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Tech Review: Samsung Epic 4G Smartphone

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Posted October 5, 2010 - By Moye Ishimoto

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Equipped with a 4" Super AMOLED touch screen, a slide-out keyboard, 5 megapixel camera and super fast speeds, the Samsung Epic 4G promises all that a 4G network has to offer. Kevin Pereira and Michelle Nunes take a look at the smartphone which sells for $150 with a contract.

Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.

What You Need To Know

  • The Samsung Epic feels a little plastic-y and is bulkier than the iPhone 4.
  • Even with the slide-out keyboard, it feels pretty light.
  • The QWERTY keyboard has a spacious layout with large flat buttons.
  • The touch sensitive buttons on the bottom give it a sleek and minimalist aesthetic.
  • The 4" super AMOLED screen has a crisp and bright WVGA resolution, even in sunlight.
  • The Epic runs on a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, which was pretty responsive.
  • It boots up applications such as Angry Birds at the same speed compared to the iPhone 4 and Droid X.
  • The touch screen is quite responsive and offers multi-touch and pinch-and-zoom features.
  • The virtual keyboard also allows for swiping.
  • The phone runs on Android 2.1 OS, so it can't run Flash until it receives the 2.2 upgrade.
  • But it does allow for multi-tasking between applications, which is more of a task manager.
  • The Epic is Sprint's second 4G smartphone, and the features are up to par with current smartphones.
  • The 5 megapixel camera comes with an LED flash, and the pictures look fine in well-lit areas (but just okay and a little blurry in darker settings).
  • The phone can shoot 720p video, which looks grainy at best but comes with a 3x digital zoom.
  • It also has a front facing camera for taking self portraits and video chat using "Qwik," which you can use on wi-fi, 3G and 4G.
  • The big draw to the phone is the 4G service: Internet speeds are 10x faster than 3G but will cost you $10 extra per month.
  • 4G is only available in 55 markets right now, so if you live in New York City, San Francisco or Los Angeles, you're out of luck.
  • Sprint plans to expand its 4G coverage and cover over 120 million people by the end of the year.

Price

Rating

  • 5 Seals of Approval out of 5.

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