Originally Posted by holymadness
Ahem, Evo4G. Epic is an entirely different beast.
Originally Posted by holymadness
a) will help with b). Once all major networks switch over to LTE in 2012/3 or so, an artificial barrier to jumping networks should be lifted. After that, it will depend on the way culture shifts. In Quebec, for example, a consumer-friendly government recently created a law banning exorbitant cancellation fees for ending a cell phone contract. That's one way things could change. The other is that people need to get used to the idea that phones actually cost between $500 and $700, not $99 or $199. Until that happens, we won't see networks lower their prices or stop treating customers like garbage.
I wouldn't be so sure about LTE. Although Clear has stated it isn't devoted to WiMax, I have a feeling the battle will end up being drawn out. Even then, although LTE is superior, the same was said for HDDVD. Either way, it's going to be a while until networks stop fucking their customers over. After using the Samsung Epic for a week, I must say i'm not entirely impressed. The SuperAMOLED screen is quite nice, but it doesn't blow me away. It is very readable in sunlight though, and the same can't be said for the TFT on the Evo. TouchWiz blows, I bought LauncherProPlus to replace it, and I definitely find it to be a good launcher (even just the free version. The ability to have a separate swipe function for each launcher icon is very useful). Of course, I say this coming from Sense, which I find to be very polished. It really is the small things, especially the lockscreen features (music controls, more information on missed calls/texts). Sense overall just seems a bit more mature and tasteful (TouchWiz has a bit too much color, which coupled with the SuperAMOLED seems a bit too playful). As far as media goes, I do like the media player on the Epic, it is easy to navigate and has a slightly better shuffle. As I said before though, you must unlock the phone to control the player. Also, music does not pause when headphones are unplugged. The cameras aren't that much worse than the Evo, though the brighter flash on the Evo is nice. Another small thing that bothers me is the absence of a camcorder shortcut on the Epic. This might sound silly, but the kickstand on the Evo really is pretty ace. The Epic's gaming capabilities were one of the big selling points for me, though overall, i'm not sure it is the right feature set for me. Output is via the 3.5mm jack, so although it gives the ability to connect to a larger number of sets, it isn't as good as the Evo's mini-HDMI. For the time being, you can't connect wiimotes to the Epic, which is another cool feature (then again, it took a bit for them to work with the Evo due to the lack of HID profiles in Sense [IIRC, rumor has it HTC uses bluetooth stacks from 1.6]). I was looking forward to playing emulators on the bigscreen, but it seems that may have to wait. FroYo is another big thing for me, Samsung/Sprint haven't said when the Epic will get the update, and speculation points to the end of the month at the earliest. Full flash support is great (contrary to what Apple fans might tell you), even if it does have its hiccups. It is noticeably snappier and the upgraded voice search is pretty cool. As others have said, the GPS isn't exactly perfect (very, very far from it). It caused my phone to freeze up three times in a row (requiring restarts, even after I killed the task in the task manager [Samsung has one integrated, although with the way android is set up it really shouldn't have been necessary]) before I was finally able to search for and navigate to my destination (I had full bars and was in the middle of a large parking lot, so no signal issues). I really fail to understand how a company as large as Samsung could release a series of devices with such a big issue as this. All things said, the Epic is nice, but for a phone that goes for $500, it really ought to be near perfect. In the end, the Evo has a much better feel, both in hand and onscreen so even with the added features of the Epic (Hummingbird and physical keyboard) it really does come down to preference. With the recent unveiling of HTCSense.com (yes, I understand the features were available before with Lookout, etc), I think I just might be leaning back towards the Evo. Sorry for the jumbled review!