Samsung Epic 4G Touch Hands-On

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.

Samsung Epic 4G Touch Announced On Sprint For $199.99 On Contract

Sprint seems to want to rename their Galaxy S II variant — as the Epic 4G Touch. Using Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the Touchwiz UI, a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 4G WiMAX connectivity, Samsung’s Exynos 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear camera with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, an 1800 mAh battery, and 16GB of onboard memory. Mobile hotspot is supported up to eight devices, and Sprint’s usual apps, Sprint ID, NASCAR, Swype keyboard, Media Hub for TV and movies, and Kies Air for desktop syncing.

Sprint has setup a waiting page for those interested in getting notifications about the Epic 4G Touch. We’ll have some hands-on time later on. Via: Sprint

Samsung Galaxy S II For AT&T Arrives September 18th

The carrier branding we were used to with the original Galaxy S line seems to have vanished for the new and improved Galaxy S II line. The variant for AT&T will contain a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (instead of the 4.5-inch screen used on the T-Mobile and Sprint versions), Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest Touchwiz UI, 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording (LED flash as well), 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, 4G HSPA+ speeds, is 8.89mm thin (being the thinnest “4G” smartphone for each carrier that it is one), and a dual-core C210 1.2GHz processor made by Exynos. More details upcoming. Via: AT&T

T-Mobile Announces Their Samsung Galaxy S II Variant

As usual, T-Mobile sends out their press releases earlier than the other carriers (at least as I’ve seen). The Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile will debut in the fall of 2011. Specs include Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest Touchwiz UI, a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen, 4G HSPA+ data speeds, and not much else (due to T-Mobile keeping details pretty tight). According to Samsung, each Galaxy S II device has the following specs: a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, an 8 megapixel back-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording, a Super AMOLED Plus display, 4G HSPA+ capabilities, and finally 16GB internal storage.

We’ll be sure to update this post with additional details from the event.

Update: Due to reasons unknown to the press, T-Mobile was not ready to demo the Galaxy S II on T-Mobile to the press. So it turns out is was not available for a hands-on.

HP Touchpad Will Receive OTA Update In The Future

The HP Touchpad is not at its very last OTA (over-the-air) update, as a spokesperson for HP stated to CNET that the Touchpad will receive an OTA update that as according to official, “HP TouchPad owners can look forward to an over-the-air update that will enhance the platform and add functionality and a growing applications catalog.”

This all adds up to a very nice combination of the QuickOffice HD update, the App Catalog getting updated apps, and now a future OTA update for all of those new fire sale owners, like me.

QuickOffice HD Support Added To HP TouchPad

Despite webOS being a rather unsure matter (and it’s a wonderful OS on my overclocked 1.5GHZ dual-core Touchpad) a dedicated word processing app had been one of the things promised to users from the start, and that promise was kept. QuickOffice HD is now available to all Touchpad owners as an update to the app, for free. It adds document editing and creation, including Microsoft Word and Excel. As you can see above it works like a charm. Via: HP