I believe it was Shakespeare who said that a rose by any other name still smells as sweet. Forgive me if that is not a literal quote, and I missed a word here or there, but I think you understand the point I’m trying to make. In this case I am referring of course to the Samsung Epic Touch 4G which was recently released by Sprint for their 4G WiMAX wireless broadband network.
For those who don’t know, this is Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II which sold 10 million units in 5 months in Asia and Europe. Sprint wisely decided not to stray far from the physical or technical design of such a massively popular phone, but did make one major improvement that you notice right away.
The Samsung Epic Touch 4G still arrives in a typical black, rectangular handset form factor with slightly rounded corners, big bright display, and four Android operation buttons beneath the display. However, Samsung has bumped up the display from 4.3 inches on the Galaxy S II to 4.5 inches for the Samsung Epic Touch 4G. If you are wondering why there are so many phones with 4.3 inch displays, the reason is size as compared to the average cell phone user’s hands.
If 4.5 is nice, 4.7 would be great, and 4.9 would be better, right? Actually that is not true. Much above 4.5 inches becomes very difficult to hold and adds a lot of weight. We were concerned that this 4.5 inches would stretch the portability of the device, however, Samsung has kept the handset thin at 0.38 inches (10 mm), and light at 4.60 ounces (130 grams). You can purchase the Samsung Epic Touch 4G starting at only $99 at select Sprint authorized retailers.
The typical audio out headset jack, microUSB slots, microSD slots, power switch and volume rocker are located around the edges of the device, and the Samsung Epic Touch 4G has a rear facing eight megapixel camera and forward facing two megapixel camcorder. The rear facing eight megapixel camera can record in 1080P HD resolution and at up to 30 frames per second, and comes equipped with a bright video light. The forward facing two megapixel chat cam also offers video call functionality at 720P HD resolution.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G offers Gingerbread 2.3.4 OS support out-of-the-box, and a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor with 1.0 GB of RAM memory, and is available exclusively on Sprint’s 4G WiMAX mobile broadband network at a retail price starting at $99 at select Sprint authorized retailers with a two-year activation, Sprint’s lowest launch pricing of a 4G handset to date.