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.