Reviewers of the Samsung Epic 4G raved about the gorgeous Super AMOLED touchscreen, large comfy 5-row keyboard, magnificent media features, fast processor and super fast WiMAX data connections.
The Samsung Epic 4G features a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird with
3-D graphics, 5 MP camera/camcorder with autofocus, power LED flash,
front-facing VGA camera , Mobile Hotspot capability Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth. 16 GB microSD and
1500 mAh removable battery.
The Samsung Epic 4G's four inch WVGA resolution Super AMOLED screen looks great in low and sunlight and excels when showing 16 million colors. All reviewers praised the spread-out clickable slide-out keyboard. Samsung's added-on features to the Android 2.1 operating systems syncing contacts and updates from social media were well-liked.
The Samsung Epic 4G also worked well as phone with good call quality and a bit of wind noise.
Especially well-reviewed was the ability of the Samsung Epic 4G to play video in many formats which wowed viewers. Sprint includes with plans free Sprint TV which looked great when connected to Wi-Fi and WiMAX.The audio interface for playing music and speakers were adored in reviews.
Although users have to pay an extra $10 a month for WiMAX whether there is WiMAX coverage in their area or not, it achieved impressive speeds over 3G networks. Reviewers liked that the Samsung Epic 4G has a front facing camera for video calling but noted glitches such as face distortion and audio-syncing problems that one reviewer related the awful software available. Battery life was good and drained more juice when used as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The only faults found were a weak LED flash, the Samsung Epic 4G costs $249 with a contract after a rebate, a few contacts had to be manually added, and voice commands don't work over Bluetooth. Online retailers have discounted the Epic, with Amazon Wireless selling it in 12/10 for $99 for new customers with a contract. Wirefly as offers the Epic at discount.
The competition with other Android smartphones is tough with reviewers of the HTC EVO 4G, Droid X, and Samsung Captivate all are very good. What sets the Samsung Epic apart is its epic-sized keyboard and winner of two Editor's Choices epigram. (see Samsung Galaxy S comparison chart). It found in Wireless and Mobile News' Top Android Phones Now and Later as well as one of the top ten best smartphones of the year.
Nicole Lee at CNET rated the Samsung Epic 4G 4 out of 5 (8.7) for its knockout Super AMOLED touchscreen, front facing camera, QWERTY keyboard, camear, WiMAX, Wi-Fi hotspott and 1GHz processor. She did not like its bulkiness, high price and costly data plan (an extra $10 a month on top of its anything plan. The Samsung Epic has the most features of any Samsung Galaxy smartphone but costs the most. The 4.0-inch Super AMOLED was mesmerizing with WVGA resolution and looked good in bright and sun light. The keyboard is well-spaced, clickable and one the of the better. The camera has LED flash, record HD video and was impressive. The social hub merged most of the contacts from social networking, but required a few tweaks and manual additions. The display was great for video watching. The music player has a nice interface with only 1 gigabyte of internal storage a microSD is recommended. Call quality was very good. Apps launched quickly.
Sascha Segan at PCMag gave the Samsung Epic 4G a rating of 4 out 5 and Editor’s Choice for a gorgeous screen, excellent big comfy keyboard, speed, video support and WiMAX . He didn’t like that there is no voice dialing over Bluetooth, some unresponsive buttons and the extra monthly fee for 4G even if you don’t have it in your area. For keyboard needer the Samsung Epic 4G is a great choice. There are 6 virtual touchsreen keyboards to chose from. Call quality was good but there was problem with wind noise. WiMAX worked well with up sppeds at 6.6 megabits but had trouble getting through building walls. Most Samsung add-ons were helpful. The processor was faster than the Snapdragon and really excelled at graphics. He really liked the free Sprint TV which looked sharp and clear. The Samsung Epir 4G is an excellent media phone, playing a wide array of video formats, audio formats, but you’ll have drag and drop media from your PC to it or use doubleTwist app. The camera worked best in sunlight and was better than the EVO 4G camera. He hated that video calling options calling Qik and Fring awful. He thought it would be great for video watchers and gamers.
Mark Spoonauer at Laptopmag rated the Samsung Epic 4G 4.5 out of 5 for its fantastic 5-row keyboard, 4G data, and great display with rounded-edge design. HD video playing wowed watchers. He also liked the Samsung widgets for Buddies Now and Feeds & Updates. Data speeds slowed when used as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Photos were poorer with fast moving objects. Video calling still has some quirks with stretched faces and audio-syncing. Speakers for audio sounded great with a clean audo interface. Call quality was good and slightly better than the EVO 4G. Battery life was good as long as 10 hours but really drained when used as a Wi-Fi hotspot. He called it the best one-two smartphone punch of any carrier and highly recommended, given Editor’s Choice.