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Samsung Epic 4G vs HTC EVO 4G

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The HTC EVO 4G has an 8 megapixel main camera with a 1.3MP camera up front. The Samsung Epic 4G has a 5MP main shooter complimented by a VGA cam up front. The front camera for both can be used for video chat using the preloaded Qik application, as well as some others in the Market. Skype has announced that they will be bringing their Android client to the masses this year, and with phones like this now on the market it can’t come soon enough.

Despite the higher resolution, and very good overall results, the 8MP HTC shooter did not perform as well as Samsung’s 5MP sensor. Images were slightly crisper with better detail with the Epic 4G. Both phones produced very good color reproduction and are viable options to replace your point and shoot. The latter will produce better images, but both phones are good enough that if you don’t want to carry two devices with you the phones will suffice for the casual user. The HTC EVO 4G is significantly faster than the Epic 4G however. Load and shutter times were quicker.

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Both units are capable of shooting 720p video but results were again better with the Epic 4G. HTC’s videos are significantly compressed, which results in a loss of video quality. The Samsung produced crisper and more natural looking videos. Hopefully HTC releases a software update which will improve video quality on the EVO 4G.





Both offer good music performance. Samsung utilizes the stock Android music player, while HTC has replaced it as part of Sense. Both phones are viable iPod replacements but the media players could use a little more polish. The features are there and the interface is good enough, but it could use some more polish.

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With such large displays both the EVO and Epic 4G are ideal for watching videos, but the Super AMOLED-equipped Epic 4G is just so much better looking. If you just watch a video on the EVO 4G you’ll be impressed, but if you watch them side-by-side the EVO looks washed out. Part of it is the fact that the Samsung displays 16M colors and the HTC only 65K, but much like a plasma TV versus LCD the black levels are just so much deeper with Super AMOLED and it results in more vibrant, more realistic color. Both devices played videos smoothly, but if this is a priority for you the Epic 4G is without a doubt the phone for you.

We also tested gaming on the EVO 4G and Epic 4G using Asphalt 5 and Speed Forge 3D. The Samsung Epic’s six-axis motion sensing was apparent, especially with Asphalt 5. Controlling the vehicle was much easier with the Epic; with the EVO 4G we almost felt as if there was under-steer at times. (Actually, we were using a Mini with Asphalt 5 so maybe the EVO was actually more realistic! ;-)) Speed Forge 3D was more even of an experience, but as mobile games become more complex the Epic 4G will be better able to keep up. The games ran smoothly on both devices and while colors were of course better with the Epic we didn’t notice any real graphical differences despite the EVO’s 30fps cap.

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The EVO 4G has HDMI out for connecting to your television or monitor. The Epic 4G is DLNA compliant for wirelessly sharing files between other connected devices on your network. The Epic also features Samsung’s Media Hub for movie and TV downloads and rentals, but the store is still listed as coming soon. Again, if multimedia is your forte the Epic 4G is probably the device for you.

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