Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Review

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Not too long ago, we took an in-depth, hands-on look at the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. At the time, the phone wasn't available in the US, so we weren't able to show you a hands-on video of a US version of the phone. Now, however, the Samsung Galaxy S II is available through Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. All of the phones have a similar look and feel, though there are a few differentiating points among the models.

We've been testing the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, otherwise known as the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch for a couple weeks now, and we like what we see.  In fact, we'd go as far as saying this is one of the best smartphones we've seen in the US this year. The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is currently available from Sprint for $199.99 with a contract and compatible data plan.

  

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In addition to the Galaxy S II phones that are currently available, Samsung is continuing to expand the Galaxy S II line. Starting next week, you'll be able to pick up the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket from AT&T. This will be a 4G LTE version of the Galaxy S II that will feature a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 4.5-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p HD video recording capabilities, and 16 GB of on-board memory.

To give you another perspective on what this phone has to offer, let's take a look at the specifications of the phone:

Samsung Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch
Specifications & Features

Carrier
Sprint
Network
1900/800 mHz CDMA, 2.5 Ghz WiMAX
OS
Android 2.3.4, Gingerbread with Samsung TouchWiz 3.0
Display
4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus (800 x 480)
Processor
1.2 GHz, Dual Core (Samsung Exnyos C210)
Internal Memory
1GB Ram, 16GB ROM, up to 32GB microSD card slot
Camera
8.0 Megapixel
Front-facing Camera
2.0 Megapixel
Dimensions (inches)
5.11 x 2.74 x .38
Weight (ounces)
4.6
Battery Type and Size
3.7 Volt, Lithium Ion, 1800mAh
Battery, Talk Time (hours)
Continuous Talk Time: up to 8.7 hours**
Battery, Standby
10.5 Days
Box Contents
Samsung Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch, 1800 mAh Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Battery, AC Phone Charger, Data cable

      

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Since we already reviewed the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, we won't rehash everything. Each variant of the Galaxy S II has its own features and slightly different specifications, but there are also many similarities among this family of smartphones. In addition to this hands-on look, we'll also take a quick look at a few benchmarks on the Epic 4G Touch, to see how this smartphone compares to the unlocked Galaxy S II, on the next page. If you're interested in a more detailed look at the Samsung Galaxy S II, please check out our full review here.


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