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HTC Evo 4G vs Samsung Epic 4G

written by: Shanna James•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 5/30/2011

Both the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G are a part of the Sprint Network’s lineup of smartphones. But if you had to choose just one, which one would it be? You can make your own choice after reviewing this Samsung Epic vs HTC Evo article.

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    HTC Evo 4G vs Samsung Epic 4G

    HTC Evo 4G vs Samsung Epic 4G comparison HTC Evo 4G vs Samsung Epic 4G keyboards This Samsung Epic vs HTC Evo battle is going to be a tough one. Both enlist Sprint’s new 4G network and feature several similarities and differences. But of the two devices which would win the battle of the best smartphone on this network? Which smartphone has the best design, features and capabilities? These smartphones are the two best devices by Sprint and are powered by its 4G network. Here is a Samsung Epic vs HTC Evo face-off to find out which phone stands out as better than the other.

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    Evo Design Both devices are nicely designed although the Samsung Epic is thicker than the HTC Evo at 4.9 by 2.5 by 0.6 inches long, wide and thick. The HTC Evo is just slightly smaller and thinner at 4.8 by 2.6 by 0.5 inches long, wide and thick. This slight difference in bulk can be overlooked only because the Samsung features a slide out QWERTY keyboard and needs a bulkier build to fit this feature in. The HTC Evo is slighter heavier at 6 ounces to the Epic’s 5.5 ounces. The difference can definitely be felt when comparing the two in a pocket or in a hand.

    The HTC Evo vs Samsung Epic design clash does not end there. The Evo has been said to be more highly designed than the Epic as it is commonly referred to as a flagship device. The HTC Evo features a great array of capacitive buttons and a solidly built construction. It even features a kickstand which is perfect when watching movies or listening to music. The Samsung Epic, on the other hand has a smoother grip due to its contoured and curved corners. Its hardware buttons become visible once the back light is on and it also features an attractive glossy black front design.

    In terms of the display of each screen, the Evo features a 4.3 inch screen while the Epic settles in at only 4 inches. On the other hand, the Epic’s smaller 4 inch screen features AMOLED technology which greatly surpasses the Evo’s slightly larger TFT LCD. The colors within the Samsung Epic are much brighter and crisper than the Evo. The Evo’s additional screen size is great for web browsing, movies and applications. When it comes down to it the Samsung Epic vs HTC Evo, the Epic wins as a result of its better AMOLED display.

    Samsung Epic 4G leyboard The Samsung Epic features a slide out keyboard while the HTC Evo features a virtual keyboard. Some users find it much easier to use hardware buttons from a keyboard than type on a screen but the Evo’s wide touch screen interface is close competition for the Samsung Epic. The Epic features nicely spaced keys and great feedback. On the other hand, its virtual keyboard alternative is dire and makes typing without the QWERTY keyboard near impossible. The Evo’s virtual keyboard is great due to its large key interface. Users can also hold down some keys in order to access their special characters. This is much better than having to press the ‘function’ key on the Epic’s keyboard.

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    User Interface

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    HTC Evo 4G vs Samsung Epic 4G interface The Samsung Epic vs HTC Evo continues with the evaluation of the user interface where both devices have great reviews. The HTC Evo features a clean and integrated interface which includes the weather, time, calendar and more. The clock widget can be changed to any one of 12 different and stylish designs. The HTC Evo also features up to seven different home screens with the ability to add many Android and HTC applications and widgets. This is a huge plus for the Evo.

    The Samsung Epic features the Touchwiz user interface which showcases 4 primary buttons on the right side of the screen such as the Messaging, Contacts, Applications and Phone icons. The phone also features 7 home screens with the ability to add applications and widgets.

    In comparison the Epic allows users to toggle the settings of the 4G network, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS straight from the notification bar. Unfortunately it does not allow for all 7 home screens to be shown at the same time which the Evo does quite well using a pinch and zoom like gesture.

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    htc evo kickstand Samsung Epic 4G leyboard The Samsung Epic vs HTC Evo is not over yet. There is still more to each device. Both devices feature web browsing capabilities The Epic and Evo are both able to use Sprint’s 4G network so each had to be tested under the same settings. The Epic can load pages like, and in 9, 17 and 8 seconds, respectively while the Evo loaded the same sites in 8, 16, and 7 seconds, respectively.

    Both devices feature multimedia capabilities. Both can connect, download and play purchased content from Amazon or the Sprint marketplace. The HTC Evo’s kickstand, however, gives the experience a nicer feel while watching videos or even while using the device.

    The Samsung Epic features a 5 megapixel camera while the HTC Evo features an 8 megapixel camera. These numbers do not matter much as the Epic produces great quality images with more color accuracy than the Evo’s dark and shaded images.

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    HTC Evo 4G vs Samsung Epic 4G performance graphs3 HTC Evo 4G vs Samsung Epic 4G performance graphs Lastly, both devices feature very similar performance quality. The Samsung Epic 4G has a battery life that lasts for 5 hours and so does the HTC Evo. Call quality on both devices is also similar with a low rate of dropped calls, although the Evo 4G has a louder speakerphone.

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    Both are sensational smartphone devices but the Samsung Epic may have won the HTC Evo vs Samsung Epic battle. The Epic’s unique and comfortable design, AMOLED display, slide out keyboard and accurate camera capture quality make it an exceptional and top notch device.

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