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Samsung Epic 4G Now Available

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The Samsung Epic 4G is now on sale at Sprint. It joins the Captivate and Vibrant in the Galaxy S lineup.

Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.1
  • 4″ Super AMOLED touchscreen
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard, plus virtual keyboard with Swype
  • Dual-mode 3G/4G device
  • WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dual cameras, 5MP main camera plus VGA front-facing camera
  • Mobile Hotspot capable
  • Combined IM, MMS and SMS messaging
  • Integrated contacts from multiple sources
  • Linked Contacts and Layered Calendar
  • Chat-style messaging
  • Sprint TV
  • GPS Navigation
  • Bluetooth
  • Memory Expandable to 32GB

With the slideout QWERTY, this is easily my favorite of the Galaxy S lineup. Add the 4G capabilities and Sprint pulled off a nice little package. The device certainly has a lot of perks, but is stuck with a 5MP camera. One would think a stunning display and a large resolution camera go hand in hand, but evidently not. The iPhone 4, Galaxy S, and a number of other impressive phones are hindered by an inadequate camera.

If I were a Sprint fan I’d definitely take a look at the Epic 4G. If you live on the West Coast, you already have access to the web store, though it officially goes on sale tomorrow. You can pick up the Epic 4G for $250 after $150 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate plus a 2-year contract. If you are patient though you can get it on Wirefly or Amazon for less. I’d look for it on sale in these alternative locations to make sure you get the best deal possible.

Samsung Epic 4G Coming to Sprint August 31

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

@SamsungTweets tweeted last night that the Epic 4G will be available on Sprint on August 31. Sprint has confirmed it as well.

Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.1
  • Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor
  • 4″ Super AMOLED capacitive display
  • Dual cameras: 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with autofocus, Power LED flash and 3x digital zoom for HD (720p) recording, plus a front-facing VGA camera
  • 3G/4G capability
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability — supports up to 5 Wi-Fi devices
  • Slide-out QWERTY and virtual Swype keyboards
  • Digital compass, proximity sensor, light sensor and GPS Navigation
  • Memory: 16GB microSD card included; expandable to 32 GB
  • Built-in Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Six-axis motion sensor for gaming

The Epic 4G is pretty packed with features, and more are on the way. It will feature Samsung’s AllShare service which enables sharing of various types of media to DLNA home appliances including televisions, digital cameras and printers. The Samsung Media Hub will feature a video and literary resource at some point. This feature is currently listed as “coming soon.” The Epic 4G will feature video chat and live video sharing via the Qik video app.

As a Galaxy S phone, it features a lot of the same stuff as the phones from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. What makes the Epic 4G stand out is the slideout QWERTY keyboard and the 4G connection. This should make for a pretty nice phone, especially with the hub capabilities.

You can pick up the Epic 4G for $250 with a two-year contract and after the $100 mail-in rebate. It also requires a Premium Data plan. Of all the Galaxy S phones, this is probably the one to get. This of course may not be an option depending on who your mobile carrier is, though. If you are a Sprint customer and a Samsung fan, you caught a lucky break. Other Samsung fans should be content with the nearly identical alternatives on their respective networks. It will be interesting to see how well this cross-carrier phone does, especially in a world of exclusives among the other brands.

Sprint Epic 4G Page Now Up

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Sprint has an Epic 4G teaser page up now. There isn’t a lot on it yet, but you can sign up for their mailing list and check out some basics.

Sprint- Epic 4G page

The page shows a person holding the Epic 4G in the ocean while recording dolphins swimming. The dolphins aren’t in the background ocean shot, so I’m not sure why they showed the video that way. There are some “coming soon” features on the site, regarding game play and movie watching. Currently the “faster text messaging” feature is displayed. Considering the fact that the Epic 4G is the only US-based Galaxy S phone to have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, I don’t know why anyone would want to use this feature on the virtual keyboard. It’s not a bad feature, but it is not one I see myself using a lot at this point.

There isn’t any pricing or launch information yet, so hopefully that will be coming soon. Check out the site. It is good for a few pictures and a brief video, if nothing else.