Hands-on with the Sprint Epic 4G

We saved the best of the Samsung Galaxy S phones for last: the Epic 4G. It's similar to its other Galaxy S cousins, but adds in a horizontally sliding QWERTY keyboard and, yes, WiMAX 4G. The slider did add some thickness - but we're comparing that to the crazy-thing Galaxy phones on the other networks, by its lonesome the Epic 4G doesn't feel all that chunky or heavy. We obviously haven't had a chance to do much with the keyboard, but our first take is we're liking the separation and even the flatness of the keys.

Yeah yeah, talky talky - we make with the pictures after the break!

Update: doesn't really do it justice, but we shot a quick video of the Epic 4G displaying ...video. It's crisp, vibrant, very beautiful. It may not have the pixel density of the iPhone 4, but the color and contrast looks much better to our eyes. It, too, is after the break

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75 Comments
  • Google search. Whew. Thank you Sprint.
  • yeah wait... touch wiz?
  • yeah wait... touch wiz?
  • I don't get it. Hmmm...
    Anyway, I think this phone looks pretty awesome. I actually like the look the most out of all the devices. It is the most unique and has the most features out of all the Galaxy S series. It is an Epic phone!
  • all of these Galaxy S variations were expected to come stock with Touch Wiz, but seeing that google search bar is like seeing a glimpse of hope!
  • Hm, I am not moved by this phone. Maybe some video will show me something worth looking into.
  • This looks great.
  • no EVO comparision? Just curious about the size of it.
  • Does the camera have a flash? Is that the little dot on the back of it?
  • Yes
  • Uh... Dieter... It's Walkie Talkie----
  • Oh wow Dieter wrote this post. I really miss him and Derek.
  • Does the keyboard have a backlight? I do like what I have heard about the EVO...but not sure if I can give up a keyboard....I have until August 1st to decide!
  • yes it does look at a few of the pictures in low light with the keyboard out
  • ah...thank you! :)
  • I didn't think I could live without a physical keyboard but I got use to the touch screen quickly. I am now using thw SWYPE keyboard on my EVO and love it. I can type so much faster swyping over typing.
  • The Samsung EPIC 4G has both Swype AND physical keyboard. Beat that EVO. :)
  • Is that an LED notification light to the left of the front facing camera? If so this could be the only Galaxy model to have one.
  • sure looks like one :)
  • I would have to agree. The left side has the proximity sensor and the right side has the camera and.... I could only think of a LED notification light. Unless it is a LED flash which I highly doubt.
  • The LED notification light is to the right of the earpiece (left of the camera).
  • when is it avaiable? I upgrade 8/1 and have had my eye on evo, but I think I may go epic......
  • Samsung Rep was quoted as saying most of these phones should be out on the market by later July early August.
  • I am looking for the dimensions...doesn't matter but I am just wondering. Edit: Found this, http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Samsung-Epic-4G-phone-p_4720.html If this is true, it is not much thicker than the Evo.
  • Yeah, but why does it say it has 512 GB of ROM via the site you were looking at?...must be a typo
  • haterz beware great phone ... AND You DUMP TRUCKS THAT CALL THIS PHONE "big" wow I guess ur girlfriends must all be mad at ur umm BELOW THE WAIST.. For a keyboard phone this is ultra slim.. No bigger than my pre.. Glad I waited folks..NO HDMI OUT hehe but DNLA IN... Look it up people no wires!!! Super amoled easy top 5 phone in national market... Wait till the geeks get to it and the hummingbird..!
  • wut.
  • haterz beware great phone ... AND You DUMP TRUCKS THAT CALL THIS PHONE "big" wow I guess ur girlfriends must all be mad at ur umm BELOW THE WAIST.. For a keyboard phone this is ultra slim.. No bigger than my pre.. Glad I waited folks..NO HDMI OUT hehe but DNLA IN... Look it up people no wires!!! Super amoled easy top 5 phone in national market... Wait till the geeks get to it and the hummingbird..!
  • Bad enough you post this drivel once. Twice is just stupid, like the post itself. What are you, 12 years old?
  • He probably posted from a Palm Pre, they double post on these forums.
  • Cool phone and all but I think I'm done with sliders...
  • This phone isn't SUPPOSED TO BE a huge phone like the Evo, but it's a good size, more comparable with the iPhone 4 than the Moment or Hero. But in other news, I'm glad you posted these pictures, because it just sold me on this phone. Screw the evo, I want the Samsung Epic! Glad I have to wait till sept. 1st for my upgrade anyways, or I would have made a poor decision already. Keep us posted on any news about pricing, yeah?
  • It's actually closer to the EVO in size than the iPhone. The EVO is actually pretty small considering the screen size. I love my sister's EVO but this phone does look pretty tempting. I have till December though to decide what phone I'll get or perhaps there will be another phone that is better than this or the EVO. I highly doubt it though. Those two phones are on top of the Android world right now.
  • The 4 inch size is the perfect compromise between physical size and screen size. 3.7 or 3.5 is too small 4.3 is just too big 4.0 is just perfect.
  • I'm a Pre owner, but with the lack of excitement in webOS land, I'm looking to make the move to team Android. I was going to go w/ the Evo... I even pre-ordered the white one at Best Buy, but this will much more suitable for me. Can't wait! I'm eligible for upgrade 7/1.
  • Same boat for me.
  • @Dieter Bohn...can you use the software keyboard horizontally? I would hate to have to slide that QWERTY out every time I wanted to view/type horizontal. Does it even rotate without opening????
  • Hmmm.. good question. For someone that doesn't like using the slider that much I would recomend getting the EVO. I'm still torn between getting this phone or the EVO.
  • it has a virtual keyboard like everyother phone plus SWYPE
  • I have swype on my htc hero - love it, works GREAT!!
    Glad to see it on the E4g too!!
  • I think this will be the first Android Phone to give the I-Phone a good run for it's money. With it being available world wide with almost every wireless carrier, the fact that Samsung makes the I-Phone processor! They seem to be coming out full force on this one. I actually think this phone will really sway a lot of BlackBerry people with the full keyboard. I know it's got my attention and I have a Curve currently. Glad my upgrade is Aug 1st. I like this over the EVO.
  • I don't like Samsung.....they came out with the instinct that I hate so much.....love this Evo tho!!!!!
  • Oooooh! Me likey this phone! I'm a QWERTY keybord JUNKIE. I hate to say that I'm a proud moto droid owner that is jealous of this phone. No plans to jump carriers from Verizon but if this is available for big red in the future, I'm in!
  • this phone is going to be sick though. Its like a little smaller version of a evo4g, but i am wondering though, whats the price difference?
  • Not better than the Evo but its cool..I don't need a slide out keyboard wit this nice big keyboard on my 4.3 capacitive touch screen.
  • But your screen quality sucks. Go for quality not quantity. Plus I bet this phone has better battery life than your EVO AND it performs twice as fast too. (Snapdragon vs Hummingbird)
  • This idiot obviously never held an Evo
  • The Samsung Galaxy S video said something about Galaxys