED technology.  Like we've seen with the other Galaxy S phones it is bright and crisp and vibrant.  Second, the phone has six-axis motion sensing which will make it a better gaming device than the EVO.  Samsung's Media Hub is a one stop shop to rent videos, though the service has not launched yet so we are unable to try it out at this time.  It will be available by the 31st, which is when the Epic 4G goes on sale at your local retailer.

Of course what most people will choose the Epic 4G for is the physical keyboard.  While it does add bulk to the phone, to some is an absolute necessity and is worth the $50 premium over the HTC EVO 4G.  In our early usage we've been accurate with it, but not as quick as we'd like.  We'd the keys are large and well-spaced, but our initial impression is that we'd like some texture to the keys.  They offer good tactile feedback though, and plenty of space to work with.  Stay tuned for our full review of the Samsung Epic 4G, coming soon!

Samsung Epic 4G Specifications



1. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Try 'complemented' - not 'complimented'.

10. hallfrankg

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 16, 2009

Kiss it... ibap....

2. de 2 philly

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 11, 2010

So Sprint has the 2 best phones on the market right now?

3. aonraewog unregistered

No they don't have the best 2 phones. Just the 2 fastest phones.

4. jjj jv unregistered

yes definitely... what phone on earth is better than the evo 4g?..

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Any of the GalaxyS phones. There is nothing that competes with them. Vibrant, captivate, epic, or fascinate. They have a class of android phones all to themselves between the S-Amoled screens, humming bird processor which is better than a snapdragon, and a dedicated GPU that only a rare few phones have (not the even the evo). the only thing its missing is a flash on the camera.

6. Thomy unregistered


7. jovel16

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 05, 2008

I agree to an extent. After checking out the Epic 4G, the HTC EVO 4G definitely has a better build - and seems more impressive with its evolutionary features. If Samsung crafted a sexy looking handset with the Epic, it could potentially be seen as a substantially compelling phone. Still, the Epic runs smoother than the EVO 4G in my opinion.

8. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

there is a flash on the epic

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it also has a screen you can see outside, double the battery life, double the framerate in games, a keyboard, and other cool stuff. Evo was nice, but it just got beat. Dont let the lightness of the phone fool you, its made well. i have a vibrant thats already been put through its paces like a champ. the weight of the phone doesnt mean anything about quality. its a mind trick.

22. de 2 philly

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 11, 2010

The EVO has 3 more megapixels on the back, a 1.3 vs. a VGA on the front, kickstand, and 2.2 Froyo (for now) as an edge over the EPIC... however the Sprint Galaxy S (EPIC) DOES have a flash on the back.. as well as a sliding keypad and 4G which puts it as the best Galaxy S on the market.. better than the EVO? Maybe, maybe not.. a good alternative, yes.

23. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

@remixfa as a fan of both devices, and after playing with both the epic and the evo, out of the box i still enjoy the evo more. Just an opinion, but even with the beautiful screen and the hummingbird processor (and one of the most exquisitely subtle slide out querty's!) i still enjoy the Evo build. I wouldn't say the Epic "beats" the Evo, but it's more like a Lebron & D Wade pairing... if ya know what i mean?

24. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010


9. Papa Leo unregistered

Did you noticed on the first picture that EVO has 5 bars signal whenever Epic only 2 bars. I wonder if it is antenna's hardware problem of just a software signal calculation glitch like on the VZ Incredible? On other pictures, only one has shown signal bars at 5 whenever phone has a keyboard open.

12. Fred unregistered

Thats because the Evo is on wifi so its displaying the 2g signal there and the epic is the 3g/evdo signal

11. theBankRobber unregistered

Hey don't hate on the HTC Evo 4g. Both phones are great and beat down any phone on any network. Samsung galaxy s phones are great BUT only the Epic 4g gives you a better experience and more for the value of the price then any other galaxy phone on the other carriers. Stop comparing Evo and epic, don't make a case about it. It's Sprints best line up in a long time.

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I still love my CAPTIVATE, but being a 4G phone makes it faster in downloading and surfing. I currently use the latest SAMSET mod rom with lagfix and EVO BLACKBAR and it runs quick - over 1900 in QUADRANT. But both of these phones are excellent and any SPRINT customer should be happy to have them. Finally, SPRINT does not suck so bad anymore....

15. etownone

Posts: 40; Member since: Jul 25, 2010

Very jealous right now. I have Verizon.. and as much as I was looking forward to Droid X, 2 and now Fascinate ... Epic has them all beat. Besides the screen, battery life, CPU and dedicated gpu. Epic > Droid X ... feels better in the hand (Droid X feels too big/clunky) Epic > Droid 2 ... much better qwerty keyboard (droid 2 keyboard still sucks IMO) Epic > Fascinate ... same phone but has a keyboard WTF?! (and I believe it has a front facing camera too) Now looking forward to WP7 and Droid Pro

16. Flip7

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 27, 2009

Woow sprint does have the best 2 phones in the market right now...after the EVO will have to see who's gonna come out with an EVO killer

17. LOL@THISCONVO unregistered

The EVO is several months old now and my experience with Samsung Android phones has been less than stellar while I can say my experience with HTC Android phones has been more than stellar. I got the Hero 2 days before official release because of Best Buy's rewards pre-release. I soon got the Moment at work so as to demo it to customers. So at the same point in time I had the Moment and the Hero. The Moment had a bigger CPU but lagged so unbearably I couldn't even stand using it, also, I found the lack of Sense disturbing. When rooted the phone just went nuts and almost ceased to work all together while I overclocked my Hero to almost the same processor speed as the Moment and it actually worked when rooted. I have a co-worker who actually bought the Moment and had similar problems so he traded for the Hero. We just recently got the Intercept in and while the lag seems to be a bit lighter it is still subpar in most aspects especially when compared to a phone like the Hero. My point is: until HTC just completely betrays me like Samsung did I think I will remain a loyal HTC customer. Their phones always have a solid build and are always top of the line. Not to mention in Sept. they are having a conference and they will hopefully announce a new phone with DC-CPU by then the Galaxy-S line of phones will be meh.

18. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Boy. It sure is getting hard to wait for the next WebOS phone to come out. Too many good things being launched.

19. rwolf2 unregistered

Epic is a "toy" compared to the EVO??? G _ F_C K Y _ _ R S_E L F ... buy a vowel phone arena!!!! Write a REAL review for once

21. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

What are you talking about? The review will be coming out soon. Don't get mad at them for speaking the truth. Get mad at samsung for slacking on build quality.

25. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

I'm on an Epic 4G right now!!!! This is not a toy....this is an amazing phone...EVO and Epic are the best handsets out on the marke...there really is no point of writing a review before

20. isellphones unregistered

the epic4g, vibrant, and captivate are the most impressive fastest phones out now, i sell evos and the galaxyS phones are WWWAAAAYYYY better!!!

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