Review by Dan Seifert on Tuesday September 20, 2011.
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The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is the first version of the venerable Galaxy S II smartphone to be available from a major carrier in the U.S. It is a followup to Sprint's Epic 4G from last year, but it shares little with that model. Instead of packing a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the Epic 4G Touch is a traditional slab-style smartphone with a massive touchscreen. The Epic 4G Touch is slightly different than the global version of the Galaxy S II as well. Samsung has decided to bump the display size up a notch, and the Epic 4G Touch packs support for Sprint's 4G WiMAX network and a bigger battery than the global version.
We really liked the original Galaxy S II when we reviewed it earlier this year; in fact, it garnered the highest score of any smartphone we have reviewed to date. Does the Epic 4G Touch carry on its legacy for the U.S. audience? Do Samsung and Sprint's minor improvements over the original model actually make it a better smartphone, or have the companies just taken too long to bring the Galaxy S II to the U.S. market to make an impact?
In short, the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch does a great job at preserving the essence of the original Galaxy S II, while even finding a way to improve on some parts. The Epic 4G Touch performs just as well as its overseas cousin, with a speed and smoothness that is a rarity in the Android world. The Super AMOLED Plus display is as gorgeous as ever, and the extra millimeters of size don't get in the way of its great looks. The weakest part of the Epic 4G Touch may not even be with the phone itself, but with the network it runs upon, as I found network performance to be the only disappointing thing with the Epic 4G Touch. Read on to find out all of the nitty gritty details and why the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is the best phone in Sprint's already impressive lineup.
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.