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 ...
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104 Comments

19. cristhian unregistered

Is the same phone, but the name is for sprint....

20. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

PA you guys are starting to suck there is nothing wrong with this phone only a 9??.The cons you put up there are bogus as hell. but like somebody had said earlier that its not a iphone huh?

30. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

"No dedicated camera key and small volume rocker TouchWiz doesn’t hurt the phone’s performance, but we could do without it" Really???..We could do with out come guys you Failed on that one

45. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

The phone is not perfect though – it still retains the WVGA resolution, which is a step down from qHD offerings like the Motorola PHOTON 4G and DROID BIONIC, which also manages to outshine it with its LTE support. Also, there is no 3D on the Epic to make it competitive versus the EVO 3D, which is also a very strong handset all around. The Epic 4G Touch also misses on some other niceties like a kickstand or a metal body, but one can never have it all. Guess you did not read, No phone is perfect there. WVGA on a 4.52 in. screen you will see a different.

47. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

you do realize that they might have qhd display but they use the pentile displays and that makes everything very pixelated. So it almost beats the entire purpose.

69. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

You realize that you are wrong right? The Motorola phone that have qHD are the one that use pentile. The HTC phones use Super LCD which does not use pentile. People love the super AMOLED screen but they always have a blueish shade to their white. And the color are NOT realistic at all.

85. ecml490 unregistered

Not everyone likes having a 3D phone. Not every new phone need to have 3D just because other phones do and it doesn't make the phone outdated just because it's not released with a 3D screen.

22. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Cons here aren't really Cons.... Just had to fill that column up with something Didn't you. The only con I would say about my sgs2 was not having better resolution.. Felt surfing was better on the sensation.

27. slaggyb unregistered

WTF!! NO VIDEO REVIEW FOR THIS??IS A SHAME PA DONT HAVE A REVIEW UNIT TO SHOW SUCH A FONE.....UNBELIEVEABLE.

29. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

this phone is a minimum 9.5. I have had the international version for months already and im still amazed at how well it does EVERYTHING! Also, Anirudh, this phone is not only better than the sensation in the browsing department, it completely manhandles the sensation.

31. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Is the hdmi output mirrored or just for media?

48. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

It's mirrored, during the samsung press conference one video on youtube I saw they were showing a demo of the mirrored hdmi.

46. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I'm pretty much convinced at this point that 9.5 is only reserved for the next iphone. Those cons aren't even cons at all, just personal grimes. When nearly 90% of all android phones don't have camera buttons now, it's really no big deal. And also, you can easily turn Touchwiz off and use a nearly stock android skin or you can simply download one off the android market place. Touchwiz has improved a lot and with all the pros, this phone deserved easily a 9.5. But leave it to iphonearena to purposely lower the score for no reason at all. Give reasonable cons if you aren't going to give it a near perfect score.

55. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Pros: - Powerful, fast processor - Good battery life - Good still camera, 1080p video Cons: - Low display resolution Pro or Con (based on personal preference): - Huge display size - Display saturated with color - 4G WiMax - No physical keyboard - TouchWiz UI - Not an iPhone

66. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Maybe I just have looked at too many Motorola's pentile displays and not HTC's Sensation and EVO 3D but I really can't tell the difference between that and a 480 by 800 display like found on this phone. There isnt a big enough difference to make it a con IMO. The Pros clearly outweigh any petty complaint about this phone and this is the best android....no this is the best and most powerful cell phone period.

70. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

It is clear as day when you are reading text, WVGA on a 4.52 screen compare to an HTC qHD or the Iphone and you will see that there is a different

75. pro unregistered

I have both phones here, Iphone 4 and the 4g touch, and I can't notice any different at all.

78. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

you notice how everything like icons and text is jumbo sized on the Epic 4G Touch's home screen? that's because there's less pixels on the screen. on webpages if you try to zoom it out really far then the text becomes indistinguishable whereas on a qHD screen you can zoom it out even further and there will be enough pixels to compensate.

65. Sdota85 unregistered

really? those are the cons? This phone should be a 10. NO CONS what's so ever

74. looky here unregistered

As someone who in the past 25 days had the evo 3d then, the photon, then the blackberry bold 9930 and now the epic touch 4g, (my local sprint store probably hates me) I must say the epic touch 4g blows them all away easily the sound quality,camera+video quality, speed and over all snappyness of the phone are not comparable i have spb3d shell running, with live wallpapers, facebook, two e-mails, go chat, and 7 home screens filled with widgets all while running espn radio, and zero lag and i mean ZERO, the evo 3d got returned because the sound was terrible i could not here it in my pocket, the bold slows down once you get alot of messages and emails on it and the battery sucked. I absolutely loved the photon and thought is was the best phone i ever used until i got the epic, its better in every catagory, except maybe the sound it maybe a tie or slight advantage for the photon but putting all the widget and sbp 3d on it with live wallpapers would cause lag.....there is zero lag on the epic 4g touch

76. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Cmon Bryan. You better than anyone knows that the Samsung Epic 4G Touch is far better than the HTC EVO 3D and Motorola PHOTON 4G. I´m the owner of a GS2 & it´s simply the best phone on the plante for now. Nuff said...!!!!! I forgot to say that it seems that there is a lot of you guys that are Apple Fanboys....

77. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Shut up about the fanboy stuff. You are the fanboy here. No phone is perfect and what is best is subjected. I like realistic color with higher resolution. When you do a lot of reading then you will see a different. Right now AMOLED color are overly saturated. The white are not pure white as well. So Nuff said. Guess what some people don't like plastic feeling phone. It is a 9/10 so what? Deal with it. Every phone has a market.

81. att gs2 unregistered

LTE? Upgradeable? Att has said their 4g would fall back on hspa+ so it would have to have both. " Inside the Galaxy S™ II, there's a dual core processor tirelessly keeping things moving. You'll have a full 1.2 GHz of computing power. The Galaxy S™ II keeps your movies moving. Games and apps run smoothly. Websites load almost instantly. And jaws drop even faster. As for network capability, it's specifically engineered to run on AT&T’s state-of-the-art 4G network." -from samsung.com on the GS2 att page. What do you think?

83. ecml490 unregistered

And yet the iPhone, Droid X2, and lots of high end smartphones don't have a dedicated camera button and didn't get a con for it...

91. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i got to see a dummy Epic 4G Touch today while i was at Radio Shack getting Gears of War 3 and it's a very good feeling phone. i liked it a lot.

96. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

God I want that game so bad.

101. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

it's pretty great but sawed off shotguns have kind of spoiled the revival of grand shotgun fights from Gears 1 days. T~T

92. pauooisdasdas unregistered

That'sbyfarthemostbeautifulversionofthegalaxysII!

95. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

saw a real one today. VERY nice phone. it's THE one on Sprint.

98. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm beginning to suspect that Phonearena is using these ridiculous cons and deflating scores to 9s out of 10s just so they can claim almost no cons and give the iPhone 5 a 9.5 when it comes out. After all, I think last year's crop of superphones had bigger cons and were all given 9.5s.

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