Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review

Lamborghini began shipping the Aventador this year to replace the Murcielago. Ferrari recently made the 458 Italia more track ready with the 458 Italia GTC. In June HTC released the EVO 3D, last month Motorola launched the Droid Bionic and now Samsung is here with the Epic 4G Touch, a Galaxy S II device for Sprint. Just as these Italian supercars compete for supremacy on the track, Android superphones are competing for pocket space. Samsung has upped the ante even from the original Galaxy S II by giving the Epic 4G Touch a 4.52” Super AMOLED Plus display to go along with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture and 16GB of on-board memory with an 1800mAh battery, all wrapped in a package that’s just 9.6mm thin.


The Epic 4G Touch is similar to the Galaxy S II we reviewed back in May. The most notable design change is the increased screen size - it now sits at 4.52”, up from 4.3”- and now has four capacitive buttons at the bottom instead of two and a physical button. It is about 1mm thicker, a difference that goes relatively unnoticed in the hand. With the screen size even bigger than the HTC EVO 3D and Motorola PHOTON 4G you’d think the Epic 4G Touch would be bordering on too large. To the contrary, it actually feels pretty comfortable in our medium-sized hands and it nearly gets lost when we slide it into our front pocket.

You can compare the Samsung Epic 4G Touch with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

That extra millimeter of thickness means that the antenna hump on the back of the phone is virtually non-existent and the camera housing sits nearly flush to the battery door. The door isn’t soft touch, but is textured to give it a bit more grip. We’ve come to expect a plastic feel to Samsung phones and the Epic 4G Touch is no exception, but there is a better feeling of quality than with the original Epic 4G. Of course the use of plastic over metal housings found on other high end devices means that the Epic 4G Touch comes in at a scant 4.6oz, significantly lighter than its HTC and Motorola counterparts. This combination of thin and light are what allows us to carry the Epic 4G Touch without noticing it.

The 4.52” WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display is as bright and as vivid as it gets. As with previous Super AMOLED panels the color saturation is cranked up to 11, which makes the colors pop against the deep blacks but also makes it unnatural at times. Everybody has their own opinion about the technology, but the large, bright screen is a joy to look at. The viewing angles are extreme and even in bright sunlight we were able to use the phone with no issues. The 480x800 resolution on the 4.52" inch screen results in 206ppi, which is rather on the lower side these days.

The power and volume rocker are the only two physical keys and offer good feedback to let you know they’ve been pressed. Though the volume rocker is one button, there is a noticeable gap between up and down to distinguish between the two functions. Still, it is rather small especially on such a large phone and we would have liked to see a larger button. A physical camera button is as conspicuously missing on the Epic 4G Touch as it is conspicuously present on the EVO 3D. With so much empty space around the side there really is no reason the user should have to rely on on-screen controls. Still, the Epic 4G Touch is a well-designed phone overall and we would love to have it in our pockets.

Samsung Epic 4G Touch 360-degrees View:



1. first unregistered

Don't forget the added notification light, seems everyone else has been a big fan of this.

2. ecml490 unregistered

Those cons are not a big deal...

26. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

Yeah thats why the phone got a 9. It wasn't perfect because it doesn't have a camera key. I thought for sure a con would have been because it was so late coming to the United States... I would have flipped if that was one. a 9 is a good score

37. Andy unregistered

I dunno if that's really a con tho. I don't find the camera key being all that useful. On my Epic, I only use the camera key to launch the camera app. Maybe it's just me, but I have a hard time getting good in focus shots because the key responds so slow. I find it's much easier to use the on screen key since I just push and hold until it's focused, and then release to take the picture.

3. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

No 4g lte enough said

21. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

LTE is overrated like everything else in Android

23. the_mizzus unregistered

retina display is overrated, so is glass front and back.. just like everything else in iPhone.. see how i play with your words? really now, stop doing these kinds of silly trolling.. it makes you look desperate and uneducated...

43. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

you mean typing? xD

49. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Failure in common sense

38. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Why are you so worried about me jizzing?

42. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i'm not, you just would.

50. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I have a woman for that

60. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

on your computer screen.

41. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

He jizzes with his iphone now he don't need no LTE to do that lol

51. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

You're just mad they don't have an app for a virtual gf

61. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah, if there was Miz would know! ;P

71. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I would. As long as the bat life is good.

80. Cinnamon

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

Man you killed it...

94. John unregistered

Buddy Lte isn't only android, it's a data connection that will eventually be available on the iphone. Just wait more than a year and you will eventually be able to have lte on your iphone. Then you will realize what your missing.

4. Isseyphresh

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

Those are not cons, they're personal preferences, so don't list them as such. I for one actually prefer TW it's lightweight and accelerated. The volume rocker is fine, how big do you want it? geez. Lastly, a dedicated camera button doesn't qualify as a com for a smartphone. Why, because it's a phone not a camera. I rarely use my phone for snapping photos, therefore would hardly consider the lack of a dedicated camera button a con. I'm sure I'm not alone on this either. A con has to bea universally accepted flaw. Not just something you don't like personally. I would consider the power button and volume rocker placement more of flaw/con. They sit practically directly across from one another. Making it somewhat difficult to press one without the other while operating the device one handed

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i dont find the lack of a camera button to be a big deal, as im used to not having one. Having one is nice though as it makes getting to the camera a bit quicker, but its not really "necessary" anymore as most of us have gotten used to not having them.

35. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

like it or not Reviews are made from personal preference. the only reason they nit-picked like that is because this handset borderlines so close to perfect that being serious about the little things became necessary to know whether or not it could be regarded as a perfect handset. as a very much critical person myself giving a perfect 10 to a device is much more involved than even a 9.5.

82. lamb unregistered

exactly, i would like to see them list iphone4/5 cons when iphone dont have dedicated camera button

5. Isseyphresh

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

...which has the potential to effect everyone who purchases the device, not just the author.

7. E unregistered

I dont understand why you would want LTE on any phone from Verizon / AT&T if you can only use 5GB a month without getting raped in overage. They talk about how fast their network is which is fine, but I can chew 5GB in a day easy. What good is the speed if you are limited on how you use it? Give me unlimited WiMax which is a little slower which is fine as long it doesn't cause me to take out a loan to pay my next phone bill.

12. tech-head

Posts: 133; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

Please explain how you use more than 5GB a day......

16. SF Steven unregistered

Streaming video...downloading pr0n while tethering on your chatting...

24. Laron unregistered

Constantly streaming movies seems like the only logical way to reach 5GB in a day; I don't think there is anything else that would cause you to use 5GB of data in a day.

57. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

5GB per day is irrelevant. The limit is 5GB per month, and E makes a good point about that. It seems like if you had LTE you'd just be using your monthly allowance faster, although if you used less than 5GB per month then you'd be perfectly fine.

8. bam99

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I held the phone and noticed there is no hdmi output or is it via the usb???

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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)

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