Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review
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.
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.