Review: Samsung Epic 4G
For years I complained about the lousy TouchWIZ interface on some Samsung phones, and the company has finally toned it down to the point it's practically an interface theme with no real changes to the organization or design of Android. While my colleague Eric Zeman found the colorful app icons a bit too cheery for his taste, I like the big, finger friendly square with their colored backgrounds. On the dazzling Super AMOLED display, more color is always a good thing.
The Epic 4G offers a seven panel home screen that you can fill with app icons, widgets and shortcuts. At the bottom of every panel lies a persistent row of shortcuts for the phone, the contact list, the messaging app and the application menu. I'm not sure why Samsung doesn't let you customize this group with your own favorites, since it seems to be a customizable option on the Samsung Vibrant, another Galaxy S phone, but you're stuck with what they offer.
Beyond the look of the home screen and the application menu, which swipes horizontally on this phone instead of vertically, the interface is mostly unchanged from the basic Android 2.1 designs. Pulling down the notification shade from the top also exposes a row of buttons to control the radio, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G and GPS. Otherwise, some of the worst aspects of Android remain. The settings menus are still a boring list of white text on black background, with a feel that is much more BlackBerry than Android.
AD article continues below...
Strangely, after a couple days using the Epic 4G, when I pressed the home key it would always ask me if I wanted to “Complete action using” Home or TwLauncher. I assume the latter stands for TouchWIZ launcher. The former turned out to be a three panel home screen with no icons at the bottom and a more standard Android app drawer. I asked the phone to use the TwLauncher by default, but it was never able to remember this preference, and every time I pressed the home key I was asked to choose my launcher. This behavior seems like a bug and hopefully Samsung will fix this in the future.
Hands-On with Samsung's Galaxy S Phones for the US
Hands-on with the new Samsung Galaxy S series phone, including the Captivate for AT&T, Fascinate for Verizon, Epic 4G for Sprint, and Vibrant for T-Mobile.
Sprint Intros iD Pack for Seniors
Oct 16, 2012
Sprint today announced the availability of a new Sprint iD pack that is aimed at making smartphones easier to use for seniors. The Active Senior ID pack includes 20 applications and services that Sprint believes can help to improve the smartphone experience for older users.
Apple Asks Court to Ban 8 Samsung Phones
Aug 27, 2012
In the wake of its courtroom victory against Samsung, Apple today asked the court to ban sales of eight Samsung devices found to infringe on its design and other patents. The devices include the Galaxy S 4G, S2 (AT&T and T-Mobile), S2 Skyrocket, S2 Epic 4G, S Showcase, Droid Charge, and Galaxy Prevail.
Voyager Mobile Launching May 15 with $19 Pre-Paid Plan
May 14, 2012
Voyager Mobile today announced that its no-contract wireless services will be available starting May 15. Voyager is a new company that has leased access to Sprint's EVDO 3G and WiMax 4G networks and is offering two service plans.
Sprint Pushing Maintenance Updates to Android Phones
Jan 19, 2012
Sprint has begun distributing system updates to the HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Epic 4G, and HTC EVO Design 4G smartphones. The updates remove Carrier IQ's software, as well as fixes bugs, boosts performance, and resolves security issues.