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Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G

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Google Nexus S vs Samsung Epic 4G
If you're the type to primarily rely on voice phone calls than anything else, you won't find any issues using either handset for that purpose. In fact, the two Android powered smartphones provide the same level of quality as voices on both ends of the line are clear, distinct, and free from any distortion. However, there is a distinctive difference in quality when switching over to their speakerphones as the Epic 4G emits stronger tones – but don't count out the Nexus S with its still acceptable experience.

Depending on what kind of data connectivity you get in your specific area, battery life slightly favors the Google Nexus S since it's only a 3G enabled device. However, both smartphones are more than above average versus other touch enabled smartphones as we managed to get approximately 1 ½ days of normal usage on a single charge by monitoring open apps and manually adjusting brightness to slightly below the middle setting. Either way, you'll be more than surprised by their better than average output.


Taking a closer gander at their on-contract pricing, the $50 dollar separation between the Google Nexus S and Samsung Epic 4G doesn't necessarily come into consideration as much that one would suspect. Sure the Nexus S sports some new hardware, like its NFC chip and Contour Display, but that doesn't translate to something eye catching enough to catch the attention of consumers all around. But when you look at the Samsung Epic 4G, with its fantastic physical keyboard, support for 4G speeds and better camera, that $50 difference looks mightily more appealing in the present term. On software level, the Nexus S has the advantage of running Gingerbread, while the Epic 4G is still stuck with Eclair, but as we know that it will be updated soon, we won't consider this much of a drawback for the Sprint device. In the end, the Samsung Epic 4G still feels like the ultimate Android powered device on the market thanks to its stellar performance, substantially iterative offerings, and a design that's still satisfactory.

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posted on 27 Dec 2010, 09:51

1. remixfa (Posts: 14605; 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 (unregistered)

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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