Samsung Epic 4G vs HTC EVO 4G
Not content to rest on its laurels, Sprint has released its second 4G device, the Samsung Epic 4G. This follows the immensely popular HTC EVO 4G, which the carrier still cannot keep in stock more than three months after launch. Both next generation devices offer large displays, dual cameras, Android and several other high-end features. The most obvious difference between the two is the Epic's hardware keyboard versus the full touchscreen EVO, but what else separates the two? Read on to find out.
With its slide-out QWERTY keyboard the Samsung Epic 4G measures in at a few millimeters thicker than the HTC EVO, but is also a bit narrower which translate to a more comfortable feel in portrait mode. The skinnier EVO is more comfortable in the pocket and when held in landscape mode. The size difference is much less than we expected though, and no dimension varies by more than 2mm.
Both feature a large touchscreen; the EVO has a 4.3" TFT LCD while the Epic sports a smaller 4" Super AMOLED panel. The EVO has a very good screen, one of the best on the market, but the Super AMOLED displays on the Galaxy S phones are the standard right now. Colors are so much more vibrant and the blacks are much deeper than on any display we've seen before. Watching the same video side by side, the EVO's TFT display is obviously inferior.
HTC gets the edge on build quality, but that is not to say that the Samsung is cheap. The EVO measures in at 6oz- quite a hefty phone- but as a larger device the weight is well distributed. It feels quite comfortable and the weight gives the HTC EVO 4G a premium feel. The Samsung Epic is 5.46oz, and while on paper that may not seem significantly different than the EVO it is immediately apparent when you hold the two devices. The Epic 4G feels light and airy; the EVO 4G is noticeably weighted like a good shift knob. With no moving parts the EVO 4G feels a bit more solid, but the spring-loaded slider on the Samsung Epic is quite nice. It offers a good amount of initial resistance but then snaps open or closed.
We like the kickstand, we’ll be honest. It may seem like a little touch, and it is, but it just makes things easier. We found ourselves missing it on the Epic 4G more than one would think. There is an optional media dock available for the Epic which puts it at the proper viewing angle, but the kickstand on the EVO 4G is so much more convenient.
Overall we prefer the feel and materials HTC uses on the EVO. Despite a Gorilla Glass screen on the Epic 4G the phone feels a bit plasticy all around whereas the EVO 4G just feels solid. This is our personal preference however, and not an indictment of the Epic 4G. Both are very well constructed phones, and keep in mind that we are comparing a Ferrari and an Aston Martin, not a Ferrari and a Ford.