Review: Samsung Epix
The Epix's screen looks great. With the 320x 320 resolution, everything looks clean and sharp. Web sites, pictures, video and graphics are all vibrant and clear. Readability in sunlight isn't perfect, though. In fact, it was sort of lousy.
The Epix was a signal hound. It grabbed five bars of AT&T 3G signal all over the place. In areas with strong signal, it performed on par with other AT&T 3G phones. Even in areas with weaker signal, it showed up other phones. I didn't miss any calls when using the Epix. The Epix performed in the NJ vault test well. It managed to find and hold signal in an area that many other AT&T (and other providers') phones cannot.
Sound quality of phone calls was good, but not stellar. There was some hissing and static on most calls, as well as some crackling. Earpiece volume was solid. I was able to hear phone calls with no problems in public areas such as shopping malls and coffee shops. Conversely, the ringer wasn't especially loud. Even when all the way up, it would be possible to miss calls when in noisy environments. The vibrating alert was strong enough to overcome the ringer's lack of volume. If the Epix is anywhere on your person, you're not going to miss the vibrating alert.
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The battery of the Epix performed on par with other 3G phones. I was able to get two full days of usage when in areas covered by AT&T's 3G signal. If you turn on all the radios (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), battery life drops by about half a day. One odd note, the Epix appeared to take longer than other phones to charge. It took nearly 8 hours to reach a full charge, even with the phone off. Samsung said this was abnormal, so it could be that my test unit has a faulty battery.
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