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Samsung Epic 4G vs. Nexus S Schmackdown!

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January 13th, 2011


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.

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2 Responses to “Samsung Epic 4G vs. Nexus S Schmackdown!”

  • s.daavis
    February 1, 2011

    Which of the Evo or Epic has the best sound quality for simple regular phone use. Which has the better speakerphone? Which is more reliable or, conversly which is more likely to freeze up or do screwy things (like the MOgul and teh tuoch pro would constantly do …such as on its own, just start calling peopleat any time, withoug being directed to do so…like while sitting on the nighttable in the middle of the friggin’ night while I am fast asleep!!!???).
    Which phone is esier to use as a bloody phone, plain and simple. Yees I like to text and to e mail and to surf teh net and to be able to have apps like hippocrates, but above all else, the bloody phone is, afterall a PHONE…so which actually works as phone best?

    Thank you!

    • The EVO Shift and the Epic 4G have about the same talk/receive quality, which I would characterize as good. I did not test speakerphone operation, so can’t comment on that. Both phones have worked perfectly in my tests, so neither has frozen or lagged, and neither has had any unexplained or unusual operation. In my experience with the two phones, their battery live is average and about equal to each other.

      Hope that helps!

      Bob at Wirefly

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