Samsung Epic 4G Touch
Another Android based smartphone
There’s a new Samsung smartphone in town these days. It is called Epic 4G Touch and it comes with the largest screen on any such device we’ve tested so far. Experts think it has great speed, multimedia experience and other pluses; buyers complain that it is too large. We gave it a try ourselves and here is what we have to say about it.
WVGA Super AMOLED display
Looking at the Samsung Epic 4G Touch for the first time, you won’t be left disappointed. The gadget is an elegant black one and it measures 5.1″ x 2.7″. This said, we noticed that the smartphone we’re reviewing here was somewhat difficult to grip and it didn’t fit that well in our pockets. The 0.38″ make this device quite a thin one and the 127g translate into lightness.
Even though it’s so big, the Epic 4G Touch model has an excellent screen, with its 4.52″ WVGA Super AMOLED plus type, offering a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. We preferred its lack of unnecessary icons as found on the displays of other smartphones; the colors were a joy to look at. Text and images, though, weren’t quite so sharp, but they weren’t horrible either; we could read and look at them without much difficulty.
Responsive touch screen
The touchscreen was very responsive and it came with 2 keyboards: a virtual and a Swype one; they both delivered great navigation and ease of use. This smartphone is also preinstalled with the motion gesture option. The only operations, during our test, that weren’t as responsive as we’d have liked were zooming and panning. The keys under the screen were touch sensitive.
On the right of the device sits the power/lock button and on the left is placed the volume key. The microUSB port is on the bottom and the 3.5mm headphone jack is featured on top. The back boasts an 8-megapixel camera used for video calls; a second camera, this time a 2-megapixel one, is to be found in the left-hand corner on the front of the product.
A lot of improvements
The operating system used by this Epic 4G Touch is Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. The latter comes with the popular TouchWiz 4.0 user interface which has some improvements over previous versions. The notification pull-down menu now features icons used for turning on Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and others with more ease; there are also 7 home screens, as opposed to the small number on other Samsung smartphones, and they are all highly customizable. Some of the other changes are the addition of a task manager and the possibility to snap screenshots by clicking on the power and home keys at the same time.
In the features department, the Samsung Epic 4G Touch sports all of the standard ones, such as phonebook, text and multimedia messaging, speakerphone, 4G, music and video player, e-mail, various applications, calendar and so on. But there are also new things, namely Sprint Music Plus, Polaris Office, Kies Air and many more.
The 8-megapixel camera used by the Epic 4G Touch is one of the best ones found on a smartphone. Photos looked simply awesome, both outdoors and indoors. We also noticed, when we tested the device for our review, that there was almost no lag in between shots. Videos also looked good.
As for memory, the product offered 16GB of internal memory and an SD card of up to 32GB of storage.
Moving on to performance, we experienced a bit of background noise along with muffled sound when talking to friends. But, other than that, everything went well.
The phone’s 3G and 4G had decent speeds and there were no dropped calls. The battery delivered 8 and half hours of talk time. The review conclusion is simple. If you need a good smartphone, the new Samsung Epic 4G Touch can be a good choice.
|* 4.52″ 800 x 480 Super AMOLED Plus (SAMOLED+) display|
|* 16GB internal storage, microSD slot|
|* 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor|
|* 8MP rear camera (with 1080p video recording), 2MP front-facing camera|
|* Android 2.3.4|
|* 4G (WiMax)|
|* HDMI out via MHL|
|* TouchWiz 4.0|
|* 9.65mm thin (vs. the international SGSII’s 8.49)|
|* 4.55oz (vs. the international SGSII’s 4.09oz)|
|* 802.11 a/b/g/n|