- 10-08-2010, 06:31 PM #2
- 10-08-2010, 06:39 PM #3
- 24 Posts
There a 1000 threads on this but here the basic outline.
Lighter - If you care about heft then Epic.
Amoled Screen - Nice and clean display, let not forgot about the Gorilla Glass.
Dlna - Have a Dlna device? Then Epic can stream all your media to that device.
Physical keyboard, type alot then get a Epic.
Better Cpu and Better for Gaming
Bugs, bugs and more bugs
The Smaller screen.
No Froyo( Yet)
Touchwiz is meh
No Kickstand( Tho if a case every comes out it be bad ***)
Screen - That 0.3 inches makes a big difference to some people.
The Kickstand - It a dam Kickstand what more do you need to know?
Less Bugs and Senus U.I,
Built in HDMI port vs a USB to Hdmi cable for the epic.
Better Roms and Hacking Support the hacking community is really big on the Evo side.
It cheaper, 50 bucks makes a big difference to some people.
Hope this helps
- 10-08-2010, 08:21 PM #4
- 51 Posts
Mfmseth pretty much covered it.
I had the Evo, but it was stolen so i took the chance to grab the Epic.
Glad i did. The screen is boss and it plays games a bit better.
I use my phone for a lot of multimedia and I feel this device excells in that department.
Plus the physical keyboard is nice for emails and emulators.
- 10-08-2010, 08:35 PM #5
In general th Epic is a much better device. I owned the Evo from launch date until three weeks ago, when I got an epic for the GPU prowess.
Come to find out, the Epic performs better, has a FAR FAAAAARRR better camera, especially the video camera, has a much MUCH better screen, the touch screen is much more responsive, better sound quality and more. I could write a book about how much happier I am with the epic. I finally don't long for an iphone.
However, there are a few bugs. One, I notice that I have slower 3G speeds on the epic when compared to the evo. Also, some key presses are missed by the keyboard. I used to have issues with gps, but the last update fixed that. Other that this, I hav not had any big issues that I can think of.
if you don't care for an extra .3" of LCD screen, go Epic. Just about the ONLY thing evo has better is Sense. Which I do miss.
- 10-08-2010, 09:27 PM #6
- 10-08-2010, 09:56 PM #7
I'm going to be dead honest. The Evo IMO is much better for me. I didn't love the Epic nearly as much as I love my Evo. I'd trade out my Epic (which I did) for any top tier smartphone, but the only thing I would trade for my Evo is the Desire HD and that's not happening. I absolutely cannot get over the Evo.
Once again, I'm not bashing anything and I'm just stating my personal preference. See those Pros posted in an above post? Yeah, that's why I chose the Evo.
- 10-08-2010, 10:48 PM #8
- 162 Posts
When the EVO dropped I thought it was the best damn phone ever. That was until I had to charge the damn phone basically every two to three hours. The processor was kick ***, Froyo made it even more bad *** and the Sense UI made it king. Then a new girl came to our school and her name was Epic. The Epic is a bit more bulky than the EVO thanks to the keyboard but the keyboard it self is a huge plus for the device. The battery life is awesome, the screen is king and the screen display makes it own the EVO. Even tho the Epic doesn't have Froyo...yet, it will dominate the EVO soon enough if it doesn't already depending on who you ask. The Epic was a better investment IMO. There are a lot of "easter eggs" in the phone that make it that much more attractive than the EVO. The Samsung Media Hub is one. The Touch Wiz was takes while getting use to especially if you have already been accustomed to the Sense UI. Screen, size, weight and battery life all trump the EVO. Epic wins.
- 10-08-2010, 10:55 PM #9
- 286 Posts
I had an Evo for 30 days and thought it was a good phone. I returned it, however, for 3 main reasons...the screen was completely unusable outdoors in sunlight, battery life was horrid and I felt more comfortable with at least having the option to use a hardware keyboard.
I got the Epic on launch day and have been pretty happy with it. The screen is great and usable in any situation I have found myself in. The keyboard is very good. GPS works fine although it is a bit slower to lock than other phones I have had. Battery life started out at only about 5 hours but since the last update I can go 18 hours with pretty heavy use between charges. I am still amazed with everything this phone can do!
Bottom line...neither is perfect and you gotta see which one has the best compromises for you.
Good question I should have added what I use my phone for. Mostly text, email, Internet, GPS, music and YouTube. Not much into gaming and have no interest in video calling or watching movies on a phone. I should have mentioned the cost difference is not a factor for me thankfully.
I do like HTC Sense but TouchWiz that I have seen on the Epic is not all that intrusive so not a deal killer. For me both screen sizes work but when I was in the SPrint store the Epic screen did look brighter and crisper. I was not able to take either device outside though.
Thanks for all the feedback so far. It really does help getting info from people who have experience with both devices.
- 10-08-2010, 11:49 PM #12
At this point, I would suggest you choose based on wht you may use in the future. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Epic has a lot of things done better.
- 10-09-2010, 12:06 AM #13
- 10-09-2010, 02:42 AM #14
- 52 Posts
- TrulyEpic Rebirth v1.2
With the fluctuation of signal and 3G speed (others have reported, I experience random signal fluctuations only once in awhile) your music/youtube etc streaming might suffer at times and youtube quality stuff wont really fully show off the SAMOLED screen. There's also still a bug with GPS where it will always say you're within 30ft of your location, even when you're not and that can cause some issues with some GPS apps that pull that data. Text/email/browsing is also a bit easier on the eyes with the slightly bigger screen.
I'm not bashing the Epic as I'm totally in love with this phone and it's the best phone I've ever owned, but only because it fits my personal needs. It's not to say Samsung/Sprint wont fix all the issues, in which case it would be a MUCH harder decision. In it's current form though I'd say the Evo fits your needs better. Honestly between the Evo or the Epic, you really can't go wrong but they currently do a few things slightly better than the other. The only way to truly find out is to try both of them for a month (using the 30day guarantee).
- 10-09-2010, 03:50 AM #15
- 48 Posts
- 10-09-2010, 04:56 AM #16
- 33 Posts
Seeing as I'm one who has had plenty of time with both phones I'll take a moment to compile my thoughts of both devices:
While the Evo and the Epic are both good in their own respect, I must say that the Super AMOLED screen on the Epic trumps the extra 0.3" you gain by choosing the Evo. Never have I thought to myself, "boy I sure miss that extra screen size" as I'm content with the 4-inch screen. I love the physical keyboard and shift between Swype, SwiftKey and the stock Android keyboard as I'm a nitpicker and like certain things about each one given certain circumstances. The Sense UI was nice although felt cluttered at times whereas TouchWiz is much more simple and clean in my opinion.
Some like to argue that because the Evo has a 8-megapixel camera while the Epic has a 5-megapixel camera, it must take better pictures. If you know anything about cameras, you'll realize that the previous argument is wrong and just plain junk as megapixels have nothing to do with the overall quality of an image. It is my belief that my Epic takes far better pictures than my Evo ever did although let me state that this may be due in part to the Epic's screen and the fact that I've never reviewed any of my Evo photography on my Epic's screen.
YouTube and what device you view it on hardly correlate. YouTube is YouTube. You're not going to hear, or see, a different version of Bed Intruder on an Epic than you would an Evo. Both have built-in TV Out functions, (I will say that the Evo takes the cake in this aspect) the Evo with its mini/micro-HDMI out and the Epic with its input-jack TV-out neither of which I've used.
The GPS debacle is dismissable seeing as it's something that can be fixed by software. Although the Evo's is better at the moment, there's no hardware stopping the Epic's from being just as good.
With all of those out of the way that leaves two comparisons un-addressed which is the final question as you make your decision:
Kickstand, or keyboard?
Apologies for any scattered-brainness I may have had in my thoughts but it is very late and I am very sleepy.
Make sure to inform us of your choice!
- 10-09-2010, 05:03 AM #17
- 10-09-2010, 12:40 PM #18
I even purchased an extended battery for it and still had no luck. I get about 16 hours of good usage with Epic since the latest update. About 9-10 hours with the launch software.
- 10-09-2010, 05:49 PM #19
- 144 Posts
I still have my Evo, but I've been using the Epic since day one. I don't really miss anything from it outside of the better stock email app, but I prefer push mail and switched to K9 and hopefully Maildroid when the bugs get worked out. I'm not sure what gps problems people still have after the last update. Think some Evo users just like to make things up at this point. Same with the one poster who just said "bugs, bugs and more bugs."
For me, the Epic is lighter and fits better in the hand with the narrower profile and rounded edges. I like the screen better. I like the hard keyboard for when I need it, and going to it is close to second nature now. It does miss a letter every now and then. Don't know why that is an issue, but it is. I type fast enough and can manipulate with the arrow keys that I still breeze through it.
I picked up two genuine overseas OEM battteries (the g7 version) and outboard charger for about $12 so I don't worry about battery life too much which is no better or worse than I had with the Evo.
And I love how people say "I think the evo is your choice based off of how you use the phone". He did say the first two things he uses the phone for are email and texting where a hard keyboard could be a benefit for him. Having had a hero and an Evo and play with friends' iphones all the time, I can type fairly well on screen, I just hate it. Swype makes it somewhat bearable for short texts and such, but the rest goes to the hard keyboard.
Froyo for the Evo isn't a Plus because it should be on the Epic, hopefully within the next 30 days. And then performance will be even better than it is now which is still pretty damn good.
If you need the extra .3" of screen, if you need to local sync Outlook, if you like Sense's features better and don't mind typing on screen then go for the Evo.Still living strong with the Epic. Picked up a Photon for overseas travel. Can also save you at least 10% on ProClip vehicle mounts and cradles. Feel free to PM me for more info.
- 10-09-2010, 06:55 PM #20
- 10-09-2010, 07:02 PM #21
- 10-09-2010, 08:31 PM #22
- 72 Posts
- Bonsai4All V3.0.1
I must be one of the lucky few to get a "Golden" Epic.
I've never had an issue with my GPS, and my battery life has always been good.
It's even better now with the latest update.
I love the keyboard, and I haven't had any problems with key-presses.
I have, however, gotten tons of texts from some of the guys who work for me (who I convinced to get Evos) with typos and mis-typed words.
I send texts and e-mails (up to 200 a day) with my Epic, and I know I would hate it without the keyboard. A quick reply with swype is fine, but the hardware keyboard is a must for me.
I've used my Epic for GPS navigation and pandora radio throughout the ft. lauderdale/Miami area for four days without any issues with bandwidth, so I would say it works fine for youtube, internet, etc..
I guess you can figure that I recommend the Epic.
- 10-10-2010, 01:36 AM #23
- 10-10-2010, 01:39 AM #24
Golden Epics ftw! I had one before going to the Evo.
As for the camera, the Epic's is better, but trust me, Froyo and custom settings makes the Evo's camera more than sufficient for stuff like desktop wallpaper, photo sharing, etc. I was one of the Evo camera bashers back when I got rid of my first in early July, but now that I have it again, I'm more than impressed. I don't get the blue-speckle effect in the sky anymore. That part alone made me hate the camera.
Anyways, Software goes to EVO and hardware goes to Epic IMO. Gaming is good enough on the Evo, so that sealed the deal for me, but for flawless gaming, the Epic is better.
- 10-10-2010, 01:52 AM #25