Samsung Epic 4G First Look Review

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PERFORMANCE

The Samsung Epic 4G runs Google Android OS 2.1 on a 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, and Sprint’s Elliott mentioned at Android 2.2 is coming to the Epic soon.

In a word, it’s fast. At least the unit I used was fast. Reviews of similar Samsung devices, the Vibrant and Captivate, described the performance as acceptable, but not stellar, and mentioned that those particular handsets heated up with heavy use.

That said, I was able to breeze through home screens, launch applications, browse the web, and stream YouTube HQ videos with little to no lag, and zero heat emission. Of course, I didn’t have the time to push the Epic to its limits. Still, I was impressed with both the device and web speed; and this in an office where Sprint reception is spotty at best, and 4G coverage is nonexistent.

Samsung Epic 4G from SprintMore to Come
The Epic 4G is loaded with features, and I barely scratched the surface with what it can do. I did not get a chance to try out the 5 Megapixel on-board camera or 720p video. Nor did I video conference, play Android games or test out data sharing with five devices via Wi-Fi. And I certainly did not get a chance to drain the battery or play with the light sensor that automatically adjusts screen brightness according to the lighting conditions.

Rest assured that all these features will be explored by the Brighthand expert assigned to review the Epic.

Epic 4G to Sprint’s Rescue?
Sprint won’t be the only 4G carrier for much longer — Rival Verizon is poised to roll out its 4G LTE network in 25 to 30 markets by the end of 2010, and AT&T (also LTE) will soon have a soft-rollout of their own 4G service.

With that in mind, it’s a problem for Sprint that it’s only current WiMAX model, the HTC EVO 4G is marked as “sold out,” on its website, and has been since late June. Customers want 4G, and if Sprint can’t provide it, they may move to other carriers with their own latest and greatest devices.

As Elliott explained, the Epic 4G should satiate some of that demand when it’s released later this month. Judging from the warm reviews the other Samsung Galaxy smarphones received and my initial impressions, the Epic 4G could well be an excellent alternative to the popular EVO 4G. Check back soon for the full review.

 



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