Samsung Epic 4G Touch – One of Sprint’s Top Android Phones

Cell Phones — on September 24, 2011 at 12:53 am | Comment Now

Samsung Galaxy S II has been in the market for quite some time now, and people from almost every part of the world had tasted the Galaxy S II, except for the customers, as they have to wait for the arrival for the handset. But finally the wait is over and the moment is here and the Android superphone will be offered by numerous carriers this fall. The first one to offer is Sprint, which has launched the Samsung Epic 4G Touch on 16th of September for $199.99 along with a 2 year contract. Now, as the successor to the prominent Epic 4G, the Samsung Epic 4G Touch smartphone has lost its slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but has gained a quick and fast dual-core processor, enhanced cameras, bigger and sharp Super AMOLED Plus touch screen and a lot more.

The phone actually is on the larger side, which could be a turn-off for some buyers, but for the customers who doesn’t have any problem with size of the phone, the Samsung Epic 4G Touch surely won’t disappoint.

Build and Design:

Measuring 5.1 inches x 2.7 inches (H x W) the Samsung Epic 4G Touch clearly is a big device. As a matter of fact if you have smaller hands then you might even face problems in gripping the phone, and also keep in mind that it’s not at all a handset that easily will fit into your pockets. All that said, just as the Samsung Infuse 4G, the Epic 4G Touch also is a rather light handset and measures only 0.38 in thick and weighs 4.5 ounces, so contrary to popular believe, the Epic 4G Touch actually is rather easy to manage.

Samsung Epic 4G Touch

Also once you had the look at the 4.52 inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus touch screen of the Epic 4G Touch having 800 x 480 pixels of native resolution, we don’t think many of you will have any problems with the handset. In addition, the spacious display and the vibrant colors of the device make it perfect for viewing multimedia and Web pages. There are very few screens sharper than this one, such as the qHD display of the Motorola Photon 4G having native resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, so the text and images aren’t rather as smooth, but still we didn’t had any problems in reading the Epic 4G Touchscreen of the system.

The touchscreen although is responsive. The smartphone gives both SWYPE and virtual keyboards of Samsung.  Operating the keyboards was rather smooth and we were able to navigate through menus rather smoothly. In addition to using the conventional touch interface, you could also make use of motion gestures on the Samsung Epic 4G Touch. If the settings are turned on, you could mute the handset by only flipping it.

Positioned underneath the display are the touch-sensitive buttons for home, menu, search and back functions. The left edge of the handset houses a volume rocker, while positioned on the right spine is a lock/power button. There also is a 3.5mm headphone jack positioned on the top of the handset and a Micro-USB port given on the bottom. Positioned on the right-hand corner just above the display, there is an LED indicator light and just on the left corner is a 2 MP camera for video calling. The rear end of the handset houses an LED flash and an 8 MP camera.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch also has a microSD expansion slot positioned behind the battery door. The battery door of the handset has a textured surface, which makes it feel as slick, but just as many of the Samsung Smartphones prior to it, the Samsung Epic 4G Touch also has a plastic build.

The Epic 4G Touch is shipped with only the very basic accessories, including the likes of an AC adapter, reference material and a USB cable.

Samsung Epic 4G Touch parts

Specifications:

  • Maker : Samsung
  • Part Number : EPIC4GTOUCHSPT
  • Dimensions (W x D x H) : 2.7 in x 0.38 in x 5.1 in
  • Weight : 4.6 oz
  • Messaging / Data Features : Text messages, Multimedia Messages (MMS), Instant messages,E-Mail
  • Wireless Interface : Bluetooth 3.0, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

User Interface:

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch runs on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread in addition with the all new TouchWiz 4.0 user interface of Samsung. We generally are not all that fanatical about the custom US’s and the simple reason for that being the fact that they generally are slower to update to the new Operating System versions. Conversely, this is not the case with the TouchWiz 4.0, and it actually has a couple of things going on for it, off-course there are some carryovers from its previous iterations of TouchWiz. For instance, there are 7 home screens, and the notice pull-down menu showcases icons for easily turning on Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 4G, GPS and sound profiles.

Features:

The Samsung Epic 4G ToucSamsung Epic 4G Touchh comes with conference calling, a speakerphone, video calling, voice dialing and multimedia and text messaging. Some other highlights for the handset includes the likes of Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n/a), GPS and Bluetooth 3.0, the Samsung Epic 4G Touch also is 4G-capable and could easily handle data and voice simultaneously over 4G. The smartphone can also be used as mobile hot spot for around 8 devices, but for that you will have to pay an extra $29.99 every month.

Performance:

In our performance testing with Samsung Epic 4G Touch, we didn’t faced any problems with the sound of Epic 4G Touch, and although our callers sounded rather clear to us, we did had some problems in understanding our callers as the voices sounded a tad muffled at our end. There also was a bit of background noise eventually, and hence the audio quality wasn’t all that immaculate.

Even our callers reported some white noise at their end, but that was the only major complaint that we had with the performance of the Epic 4G Touch. Apart from those minor hiccups we were pretty happy with the performance of the handset.

Battery:

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is powered by a 1,800mAh lithium-ion battery having rated talk time of 8.7 hrs and around 10.5 days of standby time.

Verdict:

Finally, testing each and every aspect of the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, we would say that the handset still is a top-notch Android handset to Sprint’s portfolio, with its quick performance, huge, vivacious screen, and outstanding multimedia experience. Although the Epic 4G Touch is a tad bigger than the normal Android devices, and that could be a turn-off for some users, but we think that with its bright and big screen the Epic 4G Touch surely is a top-notch device.


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