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.
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.
- $150 on Amazon with a contract. (How do we rate gadgets?)
- 5 Seals of Approval out of 5.
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