Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy S II and Epic 4G Touch
The Sprint version of the Galaxy S II has been named the Epic 4G Touch. It is nearly identical to its Galaxy S II brothers, but has the benefit of including WiMax 4G, as well.
The Epic 4G Touch for Sprint is amazingly thin. What's crazy is that the Epic 4G Touch also packs WiMax. This is by far the thinnest WiMax phone to date.
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As far as feel in the hand is concerned, it it doesn't feel all that different from the other Galaxy S IIs. Because of the huge display (4.52 inches!), it is an enormous phone and very wide. It's near impossible to get your hand all the way around it. The back has a textured surface that reminds me of carbon fiber. The one bummer is that the Epic 4G Touch still has that plastic-y feel of its Galaxy S predecessors. I would prefer it to feel more solid and seem some metal in the design somewhere rather than all the plastic that is used in the housing. For whatever reason, Samsung seems to be averse to using metal in its handset designs.
The Super AMOLED Plus display is just as awesome on the Epic 4G Touch as it is on the S II for AT&T.
The rest of the Epic 4G Touch takes a minimalistic approach. The power/lock key is on the right, the volume toggle is on the left, and there are the usual four buttons below the display.
The newest version of TouchWiz gets rid of all the dippy-looking, chicklet-sized icons that I've disliked intensely of previous versions of TouchWiz. Instead, Samsung has allowed the UI to look like a more natural version of Android. While there's still a decidedly Samsung feel to the user interface, it is far, far less obnoxious than it is on other Galaxy devices.
The user interface was lightning fast. I was able to jump from app to app, from screen to screen, in a jiffy. With a dual-core 1.2GHz processor under the hood, it has plenty of power to get things done.
Aside from the slightly plastic feel to the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, it's a truly impressive phone. Well done, Samsung.
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