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Samsung Epic 4G Review

Samsung Epic 4G

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Camera:

Like the HTC EVO 4G, the Epic 4G is equipped with dual cameras. In this case Samsung has utilized a 5 megapixel rear-shooter with LED flash, complemented by a forward-facing VGA cam. This allows the Epic to use video chat applications like the pre-loaded Qik.

Picture quality was fairly good using the main camera. In our testing we found outdoor images to be pretty true to reality. Detail was good, lines were generally crisp and color reproduction was accurate. The Epic 4G features touch autofocus, allowing the user to choose what part of the image to focus on. As usual, the sensor size may not be up to par with the big boys but the picture quality was just as good, if not better. Speed was also good as well, autofocus takes about a second and from there the image can be captured in about half a second. With the review turned off you can capture two images in about 5 seconds.

The camera interface - Samsung Epic 4G Review
The camera interface - Samsung Epic 4G Review

The camera interface


Samsung Epic 4G Review
Samsung Epic 4G Review
Samsung Epic 4G Review
Samsung Epic 4G Review
Samsung Epic 4G Review
Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Epic 4G - Samsung Epic 4G Review
Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Epic 4G - Samsung Epic 4G Review
Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Epic 4G - Samsung Epic 4G Review
Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Epic 4G - Samsung Epic 4G Review
Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Epic 4G - Samsung Epic 4G Review

Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Epic 4G


Strong light - Indoor pictures - Samsung Epic 4G Review
Medium light - Indoor pictures - Samsung Epic 4G Review
Indoor pictures - Samsung Epic 4G Review

Strong light

Medium light

 

Indoor pictures


Video can be captured at 720p, and results were quite good. We’ve seen better results from some phones that are camera-oriented, but this is without a doubt the best video phone for Sprint. (It is the third phone the carrier has offered with HD video recording, behind the Samsung Instinct HD and HTC EVO 4G.)

Samsung Epic 4G sample video 1 at 1280x720 pixels resolution.
Samsung Epic 4G sample video 2 at 1280x720 pixels resolution.



Multimedia:


Samsung utilizes the standard Android music player, which is fine. The player offers everything you could really ask for, save an EQ, but is quite serviceable. It could definitely use a fresh coat of paint however. The general layout is easy enough to navigate, but it looks dated.

Samsung Epic 4G Review
Samsung Epic 4G Review
Samsung Epic 4G Review
Samsung Epic 4G Review

Let’s cut to the chase: there’s a good chance you’ll be looking at the Epic 4G because of the Super AMOLED display, and there is nowhere it shines more than for playing movies. We’re quite happy to report that the Epic handled every single one of our test files; we use H.264, MPEG-4, XviD and DivX in various resolutions and bitrates and rarely does a phone like every one of them. Our test files top at out 720p and the Epic played them like a champ, even though that is higher than the native 480x800 resolution.  There were no hiccups or stutters, videos played smoothly and flawlessly. If entertainment is your main concern then the Epic 4G is the phone for you (though we found ourselves wanting a kickstand!)

The AllShare app allows the Samsung Epic 4G to play nicely with any DNLA compliant device connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This means you can do things like stream music from your home computer or pictures to your TV. Samsung’s Media Hub will allow the user to rent and buy TV shows and movies directly from the device. The service is not yet up and running however so we were not able to test it out. Check back later for an update once the service becomes available.

Samsung Epic 4G Review
Samsung Epic 4G Review


Software and Connectivity:

As an Android handset the Samsung Epic 4G has access to over 75k applications via the Android Market, so the variety is great. There are a few preloaded apps, such as Qik and Asphalt 5, as well as the Sprint apps like Sprint TV, NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, Sprint Navigation and the new Sprint Football Live which replaces NFL Mobile but now incorporates the college game as well. Samsung has included a file manager, memo pad and ThinkFree. ThinkFree is a full Microsoft Office compatible suite that offers local and online document storage, and allows for creation and editing of Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Despite its multimedia prowess the Epic’s hardware QWERTY lends itself to the suits quite nicely.

Samsung Epic 4G has access to over 75k applications via the Android Market - Samsung Epic 4G Review
Samsung Epic 4G has access to over 75k applications via the Android Market - Samsung Epic 4G Review
Samsung Epic 4G has access to over 75k applications via the Android Market - Samsung Epic 4G Review
Samsung Epic 4G has access to over 75k applications via the Android Market - Samsung Epic 4G Review

Samsung Epic 4G has access to over 75k applications via the Android Market


The WebKit-based Android browser is of course on board to serve you, and it does provide for a great overall experience, compared to most of the competition. Pages load very fast, and scrolling is generally smooth, while zooming can be accomplished by double-tap or multi-touch. We actually prefer the latter method, since double-tap doesn't work really great in Android. Of course, the advantage of this browser is that it can reformat the text so it fits your desired zoom level exactly. It does lack Flash Player 10.1 to give you that full web experience, but we have every reason to believe that it will get it with the upcoming Android 2.2 OS update.

The Samsung Epic 4G offers just about any means of connection you could need. Locally it supports Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with support for the HSP 1.2, HFP 1.5, OPP, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC profiles. On the cellular side it has EVDO Rev. A for 3G data and WiMAX for 4G. We got to test out 4G recently in Vegas and despite a weak signal speeds were about three times faster than what we were pulling with 3G on the down, and about four times faster on the up. Sprint would do well to be aggressive with their 4G rollout if they want to take advantage of their first-to-market status. There are now two crazy powerful phones available, it would be nice if more people could use it.

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Samsung Epic 4G

Samsung Epic 4G

OS: Android 2.3 2.2 2.1
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PhoneArena rating:
9.5Excellent
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.90 x 2.54 x 0.56 inches
(124 x 65 x 14 mm)
5.46 oz  (155 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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