Sprint’s US Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Review Roundup

Sprint’s US Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Review Roundup

If you’re one of the many people waiting for the release of the Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch tomorrow then we can give you an idea of what the experts think. We’ve gathered up some of the first reviews and impressions from the people in the know in our review roundup so read on for more on this long-awaited Android smartphone.

Enthusiasm for the US Galaxy S II (or S2) has been building for months and Sprint will be the first US carrier to release its variant. We’ve already told of a great Walmart price offer of only $99.99 so hit the link if you want more on that or we also gave a carrier update for the Galaxy S II on T-Mobile and AT&T.

As a brief recap on the Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch we can tell you it has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a whopping 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (larger than the standard version), 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording and a 2-megapixel front facer. The operating system is Android 2.3 Gingerbread layered with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and it supports 4G WiMAX.

On to the first review then which comes from Michael A. Prospero over on Laptop, who as usual gives an extremely comprehensive review. The Epic 4G Touch receives a 4 from 5 star rating so pretty impressive stuff. Prospero looks at the design, display and audio, keyboard, software, interface, performance and 4G, camera battery and more. Positive points are seen as the display, camera, loud speaker and video call quality while negatives include an unexceptional battery life, slow 4G and no HDMI port. In conclusion it’s noted that for those who want a handset with a large screen the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch should be “at or near the top of your list,” especially because of the excellent camera, dual-core screen and the quality of the screen.

Another review can be found over on Slash Gear by Vincent Nguyen and this is also a hugely detailed review. The superb camera and speedy processor come in for praise but WiMax speeds are thought unimpressive. Also Nguyen notes that the WVGA resolution is run-of-the-mill when compared to qHD displays. There’s slight criticism for the build quality too, especially the plastic chassis but despite this we’re told that it’s hard not to fall for the EPIC 4G Touch’s charms.

Our final review is from PCMag and by Sascha Segan who awards the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch with 4 out of 5, described as very good. Plus points are once again the speedy processor, screen and this time the battery life (differing from our first review), while negative points include the voice performance. The conclusion is that this handset is a great Android choice for Sprint and has an “intangible lusciousness” (wow!). The point is made that Sprint Android customers have a great choice between the Epic 4G Touch and the Motorola Photon, with both being impressive.

It certainly looks as though the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch will be a big hit if the first reviews out are anything to go by. We’d be interested to hear your thoughts about Sprint’s Galaxy S II variant. Will you be heading out to get this smartphone tomorrow? Are you buying another carrier’s version instead? What has made you choose the Galaxy S II on Sprint above other handsets? Let us know with your comments.

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