Enterprise Mobility: Samsung Epic 4G Is Fast and Bright, but No iPhone Killer

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2010-08-23
 
 
 

Samsung Epic 4G Is Fast and Bright, but No iPhone Killer

by Nicholas Kolakowski

Samsung Epic 4G Is Fast and Bright, but No iPhone Killer

Bigger and Bulkier

With its built-in keyboard, the Samsung Epic 4G (right) is both thicker and heavier than AT&T's Samsung Captivate (middle) and T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant (left), two other phones based on the Samsung Galaxy S model.

Bigger and Bulkier

Android 2.1

As with the rest of its Samsung Galaxy S brethren, the Samsung Epic 4G comes loaded with Android 2.1, although an Android 2.2 update is apparently promised soon.

Android 2.1

Super AMOLED Screen

The Samsung Epic 4G includes a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 50,000:1 contrast ratio and resulting brightness and contrast.

Super AMOLED Screen

Apps Page

The Epic 4G's apps page. Note the icon for the 5-megapixel camera, which takes notably clear shots.

Apps Page

Built-in Keyboard

The Epic 4G with physical QWERTY keyboard deployed.

Built-in Keyboard

Flat Keys

A detail of the Epic 4G's sliding-out keyboard. Notice the flatness of the keys.

Flat Keys

GPS

The Epic 4G's tweaked GPS pinpointed the phone's location with a high degree of accuracy, even in urban and deep-woods environments.

GPS

Sprint Apps

As with the other Samsung Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G includes a "skin" of Sprint apps, including Sprint Navigation, Sprint Hotspot and Sprint TV.

Sprint Apps

Samsung Media Hub

The Samsung Media Hub, which is supposed to offer an extensive library of media content, hasn't been launched quite yet; however, Android offers easy access to YouTube and other multimedia features.

Samsung Media Hub

Sharp Images

The Super AMOLED screen translates into sharp images for both video and e-reading.

Sharp Images

Android Marketplace

The Android Marketplace includes thousands of apps and games, although many duplicate the same function.

Android Marketplace

Sprint 4G

In theory, Sprint's 4G network allows for faster app-downloading in select areas with coverage.

Sprint 4G

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