11-21-2011 04:26 AM
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  1. studentdoctor's Avatar
    Hi Guys I'm making the switch from BB to Android (or possibly iPhone but unlikely) and I'm reading about all these new phones coming out early to mid next year on Sprint. Would you wait for new phones with LTE, NFC, or any other technologies or make the plunge and upgrade now? I'm not sure if this phone is going to get phased out in the next six months or so. What would you do? Thanks!
    11-16-2011 10:42 AM
  2. robiii's Avatar
    I would wait and see if Sprint is going to get the Galaxy Nexus. If they are not then I would buy the Epic Touch. I just ordered a Epic Touch for my wife yesterday.
    11-16-2011 11:10 AM
  3. JayWill's Avatar
    Ahh the good ole question. Buy now or wait for the next best thing. This phone is arguably the best phone on Sprint right now, but sometime next year it won't be. But this phone won't be phased out in 6 months though. For most, it'll have a 2 year shelf life at minimum.

    In the end, it's entirely up to you and there is no right or wrong answer. The whole topic is very subjective.

    Sent from my E4GT via Tapatalk
    11-16-2011 11:11 AM
  4. davis.rob's Avatar
    It depends a lot on the details of your situation. Personally, I'm really happy with the E4GT and not too worried about LTE. There should be a long transition period, so if there's WiMax where you live it should continue for quite a while ... and if there's not then who knows when LTE will really be available. I wanted the fastest phone with the best screen and I feel like I've got that. Waiting a year for LTE is not attractive to me ... and there's *always* a faster/better phone around the corner, so that's a constant.

    I do wish they had included NFC in the E4GT, but ces't la vie.
    11-16-2011 11:13 AM
  5. apinkel's Avatar
    I don't see a whole lot coming out in the next 6 months that I would hold out for. The specs on the nexus don't seem like much of an upgrade IMO and I don't expect huge jumps in performance or features until mid next year.

    So unless you are willing to wait a year from now for an upgrade (when LTE and next gen processors would be the next big jump in features/performance) then I'd say the Epic Touch (along w the photon and E3D) are all solid phones and will serve you well for the next 2 years.
    11-16-2011 01:22 PM
  6. mrcminnesota's Avatar
    If you buy now Best Buy will give you a blue ray player. Good luck
    I do like my Epic 4G Touch even though there are some issues. I have not had the LOS issues that some have reported (I have had the circle with the line but only for just a few seconds). I just have not really been able to roam 3g. Not sure if it is the type of towers around here or if it is related to the poor antenna, etc.?? Anyway keeping mine,
    11-16-2011 01:33 PM
  7. studentdoctor's Avatar
    Thanks for the great info guys. I stopped by Sprint to get my upgrade and started testing out the iPhone while I waited for a salesperson and become indecisive again. My hands and fingers got really tired with the Epic 4G Touch - almost as if I need to push buttons and need a thicker phone (I have above average size hands). I have an extended battery on my BB and can't stand how it feels without it (too thin and flimsy). Maybe I can get a case or extended batt for the E4GT to solve that issue. The iPhone seemed a bit more user friendly as well but the salesperson said if I'm a Google person, the E4GT will sync seamlessly - and I am.

    I have 6 different emails that are hosted on GMail through Google Apps for my business. Can I have each of these accounts as separate icons on the E4GT home? Or do I have to click on the GMail app button, then go select an email account? Given the amount of email I get, it helps a lot to have these as separate icons like the BB has it set up. I'm also able to set up each email to have a unique alert so that I don't have to run to my phone when I get an email on my personal email versus support email for my website. If the E4GT allows this, I think I'll go back and pick it up. The salesperson didn't know.
    11-16-2011 07:44 PM
  8. dguidry12's Avatar
    Wait until Samsung fixes the many problems associated with this product. Google it and its easy to see that its another Samsung fail without any updates in sight.
    11-16-2011 07:51 PM
  9. qfnol31's Avatar
    I have 6 different emails that are hosted on GMail through Google Apps for my business. Can I have each of these accounts as separate icons on the E4GT home? Or do I have to click on the GMail app button, then go select an email account? Given the amount of email I get, it helps a lot to have these as separate icons like the BB has it set up. I'm also able to set up each email to have a unique alert so that I don't have to run to my phone when I get an email on my personal email versus support email for my website. If the E4GT allows this, I think I'll go back and pick it up. The salesperson didn't know.
    You can add a shortcut to any set of messages from any gmail account to your homescreen.

    If you love Google products, I highly recommend Android over iOS.
    11-16-2011 07:57 PM
  10. dguidry12's Avatar
    Thanks for the great info guys. I stopped by Sprint to get my upgrade and started testing out the iPhone while I waited for a salesperson and become indecisive again. My hands and fingers got really tired with the Epic 4G Touch - almost as if I need to push buttons and need a thicker phone (I have above average size hands). I have an extended battery on my BB and can't stand how it feels without it (too thin and flimsy). Maybe I can get a case or extended batt for the E4GT to solve that issue. The iPhone seemed a bit more user friendly as well but the salesperson said if I'm a Google person, the E4GT will sync seamlessly - and I am.

    I have 6 different emails that are hosted on GMail through Google Apps for my business. Can I have each of these accounts as separate icons on the E4GT home? Or do I have to click on the GMail app button, then go select an email account? Given the amount of email I get, it helps a lot to have these as separate icons like the BB has it set up. I'm also able to set up each email to have a unique alert so that I don't have to run to my phone when I get an email on my personal email versus support email for my website. If the E4GT allows this, I think I'll go back and pick it up. The salesperson didn't know.
    If you have this many email account you would do better with the Photon. This phone will drain like crazy with those many accounts.. Youve been warned about this phone my friend..
    11-16-2011 08:43 PM
  11. studentdoctor's Avatar
    Wait until Samsung fixes the many problems associated with this product. Google it and its easy to see that its another Samsung fail without any updates in sight.
    It seems like the only significant issue is the LOS - which is a hit or miss depending on the phone. The sales rep said she's had some of those and exchanged them.
    11-16-2011 08:43 PM
  12. dguidry12's Avatar
    It seems like the only significant issue is the LOS - which is a hit or miss depending on the phone. The sales rep said she's had some of those and exchanged them.
    The phone has gets poor reception compared to any other phone. Poor reception coming from an antenna that Samsung also used in the failed Nexus S..I don't have to fabricate the facts are right here on the web. Why would Sammy use the same antennas that they used in a product at had recieved many complaints? Its because they DONT CARE about the customers after they purchase the product and this shows way back from the captivate and all the other original Galaxy S phones. They got gingerbread a year after others had got it. The captivate still has 2.2. If the phone gets poor reception this effects that overall performance of what a SMARTPHONE is used for..mainly the web!!
    11-16-2011 08:49 PM
  13. dguidry12's Avatar
    It seems like the only significant issue is the LOS - which is a hit or miss depending on the phone. The sales rep said she's had some of those and exchanged them.
    Also, having a phone that gets poor signal will effect GPS, Video Streaming and most importantly battery life
    11-16-2011 08:51 PM
  14. qfnol31's Avatar
    If you have this many email account you would do better with the Photon. This phone will drain like crazy with those many accounts.. Youve been warned about this phone my friend..
    I have two gmail accounts set to the normal push setting, and I lose about one to two percent per hour on standby 3G signal.
    11-16-2011 08:59 PM
  15. Ricolando's Avatar
    I have two gmail accounts and an exchange account all pushing without any issues. I usually end up at about 55-60% battery at the end of the day. I haven't had any of the issues people have complained about as far as LOS.

    Sent from my Epic 4G Touch
    11-16-2011 10:07 PM
  16. gksspot555's Avatar
    I love mine, no issues at all
    11-17-2011 12:24 AM
  17. sincityk9's Avatar
    No Los at all and my phone last all day.. But what do I know..
    11-17-2011 12:25 AM
  18. davis.rob's Avatar
    Thanks for the great info guys. I stopped by Sprint to get my upgrade and started testing out the iPhone while I waited for a salesperson and become indecisive again. My hands and fingers got really tired with the Epic 4G Touch - almost as if I need to push buttons and need a thicker phone (I have above average size hands). I have an extended battery on my BB and can't stand how it feels without it (too thin and flimsy). Maybe I can get a case or extended batt for the E4GT to solve that issue. The iPhone seemed a bit more user friendly as well but the salesperson said if I'm a Google person, the E4GT will sync seamlessly - and I am.
    When I first got my E4GT it constantly felt like it was going to slip out my hands ... almost too light and thin combined with a really slick plastic edge. I got a TPU case for it and it made a world of difference for me ... *much* better.
    11-17-2011 10:32 AM
  19. JayWill's Avatar
    When I first got my E4GT it constantly felt like it was going to slip out my hands ... almost too light and thin combined with a really slick plastic edge. I got a TPU case for it and it made a world of difference for me ... *much* better.
    I totally agree. The simple, cheap, yet very effective TPU case adds just the right amount of girth and anti-slippage in my opinion. Not to mention the matte black looks great. My only beef with the case is the volume button cover, but it's minor, and there are ways around it if I really wanted to do it.
    11-17-2011 12:03 PM
  20. studentdoctor's Avatar
    When I first got my E4GT it constantly felt like it was going to slip out my hands ... almost too light and thin combined with a really slick plastic edge. I got a TPU case for it and it made a world of difference for me ... *much* better.
    That's really good to know - I thought I was the only one who felt weird holding that in my hands! I'm pretty sure I'll pick up the phone today or this weekend. I've been looking for something like that case that also works as an external battery, but it seems that they do not work on our model of the Galaxy S II. Power Pack for Samsung Galaxy SII
    11-17-2011 01:12 PM
  21. drk65's Avatar
    I totally agree. The simple, cheap, yet very effective TPU case adds just the right amount of girth and anti-slippage in my opinion. Not to mention the matte black looks great. My only beef with the case is the volume button cover, but it's minor, and there are ways around it if I really wanted to do it.
    I agree on the addition of the TPU case for better size and security.

    The easiest fix I've found and successfully used for the TPU Volume Rocker issue is quite simple... Just remove the case, cut 2 or 3 small pieces of duct tape that will fit on the inside of the volume "buttons" on the TPU case, apply the tape on the inside of the case in the volume indentation area, and put the phone back in the case. The volume control should be easily accessible now with the case on. However, when I first started with 3 pieces of tape, the volume control became too easy to change. So, I changed to 2 layers of tape, and that provided me with the perfect compromise between easy access and not accidentally changing the volume.

    Give it a try... It's far easier than the alternative of cutting out the rubber buttons, which also may compromise the tightness and integrity of the entire TPU case. Let me know if it works out for you.
    11-17-2011 04:05 PM
  22. studentdoctor's Avatar
    So I went to the store today to get my upgrade and they wanted a 2-year agreement and the phone would be $199.99. Online however, they allowed a 1-year contract but the phone would be $259. So I opted to order online with the 1-year agreement and the phone will be shipped shortly. Looking forward!!!
    11-17-2011 07:22 PM
  23. studentdoctor's Avatar
    Where did you guys get your TPU cases? I already know I don't like how thin it is and how it feels like it's going to slip out of my hands.

    NVM - I see them on Amazon now
    11-17-2011 08:11 PM
  24. ravenas's Avatar
    Enjoy your new phone Docjay. I picked up mine the beginning of the month and adore it. I know there are all these releases of new phones but most don't have the same specs as the SGSII. No expandable memory (a big deal if you like carrying a small library of video to watch on the road), no user replaceable battery (also a big deal if you want to use your phone without worry) and screen quality on the iffy side.

    I picked up my case on eBay but Amazon sells them now. Also you may want to pick up an extra battery just in case.

    Don't give a second thought to the iPhone. I have plenty of iOS products and none really compare to the flexibility of Android. And the tiny 3.5" screen of the iPhone will drive you crazy whenever you try to read a web page.
    11-17-2011 11:59 PM
  25. sledgie#AC's Avatar
    So I went to the store today to get my upgrade and they wanted a 2-year agreement and the phone would be $199.99. Online however, they allowed a 1-year contract but the phone would be $259. So I opted to order online with the 1-year agreement and the phone will be shipped shortly. Looking forward!!!
    docjay where did you get the 1 yr contract from? businness acct? personal individual or famiily? sero or esrp? or did you get it from a non-sprint service provider?
    thanks
    11-18-2011 08:55 AM
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