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Samsung Epic 4G

8.1/10 AVG.
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8.1/10
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The Samsung Epic 4G currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Top Ten Reviews

The Samsung Epic 4G is a music cell phone that surprised us with all its small details. We liked the addition of the full QWERTY keyboard and the large amount of memory. We wish it had stronger battery life, but overall we couldn’t be more pleased.

- Top Ten Reviews Team, Top Ten Reviews
Complex

Once again, the improved UI, multimedia features, and sleek presentation value push the Galaxy S II to the top of the next-gen Android platform. At least until we get our hands on the Ice Cream Sandwich OS devices. In the same vein as the original Galaxy models, the Epic 4G Touch’s selling poi...

- Alex Bracetti, Complex
Wired

Once you swallow its size, there's very little to complain about with the Epic. The screen looks great with games, media, or even just browsing the menus. Audio, both with calls and media playback, is loud and crisp. Photos look good. Webpages load quickly and cleanly. And managing extra service...

- Christopher Null , Wired
IntoMobile

Slider mechanism issues aside, the Epic 4G feels better in the hand than any other Galaxy S variant we’ve seen to date.

- Will Park, IntoMobile
BGR

The device is quick, responsive, and — perhaps most importantly — you feel like you are using Sprint’s flagship device (even if technically it isn’t). Would we have loved a key on the keyboard moved and maybe a better video capturing experience? Yes… but that didn&r...

- Andrew Munchbach, BGR


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Samsung released the Epic 4G on August 12, 2010.


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Screen Size
4"

The Samsung Epic 4G's screen size is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Samsung Cortex A8 Hummingbird 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.1 Eclair (Update Available: 2.3 Gingerbread) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
461 MB

Internal memory is 461 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 9 days standby time, 390 minutes.

Epic 4G Specs

Overview
Release date August 12, 2010
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.1 Eclair (Update Available: 2.3 Gingerbread)

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Processor Samsung Cortex A8 Hummingbird 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 461 MB
RAM 1 GB
ROM 512 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.68 W/kg
Body: 0.99 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 390 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.5 x 6.5 x 1.4 cm (4.9 x 2.6 x 0.6 in)
Weight 155 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Screensavers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
3x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
VGA
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy S Pro, Samsung SPH-D700

16GB MicroSD memory card included. Android 2.2 Froyo update available.
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Critic Reviews


Top Ten Reviews

The Epic 4G is ready to meet your entertainment needs with its Media Hub feature

from Top Ten Reviews

The Samsung Epic 4G is a music cell phone that surprised us with all its small details. We liked the addition of the full QWERTY keyboard and the large amount of memory. We wish it had stronger battery life, but overall we couldn’t be more pleased.

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The Samsung Epic 4G is a music cell phone that surprised us with all its small details. We liked the addition of the full QWERTY keyboard and the large amount of memory. We wish it had stronger battery life, but overall we couldn’t be more pleased.

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Complex

Boasts amazing screen, camera, & battery life

from Complex

Once again, the improved UI, multimedia features, and sleek presentation value push the Galaxy S II to the top of the next-gen Android platform. At least until we get our hands on the Ice Cream Sandwich OS devices. In the same vein as the original Galaxy models, the Epic 4G Touch’s selling...More

Once again, the improved UI, multimedia features, and sleek presentation value push the Galaxy S II to the top of the next-gen Android platform. At least until we get our hands on the Ice Cream Sandwich OS devices. In the same vein as the original Galaxy models, the Epic 4G Touch’s selling points are its impeccable media delivery and limitless entertainment options. Plus the addition of cool offerings in the form of a mobile video editor and simultaneous voice and data coverage over 4G make it a mobile cellular king. The Exynos dual-core also does a great job of multitasking, while zipping through web pages and menu navigation. As cool as the touchscreen motion-gesture technology comes off, we prefer the phone's trademark QWERTY keyboard instead.

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Wired

Glorious display — extremely bright and crisp

from Wired

Once you swallow its size, there's very little to complain about with the Epic. The screen looks great with games, media, or even just browsing the menus. Audio, both with calls and media playback, is loud and crisp. Photos look good. Webpages load quickly and cleanly. And managing extra services like the porta-hotspot system couldn't be easier (though the speeds we got on our connected PC were sub-megabit downloads)....

More

Once you swallow its size, there's very little to complain about with the Epic. The screen looks great with games, media, or even just browsing the menus. Audio, both with calls and media playback, is loud and crisp. Photos look good. Webpages load quickly and cleanly. And managing extra services like the porta-hotspot system couldn't be easier (though the speeds we got on our connected PC were sub-megabit downloads).

On the downside: The Epic turned in just 4½ hours talk time, which is pretty sad for a phone with such vast amounts of room for a battery. And we weren't big fans of the slide-out keyboard, which features keys that don't stick up enough and are hard to hit with anything except a fingernail. At the same time, on-screen typing was jarring thanks to the overly-active rumbler beneath the display.

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IntoMobile

It's packed with numerous features that make it a stand out

from IntoMobile

Despite its close relation to other Galaxy S variants, the Epic 4G is chock full of features that really make the handset stand out from the crowd. That’s important because we’re going to see more and more Android smartphones in the coming months, so it’s going to get tougher fo...More

Despite its close relation to other Galaxy S variants, the Epic 4G is chock full of features that really make the handset stand out from the crowd. That’s important because we’re going to see more and more Android smartphones in the coming months, so it’s going to get tougher for those devices to grab your attention. Now, are the Sprint Epic 4G’s additional features make it worth the extra dough, compared to its keyboard-less Galaxy S siblings? That depends. If you absolutely have to have a physical keyboard and you aren’t willing to sacrifice on screen size or processing power and you want badass 3D performance, the Epic 4G is for you. Slider mechanism issues aside, the Epic 4G feels better in the hand than any other Galaxy S variant we’ve seen to date. The front-facing camera isn’t at the top of our gotta-have features list, but it’s great to have the option to video chat or take self portraits. We’d have liked to have seen a kickstand on the phone, but its absence is not a deal breaker. The keyboard is on the better side of good, but the dedicated number row really helps it shine. The Epic 4G may not be the prettiest of the Galaxy S bunch, nor is it the sexiest Android phone available today, but it sure does pack a punch. If you can get past the niggling build-quality issues and the sometimes unresponsive navigation buttons we mentioned above, the Epic 4G is one helluva device.

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BGR

The Samsung Epic 4G is an amazing device and certainly one worthy of standing on the same pedestal as the HTC EVO 4G

from BGR

The device is quick, responsive, and — perhaps most importantly — you feel like you are using Sprint’s flagship device (even if technically it isn’t). Would we have loved a key on the keyboard moved and maybe a better video capturing experience? Yes… but that didn’t really hinder our overall impression of the device....

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The device is quick, responsive, and — perhaps most importantly — you feel like you are using Sprint’s flagship device (even if technically it isn’t). Would we have loved a key on the keyboard moved and maybe a better video capturing experience? Yes… but that didn’t really hinder our overall impression of the device.

At the end of a phone review we always ask ourselves: could we use this device day-in and day-out as our primary phone? And we are happy to report that in regards to the Epic 4G the answer is: absolutely. Combine the flexibility of Android with a rock-solid keyboard and high-end features and you have yourself a winner. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Epic 4G to anyone and truly wonder which of the two 4G handsets Sprint considers its flagship. The device is priced $50 higher than the EVO 4G, but if you need to have a physical keyboard — and don’t mind the TouchWiz UI and Android 2.1 — it’s money well spent.

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PhoneArena

The Epic 4G stands tall on its own

from PhoneArena

The Super AMOLED display is gorgeous, the hardware keyboard is a requirement for some and the 1GHz Hummingbird processor is snappy. The Epic plays well to both the professional and multimedia crowd, and will find a home in many pockets because of this. It is a versatile device that offers any...More

The Super AMOLED display is gorgeous, the hardware keyboard is a requirement for some and the 1GHz Hummingbird processor is snappy. The Epic plays well to both the professional and multimedia crowd, and will find a home in many pockets because of this. It is a versatile device that offers anything a user could want. Though the portfolio may only be two strong right now, Sprint has yet another 4G winner on their hands with the Samsung Epic 4G. Of course, it you don't enjoy the Epic 4G for one reason or another, you can safely choose the EVO 4G, which is also a remarkable device with great specs and execution.

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MobileBurn

It's a top-notch device

from MobileBurn

If you've been holding out on Sprint's HTC EVO 4G while waiting for an Android smartphone with WiMAX capabilities that also offers a full QWERTY keyboard, your mobile prayers have been answered.

While there are some setbacks, namely battery life, the Epic 4G is a premium smartphone tha...More

If you've been holding out on Sprint's HTC EVO 4G while waiting for an Android smartphone with WiMAX capabilities that also offers a full QWERTY keyboard, your mobile prayers have been answered.

While there are some setbacks, namely battery life, the Epic 4G is a premium smartphone that's sure to knock more than just a few socks off. In this review I'll discuss the device's features, as well as what makes it stand out amongst the other Galaxy S devices, which have already launched on AT&T and T-Mobile.

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Phone Scoop

The Epic 4G will be an easy choice

from Phone Scoop

In many ways, the Samsung Epic 4G exceeded my expectations and delivered on some of its lofty promises. The Super AMOLED screen is fantastic, easily the phone’s standout feature. If you want to watch movies, surf the Web or perform any task that’s improved by a bright, colorful sc...More

In many ways, the Samsung Epic 4G exceeded my expectations and delivered on some of its lofty promises. The Super AMOLED screen is fantastic, easily the phone’s standout feature. If you want to watch movies, surf the Web or perform any task that’s improved by a bright, colorful screen, the Epic 4G is a delight. I was also impressed by the performance of the phone’s processor. The interface was so snappy, it felt like the phone was in a rush. Even without the performance-boosting Android 2.2 update, the phone performed well in every task I threw its way. It’s too bad the Android gaming catalog is so thin right now, because this phone would be a boon to high end gaming on the platform.

The design, for me, is a mixed bag. I didn’t love the cheap plastic feel or the phone’s large shell, though I appreciate the huge screen size. With the light weight and the glossy plastic, it felt something like a toy. But I did enjoy typing on the massive keyboard, one of the largest I’ve seen on a smartphone.

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Gizmodo

The Best 4G Phone

from Gizmodo

When you compare the Epic to the EVO, the Epic is the clear winner. Whether it's the slide-out keyboard, better screen, longer battery life or Swype built in, there are plenty of reasons to choose this phone instead.

Placed aside the other Galaxy S phones, the Epic still comes out ahea...More

When you compare the Epic to the EVO, the Epic is the clear winner. Whether it's the slide-out keyboard, better screen, longer battery life or Swype built in, there are plenty of reasons to choose this phone instead.

Placed aside the other Galaxy S phones, the Epic still comes out ahead. It's the only one of the four that has 4G, the only one with a camera flash and the only one that has the slide-out keyboard. Most everything else across all four carriers are the same, except for small details in pricing and data plans. But when you're trying to decide between three skinny brothers and a stronger (but fatter) fourth brother, it's clear what the choice is.

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Engadget

If you need a physical keyboard and you're looking for the one of the most musclebound Android phones money can buy, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend

from Engadget

Let's take our attention away from the specifics of this phone for a second. Speaking in more general terms, it's really impressive that Sprint has already managed to release two very high-end, exceptionally desirable devices built specifically to take advantage of its 4G network. In f...More

Let's take our attention away from the specifics of this phone for a second. Speaking in more general terms, it's really impressive that Sprint has already managed to release two very high-end, exceptionally desirable devices built specifically to take advantage of its 4G network. In fact, we'd say that the Epic and the EVO -- even more than the Pre -- have vaulted Sprint from its status as an also-ran to perhaps the most gadget-savvy carrier in the US today. If you'd asked us 18 months ago whether we ever thought we'd be saying that, we'd have laughed at you. Of course, the Epic can't just be geeky, it's got to be good -- Sprint isn't out of the danger zone yet for subscriber churn, and it's going to need average Joes and Janes to buy these right out of stock. In other words, it needs to parlay the buzz that the EVO generated into a permanent slow burn, and the Epic is a critical part of that equation.

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