Wirefly

+


Vonage Business
Unlimited calling with no contracts for businesses
RingCentral
Unlimited calling in US and Canada, no contracts and free setup
OnSIP
Business VoIP services at an affordable price.

ITP
2 months free promotion
Voipo
Unlimited calls to US & Canada, no contract

Android Phone Reviews
Samsung Epic 4G vs. Samsung Intercept

Wirefly Learn » Android Phones » Android Phone Reviews

July 22nd, 2010

Atom RSS2 RSS

Overview

Sprint has hopped aboard the Android train in a big way, and with numerous Android-powered smartphones already available or soon to be available to Sprint customers, the choices are becoming a bit overwhelming. The recently released Samsung Intercept is a mid-range yet powerful Android device with a host of high-end features, while the upcoming Samsung Epic 4G is a premium, top-of-the-line handset with connectivity to Sprint’s ultra-fast 4G network.  Depending on the feature set you require, both devices are great potential smartphone picks with comfortable physical slide-out QWERTY keyboards.

Key Differences

  • User interface: Although both devices are powered by Android version 2.1, the Samsung Epic 4G is running Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 user interface while the Samsung Intercept is running the stock version of Google’s Android operating system widely known as the Google Experience.  TouchWiz and the standard Google Experience differ in a number of ways including the homescreen widgets available, appearance and some Android enhancements characteristic of TouchWiz.  Overall, however, the core functionality of Android remains the same on both devices, and the choice between the two interfaces is undoubtedly one of personal preference.
  • Power: The Epic 4G is equipped with an ultra-fast fast 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and 512MB of RAM. Although still a very snappy device, the Intercept only has an 800MHz processor and 256MB of RAM.  In day-to-day activities such as web browsing or checking email, the difference in power between the two devices won’t be significantly noticeable, but may make a significant difference for power users frequently running multiple applications simultaneously.
  • 4G: The Samsung Epic 4G is the second phone on a U.S. network to boast 4G connectivity, making it capable of connecting to Sprint’s WiMax network (where available) and enabling the device to reach peak download speeds of over 10 Mbps and peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps. In areas without 4G connectivity, the Epic 4G will still operate on Sprint’s 3G network.  The Samsung Intercept is limited to Sprint’s 3G network.
  • Display: The Samsung Epic 4G has a large and gorgeous 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Because of its large display, the Epic 4G is an ideal mobile device for movie-watching and web browsing. The Samsung Intercept, on the other hand, has a smaller, lower resolution display (3.0-inch, 240×400pixels). The Epic 4G is equipped with an Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen. The AMOLED screen will provide a number of advantages, including a brighter screen, less sunlight reflection, and reduced power consumption.
  • Camera: The Epic 4G has a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and a bright LED flash. The Intercept has a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus but without an LED flash. Certainly, megapixels are not the measure of a camera’s quality, although the Epic 4G is capable of capturing higher resolution photos and takes better pictures on the whole. Although the Intercept is capable of recording video, the Epic 4G can record HD-quality video at 720P.  In addition to its 5-megapixel rear camera, the Epic 4G also sports a front-facing camera for video chat while the Intercept is limited to its rear camera.
  • Storage space: The Samsung Epic 4G comes pre-installed with a 16GB microSD card, while the Intercept comes with only a 2GB microSD card. Both devices can support up to a 32GB microSD card.
  • Mobile hotspot: The Samsung Epic 4G is capable of serving as a mobile hotspot, allowing up to 5 WiFi-enabled devices to share the devices 3G or 4G internet connection.  The Samsung Intercept does not offer mobile hotspot capabilties.

Side-By-Side Comparison

Samsung Intercept Samsung Epic 4G
Samsung Intercept Samsung Epic 4G
Shop Now Shop Now
Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) FREE TBA
Carrier Sprint Sprint
Operating System Android Android
Interface Google Experience TouchWiz 3.0
Display 3.0″ TFT, 240 x 400 Pixels 4.0″ Super AMOLED, 480 x 800Pixels
Data Speed 3G 3G/4G (WiMax)
Global Roaming No No
WiFi 802.11 b/g 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 3.0
GPS aGPS aGPS
Mobile Hotspot No Yes
Camera 3.2-megapixel, autofocus 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera for video chat
No Yes
Video Capture Yes Yes; HD, Up to 720p
HD Output No No
Apps Android Market Android Market
Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash Lite Adobe Flash Lite
Storage Space 2GB microSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32GB microSD) 16GB microSD pre-installed (support for up to 32GB microSD)
Keyboard Virtual & slide-out physical QWERTY Virtual & slide-out physical QWERTY
Battery Up to 5.5 hours talk time; up to 350 hours standby
Processor 800MHz ARM11 Samsung S3C6410 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird
Memory RAM: 256MB; ROM: 512MB RAM: 512MB; ROM: 1GB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 4.9 oz 5.46 oz
Dimensions 2.19″ x 4.43″ x 0.59″ 2.54″ x 4.9″ x 0.56″

Shop Now for Phones from AT&T Wirelesss, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.

Up to 450 min. usage; 500 hr. standby

Related posts:

  1. Samsung Epic 4G vs. Samsung Epic 4G Touch Comparison
  2. Samsung Epic 4G vs. Nexus S Schmackdown!
  3. HTC EVO Shift vs. Samsung Epic 4G – Speed Test
  4. HTC EVO Shift 4G vs. Samsung Epic 4G

12 Responses to “Samsung Epic 4G vs. Samsung Intercept”

  • Larry Brown
    February 24, 2011

    EXCEPT: The Epic has a fatal flaw. The WiFi doesn’t work. It randomly drops the connect during a browsing session, to the tune of about once every internet link click. This is true even if you’re sitting at home right beside your wireless router. I’ve read that the problem is that the Epic supposedly supports b/g/n networks, but actually that type of network will confuse it and it will drop the connection. I know this because my own Epic, that I so excitedly unwrapped, constantly does this. A possible solution is to configure your wireless router to only support the b/g network (dropping the n support), but you won’t be able to do that anywhere you don’t control the router, like Starbucks, work, airport, or any of the other myriad places you might like to use it. If WiFi is not important to you, this flaw may not be so fatal.

    Don’t be so naive as to think: “That’s not possible. They wouldn’t sell us something that doesn’t work.” Ever heard of Microsoft?

  • Someone should proofread this. The second sentence reads “The recently released Samsung Epic is a mid-range yet powerful Android device with a host of high-end features, while the upcoming Samsung Epic 4G is a premium, top-of-the-line handset with connectivity to Sprint’s ultra-fast 4G network.”

  • paul Gripper
    October 1, 2010

    Will I be able to use the google interface. Like the google talk and the google contacts on the epic. This girl that works at the store said I could, but I don’t believe her. If I can’t use the google interface on the epic to retrieve my 1811 contacts. I think I will buy the Intercept.

    • even if you can’t use the Google Exp GUI you can still get the Google branded apps from the Marketplace for free… then you can keep your 1811 contacts and all!

  • celtics26stfu
    September 23, 2010

    im getting my intercept this friday todays thursday, i now own the samsung instinct s30, samsungepic, and now a intercept, the epic is complicated!

  • I have the intercept and love it, but the cell phone reception SUCKS. I’ve tested ed it side by side with a cheaper sprint phone fore 2 days only to watch the intercept bars constantly be lower.and drop calls. so I will be returning the intercept for the Epic4 hoping phone reception is better.After all what good is A smart phone if you cant make a phone call!even if its 10 dollars more a month. just my 2 cents your results may be better.

  • I am an 18 year old girl going into college, use apps all the time, and I am addicted to texting. I have already bought a laptop, so I am still unsure weather to buy the Epic, or save over $100 and just buy the Intercept. Help?

    • Megan,
      It is hard to tell from your description, but I would encourage you to lean towards the Intercept. The Epic is a high end device, and you pay for it. Unless you are a power user, you will probably not appreciate the key differences. (Although one of the most tangible differences is the screen quality- normal, compared to exceptional.) Personally, the Epic is not worth the cost for me, despite falling into the category of power user that would make use of it. I will stay with the Moment (Intercept’s recent predecessor) and use custom ROM’s to add functionality close to that of the Epic. (If you are tech savvy, that is an option for you to consider- no support that way for the Intercept yet, it’s too new- but the Epic is guaranteed to have strong developer support in time.)

      Hope this helps some.
      ~Jeremy

  • Ray what do you mean by the intercept is rev o? what is that exactly ? and yeah the epic looks like its an awesome phone, the only thing i don’t like is the fact you might have to pay an extra $10 a month fee because of 4G but sprint says the fee is because the phone will use more data but the plan is unlimited (make no sense). but w.e i still want the phone it has everything i want in a phone.

    • Chris,
      Rev0 is a slower network limitation compared to RevA. The maximum speeds are about 1/3 slower. However, most of the time, people don’t get to connect at maximum speeds anyway, so the difference is less than you might imagine. This choice was made to address one of the main complaints about these Android phones- relatively short battery life. The Rev0 connection burns less battery. However, the biggest difference in battery life will be gained by using an App Killer (Task Manager) that will shut down programs when you’re not using them. Used intelligently, the 1500mAh battery has plenty of juice.

      Finally, the extra $10 ‘Premium data’ fee is actually to support the spread of the 4G network into new markets. Sprint has always had a high investment in network infrastructure, giving them one of the fastest networks ahead of their time. This time around, the 4G infrastructure requires so much investment that the $10/month fee is required to help speed along the progress. For reference, WiMax is essentially WiFi hotspots with constant coverage in service areas- AT&T has isolated hotspots in lots of places, but Sprint is the first network provider to attempt to fill in coverage areas with these networks. The broadcast range of the towers is less than standard cell towers, so there is significant cost in building new towers and equipping them. Think of it as an investment in a stronger infrastructure, which will pay off with much higher data speeds once it is completed. It’s the cost of progress.

      ~Jeremy

  • These phones aren’t even in the same league as each other. The Intercept is really a downgrade from the Moment, with lower screen resolution (and its TFT not AMOLED) and EVDO Rev 0! (What are they smoking at Samsung to release a rev 0 phone?). Now the Epic is a worthy Android phone and may be Sprint’s top dog once released, even with the slightly smaller screen than the EVO. I’ve seen reviews of this baby running games better than my nephew’s PSP, texting on a real keyboard and a big bright screen. Lets just hope its signal reception and battery life are what us users are looking for.

    • I have had 2 intercepts and love it, but the cell phone reception SUCKS. I’ve tested ed it side by side with a cheaper sprint phone fore 2 days only to watch the intercept bars constantly be lower.and drop calls. so I will be returning the intercept for the Epic4 hoping phone reception is better.After all what good is A smart phone if you cant make a phone call!even if its 10 dollars more a month. just my 2 cents your results may be better.

Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan
on Facebook.
Follow Wirefly on Twitter Follow Wirefly
on Twitter.
Discover Wirefly on YouTube Discover Wirefly
on YouTube.
Discover Wirefly on YouTube