- Reception and call quality The Epic is hands-down has the best call quality I have ever experienced on a cell phone.
- Display Super AMOLED makes the colors pop and the blacks deep. The brightness is unrivaled, so the Epic is usable in direct sunlight.
- Battery life Two batteries are a necessity for days that involve heavy usage.
- Camera No comments
- Ease of use There is a bit of a learning curve for those new to Android.
- Design and form factor The Epic is a beautiful piece of hardware. I love the all black design with the chrome accent.
- Portability (size / weight) To accommodate the large screen and slide out keyboard, the Epic is a chunky-monkey.
- Media support Media Hub and Amazon MP3 come pre-installed. Amazon MP3 has an expansive music selection. I found Media Hub to be lacking in overall content.
- Durability I have had it for 8 months and so far it has withstood the abuse. My wife did have to put her Epic into the shop for a defective screen. :(
- Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Android apps keep growing everyday. The selection is only second to Apple.
The major issue that I have with the Epic is more of an issue with Samsung. I despise fragmentation. The length of time it takes Samsung to roll-out Android updates is so frustrating! I finally received the Froyo update (no thanks to Sprint) back in late February. It wasn't even the latest version of Android! Now I am impatiently waiting for my Gingerbread update. They promised it in mid-May. It's May 26th!
The Samsung Epic 4G is a slick piece of hardware. There is no doubt that after 8 months of being on the market it is still one of the highest performing single core processor phones on the market. The 5 MP camera on the back takes remarkable photos. The QWERTY keyboard is a joy to use (it has a 'smiley face' button). The screen is drop-dead gorgeous.
If you can look past the fragmentation issues (honestly, Froyo is great), the Epic is a top choice for Sprint customers. I am definitely not sorry I got the Epic 4G. I can say this for sure: my next phone will be the Nexus S 4G. Fragmentation drives me bonkers!
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