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Review: Samsung Epic 4G Touch

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The Epic 4G Touch may run Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with Sprint's iD packs, but it also offers a refreshed version of Samsung's TouchWiz.

Samsung has toned TouchWiz down even further than in past versions. The main menu looks and acts just like other Galaxy TouchWiz phones, but the home screens are slightly different. Samsung has created its own widgets to collect information on the home screen panels. They can be used to stick all sorts of content from the web there, including RSS feeds, weather, news, email, social networks, and so on. The design of these widgets is clean and crisp, though it is easy to clutter up the home screen if you go overboard.

The newest version of TouchWiz also 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 previous Galaxy devices.

Perhaps most interesting, the new TouchWiz adds the ability to adjust all the home screens at the same time. Pressing and holding the home screen brings up a new dashboard that lets users customize each of the home screens from one spot rather than adjusting each one-by-one.

The user interface was lightning fast. I was able to jump from app to app and 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.

If you really want to use Sprint's iD packs, they are available, but you have to dig to find them.

 

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