If I can't find an Evo, should I get an Epic?
I've been looking for Evos since launch but have not found any. I've called up all my local radio shacks, best buys, and sprint stores since the phone was launched but they are always out of stock. I'm really frustrated and I'm starting to consider the epic. I like the Evos bigger screen and the look of it but I like the epic's samoled screen. The epic doesn't look as stylish as the Evo and the build quality also looks questionable. I game occasionally on phones but not constantly. I use youtube a lot and I love the Evo's kickstand. A hardware keyboard isn't a must for me but it is good to have options. My tv isn't dlna compatible so I couldn't use that feature. I hate touchwiz but I could probably load custom roms on. Pocketability isn't an issue. IDK. I'm so confused. Which one should I get?
- 08-02-2010, 11:05 PM #2
- 08-02-2010, 11:23 PM #3
I'm right there with you, can't find any! I have a moment now and am really considering the Epic now. Now, of course, no $ for the evo so now I'll have to wait and get to compare them side by side. The epic will be good...what a tough choice! Great one to finally have with Sprint! Too excited!
- 08-02-2010, 11:44 PM #4
- 08-03-2010, 09:57 AM #5
Honestly it comes down to UI and type of phone. Ask yourself these questions: do you want a slab phone or a slider? Do you want touchwiz or sense UI? That will answer everything there. Those are the only differences I can see as of now, and while the screen is .3in larger in the evo the AMOLED is brighter and more vivid. So really its a tradeoff as both screens are pretty good.
- 08-04-2010, 08:31 AM #6
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I'm holding out for the Epic. My only concern is price. When AT&T launched the Galaxy, they priced it higher than the iPhone. I can't figure that out. That magic $199 price point makes a difference.
- 08-04-2010, 12:30 PM #7
- 08-04-2010, 07:38 PM #9
- 08-06-2010, 09:15 PM #10
- 08-07-2010, 08:06 PM #11
On your first pint I agree, I think the more permanent aesthetic of the EVO's form factor is more fresh, more modern and more appealing to me, but if you want the function of the keyboard, if you do a fair amount of text entry, that form over function is not a good choice.
I think one needs to zero down on other differences from minor to substantial, some of which we know, and some we will not know until a bit after epic release.
Screens matter:. Al the comparative reviews with the simple hands on are unanimous that the Epic super amoled is markedly superior. The screen is an every increasingly important and dominant aspect of smartphones and their apps, and that is no small advantage.
GPU and video generally: I haven't done comparative tests but I think those who have say the Epic is superior GPU as well which can make a difference in video viewing and almost certainly will be superior for gaming.
Battery: they both have the same battery MAH wise but my understanding, is that super amoled is less driaining and the epic's processor also has a better power efficeny. This is likely (but not certian) to translate into superior battery life for the Epic. We may see identicle numbers for the "standard" ratings for standby and talk times, but those are increasingly irrelevant given they are not even going to take processor efficiency or screen efficiency into account when that is quite large part of what we are using with smartphones.
call quality: My own causal try out (and reviewers also note this) indicate exceptional call quality with EVO. It is still a phone and call voice quality matters -- a lot. I haven't seen reports specifically on the cdma galaxy call quality yet.
Likely userbase size: The likely user base is important. The Epic is served by to some degree by the fact the galaxy is out on two gsm carriers and will almost certainly be on both major cdma carriers. the evo is popular out of the gate but that could be huge or short lived. this goes to apps optimized for the device and to hardware accessories such as extended batteries (I understand both are using batteries from prior devices so extra batteries won't be expensive.)
Those are my considerations. I will be getting four 4g smartphones on Sprint in early September when I convert my plan. Although I am leaning to the epic, it isn't because of the keyboard or ui, but mostly from the much superior epic display. Availability may actually be the deciding factor if either are in short supply.
- 08-08-2010, 07:29 AM #13
Then again both are missing a feature I am sorely sad to see left out, a sim card slot. in my case I travel to Europe about twice a year, typically once on business and once for pleasure, and while I had an unlocked dumb nokia to throw a pre paid european sim into, I actually brought my cdma smarphone with me as I was so dependent on it for other things util last year when I got a TP2 which does have a sim. Even though I didn't use the sim for data, wifi was plentiful enough.
I also wish both had 25% bigger batteries. given the batteries are about 25% of phones weight and volume, a 25% increase in the battery would translate into a 8% or so increase in total wight and volume. I think these companies are finding in consumer testing for buying decisions people are doing a hands on in the store, and placing thinness high without much, if any, consideration of battery life. So one cant blame the makers for demand based trends in competitive markets.
Still I feel all current smartphones are under capacity in battery and personally would, given most things being equal, place higher battery life extremely high in my own decision