It is time for the competition to step up and follow the 4G network trend and Samsung seams to take that risk. Samsung Epic is the first 4G smartphone made by Korean manufacturer and promises to be a good competitor for HTC Evo.
We shall say: FIGHT!
The 4.0-inches big touch display is a Super Amoled based one with 16M colors and 480 x 800 pixel resolution. It supports multi-touch, swype text writing and has accelerometer and proximity sensors. Under the display there are four touch sensitive buttons: Menu, Home, Back and Search. Above the screen there’s a secondary VGA camera ready for video chat.
At the back of the smartphone there is a 5 megapixel camera that has autofocus, LED flash and 3x digital zoom. It can record HD videos at 720p, but lacks the HDMI port HTC Evo has. A little advantage for HTC Evo here, because it’s having an 8 megapixel camera, HDMI port and a kickstand( don’t laugh, it’s great for movies).
Furthermore, the internal specs rock: 1Ghz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Processor and Android 2.1 operating system. Memory has 1 GB ROM and 512 MB RAM, but a microSD card can be added and increase the internal memory up to 32Gb. At this section neither Samsung nor HTC can be in advantage.
On the connectivity side the battle is harsh and Samsung could not let the weapons down: 3G and 4G(peak download: more than 10 Mbps/peak upload: 1 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and WiMax, microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm stereo headset jack and GPS through A-Gps support. 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot is also supported by Epic 4G and can connect up to 5 mobile devices same time. Tough to say which is better, but let’s admit and say Samsung have here a slight advantage by offering Wi-Fi on all three bands.
Each Android phone has a “thing” for applications and Epic 4G could not pass this important step without notice. The phone comes loaded with: Google Search™, Google Maps™, Google Talk™, Gmail™, YouTube™ , Google Calendar™, Sprint applications(Sprint Football Live, Sprint Navigation Sprint TV®, and NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM). If you want more, don’t worry there are more than 50,000 apps available in the place called Android Market™.
At the end, we can’t decide which phone is better, Epic or Evo so we will end this battle fairly with a draw. Both, Evo and Epic are good phones and we believe there are not major differences between them.
HTC Evo 4G is available from June and has an estimated price of $200(on a contract) while Samsung Epic 4G will be available from August and we estimate it will have the same $200 price.