Epic 4G Touch Makes a Fine 4G Option for Mobile Lovers

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-09-16 Print this article Print

Aren't comfortable with Vlingo? Samsung also included Google Voice Commands, which do what Vlingo does, as well as the typical Google Voice Search integrated in the search bar on the virtual keyboard. These apps work well enough, but don't buy the phone expressly for them; speech recognition remains a work-in-progress across the industry.

Samsung's TouchWiz interface has some neat perks, including widget customization and the ability to drag and drop those widgets on any of the 7 homescreens.

Users can take screen captures simply by pressing the home and power buttons at the same time. Then you can share the capture via Gmail, text messages, Google+ and other sources. It's a fun feature that works well.

Before you share, you can rotate, rename and edit the heck out of the screenshot anyway you want. The value of this is that when you find something on your phone you find interesting, you can share it with your friends and others.

The 8 megapixel camera and video camera are excellent. I snapped multiple pictures with minimal latency, unlike on Motorola's Android handset cameras, which still struggle trying to keep pace with action shots.

The video camera shoots high-definition, 1080p video. The 2 megapixel front-facing shutter allows for nice self-portraits and video chats with Qik and other video conferencing apps, if that's your thing.

The Epic 4G Touch's battery is a hefty 1800 mAh power supply, which got me through 12 hours on 3G but only good for about 4 hours of heavy use on 4G. That could be the second biggest problem with the phone after its big size.

But I won't penalize Samsung for this because it's pretty much the same experience I've had on all 4G phones, including Sprint's Samsung Nexus S 4G and Motorola Photon 4G, as well as the HTC Thunderbolt 4G, Samsung Droid Charge  and most recently, the Motorola Droid Bionic, on Verizon Wireless.

4G absolutely destroys battery life. Bring a spare battery or at least your charger with you everywhere. For $199.99 on contract, the Epic 4G Touch is also a bargain compared to the $299.99 Droid Bionic, though that device gets the edge when it comes to Verizon's 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network.

The United States' first Galaxy S II, which has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of memory,expandable to 32GB with a microSD memory card, is a blast to use. I would definitely recommend it for big-handed people with a lust for power, speed and performance in a lightweight handset package.




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