Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch

8.0
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Reviewed by gadgetluva (Currently owns)

I purchased the GSII Epic 4G Touch on the release date, and it has been a fantastic smartphone. I'll break down the individual ratings below:

Design (8): I love the slim, mostly-screen design of the phone. In addition, the plastic build is both a positive and slight negative; positive due to the light-weight, but slightly negative due to the feel of the phone (metals feels better than plastics).

Display (8): Super AMOLED Plus is beautiful. I still marvel at the colors when viewing photos. However, the 480x800 WVGA resolution is a bit low in a world of 720p displays. 4.52" still feels enormous, and despite the less than optimal resolution, webbrowsing, viewing photos/videos, and general everyday tasks is wonderful.

Camera (9): I think the Epic 4G Touch has one of the best smartphone cameras today. I usually take a lot of pictures at restaurants of my dishes for my blog, and I'm always satisfied with my photos except in the lowest light settings. But use of the flash still produces evenly lit photos without overexposure like many other cameras may do.

Reception (6): I notice that this has weaker reception as compared to my Evo 4G when it comes to WiFi and GPS; 3G and 4G seem to be fairly good.

Performance (9): I have never owned a faster or smoother device. Apps load quickly, reboots are lightning fast, little to no lag on swiping actions. This thing is fluid and fast.

Software (8): I actually enjoy the enhancements made by Samsung through the Touchwiz 4.0 interface. I am eagerly awaiting ICS 4.0, but I haven't had many apparent bugs with the current build(s).

Battery Life (9): I still carry around a spare so I know I'll never have a problem, but this phone really does well at balancing the huge vibrant screen and power-hungry 4G radios with good battery life. Even leaving 4G on all day doesn't affect the battery nearly as much as it did on my Evo and Nexus S.

Ecosystem (7): It's Android, and still some ways to go to catch up to *other* markets, but I've been happy.

Overall (8.5): I think that 8.5 is a good score given the many positives of the device. The E4GT is my favorite device ever, and it has even sidelined my tablet for limited couch use. Even after playing with the Galaxy Nexus, I haven't had that same "gadget lust" that I usually feel when the latest and greatest is released. I can see myself using this device for a full year before wanting to upgrade.

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  • Design 8
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  • Camera(s) 9
  • Reception / call quality 6
  • Performance 9
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 9
  • Ecosystem 7
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