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Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review

Samsung Epic 4G Touch

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Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review
Introduction:

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.


Design:

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.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is similar to the Galaxy S II - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review
The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is similar to the Galaxy S II - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review
The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is similar to the Galaxy S II - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is similar to the Galaxy S II



Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review

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.

Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review


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 Epic 4G Touch features a 4.52” WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review

The Epic 4G Touch features a 4.52” WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display



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.

Power button on the right - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review
Volume rocker on the left side - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review
3.5mm jack on top - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review

Power button on the right

Volume rocker on the left side

3.5mm jack on top

microUSB port on the bottom - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review
8MP camera with LED flash - Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review

microUSB port on the bottom

8MP camera with LED flash



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posted on 19 Sep 2011, 05:58 11

1. first (unregistered)


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

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:05 10

2. ecml490 (unregistered)


Those cons are not a big deal...

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 11:32

26. Kjayhawk (Posts: 294; Member since: 07 Oct 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

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 14:20 1

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.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:34 2

3. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


No 4g lte enough said

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 10:54 3

21. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


LTE is overrated like everything else in Android

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 11:00 17

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...

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 14:40 5

43. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


you mean typing? xD

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 15:44

49. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Failure in common sense

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 14:24

38. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Why are you so worried about me jizzing?

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 14:33 4

42. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i'm not, you just would.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 15:44

50. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I have a woman for that

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 16:54 9

60. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


on your computer screen.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 14:29 8

41. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


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

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 15:44

51. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


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

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 16:55 7

61. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


yeah, if there was Miz would know! ;P

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 19:00

71. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


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

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 01:03 4

80. Cinnamon (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)


Man you killed it...

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 11:48

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.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:47 7

4. Isseyphresh (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Sep 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

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:54 1

6. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 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.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 13:57

35. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 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.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 04:08

82. lamb (unregistered)


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

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:52 2

5. Isseyphresh (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Sep 2011)


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

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 07:19 4

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.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 08:28

12. tech-head (Posts: 133; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


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

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 09:31 1

16. SF Steven (unregistered)


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

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 11:27 1

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.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 16:04

57. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 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.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 07:23

8. bam99 (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


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

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Samsung Epic 4G Touch

Samsung Epic 4G Touch

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0.4 2.3.6 2.3.4
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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display4.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (206 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Exynos processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.11 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches
(130 x 70 x 10 mm)
4.60 oz  (130 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 8.7 hours talk time

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