went to T mobile and played with their S model
The phone itself is really light compared to the evo. It does feel slightly plasticy but sturdy if that makes sense. It is just as thick as the evo. and if it is only going to be about 3 pieces of paper thicker when the epic is released then not a bad phone. The screen is beautiful. I have to say the colors are great. The movie Avatar is stunning to watch. The colors almost look like they are wet. Blacks are black like the screen is turned off and the colors stand out. In comparison to the evo screen size, it is a little smaller. The feel in the hand is perfect just the right size, not to big and not to small. I did go outside with it and put it under the sunlight and I have to say I was able to see my evo screen better than the super amoled.
That being said I was worried that the phone would feel cheap and it is not. It was one of my concerns if not the major concern of mine. It gets a passing grade by me for sure. The difference in screen size is the off putting part. If you think the .3 difference is not much it really is. This can be overlooked though by the color representation on the screen.
If you go with the evo or epic you can't loose. As it stands now if you like movies and gaming (until the FPS issue with the evo is resolved) go with the epic. Other than that which ever phone you choose your good. Even with a physical keyboard added it won' feel like there is one there if you compare it to the evo.
- 07-15-2010, 02:14 PM #2
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- 07-15-2010, 03:21 PM #4
I totally agree, just got back from a T-mobile kiosk that had a demo model (still had the plastic on the screen, and no leash on it yet). Very, very light. The epic no doubt will be heavier, but it felt awesome in the hand. The only thing I don't agree with is the difference in screen size mattering. At the kiosk, I compared it in size with the HD2. Not a significant difference, and the fact that its lighter is great. The screen is something you have to see in person as the video cameras that film it don't do it justice. It looks exactly like what you would see in an advertisement that was digitally rendered... that good.
- 07-15-2010, 03:24 PM #5
Yes the .3 difference is kind of a big difference. I didn't think this when trying to wrap my head around what the .3 before walking into the store. It is noticeable. As for the walking out of the store to test the sunlight thing. I have them my evo to check out and they huddled around it like they never had seen anything like it while they let me go outside to look at the screen. I hope avatar is preloaded on the epic like it is on t mobiles. It really was stunning.
- 07-15-2010, 03:40 PM #7
- 07-15-2010, 03:52 PM #8
.3" is a big deal- my question is do you want a "big" phone or a "GIANT" one?
I never got used to how big the evo was. I liked the screen size- but really wanted a .25" SHORTER phone. I can't imagine owning the even TALLER Droid X. For me- the Epic and other Galaxy S phones would make for a "good size" everyday phone. I'll miss the larger screen size- but with a hardware keyboard- and more vibrant screen color indoors I'll easily forget about that. I kinda figured the SAMOLED wouldn't be as good as the TFT outdoors- but still sad to hear it confirmed. Doubtful anything will beat the PRE for outdoor use for a bit I guess.
FYI: Avatar preloaded is a Tmobile EXCLUSIVE.
- 07-15-2010, 04:55 PM #9
- 07-15-2010, 04:56 PM #10
Thanks for sharing my friend I appreciate the input. However, It will be interesting because EACH phone on different carrier looks a little different. I am interested to see how the epic will look.
When you played with the tmobile phone how did you feel about the use of screen real estate? Did you notice how the phone turned both ways left and right ?
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- 07-15-2010, 09:57 PM #19
I played with one for 40 minutes...
It felt a little sluggish... moving through t ouch wiz... might have been the plastic that my friend kept over the screen...
Camera was very nice to use...
Pictures look good...
I did not like the light feel of the phone, compared to my EVO... just felt too light...
I have had a touch pro2 and I now have the EVO... there is sort of a big difference in the screens..
- 07-15-2010, 10:17 PM #20
- 07-15-2010, 10:45 PM #21
I Played with one for a half an hour today as well. It was the snappiest android phone ive ever used and i had an evo for 30 days for reference and a droid and G1 before that. The screen is light years better then the Evo's as well. Its definitely smaller but in no way inferior. I was most surprised by how much i liked touchwiz believe it or not. And avatar looked insane on the screen. Didnt play with the camera at all but have seen some great video on youtube taken with the cam.
It was definitely super light, but didnt have a cheap feel or look to it like a cliq xt for example. it seemed like the 4 in. screen is the perfect compromise. the evo just never felt comfortable in my hand. I cant wait for the Epic 4G, come on Sprint and announce this thing already...
- 07-15-2010, 11:56 PM #22
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- 07-18-2010, 09:24 AM #25
I am going to play with my friends Vibrant, again, today... but as I mentioned before, if you compare the snapiness and speed of a ROOTED EVO that has the Wireless N activated, and the 30fps cap removal, via the dirty-hack... it moves faster than the Stock Vibrant. My friend and I both noticed that...
After playing with his vibrant and having my EVO for 4 weeks (I returned it on Friday, so that I could grab an EPIC), I can firmly say
EVO = More response, faster..., bigger screen (going from an EVO immediately to an EPIC or Vibrant, you will notice the difference...hopefully the Palm Pre that I am using now, will help with my withdrawel symptons), ROOTED, longer range on wi-fi, better front facing camera...FLASH
Samsung= WAYYYY better, 100x better camera, nicer screen, Faster read-write on the HUG 16 gigs of internal memory, nice camera menu. 100x better CPU and GPU
Battery power and usage on both seemed about the same... When I had my friends, I watched it go from half way to 10 percent, in an hour, using mainly the camera... And yes, the 3G antennae sucks in the Samsung... We sat in a busy restaurant in one of the better parts of Lex. Ky, and he was regulated to an EDGE signal, until he stepped out into the Parking lot... Speed test then yielded no better than a 500down/400 up result on multiple tests...
I cannot wait for the epic... though...