Somewhat Unfavorable ZDNET Review
The title will get you but honestly, the thing that bothers me in this review is the issue pointed out with the 4 bottom buttons now working well and the issues with GPS....and they show an EVO side by side in GPS for comparison.
Review can be found at:
Sprint Samsung Epic 4G first impressions shows it can't beat the EVO 4G | ZDNet
- 08-24-2010, 10:00 AM #2
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- 08-24-2010, 10:19 AM #5
I think everyone is paranoid about Samsung GPS right now. I doubt there is a problem with the GPS on the Epic.
This guy said he used to love qwerty keyboards but after getting used to the touch keyboard on the EVO, he likes touchscreen keyboards now. Maybe he just needs to get used to the capacitive buttons and he will start liking them too. This review doesn't have me second guessing anything.
- 08-24-2010, 11:03 AM #7
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Video crashes whatever browser Im using. But I guess that is what happens when you have an EVO lover review an EPIC. I bet EVO bashing would occur if an EPIC lover reviewed an EVO. Biased reviewers are bad juju.
Quick question, are they using the google GPS or sprint nav? I use sprint nav primarily with google maps as a traffic monitor. If its google gps then I have no worries as I do not use that.
- 08-24-2010, 11:30 AM #9
I am not understanding this...
Specifications for the Samsung Epic 4G include the following:
Android 2.1 with Samsung Touchwiz 3.0 experience
Cortex A8 Hummingbird, 1GHz processor
Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G (1700/2100 MHz)
4 inch WVGA (480800) capacitive Super AMOLED touch display
Integrated 1GB flash memory and microSD card (16GB included)
5 megapixel camera with flash
VGA front facing camera
Dedicated, touch-sensitive Home, Menu, Back and Search areas
Proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass
Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
1500 mAh battery
3.5 mm headset jack
Dimensions: 4.9 x 2.54 x 0.56 inches and 5.46 ounces
That immediately makes me question his knowledge... because that would indicate that the Epic was a World phone.
He probably meant quad band CDMA
- 08-24-2010, 11:32 AM #10
Then he makes this comment:
The QWERTY keyboard also dominates the front when the display is slid from left to right (up in landscape orientation). This is probably the BEST hardware QWERTY keyboard since the HTC HD2 and keyboard fans are going to love it.
Ummm, when did the HD2 get a hardware keyboard?
Its obvious, this dude has a problem focusing.... perhaps he meant Touch Pro 2...
- 08-24-2010, 11:37 AM #11
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Want correct phone stats, this place is generally spot on with that info, but they do have the wrong ROM.
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He's gone back and fixed the GSM cut-and-paste error. Now, my point of contention:
"The EVO 4G 4.3″ display is large and presents more, especially when web browsing. "
It's the same resolution; how does the EVO display present more information? It has bigger pixels, not more of them.
Dunce. Do none of these websites employ editors anymore? Part time teenage bloggers I could understand, but ZDNet used to actually sell print magazines. Did they fire everyone?
- 08-24-2010, 01:04 PM #17
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It's amazing to me how these so called "professionals" so often post erroneous and misleading information. It makes me wonder if any of these people do any real research before putting their names in front of their articles. I think every first impression or unboxing review I've read or viewed missed the point about being able to adjust the backlighting of the capacitive buttions. I remember reading about this feature when someone pointed it out when the US Galaxy S series were first introduced by Samsung about a month or two ago. I think Engadget was the first to recognize it and make a correction to their review about. Even so, reviewers are still missing it and getting it wrong. As for Zdnet, the misleading info about the GSM radio and the HD2 keyboard just reaffirms my contention that these guys are either lazy or just plain incompetent. I read these posts because I'm currently in the market to get a new phone...as it is, I'm currently undecided. But sifting through all this misinformation is tiresome. I just wish one of these "professionals" would put together a comprehensive, FACTUAL review that people can rely on. Maybe I'm asking too much...but I don't think so... Is it too much to expect a reviewer to know to turn on AGPS before testing? Seriously...how hard is it to install a GPS signal app that can definitively test the GPS performance of this thing? You'd think with all the speculation going on about this, someone could have done it by now. If someone is willing to give me a review phone, I'm sure I could put together a much better review than every one else has so far... You wouldn't even have to pay me!!! D@mn!!! <End Rant>
I did just speak with the advocate at my local friendly Corporate store.
He hasn't tried the GPS yet but will do so tonight on his way home.
His one gripe with the phone....even when lit, having to hit the capacitive buttons numerous times to get them to register.
Hopefully I can try it for myself tomorrow when he has more time.
- 08-24-2010, 01:44 PM #21
WOW, what a fanboy! Evo better in sunlight? Haven't we gone over this yet? There were a few tests done in the sunlight on youtube and the Super AMOLED display came out on top every time (Evo, of course, came last among the super smartphones). This guy's a joke of a reviewer. A kickstand?! A KICKSTAND?! HE can't just prop up his phone on something? Really? OMG, no Froyo for the Epic. World's going to end! Umm, we're getting it in a month or so anyways? Doesn't the Epic support micro usb to hdmi anyways? Hidden Backlit buttons: You have GOT to be kidding me. He obviously hasn't read all the other reviews.
Conclusion: This guy's a joke that so bad, even a five year old can out review him. His information is inaccurate in several areas and it just ticks me off when these so-called professionals can't even do a simple review right. <end rant>
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