When a manufacturer creates one model in several variants for carriers, you always want to see some character trait stick out. With the Epic 4G, the distinguishing marks start with a screen that’s just beautiful to look at; a sliding keyboard that feels natural in all uses; just enough software to enjoy the device but not feel overwhelmed.
It’s not prefect, though: the camera flash intensity, device heat, and speaker volume quality prevent that.
For people who have used the EVO 4G, and are looking for a smartphone with a keyboard, this is your best bet. Yes, a lot of the “4G experience” will be determined by the quality of the Sprint network in your area, but the hardware and general usability of the Epic 4G will be similar, if not better in some ways.
To those of you who are looking to upgrade from other Android OS models — even from other carriers — the Epic 4G is a compelling solution. Even if you never get to use WiMAX, the keyboard, screen, and system speed area more than enough of an upgrade over what’s available now.
To those looking from other mobile platforms, the Epic 4G, even on Sprint, should enter your analysis. It has one of the best slider keyboards on the market, and is just a powerhouse in features and price. It might not be enough for many iPhone users as the Android OS still isn’t as polished, but it’s edging closer and closer. It got me to raise my eyes from my Nokia N97, and that says a ton.
The Epic 4G is well worth the price of admission as an upgrade for Sprint customers, and worth at least a sneak-peek for those at other carriers wondering what the new bar for Android OS models looks like.
- Excellent screen
- Comfortable, ergonomic slide-out keyboard
- Fast performance in day-to-day operations
- Camera LED flash is extremely bright
- Device generates a bit of heat in longer sessions
- Speaker phone quality suffers at higher volume levels