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Review: Samsung Epix

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Bluetooth

The Epix paired with regular and stereo headsets quite easily. The connection with each type of headset was good, and we never experienced any hissing or disconnects. Music playback sounded good through stereo Bluetooth headsets. We were able to pair the Epix with multiple different computers and send files wherever we wished.

Calendar

Like all Windows Mobile smartphones, you can sync your calendar with Outlook on your PC or an Exchange server. You can choose to view your calendar by week, month or agenda. The left soft key lets you swap between these views quickly. The right soft key gets you into the menu, where you can open new appointments, change the view, and configure the calendar application

Clock

The Epix is not a very good watch replacement. In order to wake the phone up, you have to punch the unlock/power key on the side of the device. The phone then immediately jumps to whatever screen you were last using. There is a clock visible on most screens, but it is tiny and stuffed into the upper right hand corner of the screen. It takes a moment for your eyes to locate it.

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Doc Viewer

Because the Epix is a Windows smartphone, you can use the Office Mobile program to open Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDFs. We were able to read and make edits to Word documents no problem. It's certainly not as effective as a regular computer, but making minor edits to a document from your mobile device certainly has its merits.

GPS

The Epix has GPS on board and is preloaded with AT&T Navigation software. You can also choose to download Google Maps for Mobile. Both were able programs at creating directions and getting me from point A to point B. Time tofirst fix (speed in which the phone locks onto a GPS satellite) was a bit on the slower side compared to other phones we've reviewed recently. The average was about 2 minutes.

Other

Other applications pre-loaded on the Epix include Cingular Video, Wikipedia, MobiTV, an RSS reader program, mobile banking and a weather application. Cingular Video works through the browser and lets you watch short video clips. It worked best in areas covered by 3G signal, but was choppy in EDGE-only areas. MobiTV was a better option for watching mobile video. It offers full episodes of some TV programs such as The Office, and I experienced fewer playback issues. The Wikipedia application lets you search through Wikipedia easily from the phonetop, and the RSS reader lets you have RSS feeds delivered directly to your phone.

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