Conclusion: It’s easy to recommend the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, even if you’ll dread telling your friends your new phone’s full name. It’s incredibly fast, extremely slim and has Samsung’s winning Super AMOLED Plus display. If you’re in a good WiMAX coverage area, you’ll revel in solid 4G speeds, and if you’re in a 3G-only area—well, you’ll get average Sprint 3G speeds and enjoy longer battery life.
Pros: Super display, extremely fast, very good camera.
Cons: Large phone, display resolution is lower than we'd like. WiMAX 4G coverage still spotty.
Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch for Sprint - still a stunner after all these months
20 September 2011
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is the first version of the venerable Galaxy S II smartphone to be available from a major carrier in the U.S. It is a followup to Sprint's Epic 4G from last year, but it shares little with that model. Instead of packing a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the Epic 4G Touch is a traditional slab-style smartphone with a massive touchscreen. The Epic 4G Touch is slightly different than the global version of the Galaxy S II as well.
Pros: Buttery smooth performance, great camera, awesome display
Conclusion: It’s not really a surprise to us that the Samsung Epic 4G Touch is one of the best Android phones you can buy. We felt that the Galaxy S II kind of set the bar back when we took a look at it in May, and the Epic 4G Touch retains all that we liked from the Galaxy S II and made some needed improvements.
Pros: Amazingly fast performance all around, High quality camera and camcorder with 1080p, Good call quality and battery life, 4.5” Super AMOLED Plus is easy on the eyes, Just 9.6mm thin and 4.5oz light
Cons: WVGA display resolution, resulting in 206 ppi, No dedicated camera key and small volume rocker, TouchWiz doesn’t hurt the phone’s performance, but we could do without it
Summary: By far the best device on Sprint, and could possibly be the best device period. Great battery combined with a true powerhouse of a device makes for an awesome device. The Epic 4G Touch should be on...
Excerpt: I have been using a Samsung Galaxy S II as my primary smartphone for about two weeks now. It has been a pleasant experience. It is both the second dual core device and the the second 4.3-inch display device that I am reviewing.
Excerpt: The Samsung Galaxy S II devices have finally hit America. The Epic 4G Touch brings a unique experience to Sprint. The Epic Touch is equipped with a stunning 4.52″ Super AMOLED Plus screen and packs the powerful 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor. This is both beauty and the beast combined.
Conclusion: Faced with the challenge of the popular and capable iPhone, Samsung pulled out all the stops with the Galaxy S II, summoning its vast technological prowess in so many areas to produce a phone that really shines. From the "insanely great" monitor with its vibrant color and deep blacks, to its powerful processor that allows smooth animations and impressive capabilities, the Galaxy S II presents a winning alternative.
Pros: Very refined smartphone, Quite customizable design, Ability to share images online quickly, Stunning screen is excellent for composing and reviewing images, Excellent color accuracy outdoors (though some may think a bit muted), Decent lens with low distortion, Good image quality at low ISOs in good light, User adjustable settings such as exposure compensation, ISO, white balance, metering modes, AF modes, scene modes, effects, quality, etc., ISOs as low as 40 in Auto ...
Cons: Some trouble with 4G and 3G reception inside buildings (rectified by switching to Wi-Fi), Weak flash with narrow coverage (no surprise for a single LED), Flash produced cool cast in images when shooting in tungsten light, Only capable of digital zooming (up to 4x), Reddish Auto WB indoors, yellowish with Incandescent setting, No custom white balance, Print quality not much better than 5-megapixel iPhone 4, Image banding in Macro mode