Samsung Epic

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Fring was out at the Sprint HQ the other day and demonstrated their Video Calling app on the Epic over the Sprint 4G network:

Great quality, low latency, 'it just worked'!  Check out the Video:

 

 

From: http://www.fring.com/blog/?p=2454

Sprint Product Ambasador mattvalenz posted this on our internal blog; reposting here for everyone!

 

"Undoubtably you have been hearing all about the screen on the Epic,  or you may have actually seen it yourself; it truly is remarkable and  unlike any smartphone screen that we have ever seen on any device. The  brightness, colors and sharpness really make text, images and graphics  pop on the device, almost in an unreal way. But how did Samsung do this?  And what the heck is Super AMOLED anyway?

 

"AMOLED stands for Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode,  or Active Matrix Organic LED. Super AMOLED is a proprietary Samsung  display technology that uses the concept of an HD television and applies  it to a mobile device.

 

 

"Per OLED-info.com:

"Samsung  has placed a touch-sensor (on-cell) over the display and made it  evaporate. The thickness of the touch sensor is just 0.001mm! This  allows the screen to provide better images and to have great visibility  even in direct sunlight (Samsung says that they perform 20% better than  regular touch AMOLED outdoors). Super-AMOLEDs also have better lifetime  than regular AMOLED and are very responsive to touch - even better than  the iPhone's display."

 

"It  also differs from many other display technologies in that the layer  which detects touch is integrated into the screen rather than being  overlaid on top.

Other major benefits are

 

  • 20% brighter screen

  • 80% less sunlight reflection

  • 20% reduced power consumption

 

 

"In the short time the  [product] team have had our hands on the Epic, we can tell you that the battery  life is excellent for a smartphone of this caliber. The efficiencies of  the screen are undoubtedly a major reason why."

 

 

ARMDevices.net interviewed a Samsung tech rep at Mobile World Congress 2010, reviewing how the SuperAMOLED screen works.  Very interesting stuff!

 

 

The video they were looking at during the interview (the butterflies and so on) follows:

 

Ian Douglas from AndroidPolice.com got his hands on the new Samsung Epic and took some time to write up a very comprehensive review of the phone, functions and features.  He even includes 480p and 720p videos taken with the phone, so you can see how the camcorder feature works on the phone.  (very impressive if I do say so myself)

 

From his conclusion:

 

Sprint thought that a well put together package like this is worth an extra $50 compared to most other high-end smartphones on the market and wasn’t afraid to slap on a $250 price tag. Is it worth the $50 over the EVO or the Droid 2? I think so, especially for keyboard lovers. And frankly, it doesn’t matter. Those $50 over the next 2 years will amount to $2 a month. Think of the big picture when buying a new phone – you will likely develop a relationship with your new companion that will be more intimate than with any other gadget. You will spend days and nights carrying it around, so don’t forget to be objective when making a buying decision.

 

If you’re an existing Sprint customer and you want a rich, deep color screen or need a slider keyboard, you should definitely look no further than the Epic 4G. While you may need to wait beyond the August 31st launch because all pre-orders are sold out, I do believe this is a much hotter phone than the EVO 4G. Seriously, go get your tent and a sleeping bag, and camp outside a Sprint store for this one. (*)

 

Read more at http://www.androidpolice.com/2010/08/24/hands-on-review-of-sprints-samsung-epic-4g/

wingland

Samsung Epic Commercial

Posted by wingland Aug 24, 2010

'Epic' commercial by Samsung for the new Samsung Epic phone from Sprint:

 

 

I cannot wait to get one of these!

wingland

Phonescoop Reviews Epic

Posted by wingland Aug 20, 2010

Phonescoop.com -- one of my goto phonesites -- has done their handson review of the Epic, including another video walkthrough demonstrating the hardware and Samsungs improved TouchWiz interface.  Video and more after the break!

 

[...] the Samsung Epic 4G exceeded my expectations and delivered on some of its lofty promises. The Super AMOLED screen is fantastic, easily the phone’s standout feature. If you want to watch movies, surf the Web or perform any task that’s improved by a bright, colorful screen, the Epic 4G is a delight. I was also impressed by the performance of the phone’s processor. The interface was so snappy, it felt like the phone was in a rush. Even without the performance-boosting Android 2.2 update, the phone performed well in every task I threw its way. It’s too bad the Android gaming catalog is so thin right now, because this phone would be a boon to high end gaming on the platform.

The design, for me, is a mixed bag. I didn’t love the cheap plastic feel or the phone’s large shell, though I appreciate the huge screen size. With the light weight and the glossy plastic, it felt something like a toy. But I did enjoy typing on the massive keyboard, one of the largest I’ve seen on a smartphone.

My complaints are mostly minor. I’m very disappointed in the images I took with the 5 megapixel camera, but that was the phone’s biggest flaw. I wish the TouchWIZ interface was more customizable. I’d also like to see better social networking integration, since the features did not seem to work as they were supposed to. But the official Facebook and Twitter apps are already solid, and Samsung’s modest additions were useful and cool looking.

 

Read the full indepth review at Phonescoop:

http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=404&p=2994

 

wingland

Epic Unboxing!

Posted by wingland Aug 19, 2010

The editors at Mobileburn have documented their unboxing of the new 4G Samsung Epic!

 

Part 1:

 

Part 2:

 

Original Story on Mobileburn

The first reviews for Samsung Epic 4G are in.

 

The technorati are saying that Sprint’s second 4G phone stands out from the crowd with its processor, its screen and other features.

 

Customers will be able to get the phone soon.

Samsung Epic 4G will be available beginning Tuesday, Aug. 31, in all Sprint retail channels, including Sprint.com,  Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and national retail partners, RadioShack,  Best Buy and Walmart, with Sprint Stores opening at 8 a.m. local time.  It will cost $249.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year  service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes excluded).

 

In the meantime, whether you still are trying to make up your mind, or just want to experience Epic vicariously through tech reviewers,  check out:

 

GizmodoSprint Epic 4G Review: The Best 4G Phone”

“The second ever 4G phone has added pressure to be better the first. Aldrin was better than Armstrong at punching skeptics in the face, for example. So is the Epic 4G better than the EVO? In almost every way.”

 

Engadget “Epic 4G review”

“Of the seemingly countless variants of the Galaxy S that Samsung's in the process of deploying around the globe, one stands out in a couple very unique (and important) ways: Sprint's Epic 4G.”

 

Laptop Magazine “Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint)“ 

“This feature-packed slider is a bit bulky, but overall it's Samsung's best Galaxy S series phone yet and yet another compelling reason to switch to Sprint.”

 

CNET "Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint)"

“Out of all the phones in the Samsung Galaxy S series, the Samsung Epic 4G strikes us as the most desirable for power users. Like all Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G has a large Super AMOLED touch screen, a 1GHz Hummingbird Cortex A8 processor, and it will have access to Samsung's upcoming Media Hub store.”

 

PC Magazine "Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint)"

“It's a powerful, high-end Android smartphone that is a great choice for Sprint customers, and it's our new Editors' Choice for keyboarded smartphones on Sprint.”

 

Slashgear “Sprint Epic 4G Review”

“Still, with a Super AMOLED display, high-speed connectivity and all Samsung’s multimedia bells & whistles, the Epic 4G certainly stands a good chance of being Sprint’s best smartphone.”

 

ZDNet "Sprint Epic 4G reviews go live and it's another 4G winner for Sprint"

 

"Sprint seems to be hitting it out of the park with their latest Android devices and the EVO 4G follow-up and cousin is the Samsung Epic 4G. All reviews ranked the device quite high so Sprint customers have some great choices now."

Brad Patterson, a tech writer for Yahoo! News got to meet with some Sprint folks for a hands-on experience with the new Samsung Epic 4G Android phone.  He comes up with some great points in his brief time with the Epic - check out what he has to say!

 

"what follows is not a review. I only had about 30 minutes with the Epic; obviously, there's no way I could thoroughly wring out all the phone's features (such as the 5-megapixel camera, the front-facing VGA lens for video chat, and the handset's mobile hotspot capabilities) during such a brief test drive. Still, I was able to make a few observations, such as ..."


Surprisingly light
Gorgeous display
Smooth, snappy performance
Nice QWERTY keypad
You might actually be able to buy one

 

And some less than positive points:


Ships with Android 2.1, not 2.2
It’s $50 more than the latest Android "superphones
The $10/month 4G tax — er, "Premium Data" add-on

 

Read the full article at Yahoo! News.

(Oh look - another press release!)

(We are offering pre-orders for the first time - very nice!)

($249 after rebates.)

(Anyway - on to the press release!  w.england)

 

 

Samsung Epic 4G Debuts Aug. 31

Sprint’s Galaxy S Smartphone Boasts Blazing 4G Speeds, QWERTY Keyboard and Brilliant Super AMOLED Touchscreen

 

New reservation system begins Aug. 13 for Samsung Epic 4G at www.sprint.com/epic4g

 

The wait is almost over!

 

Today,  Sprint announced pricing and availability for America’s first  4G-capable phone with a full QWERTY keyboard and brilliant Super AMOLED  touchscreen, Samsung Epic™ 4G, bringing customers an all-in-one device  for staying connected, getting work done and enjoying the latest in  entertainment while on-the-go. Samsung Epic 4G is also the only 4G  Galaxy S™ smartphone and the only one to offer a full slide-out QWERTY  keyboard.

 

Where to Get It

Samsung Epic 4G will be available beginning Tuesday, Aug. 31, in all Sprint retail channels, including Sprint.com,  Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and national retail partners, RadioShack,  Best Buy and Walmart, with Sprint Stores opening at 8 a.m. local time.  It will cost $249.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year  service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes excluded).

 

A New Reservation Process

For  the first time ever, Sprint is offering customers a unique opportunity  to reserve Samsung Epic 4G for purchase.  Customers can reserve their  smartphone for purchase at www.sprint.com/epic4g beginning Friday, Aug. 13., while supplies last.  Customers who reserve  Samsung Epic 4G will be able to complete their purchase beginning  Tuesday, Aug. 31, and must complete their purchase no later than 6 p.m.  local time on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Through the reservation process,  customers will be able to reserve their devices online, pick them up in a  Sprint Store, and receive the full retail experience, including  Sprint’s Ready Now service.

 

“With  its beautiful display and slide-out keyboard, Samsung Epic 4G is a  powerful tool for our customers, and it extends Sprint’s 4G leadership  with a second strong smartphone option,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse.  “As  we continue to lead the 4G revolution, we are proud to offer our  customers two 4G smartphones, the Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot and  several 4G USB modems to access the fast speeds on our 4G network in  more than 48 cities today.  4G enhances entertainment, gaming and  business applications.”

 

A One of a Kind Smartphone

Powered  by the Android™ 2.1 operating system, Samsung Epic 4G is part of a new  breed of Samsung smartphones offering the best in screen, speed and  content quality for a premium user experience, and offers a fully  integrated multimedia, messaging and social networking experience.  It  features an exceptionally thin smartphone design with a slide-out, full  QWERTY keyboard and 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display supporting a  series of advanced touchscreen gestures, including multi-touch pinch,  long tap and zoom and vertical and horizontal swiping.

Samsung  Epic 4G is the only 4G smartphone to offer three fast and easy ways to  enter text onto the device – a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, virtual  keyboard and Swype technology, which allows users to input text faster  and more intuitively with one continuous finger motion across the  virtual keyboard.

 

Additional industry-leading features:

  • Samsung  1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor supports amazing 3-D  graphics, faster upload and download times and the full richness of  HD-like multimedia content

  • Dual camera: 5 MP camera/camcorder with autofocus, power LED flash and 4x digital zoom for photos and HD video(1) (720p) video recording, as well as a front-facing VGA camera for video chat and more

  • Visual Voicemail

  • Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience

  • Android  Market for access to more than 65,000 useful applications, widgets and  games available for download to customize the      experience

  • Wi-Fi® 802.11 b/g/n

  • 1500 mAh removable battery

 

A Movie Theater in Your Hand

When  Samsung Media Hub launches on Samsung Epic 4G, it will be the first and  only 4G handset to feature a video store with movies and TV shows  available for purchase or rental and video content set up for an HD-like  entertainment experience on a handset screen.  With 4G from Sprint,  users will be able to get turbo-charged downloads of a full library of  video and literary content powered by some of the biggest names in  entertainment.

 

Samsung  Epic 4G will also share user-generated video content with other devices  thanks to Samsung’s exclusive AllShare service.  AllShare wirelessly  shares stored music, pictures and HD video to other DLNA (Digital Living  Network Alliance) certified™ home electronics, including HDTVs,  monitors, digital cameras, printers and more.  Through AllShare, users  will be able to capture moments with the phone’s camera and camcorder  and wirelessly show them to friends or family on their DLNA-certified  HDTV or download music from a PC to Samsung Epic 4G and take it on the  road.

 

Ideal for Gaming

Samsung  Epic 4G’s brilliant Super AMOLED touchscreen display offers the best  representation of color on a mobile phone that matches original content  more than 100 times the contrast quality of other leading displays. It  also features faster response time, which reduces “ghosting” images,  wide viewing angles to prevent blurring or distortion and a thinner  design to offer more accurate and responsiveness to touch.

 

In  addition to the dynamic screen, Samsung Epic 4G’s six-axis motion  sensing uses an accelerometer and geo-magnetic sensor to fine-tune its  ability to interpret simple movements and provide an optimal gaming  experience.  When the phone tilts up and down or left and right, the  game can immediately respond in the same direction.

 

A  demo of Asphalt 5, a popular racing game, is preloaded exclusively on  Samsung Epic 4G allowing users to take full advantage of these advanced  gaming capabilities.

 

Tremendous 4G Tool for Business

Samsung  Epic 4G is designed to deliver one of the best multimedia experiences  for business users in several vertical industries, such as healthcare,  education, public safety, construction and professional services,  through superior speed and display innovation. It offers support for  push email and integrated calendar services, including Exchange  ActiveSync, Google™ and Yahoo!®, as well as full support for Google  Mobile Services.

 

With  Android’s open-software platform, businesses can benefit from several  productivity-enhancing applications available in Android Market™,  including bar code scanning, signature capture, document viewing and the  ability to stream and upload video for customer approval and archival  purposes.

 

Android 2.2

Sprint  plans to upgrade Samsung Epic 4G to Android 2.2 in the coming months.   With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improved EAS support,  improved browser performance, including Flash 10x support, voice  dialing over Bluetooth® and application storage on external memory.

 

Worry-Free Pricing

In order to provide the best experience, Samsung Epic 4G will use Sprint’s industry-leading Everything Data or Business Advantage Messaging and Data plans, which include unlimited  Web, texting and calling on the Nationwide Sprint Network to every  mobile in America with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM. Everything Data plans  start at $69.99 per month. A $10 per month required Premium Data add-on  will allow customers to take advantage of a richer data experience than  ever before.

 

Additionally,  an optional pricing add-on will turn Samsung Epic 4G into a mobile  hotspot connecting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops,  gaming devices and digital cameras, simultaneously at 4G speeds where  available and at 3G speeds anywhere on the Sprint 3G network for just  $29.99 per month (excludes surcharges and taxes).

 

Satisfaction Guaranteed

With  the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can take advantage of Samsung Epic  4G for 30 days.  If not completely satisfied, customers may return the  device within 30 days to get reimbursed for the device purchase and  activation fee, get both the early termination and restocking fees  waived, and receive a full refund for the monthly service plan charges.(2)

 

Blazing trails with Sprint 4G

Samsung  Epic 4G joins a powerful list of 4G-capable devices from the only  national wireless provider to offer 4G service today.  Sprint 4G offers a  faster wireless experience than any other U.S. national wireless  carrier, and Sprint is the only national carrier offering wireless 4G  service today in 48 markets. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10  times faster than 3G3, giving Samsung Epic 4G the fastest data speeds  of any U.S. wireless device available today. For more information, visit  www.sprint.com/4G.

 

In  2010, Sprint expects to launch 4G service in multiple markets,  including Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami,  Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington,  D.C.

 

Notes:

1. HD video recording – Capture photos and videos for playback on your HD television.


2.  Refund excludes usage not associated with the monthly service plan,  premium content, third-party billing, international charges and  associated taxes and Sprint surcharges.


3.  “Up to 10x faster” based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps  vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps);  4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. Sprint 4G currently  available in more than 45 markets and counting, and on select devices.  See www.sprint.com/4G for details. Not all services are available on 4G  and coverage may default to 3G/separate network where 4G is unavailable.

wingland

Epic vs Evo - video battle!

Posted by wingland Aug 11, 2010

Ok, a bit perky to call it a battle, but it's a nice overview of the phone with some cool screenshots!

 

Are you excited yet?

 

wingland

Epic - coming soon!

Posted by wingland Aug 10, 2010

Hmm - is it here yet?  How much is it?  When can I get one?  Will you have pre-orders?

 

Sorry, but we can't answer any of those questions just yet!  But the new Epic is going to be a *monster* of a phone with full QWERTY keyboard, 4" AMOLED screen, 512MB RAM and ROM for apps, large MicroSD card included, 3G EVDO and 4G networks, with Wifi and more.

 

What's not to like?  Dual cameras; HD Video recording; LED Flash, Android 2.1 (with 2.2 coming soon!), Android Market and more.  Full specs at Sprint Developer site...

 

When will we have it?  Just stay tuned . . .  We've got lots of exciting news queued up for you!