Samsung hit a home run in 2010 with its Galaxy S series of phones, one for each major carrier and all popular with the public. The most unusual Galaxy S phone is the Epic 4G, which runs on Sprint’s high-speed WiMax 4G network. If that wasn’t enough, the Samsung Epic 4G is the only Galaxy S phone with a slide-out keyboard, and it happens to be an unusually good keyboard.
Manufactured by Samsung and marketed by Google, the Nexus S bears a strong resemblance to the Galaxy S series phones and is the first phone to use the latest version of Google’s open operating system: Android 2.3. The Nexus S doesn’t have a keyboard and it doesn’t have the 4G networking speed of the Epic 4G, but its implementation of Android 2.3 lets the Nexus zip along with class-leading processing speeds. Without a keyboard, the Nexus S is far sleeker and lighter than the Samsung Epic 4G, although the Epic 4G’s keyboard gives it flexibility that the Nexus S lacks.
Both phones feature four-inch Super AMOLED screens that produce beautiful color and strong contrast. The uncluttered version of Android 2.3 on the Nexus S will probably allow it to more quickly adapt to Android updates as they are released. Yet the Samsung Epic 4G has a microSD memory slot that’s missing on the Nexus S, giving the Epic 4G a hardware expansion capability not provided on the Nexus S. So, how do these phones compare in a head-to-head schmackdown? Click on the video to the right to find out.