- Reception and call quality Many people had difficulty hearing me when I moved my mouth just minimally away from mic in non-speaker phone as well as speaker phone mode.
- Display Crisp edges, high contrast, super saturated colors
- Battery life My Nexus One was better, but that had a 3.7 inch screen and an AMOLED screen
- Camera No comments
- Ease of use Android 2.1 is a little disjointed and TouchWiz does not do much to fix it. Instead it just adds more features.
- Design and form factor Great if you need to compose long emails, but the included Sype keyboard really invalidates the need for a physical keyboard. It is just as fast or faster.
- Portability (size / weight) Thinner than most keyboard form factors. Four inch screen is a good compromise.
- Media support No Adobe Flash and does not play some YouTube videos. No WAV support.
- Durability Good build quality but found the slide form factor lowered the perceived quality.
- Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Available car and desktop which allows charging of extra battery. Compact universal AC charger with convenient right angle USB socket. Great stock headphones.
The Good: Super AMOLED produces a very crisp super saturated image and is easier to see in outdoor conditions.
The Bad: To me the Epic 4G was disappointing due to Android 2.1, Samsung not committing to a release date for Android 2.2 Froyo. Slider does not click in fully open or close position. Bad decision to timeout button lighting.
AllShare DLNA feature is nice, but unclear how to turn it on and off. My PS3 could not play the 3GP video files from my phone (not the fault of the phone) so everything is not all peaches and cream with DLNA, you still end up with the CODEC problem. The ability to rent movies and shows via MediaHub was interesting, but becomes useless if you cannot play it on the big screen because of the CODEC issue and there is now HDMI port. I experienced less stability after they pushed out MediaHub update.
Standard Android buttons have different order between keyboard and bottom of phone. Example: keyboard Android buttons have Menu and Back on left side whereas bottom of phone has Menu and Home on left side. It forces a brain reorientation every time you switch modes. I decided that physical keyboards were dead after this experience.
I returned the Epic and got the EVO instead. Yes. I know there are Galaxy S phones on other carriers. I'm on Sprint and yes, I've tried the other networks before.
Don't tell me about the hardware differences. I know and have personally experienced with AMOLED vs. S-AMOLED, Snapdragon vs. Hummingbird, and Adreno 200 vs. PowerVR SGX540.
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