Monday, October 10, 2011
Samsung Epic 4G Touch Reviewed
The original Samsung Epic 4G was somewhat of a disappointment for customers, while others delighted in the changes it had from the original Galaxy S. The glaring difference was the inclusion of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which is definitely a polarizing addition. The Epic 4G Touch is the follow up and the first U.S. release of the Galaxy S 2, and this time, it's not bringing a physical QWERTY keyboard with it.
The Epic 4G Touch comes with the familiar candy bar design, but it has more rounded edges than the Galaxy S 2. The front is has a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, which is able to display colors vibrantly and is a large amount of space. The Super AMOLED Plus display also allows for wider viewing angles than other types of displays. The left edge has the volume rocker, and the right edge has the power / lock key. The 3.5 mm headphone jack sits on the top and the microUSB for charging and data transfer, rests on the bottom edge.
The Epic 4G Touch was extremely responsive, even with an overlay running on top. Call quality for incoming and outgoing calls was clear but it could have been louder. Sprint's WiMAX network was hit or miss when it came to data connection speeds. The 1800 mAh battery was a big performance booster and the Epic 4G Touch was able to last about two days.
The Epic 4G Touch comes preloaded with Android 2.3 and TouchWiz 4.0. It has more widgets than previous versions of TouchWiz and the widgets can be resized, which will be available on Android 3.1. The Epic 4G Touch also has physical gesture abilities. Flipping the smartphone on its face will cause it to remain silent. Tilt zoom allows users to zoom in or out placing their fingers on the display and tilting. The panning motion gesture allows users to switch through home screens by moving the phone laterally.
The 8-megapixel camera is extremely powerful and comes with a lot of different options. Pictures are sharp and clear with no real pixelation. The contrast was a bit high with light colors and dark colors harshly reflecting on some pictures, however. The video quality was also great, as the smartphone is able to record up to 1080p HD. In addition it has active focus for video recording which is definitely helpful. Added on with the speedy processor, and the camera just works flawlessly quick.
Design - 5/5
Performance - 4/5
User Interface - 5/5
Overall Score - 19/20 - Buy This Smartphone Now!