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The Epic 4G has almost everything you could want in a smart phone -- a blazing fast CPU and GPU, cutting-edge wireless, video-conferencing, and a physical keyboard.

The phone impacts the market on Aug. 31.
Epic 4G is packed with the same attractive features as the Vibrant -- plus 4G and front-facing camera

Samsung in May quietly slipped into first place in the overall U.S. mobile market.  However, in the Android smartphone market, it's been forced to endure sitting in third place behind HTC and Motorola.  That was largely because despite having a couple Android handsets (Moment and Intercept) it didn't have a truly dominant handset like its competitors -- until now.

Then Samsung unleashed the Galaxy S.  In July the super smartphone hit the T-Mobile network, dubbed the "Vibrant", and the AT&T network, dubbed the "Captivate".  Now Sprint has become the third major carrier to announce the pricing and availability of a Galaxy S variant, and the first to announce the keyboard-equipped variant of the phone, the Galaxy S Pro.  Sprint is rebranding it the "Samsung Epic 4G".

Specs-wise the Galaxy S Pro is a beast.  It features a relatively large 480x800 pixel 4.0-inch AMOLED screen, a commanding PowerVR GPU, 512 MB of RAM, between 8 and 16 GB of memory, microSD expansion (up to 32 GB), a rear-facing camera capable of shooting 720p video, and a front-facing VGA camera for video calling (on some carriers).  

The phone features a powerful 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 based CPU code-named "Hummingbird", co-developed by Samsung and Intrinsity.  In early benchmarks, the 1 GHz Hummingbird smoked the competition, proving to be about 50 percent faster than Apple's A4 found in the iPhone 4 or TI OMAP processor found in the Droid X.  The Hummingbird makes the Galaxy S the world's fastest smartphone.

The phone is among the first offer Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity.  It also is among the first to offer support for the DivX HD/XviD format.

Sprint's version of the Galaxy S sports numerous advantages over its T-Mobile "Vibrant" brethren.  First, it adds support for Sprint's 4G WiMAX network, which has already spread across numerous urban areas in the U.S.  In testing with HTC EVO 4G, Sprint's next-gen network showcased significantly higher data transfer speeds (especially useful while tethering) and the ability to simultaneously make voice calls while transmitting data (not possible using Sprint's traditional 3G CDMA).

The Epic 4G also adds the front-facing camera of the international ("Pro") version, which was stripped from the Vibrant.  Also added is the LED flash of the international version.  The only downside is that it gets thicker than the Vibrant -- going from 9.9 mm thick (the thinnest Android phone on the market) to 14.3 mm thick (due to the QWERTY keyboard) -- just slightly thicker than the EVO 4G.

Finally, it adds a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard.  While this makes the phone a bit thicker, it will be appreciated by many who dislike touchscreen virtual keyboards.

The only spec not yet announced by Sprint is whether the phone will feature 8 GB or 16 GB of internal memory.  The phone ships with Android 2.1, but an Android 2.2 Froyo update will be available before the end of September.  A leaked build is already available for those who want to root their phones (though this is a test build, so admittedly may have issues).

Regardless of that unknown, if you want an Android smartphone, Sprint's Epic 4G 
at this point is the best handset on the market, hands down, in everything except screen size (the HTC EVO 4G and Droid X have it beat in this department).  One final aspect in which it dominates is battery life.  The AMOLED screen turns off black pixels, which allows the battery to be milked to almost two days in standard use scenarios -- much better than the almost one day that the HTC EVO 4G is getting.

The Galaxy S will eventually hit Verizon rebranded as the "Fascinate", but it won't have the front-facing camera. 


Sprint will retail the Epic 4G at a $50 premium from the Vibrant, charging $249.99 USD for the smart phone with new contract, and after $100 mail-in rebate.  Contract pricing is identical to the EVO 4G -- $69.99 USD for unlimited cell-to-cell calling, data, and texts per month, $10 monthly USD premium for the privilege of earning a 4G-capable smart phone ahead of the masses, and $29.99 USD if you opt to tether from your device.

The phone goes on sale August 31 and this Friday (August 13) pre-orders begin.

At this point it seems relatively straightforward -- the Samsung Epic 4G features the fastest processor-- by far -- of any Android phone on the market.  It also has industry leading battery life.  And of the Galaxy S smartphones in the U.S. the Epic 4G is clearly the cream of the crop.

Note:

There were some questions about the $10 "4G fee" on the device.   Sprint spokesman John Taylor wrote an explanation of this fee for the HTC EVO 4G, elaborating:

If you buy the Sprint 4G EVO, you have to pay this $10 charge each month. This is specific to the device. It's not related to whether you are using 3G or 4G. It is required if you have the phone.

Because the phone has a faster processor, a huge 4.3 inch screen and an 8 megapixel camcorder/camera, we expect you will be using a lot more data than you would with our other devices. These features will give you capabilities that have previously never been available on a wireless device and we think they provide a premium experience. (Remember, this is the world's first 3G/4G Android phone.)

Essentially the message seems to be that the fee is essentially for the 4G coverage, but Sprint doesn't want to call it that, so instead is saying it's for the handset(s) overall greatness -- including the 4G.  While we think this is a bit of a strange approach, Sprint is the first carrier to widely offer "true" 4G (Verizon offers it in 5+ cities currently, but has few compatible handsets; T-Mobile offers the 3.5G tech HSPA+), so we're not complaining.



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$10 fee
By EasyC on 8/12/2010 10:25:16 AM , Rating: 5
You might want to change the way you worded that $10 fee statement. Sprint has stated numerous times that the fee ISN'T for 4G (even though we all know it is, but this way they can charge everyone instead of just people who live in 4G areas).

I'm waiting to see how Sprint defines the fee now. On the EVO, they reported it was for a "wicked" fast processor, a 4.3" screen, an 8MP camera, and a kickstand. The Epic only has 1 of these (the processor).

I really really wish Sprint would fess up and say "I know we said 4G would be free, but our estimates were wrong and we need the money." It would be a helluva lot better than trying to bullshit the entire Sprint customer base.

Now should I jump on this phone or wait for the dual cores to be released. Decisions, Decisions.




RE: $10 fee
By EasyC on 8/12/2010 10:26:23 AM , Rating: 2
Why the hell do my posts start at 1 instead of 2?


RE: $10 fee
By DanNeely on 8/12/2010 10:30:13 AM , Rating: 2
This one is at 2, 4 minutes after being posted. Are you sure you didn't just get downvoted by an idiot asap the last time?


RE: $10 fee
By EasyC on 8/12/2010 10:35:11 AM , Rating: 2
It was already at 1 by the time the page refreshed after posting it. It's happened before.

I don't think I offended anyone with what I posted...


RE: $10 fee
By mcnabney on 8/12/2010 10:55:51 AM , Rating: 5
Naughty words get you a 1.

Are you new here?


RE: $10 fee
By quiksilvr on 9/1/2010 8:49:05 PM , Rating: 2
Ahh the automatic rate down for comments just because we used a "naughty" word. What is this, the '60s?


RE: $10 fee
By MrTeal on 8/12/2010 10:52:04 AM , Rating: 2
There's a language filter. It won't stop you from writing out BS, but it gives you a deduction if you do.


RE: $10 fee
By EasyC on 8/12/2010 10:53:05 AM , Rating: 2
Ohhhh, thank you MrTeal. Makes sense now.


RE: $10 fee
By quiksilvr on 8/12/2010 11:34:46 AM , Rating: 1
Doesn't make sense at all. You made a clear point on the $10 fee issue but because you said a "bad" word you automatically get down-ranked a point?

I think its safe to assume that a majority of us that comment on these posts are "old enough" to realize that you say these words to either emphasize a point or to show frustration (adult emotions).


RE: $10 fee
By lagitup on 8/12/2010 1:38:07 PM , Rating: 2
If someone's on here, all like TROLLOLOLOLOLLOLOLLLL it makes it so just one vote gets them hidden so others don't have to see their crap. His post is now at a 5, the automatic downrank just makes it easier for the community to kill trolls (because you can't vote if you comment)


RE: $10 fee
By LRonaldHubbs on 8/12/2010 10:54:41 AM , Rating: 2
It's because you used the word 'bullshit'. You get auto-downrated for using profanity.


RE: $10 fee
By Iridium130m on 8/12/2010 11:02:52 AM , Rating: 1
Don't forget 10 bucks gets you unlimited 4G...something that is necessary with the bandwidth you have now. I can watch an HD Youtube video with 4G without pause, but it will pull down almost half a gig in the process.


RE: $10 fee
By EasyC on 8/12/2010 11:11:13 AM , Rating: 2
I don't live in a 4G area, and my contract already states 'unlimited'. I had the EVO for a month and didn't use any more bandwidth than with an old Touch Pro 2.


RE: $10 fee
By JasonMick (blog) on 8/12/2010 11:23:36 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I don't live in a 4G area, and my contract already states 'unlimited'. I had the EVO for a month and didn't use any more bandwidth than with an old Touch Pro 2.


It really all depends on the options you pick (e.g. tethering) in terms of whether the data use is justified. As for the 4G, Sprint is rolling it out pretty fast, so you may be covered pretty soon. I *just* heard that I now may be covered in the second half of this year.

That said, I don't live in a 3G area, but still think my EVO is worth it, data fee and all. I STILL end up paying less... see below.

To give a cost comparison of how you *could* potentially benefit from the phone's unlimited data plan+tethering, I had before
A Verizon Blackberry smart phone ($135/month)
900 min, unlimited text, "unlimited" data (capped at 5 GB)
Comcast cable internet ($29/month)

...switched to Sprint and picked up the tethering option and ditched Comcast (they tried to bump my rate to $40+/month).

Now I pay $117/month, a savings of approximately $47/month . That's pretty nice. And the data speeds are quite decent.

I tend to go over 5 GB on some months (if I download games from Valve, etc.) Last month was one of them. On Verizon/AT&T, that would have meant a huge overage -- hence tethering would *not* be an option on those networks for me. But on Sprint it WAS.

I love my EVO phone and have to say I'm quite happy with the money Sprint is saving me without settling for a "lesser" smart phone!


RE: $10 fee
By quiksilvr on 8/12/2010 11:40:43 AM , Rating: 2
God I so wish I could do that, but I only have two options where I am at: Comcast or Verizon DSL. Blah. I wanted to get Cox 3 Mbps for $32.95. They don't make it required to get cable or phone like Comcast and Verizon does (without charing obscene prices for it).

Hopefully when/if I get 4G coverage I'll get that Clear iSpot dealie (hack it to work on my Windows machine).


RE: $10 fee
By SSDMaster on 8/12/2010 12:01:06 PM , Rating: 3
The Verizon Smartphone plan is unlimited. It isn't capped at 5GB. I know everyone believes it is, but it isn't.

The Mobile Broadband cards are indeed capped at 5GB. If you got root, and tethered with a free wifi tether app, you would not get hit with any overage charges on Verizon's Unlimited Smartphone Plan.

Unfortunately.. those plans are going away. But I got one with my Droid X and I'm not letting go :)


RE: $10 fee
By SSDMaster on 8/12/2010 12:08:44 PM , Rating: 2
RE: $10 fee
By HotFoot on 8/12/2010 2:16:23 PM , Rating: 2
It is really really tempting to switch over to just the mobile plan for everything. $15 voice plus $35 unlimited data (3G) plus $3/mo for unlimited Skype calls to North American numbers. $53/month for everything, ditching cable internet and land-line phone.


RE: $10 fee
By Chaser on 8/12/2010 2:17:53 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure I agree with the home broadband replacement.

I live in Salt Lake City and presently I am in Jacksonville, FL, Both 4G cities. Although Sprint 4G is awesome it is not a replacement for dedicated broadband wired broadband service, either cable or fiber (which I have to my house). ESPECIALLY using it as a hot spot for mutliple users.

The best speeds I have gotten anywhere with my EVO is around 4Mbps. That's with a perfect OUTDOOR signal and a tail wind going down hill.

WIMAX is viable for home use in areas that have limited wired coverage. But great for a phone!


RE: $10 fee
By lagitup on 8/12/2010 1:44:58 PM , Rating: 2
I think a part of it is also subsidizing the phone, I'm not positive but I'd imagine something like the Evo costs more to make than something like, say, a Pre or a Hero


RE: $10 fee
By RamarC on 8/12/2010 11:55:28 AM , Rating: 2
i have the evo and the $10 fee is noted as "premium data". it supposedly includes a higher unlimited cap. although the 3g service is supposed to be unlimited, there's really a 5gb cap that practically unreachable on earlier phone. but with a big screen, fast cpu, and fast network (suitable for video streaming), a heavy multimedia 4g phone can probably exceed 5gb. in the past 7 days, my wife has consumed 160MB on her hero just with email and facebook.


RE: $10 fee
By EasyC on 8/12/2010 12:07:27 PM , Rating: 3
Oh it most certainly CAN exceed 5GB, but I didn't even exceed 500MB on my EVO, yet I'm still paying for a fee that directly contradicts the terms of my contract???

I'm not whining. I have no issue paying for a service I receive. I do have an issue paying for something just because other competitors are more expensive.


RE: $10 fee
By paulpod on 8/12/2010 3:01:19 PM , Rating: 3
Usually companies prey on the stupid when they have an opportunity to charge for something they do not provide.

But with high-tech products, the opposite seems to be true. Smart people are inclined to pay more for the capability to do something cool even if there is little change of using it. (Proving all people are capable of being smart and stupid at the same time.)

Government used to step in to prevent exploitation through blatent false advertising (like the claim of having a $69 plan). And for false charges (like a "data premium" without regard for actual usage and availability). But that was before the corporate lobby controlled congress and the news/opinion media. And maybe there is a reluctance to waste govt resources on people who are supposed to be smart, but that still does not make the practice any less sleazey.


Plan is wrong
By corduroygt on 8/12/2010 10:21:03 AM , Rating: 1
Spring unlimited everything is $100/month, plus you'll pay the $10 4G surcharge that you probably won't be able to use since it's most likely not in your area. For people who want to pay phone bills closer to 70 bucks instead of having 3 digits, sprint is not a good smartphone carrier.




RE: Plan is wrong
By downsouth11 on 8/12/2010 10:53:13 AM , Rating: 3
Plan is correct: $69.99 gets unlimited everything plus $10 whatever fee.

http://now.sprint.com/planpromise/?pid=3&INTCID=AB...


RE: Plan is wrong
By downsouth11 on 8/12/2010 10:55:48 AM , Rating: 4
And if you get an older phone you can save the $10 monthly fee


RE: Plan is wrong
By dgingeri on 8/12/2010 3:32:41 PM , Rating: 2
This is unlimited everything except phone calls to regular phone lines. Unlimited to mobile phones, data, texting, GPS, Sprint TV and radio, etc, except only 450 minutes to land lines or if you are on roaming. To get a totally unlimited plan, it is $99.99.

Personally, I would be getting the $69.99 plan. It's only $3 more than my current plan with AT&T, and I only get 450 minutes, 1500 text messages, and no data. (AT&T sucks. they charge more for less service and only marginally better customer service.)


RE: Plan is wrong
By bigboxes on 8/12/2010 8:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
Or you could be me and get a family plan. I have been with Sprint for over 10 years and I upgraded our phones (me & the missus) to smartphones a year ago. You have to get a data plan. I didn't want to pay $100 a phone so they offered 1500 minutes (we previously had 1100 shared that we occasionally went over and had to pay a stiff penalty), unlimited data and an unadvertised 5 numbers (for each line) you could call unlimited (sort of like T-Mobile's Fave5).

Sprint charged us $129.99 (2 lines) for this plan, but since we had been with them for so long Sprint offered us a 10% discount off of the bill making it $117 a month (before taxes). The next month Sprint came out with an everything data plan that offered unlimited mobile 2 mobile minutes regardless of the network (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) and they gave it to me because I already had an unlimited data plan. With unlimited mobile 2 mobile and those 5 unlimited numbers (mother, sister, google voice #) we don't come close to maxing out our minutes.


RE: Plan is wrong
By immortalsly on 8/12/2010 3:29:28 PM , Rating: 2
You are both incorrect. The $69.99 plan is the Everything DATA, which includes 450 *anytime* minutes and supposedly unlimited data usage. This plan has unlimited cell-to-cell calls (regardless of what carrier the other caller is on). So the 450 anytime minutes is just for calls to landlines.

I have this plan. In general, I use maybe 100 anytime minutes. Most of my calls are to cell lines so it doesn't take any minutes. I use about 300mb data per month. It's a good price for the money. But in principal, despite wanting to upgrade to the Evo/Epic, I refuse to pay the $10 "Premium data" fee.


Half-assed research
By SHawk on 8/12/2010 10:42:19 AM , Rating: 1
The Galaxy S is not the same as the 'Epic 4G'. The Galaxy S does not have a slide out keyboard and so far, it is not DivX compatible. Also, a leaked test build of Froyo for the Galaxy S is already available on the market. And yes, the Galaxy S is by far the fastest and most capable smartphone on the market, leagues ahead of the competition (including Apple).

How do I know all this? I'm posting this from a Galaxy S. ;-)




RE: Half-assed research
By charrytg on 8/12/2010 11:56:11 AM , Rating: 2
If you did some research of your own, you would have noticed that the epic 4g is not the galaxy s but the galaxy s pro, (as the article states correctly) being a slightly more loaded model.


RE: Half-assed research
By SHawk on 8/12/2010 12:39:54 PM , Rating: 5
When I posted a reply this morning, the article CLEARLY said 'Galaxy S'. The 'Pro' was added later after Jason must have read my post. Most journalists would usually mention the change in a CORRECTION section, but that of course cannot be expected of a blog post like Jason's.


RE: Half-assed research
By stepone on 8/12/2010 1:31:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
it is not DivX compatible


I have a Galaxy S (unlocked UK version) and it does play divx & xvid out of the box. In fact 1 of the Samsung hd demo vids (made to show off the S AMOLED screen)that you can dl from them is a 720p divx of various wildlife, which looks amazing by the way!

So far it's played back all mp4, mkv, avi & wmv files I've tried on it. It's nice not to have to re-encode everything like I had to with my old ipod touch.

The only issue I've encountered thus far is that subs contained within mkv's don't seem to work. Maybe when Froyo is available next month they'll fix that at the same time?


RE: Half-assed research
By mrdeez on 9/1/2010 9:01:59 PM , Rating: 2
To be a top of the line phone in this market you must have a camera flash.....I know you think its silly, but in the smartphone world today thats the way it is. I would never buy any smartphone that does not have this as all other models do. I just think its stupid to not include a camera flash on a 600 dollar phone.


wow
By JanSolo on 8/12/10, Rating: 0
RE: wow
By charrytg on 8/12/2010 12:10:24 PM , Rating: 2
1. That's true, but it won't hurt to have wimax avaliable for when it is wanted. And in most cases no voice+data isn't a deal breaker. Wifi exists also.

2. Go inside and you would turn on wifi anyway, so that's a silly thing to say.

3. Likely true. But it can be turned off, so it doesn't hurt to have the option, although it may make wimax seem less desirable than people make it out to be.

4. While it provides faster data, it isn't life changing. Besides what advertising tells you, I don't think you are supposed to be looking at it that way. Evolution, not revolution.

5. So, you say it is not the fastest phone around, but yet compare it to the other models of the phone. So, it is then isn't it. The galaxy s phones are the fastest phones around.

6. Are you saying it has a bad cpu then? The phone excells at many benchmarks, having a very powerful gpu as well as a very powerful cpu.

7. Take the galaxy s, seen by many as the best phone of the year. Add another camera, optional 4g, led flash and a keyboard. While the keyboard is debatably not something everyone would want, and while 4g may not be good in all cases, what you end up getting is a galaxy s with a bit extra. What is there to hate? Why not appreciate it?


RE: wow
By JanSolo on 8/13/2010 12:37:17 AM , Rating: 2
1. You're not disputing my point about the lack of availability which thereby inhibits you having WiMax available when it is wanted. People *want* it, it's just not rolled out.
2. You assume that every place has WiMax or that even if WiFi is available, that it is free or available to general public. My point still stands.
3. Technically, WiMax *could* be fast, but Sprint limits throughput. Again, the problem with WiMax is lack of availability, throughput and power drain. I don't see how any of those things make WiMax a win-win.
4. 4G, per the ITU, is supposed to offer speeds of up to 100mb. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G WiMax can do that speed and go over in fact, but Sprint limits it.
5. Correct. The Galaxy S phones are theoretically the fastest hardware available. Yay. "The phone features a powerful 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 based CPU code-named "Hummingbird", co-developed by Samsung and Intrinsity. In early benchmarks, the 1 GHz Hummingbird smoked the competition, proving to be about 50 percent faster than Apple's A4 found in the iPhone 4 or TI OMAP processor found in the Droid X." The benchmark in question: http://www.glbenchmark.com/result.jsp
6. The author pointed to OpenGL benchmarks as proof of the fast CPU.
7. I am not bashing the phone at all, rather, I am pointing out that the phone is not the fastest phone ever. Case in point, the headline: "Samsung Epic 4G, the Fastest Android Smartphone, Hits Sprint".

Or how about this: "At this point it seems relatively straightforward -- the Samsung Epic 4G features the fastest processor-- by far -- of any Android phone on the market." It's as if the author conveniently forgot the rest of the line of Galaxy S phones and wanted to justify his future purchasing plans.

And then the editorializing at the end without any quantitative data sealed the deal: "It also has industry leading battery life. And of the Galaxy S smartphones in the U.S. the Epic 4G is clearly the cream of the crop." What is the battery life of the Epic 4G? We get lots of hype, but no numbers. Is the of the unreleased, untested Epic higher or lower than the other Galaxy S phones or the iPhone 4? We don't know really, because there are no numbers here, just hyperbole.


RE: wow
By bigboxes on 8/12/2010 8:49:36 PM , Rating: 1
You didn't read the article.


RE: wow
By JanSolo on 8/13/2010 12:43:16 AM , Rating: 2
On the contrary, I read it thoroughly and paid attention. ;-)


RE: wow
By bigboxes on 8/13/2010 7:40:35 AM , Rating: 1
Wasn't replying to you. You read the article. ;)


Dates?
By torpor on 8/12/2010 10:10:52 AM , Rating: 2
When I visit the Sprint website, the front page says the phone is available August 31.

However, when I'm signed into my Sprint account (I'm a customer), and click into the information, it says August 20.

Interesting part is that August is neither the preorder date above (Aug 13) nor the release date mentioned in the article and at Sprint's main page (Aug 30).

I'm a Sprint Premier member (I've been a customer for 14 years). I wonder if I get it early because of that? If that's the case, it would be the first truly nice benefit of that, and in my opinion, a great way to reward customer loyalty.




RE: Dates?
By anon3803 on 8/12/2010 10:14:30 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Likewise, AT&T will get the phone, rebranded as the "Captivate", but will lose both the front-facing camera and the LED flash.


What do you mean will? This article seems quite out of date. . . the Captivate was available on AT&T back on July 21st.


Was interested...
By Aikouka on 8/12/2010 12:27:30 PM , Rating: 2
So, I was quite interested by this phone and of course, Sprint's $69.99 per month plan is always enticing compared to Verizon or AT&T, but when I looked at Sprint's coverage map compared to Verizon... I was a bit turned off. Is their coverage really as poor as their own map suggests? I like the features on this phone (most notably, the keyboard), but having my calling areas so restricted isn't too favorable with me.




RE: Was interested...
By torpor on 8/18/2010 10:49:54 AM , Rating: 2
If you get an "Everything" plan, free roaming is included. And the 69.99 plan you mention is one.

So, 4G aside (which doesn't affect your calling area), who cares what the exact Sprint coverage is, so long as roaming is free?

Sprint's philosophy seems to be to cover all the major interstate highways. Get off the I, lose coverage. And that covers 99% of my needs. It probably does for most people.


Bad Information
By Goty on 8/12/2010 10:54:47 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
The super smartphone already hit the T-Mobile network in July. And now Sprint has become the second major carrier to announce the pricing and availability of the Galaxy S Pro, rebranding it the "Samsung Epic 4G".


So either the Captivate isn't a Galaxy S phone (despite the giant "Galaxy S emblazoned on the back) or AT&T isn't a major carrier. Which is it?




RE: Bad Information
By Goty on 8/12/2010 3:29:31 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the fix. ;)


Too Big
By DrApop on 8/12/2010 11:07:13 AM , Rating: 3
I guess some people like hauling around these mega phones. It's a bit too big for me... although I certainly like the fast processor. Just got myself the HTC Aria and really like the size. Not going to watch TV or a movie on it (wouldn't do it on the bigger phones either) but it does everything the mega phones do.

What I would like is a 6-7 inch android tablet as a supplement to an android phone that I could tether to my phone or just use in wifi. Yes it's two devices but I guess I'm just not used to the super big phones.




One bad APPLE can spoil!
By Dr of crap on 8/12/2010 10:20:18 AM , Rating: 2
To bad Apple - I guess the iphone is NOT number one anymore.
You'd think they would have learned from the Mac days - give your OS to the masses to make your product the thing to "have".
Well repeating history will cause you to fall again!




What the size growth is for...
By DanNeely on 8/12/2010 10:32:20 AM , Rating: 2
... probably all taken up by a giant (for smart phones) battery to keep the wimax from rendering the phone useless in a few hours.




Does not compute
By bug77 on 8/12/2010 10:39:38 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
it gets slightly thicker than the Vibrant -- going from 9.9 mm thick (the thinnest Android phone on the market) to 14.3 mm


For me, over 40% increase in thickness is anything but slight. I know you can't possibly squeeze a keyboard in under 10mm, but still...




Cheesy, I know...
By superflex on 8/12/2010 3:19:15 PM , Rating: 2
...but can it play Crysis?




Just fess up already...
By nidomus on 8/12/2010 4:57:03 PM , Rating: 2
Oh stop it Sprint. If it isn't a 4G fee, then why does my company's Sprint account rep say "I must apologize, I forgot to add the $10.00 4G plan to both the Evo and Epic so the cost before taxes..." Direct quote from an email.




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