Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review

Camera:
 
The camera performed very well with excellent detail and realistic color reproduction. It was slightly overcast when most of our outdoor images were captured, but even without ideal lighting the Epic 4G Touch managed to accurately reflect colors. The Epic 4G Touch didn’t handle very low light situations very well, but that is to be expected. The flash was competent but nothing more. Shutter speed is quite fast with images being captured in about a second and a half from a cold start. Controls are fairly extensive so the advanced user can fine tune the settings. The 1080p video capture was also impressive and the autofocus worked quickly moving from far to near-field. While the camera offers an anti-shake feature, the camcorder unfortunately does not because it would benefit from it. The mic on the camcorder is also a bit sensitive and picks up a lot of extraneous noise, including wind.





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Multimedia:

The music and video players offer a standard and familiar design. Sound quality was quite good through headphones, but personally we don’t care for Samsung’s 5.1 channel effect. While listening to the Beatles for instance, all of the right ear/left ear subtleties are lost and overall the sound is drastically different. The video player had no problems with any of the DivX, Xvid, H.264 or MPEG-4 files we threw at it, which went up to 720p. As you might expect, video playback looked quite awesome on the large, Super AMOLED Plus display. With an MHL adapter that video can be output to your TV via HDMI cable.



Internet and Connectivity:

Webpages load noticeably faster on the Samsung Epic 4G Touch’s stock browser than on other Sprint devices we’ve tested under the same conditions, thanks in part to the dual-core 1.2GHz Exynos processor. It runs on Sprint’s WiMax 4G network and is backwards compatible with the EVDO Rev. A 3G for those who don’t have 4G coverage. The phone of course offers GPS and Wi-Fi b/g/n and also Bluetooth 3.0 with HSP 1.2, HFP 1.5, OPP, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC 1.3, HID and MAP profile support.


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104 Comments

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 laptop...video 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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