Having just been to the Samsung Experience in New York City, I’ve come back with plenty of impressions on the upcoming Galaxy S II line for the United States. My favorite of the bunch, Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch variant, contains the specs seen in my previous post seen only a few hours ago: that is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with1080p HD video recording and LED flash, a front-facing 2MP camera for video chats on Qik, Skype, etc., Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with the delightful (and new) Touchwiz 4.0, 4G WiMAX connectivity, a promising 1,800mAh battery pack, and finally the 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display.
First off, since there were swarms of people it was hard to get decent hands-on time with each unit, but by visiting different booths every few minutes, I was able to get an initial opinion together eventually. The Epic 4G Touch is my favorite Galaxy S II phone besides the original European version. It feels balanced, is extremely quick (Touchwiz is finally a competent skin), light, thin (at 8.89mm) and despite the enormous screen size, could fit in just about anyone’s hand easily. WiMAX has been second to LTE in all of my tests, and that still stood when I tested the Epic 4G Touch whilst I had it in my hands (however it shot down to 3G in the above shot).
Since the hardware is very similar across all carriers, I’m sure you’re wondering what’s so special about the Sprint version? Well, two things: One, it has the fasted 4G speeds of the bunch. T-Mobile’s variant which wasn’t even available for hands-on and AT&T’s both use HSPA+, while Sprint uses WiMAX currently provided by Clearwire is many times faster. Secondly, the edges and back cover give a feel of more grip than the other models; it feels more secure. It will take more than just 5-10 minutes with a single device to give a full review on it, but as it stands Sprint and Samsung have an epic winner here in the Epic 4G Touch. One more shot of the smartphone is seen after the break.