Review: Samsung Epic 4G Touch
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.
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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.
Aug 22, 2012
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Aug 30, 2011
Sprint today announced the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, the first Galaxy S II phone to launch with a major US carrier. The phone sports a massive 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display and the Samsung Exynos 1.2-GHz dual-core processor.
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.
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.
Jul 12, 2012
Sprint today indicated via its support forums that owners of the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch have something to looked forward to: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The update can be installed over the air, and Epic 4G Touch owners will be notified when the update is available to their device.