Samsung Epic 4G Touch Hands-on

Samsung Epic 4G Touch Hands-on
Last year, Sprint managed to differentiate the Samsung Epic 4G enough to make it a substantially fresh handset over all the other Samsung Galaxy S variants released at the time. Well, they’re retaining the handset’s name for the most part, but as its new name implies, it’s simply going to be a full touch device this time around. Officially headed to the Now network on September 16th for the 2-year contract price of $199.99, the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch for Sprint is striving ahead of the pack in making it to market first.

At its core, it retains the original’s design and form factor, but what’s different is the fact that it’s considerably more streamlined and lightweight – due to the omission of a physical keyboard this time around. However, it feels unwieldy to hold in the hand at times due mostly to its sheer overall size. Of course, its decision to pack on a massive 4.52” Super AMOLED Plus display is undeniably the main reason why it’s so large, but at the same time, it’s one of the first things to capture our eyes. Overall, there’s nothing too extravagant with its design, especially when it’s clad in that familiar glossy piano black plastic.

Quickly navigating around the platform, which is running the latest version of TouchWiz on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, we notice its sense of speed in almost every action. Naturally, its blazing 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor is providing all of the horsepower required in making this handset move efficiently – and it definitely shows in our quick inspection. Concurrently, there’s plenty of personalization thanks to the latest version of TouchWiz, which offers updated widgets and live panels to make it feel complete from head-to-toe.

All in all, there’s plenty to like with Sprint’s version because it’s drastically different from the Epic 4G, but it’s still very similar to the international version at its heart. Nonetheless, it’s not going to be too long before Sprint customers will have the fine opportunity of being the first in the country to experience its full glory.

Related phones

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. looksgood unregistered

looks pretty badass too bad its not coming to verizon : X

2. KaylaLeee unregistered

FIRST!!!!This phone is pretty good, but the droid 3 is clearly better. You cannot deny a good keyboard and come preloaded with motoblur. I am sticking with this winner. Sorry, Samsung.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

lol clearly better? That's a good one.

11. weaponMaster unregistered

droid 3... that's probably why he wasn't First lol

13. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

the Droid 3 is what i went with and it's a good choice. the keyboard is a justifiable trade off for the power of the Galaxy S II because i'm 18, i'm a texter and that keyboard is pretty dreamy and really the Galaxy S II and the Droid Bionic are the only phones it comes second to in terms of power so far that we know enough about and it should also get ICS pretty quickly too. oh and if you're into hacking and all that you should root it, remove a bunch of the bloatware and put the V6 SuperCharger kernel on it because it does make a real big difference in it's every day performance. before i had to occasionally use a task killer because of the little amount of RAM it has but now with V6 SuperCharger i don't use the task killer anymore and it runs like 95% smoothly 100% of the time i use it. (:

30. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

"it should get ICS pretty quickly" sure just like the first generation of galaxies got gingerbread, good luck with that one, I can hear the whining like "where's ICS for my galaxy?"

31. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i'm talking about the Droid 3. read guy, read.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

jaja looser you were second!!

3. looksgood unregistered

you were second actually lOL

4. devon unregistered

I was waiting for this phone but I got the photon 4g and this phone is fast also samsung phones are great on paper but inreal life the samsung don't deliver also the take forever to upgrade their software so you'll probably be stuck on gingerbread for a long time since google bought Motorola so most high end motos will probably get the new updates first.hopefull


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

dude I can bet you every phone without ice cream sandwich is going to take a long time to upgrade to it. Not to mention this phone is much faster than the photon in every way.

14. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

probably not the Droid Bionic and the Droid 3 though because 1. they're Motorola, Google's new bffls. 2. they have OMAP4 processors which are supported by ICS right out of the gate. (:

18. Burnab87 unregistered

um encase you havent read anything lately, Google will not treat Motorola special with that "yet to be approved" acquisition, and with Samsung being the largest Android maker now i doubt ice cream will get to motorola any faster than Samsung...... Oh n i forget samsun is making the nexus 3 which means THEY ALREADY HAVE ICS DUH!

24. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

don't hate because Google didn't buy Samsung. ;P oh you mean like Samsung made the Nexus S and their flagship devices on the U.S. carriers still have Froyo? yeah, they made all that extra time with the SDK count besides i don't think Google lets Nexus makers take home the SDK for their own devices before it's official release. oh and i noticed you didn't make a point against what i said about the OMAP support so my point that the Droid 3 and the Droid Bionic getting ICS was still quite valid even if those things you told me are true.

7. Too big unregistered

Too damn big...won't fit in pockets. Awkward... They should have stuck with the 4.3" . Sprint can never get it right. First they change the dimensions of HTC EVO 3D to make it narrower and taller, but then the fatten the hell out of the epic 4g touch. They clearly, need direction on their products from someone who is tapped into what SPRINT customers want and need. Sorry for the rant...irritated and disappointed. Been waiting for a decent phone since feb.

9. weaponMaster unregistered

I like the 4.5 inch, but I don't know is its how this guy was using it or something... but the transition of screen to screen almost show a slight lag.

23. Lumen unregistered

Pshh Feb. ive been waiting for a decent phone since 2009. I've had my HTC Vogue since 2007 its still kicking. But I've been dying for a new phone. I really like the Epic Touch 4g but its too big. But I'll have to go see it in person before my final judgement. But i rather have all those specs sans the 4.52 inch on an HTC device.

29. curiousgeorge

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

u realize sprint does not make the phone right? they only purchase devices that are already made by the manufacturer that are capable of running on the network

8. weaponMaster unregistered

he said "smooth for the most part" so I wonder which part is not


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

i doubt anything lags on this device. I think it was just poor choice of words. He went on to say how fast and smooth the att version was.

16. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I have tried the galaxy S2 here in europe in the shops. I can tell you that, it is the fastest and smoothest Android phone i have tried, but still it lags... don't know why, i've closed all the applications that was running, but still it was not nearly as smooth as my bada phones. So to be sure it was not just the particular phone at the shop that was laggy, i went to another shop that had the galaxy S2, closed all the apps, and checked it out. Still, he fastest and smoothest Android, but not nearly as fast and as smooth as my bada phones. Probably has do to with Android. Since android was developed back in 2005, it is not as modern as bada, and therefore bada runs much faster. that is my guess.

17. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

Android 2.3 Gingerbread was developed in 2010. Android is still quite modern. xD

20. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

i know, but it is still based on the old Android from 2005.

25. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

when you look at it like that isn't bada kinda old?

32. dallas90733

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 06, 2011

Peter,Peter...Stop!.. Samsung said they will bring you please stop...hahahahaha

10. M unregistered

Sprint has the best linup of android devices.You strike me as one of those types that complains about everything. nexus s, evo 3d, photon, gs2. Yea no decent phones since feb for sprint. How about you check out verizons lineup instead?

15. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

tell somebody that in a week when we have our LTE, OMAP4430 packing Droid Bionic sweetie or maybe you should wait for the Vigor a few weeks after that. ;)


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

the sprint version is obviously the favorite here. Getting the larger screen and much larger battery with a respectable price tag of 200 and its coming out first. Not to mention sprint still offers unlimited data and the fact that they allow you to remove most bloatware from the start. So kudos to sprint for really stepping it up. I really hope the droid prime is real and it does come out I'm October but I also fear if they are just rushing it to compete with the next iphone. Honeycomb was rushed and we all saw the end result of that. I have to be honest and say I'd rather be stuck with gingerbread with the epic 4g touch than a buggy glitchy unfinished ice cream sandwich device. So please take your time and make it right.

21. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

Man I thought the screen was a sticker. o_O Super amoled + ftw!

22. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

I like it that thing is a monster amd what r ppl talking about when they say its laggy. Go check your eyes please thank u

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.