Samsung Epic Touch Review
By Fred Salva
- September 15, 2011
Pros: Epic 4 G enjoys a massive display of 4.5 inch so that it may take advantage of Samsung’s super colorful AMOLED plus display. With a 1.2 G Hz dual core processor, it is speedy and capable to work as 4G. Its 8 Mp camera works great in normal light and HD Videos are better in quality than any camcorder’s.
Cons: Call quality is an area of concern. Moreover pictures have shadows or are blown out when taken at sunset or sun rise.
American consumers had to wait for a long time for the Galaxy S II to reach their market when it was being enjoyed by the rest of the world. Their waiting finally came to an end when on September 16 Sprint launched Epic 4 G with a two year contract of 199$. It does not have the slider keyboard as in Samsung’s smart phones but a much better and faster dual core processor, a much better camera quality and functions, a wider and sharper Super AMOLED plus display, super sleek design, light weight, amazing apps and much more. This beauty is all set to take America by fire. It is a really big widescreen device with a width of 2.7 inches and length of 5.1 inches. It is only 0.38 inch thick and weighs about 4.5 ounces. It is rather big for those with tiny hands or you can say it will not fare much with everyone. The widescreen accounts for the magnificent display but it also makes it a little difficult to hold. It also becomes difficult to carry since it will not fit easily in to pockets.Its most amazing feature would always remain the 4.52-inch, WVGA (800x480) Super AMOLED Plus touch screen. Having seen a glimpse of it will not make you rest till you get your hands on it. It is simply irresistible. Although this phone is huge in size, yet its super slim style and ultra thin profile makes the one holding it fall in love. It offers a wide screen display making the net surfing and multimedia experience a great one. Its rich colors are a great sight but it lacks a little behind its competitor like the qHD (960x540 pixels) display on the Motorola Photon 4G. Nonetheless Epic 4G display is not bad at all. The touch screen is great. Its touch is soft and gentle which makes one feel like holding something delicate in your hands as it is super responsive. It has amazing features like zooming in by using two fingers and making a pinching action, by flicking the wrist left or right you may move an icon on the home screen, By double tapping it on top activates the Vlingo powered voice talk app. It has both Swype and virtual keyboard option. It also has Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), SNS integration, MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player, Organizer, Image/video editor, Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Google Search, Maps, Gmail,YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration and what not. Just at the bottom of the display screen are touch sensitive buttons. These are for Home, Back, Search and Menu. On the left side is a volume button and on the right is positioned the power button. There is a 2 Mp camera on the face at the top right corner and on the left side is an LED indicator light. Headphone slot is on the top side and at the bottom you would find micro USB slot. The 8 Mp camera with LED flash sits at the back of this black beauty. The set is primarily made of plastic which takes a little of its elegant beauty. Some metal touch would have done wonders to it. The battery cover however has a textured touch which is good to feel. Right behind the battery cover is a Micro SD slot. Its package comes with an AC Adapter, a user manual and a USB cable. It goes one way up when it comes to operating system as compared to Galaxy S II. While galaxy S II uses Android 2.3.3 , Epic 4 G comes with Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 and Touch Wiz 4. This enhances the video chat experience using the 2 Mp camera on the front. Otherwise it is not that much of an enhancement. There are seven home screens that you can custom edit and scroll through. It has easy menu icons to turn on WiFi, Bluetooth etc. The several home screen experience with this handy is much better and smooth than its predecessors. The free flow in motion assures for great user experience while editing or adding widgets and apps. I has some additional outstanding features like capturing home screen by pressing home key and power button simultaneously. It comes with a built in task manager that not only shows active or downloaded apps but also allows to uninstall gives RAM status and system storage. A little like the device manager on our desk top. As it is 4G capable, it can run voice and data simultaneously. It also offers Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n/a), and GPS.You name a Google service and you get it on this cell. You get built in apps for E-mail, maps, voice navigation, search, chat, Places, Latitude, and YouTube, plus basic tools like a calendar, a calculator, an alarm clock, a world clock, a stopwatch, and a timer. Sprint and Samsung have arrived with some of their extra value apps like Polaris Office, Kies Air (a Wi-Fi-based PC-to-phone sync manager), Sprint Music Plus, Sprint Mobile Wallet, and Sprint TV and Movies. Its video camera can take a 1080p HD video, it has plenty of editing tools, light balancing and much more. The video editor allows various clips from your mobile to be added together to make a video using your custom music.Its camera takes real great shots with sharpness and richness of colors. There is not much lag between shots. Call testing was done on this set and found to be Alright. There was not much noise however voices seemed a little muffled at times. That made it difficult to understand the other person on the other end of the line but as compared to other phones we did not find any substantial flaw in its call quality. Using speakerphone, voices were again a little muffled and harder to comprehend. However we tested with Logitech Mobile Traveller Bluetooth headset and the Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones, and found listening to music or talking on the phone was no issue. There were n o drop calls.With Ookla’s Speedtest.net app, download speeds were checked. Download speed is 4.37Mbps and upload is 1.39 Mbps. It loaded heavy sites with graphics and videos easily. You could open up YouTube, play a video and watch it without any break. It has 1,800mAh lithium ion battery with a rated talk time of 8.7 hours and up to 10.5 days of standby time. Talk time when tested did not come out as rated, lagged a little at 7 hours. As per FCC radiation tests, the Epic 4G Touch has a digital SAR rating of 0.4W/kg and a Hearing Aid Compatibility Rating of M4/T3. The Bottom line: This handy is surely among the elite league of Sprint mobiles with its super fast speeds and amazing wide screen display. Its vibrant colors and amazingly awesome collection of apps surely makes it one way ahead of the world leader in mobiles these days that is S II. Buying this beauty is surely money worth spent.