Samsung Epic 4G vs HTC EVO 4G: What's The Difference Between Sprint's 4G Phones?

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Samsung Epic 4G vs HTC EVO 4G: What's The Difference Between Sprint's 4G Phones?

HTC EVO 4G (Left) Samsung Epic 4G (Right)

Sprint's HTC EVO was the world's first 4G-capable smartphone and has been in high demand since its launch earlier this summer. On August 31, 2010, a second 4G-capable phone will join the EVO on Sprint's network: the Samsung's Epic 4G. The successful launch of the EVO and all of the anticipation that is surrounding the upcoming launch of the Epic has prospective users wondering which of the two might be the right phone with which to make the leap to 4G. Both devices utilize the popular Android OS (operating system), provide 3G/4G capabilities, and offer the option to use the phone as a mobile hotspot, but there are a number of features that make these two phones unique.

Below you'll find the primary differences between the EVO and the upcoming Epic. For more information on either phone, make sure to check out our EVO FAQ and Epic FAQ!
  • Samsung Epic 4G: 4.0" Super AMOLED (Super Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode)
  • HTC EVO 4G: 4.3" WVGA (Wide Video Graphics Array)
  • What This Difference Means: The Epic 4G will feature a better overall display that has a much brighter picture; however, it may be harder to view in areas with lots of light.

  • Saumsung Epic 4G: 4.9" 2.54" x 0.56" (LxWxT); Weight: 5.46 ounces
  • HTC EVO 4G: 4.8" x 2.6" x .5" (LxWxT); Weight: 6 ounces
  • What This Difference Means: Even though the HTC EVO has a larger screen than the Epic, it's still a bit smaller overall than the Samsung Epic - although the Epic is slightly lighter. The Epic's QWERTY keyboard understandably makes the Epic slightly thicker than the EVO.

Operating System:
  • Samsung Epic 4G: Operates on Android OS 2.1
  • HTC EVO 4G: Comes with Android 2.1 installed and can be updated to Android OS 2.2 (Android 2.2 Feature overview)
  • What This Difference Means: EVO users have the option of upgrading to Android 2.2, which provides faster performance and includes more features. It is unknown when Samsung will make the Epic 4G 2.2 compatible (we will find out after launch).

  • Samsung Epic 4G: 1Ghz Hummingbird Processor
  • HTC EVO 4G: 1Ghz Snap Dragon Processor
  • What This Difference Means: The Epic's 1Ghz Hummingbird Processor has an edge over the EVO's Snap Dragon processor, allowing you to access applications faster.

  • Samsung Epic 4G: 5MP rear camera with flash and front-facing VGA camera
  • HTC EVO 4G: 8MP rear camera with flash and front-facing 1.3MP camera
  • What This Difference Means: While a 5MP camera is very good or a cell phone, the HTC EVO 4G has an advantage in the camera department with its 8MP (Mega Pixel) rear camera. This allows the camera to shoot pictures that have a greater pixel density for better detail.

Physical QWERTY Keyboard:
  • Samsung Epic 4G: Yes, slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard and virtual keyboard
  • HTC EVO 4G: No, virtual keyboard only
  • What This Difference Means: If you prefer a physical keyboard for data entry and texting, the Epic is the choice for you. If you don't mind typing on a virtual keyboard, the HTC EVO 4G has a excellent virtual keyboard and voice input features.

Media Streaming:

  • Samsung Epic 4G: DLNA (communicate directly to other DLNA-enabled devices)
  • HTC EVO 4G: HDMI (direct output to HDMI-capable HDTV)
  • What This Difference Means: With a compatible HDMI cable, the HTC EVO 4G will allow you to connect directly to your HDTV to view recorded or streamed video. The Epic will require another network-capable DLNA device to communicate with to share media.

Mobile Hotspot Feature:
  • Samsung Epic 4G: Yes, support for up to 5 devices
  • HTC EVO 4G: Yes, support for up to 8 devices
  • What This Difference Means: Both devices offer an optional mobile hotspot feature for $29.99/mo, which provides truly unlimited 3G/4G access (no 5GB cap like 3G/4G aircards). The HTC EVO does take the edge with the ability to support up to 8 WiFi devices, but either device can be paired with the Pepwave Surf Mini wireless bridge to get around the 5- or 8-user limit.

As you can see, there are some subtle differences between these two phones that make both appealing to different types of users. The Samsung Epic should appeal to a different auidence based solely on the fact that it has full QWERTY keyboard. Some users can't comfortably use a touch screen interface for typing and prefer a physical keyboard to type on. Others will go for the larger screen resolution and better camera of the HTC EVO. With either choice you can't go wrong - both devices are extremely powerful and have a host of features as well full 4G support!

The HTC EVO is currently out of stock, but we are accepting pre-orders for our next shipment (price is $199.99 after rebate w/ new 2-year or eligible upgrade). The Samsung Epic will be available on 8/31/10 and we are accepting pre-orders now (price is $249.99 after rebate w/ new 2-year or eligible upgrade)

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