Between voice minutes, an SMS package, and a data plan, the cost of wireless service adds up fast. That’s why we’re so excited when we hear about new ideas for cutting the cost of owning a smartphone, especially when they’re set to arrive with unlimited service. In recent months, we’ve been talking about Republic Wireless, which is trying to offer $19 all-inclusive plans with unlimited data by trying to offload the bulk of its bandwidth onto private WiFi networks. A big beta test is getting underway this summer, so we’ll hopefully get a better sense of how [...]
As the past generation of Android smartphones ever-so-slowly starts receiving updates to bring them forward to Ice Cream Sandwich, we’ve heard plenty of promises from both manufacturers and carriers about which devices would end up making the Android 4.0 cut, and which would be left behind. Today we’ve got some updated info on the manufacturer side of things, with Samsung publishing a carrier-by-carrier breakdown of which models would be seeing ICS updates in the States.
Since we’ve already heard commentary about many of these models and their prospects for ICS [...]
Back in September Samsung was happy to announce that it sold 10 million Galaxy S II units just to follow-up in January that its home market, South Korea, contributed with five million of its own. Now they’re happy to announce yet another milestone.
20 million Samsung Galaxy S II devices (or variants) have been sold globally which makes the device Samsung’s best-selling phone ever. The original Galaxy S was the previous record holder but the newer version and its Super AMOLED Plus screen and sexy looks managed to dethrone it. We’re looking forward to seeing the [...]
After the Samsung Galaxy S II had its official (but not final) Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs leaked one after the other, rumor had it that the Sprint variant, the Epic 4G Touch had some ICS goodness in the works. Now that ROM seems to have made its way into the forums.
The Stock ROM, FB09, deodexed and pre-rooted has been uploaded containing Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, just like its European cousin. If you want to try this out on your Epic 4G Touch (while you understand that there’s a risk involved of you permanently damaging it), you can head over to the source link below [...]
Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S II variant, the Epic 4G Touch, may soon find itself on the receiving end of an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. We’ve already heard a rumor that Samsung will start distributing Android 4.0 updates to the GS2 in early March. While that may be the case, we’re likely to see the international version of the phone get its update first, and US carriers may end up lagging behind. That’s why it’s reassuring to check out today’s find, and learn a little more about the progress underway towards Epic 4G Touch Ice Cream Sandwich.
Just like in the previous Samsung ad — where people got Samsunged — we still don’t know who these other people are and what their phone preference is. Maybe you can figure it out from the ads below.
In the first one Samsung is emphasizing on the Galaxy S II’s voice-to-text ability. It’s clearly not aimed at people standing in line for the Apple iPhone 4S because Siri is able to do much more than sending a text message to someone in your Contacts based on what you dictate, without touching the screen. The other ad is about the 4G capability of the [...]
A recent iGR study indicates that Samsung is the preferred brand in the U.S. when it comes to devices powered by Google’s Android operating system. Motorola, HTC and LG are coming next with low-cost phone makers ZTE and Huawei lower down the list. The report also unveils that 47% of those in the U.S. that have a smartphone chose Android with the iPhone coming in second at 24%.
The study shows that from those who chose Android as their platform, 45% actually made their decision based on a research that led them to specifically select an Android device. 27% of Android users [...]
Samsung’s latest ad tells a new story that goes down in the same spot like in the rest of the campaign; people are queued up, even sleeping in front of a store, waiting for a new phone to be available, watching the first unboxing to realize it looks like the one before? We have absolutely no idea who these people are or which device they are waiting for but maybe you can figure it out.
While waiting in line someone gets a charger from the roommate who happens to rock a Samsung Galaxy S II. The phone announces at one point that the owner has “arrived at [...]
Users of the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint recently received an update that, amongst other changes, removed the controversial Carrier IQ software from their phones. We knew that Sprint was going to be making clean-up from this whole Carrier IQ fiasco a priority, and that we’d start seeing such updates arrive to strip the carrier’s phones of the offending software. We’re not sure if they’ll be the very next to see the same treatment, but a rumor says that Samsung’s Epic 4G and Epic 4G Touch will be on the receiving end of updates before the month is out, with at [...]
MIUI ROMs or ports offer a different user experience than what you’d expect from a classic Android. At the beginning, it was a Chinese customized version of Android, borrowing stuff from several manufacturer customizations, but quickly became the preferred way to go for many Android power-users.
It you have a Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S II, and you’d like to try out a MIUI ROM, head over to the source link to check one out. You’ll find there an official MIUI release complete with download links and feedback if you are [...]
We kicked-off last week by bringing you the first look at press renders of the Samsung Epic 4G Touch on Sprint all decked-out in white. Considering the other Galaxy S II carrier variants that have arrived in the US already got their chance to try on a new white shell, the Epic 4G Touch started to seem like it was really dragging its feet. We were thinking that the phone might come out following a CES debut, but some rumors suggested that the phone would be available just a bit earlier, on January 8. That suggestion seemed to be reinforced by the appearance of the same date on the [...]
With AT&T and T-Mobile having already seen their Samsung Galaxy S II variants show up in special white editions. it was only a matter of time before the Epic 4G Touch on Sprint got the same treatment. What is somewhat surprising is that Epic, the first of the US variants to go on sale, will be the last one to get whited out: it doesn’t look like we can expect this SKU until early next year, after what is likely to be a CES debut.
Any guesses as to when we’ll see the launch of Verizon’s inevitable white Galaxy Nexus?
Last time we heard of the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch in relation with a software fix it was about a user leaking the patch which tried to solve the signal loss problem. Now Sprint made an official refresh available and should be hitting devices as we speak.
The new version, S:D710.0.5S.EK02, is dated December 7 and should be fixing the 4G Sprint hotspot disconnecting issues users were experiencing while in a phone call. Also, a fix for the radio losing signal until reboot is also in the changelog. Make sure to check for the refresh and apply it as soon as it is [...]
Shortly after Sprint got its version of the Samsung Galaxy S II in the form of the Epic 4G Touch, we started hearing from users who were running into all sorts of issues with the radios on their phones, with problems ranging from slow data speeds, to dropped calls, to signal loss requiring a reset. Last week one user complained about loss-of-signal problems to the extent that Sprint and Samsung reached out to him, supposedly detailing their efforts to fix it. Not only was he offered the opportunity to try out the in-testing fix, but he managed to extract it from his phone with the help [...]
The Epic 4G Touch is Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S II variant and it goes for $199 from Sprint. If you were to purchase the same phone with a two-year contract from Best Buy, they throw in a free Blu-Ray player.
Starting today, Sunday, November 13, through Saturday, November 19, any Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch purchased from Best Buy at $199.99 with a two-year contract from Sprint comes with a free Samsung BD-D5100 Blu-ray player (MSRP $89.99). The Blu-ray player will be shipped directly to customers beginning the week of December 5, 2011, so if you think this is a [...]
Previously we compared the Samsung Epic 4G Touch to the Motorola Photon 4g on Sprint. In this video we continue our comparison series, this time with the Epic 4G Touch and the HTC EVO 3D, both of which are available for $199 after a new two-year agreement on Sprint.
The most notable difference between the two devices is that the Epic 4G Touch is much thinner and lighter than the EVO 3D, despite having a larger screen. But the EVO 3D is also a 3D-capable device, meaning it can record and playback 3D images and video.
According to a relatively large thread over at Reddit, many Sprint customers running Android are complaining about reduced data speeds on the network since the Apple iPhone 4S joined the line-up.
In certain cases the speed decrease is dramatic, going all the way down to 200-500kbps instead of what should be regarded as relatively normal 1Mbps. Of course this always depends on the coverage, signal strength and region but if you’re on Sprint and rocking an Android phone, like the fresh Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, let us know whether you feel the iPhone 4S is feeding on your [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S II for Sprint, the Epic 4G Touch, did really well in our review and if you want to buy the phone you might want to consider Amazon instead of paying $199 to Sprint.
$99.99 over at Amazon is $100 better than Sprint’s price on the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. The price goes with a two-year contract but you’ll pay less for the phone with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, eight-megapixel camera and 8GB of internal storage. This might be an American carrier variant but the Galaxy S II recently got the “Phone [...]
Sprint currently has two powerful, high-end Android phones available for sale at the $199 price point: the Epic Touch 4G (essentially a Galaxy S II but with a larger display) and the Motorola Photon 4G. Both devices offer dual-core CPUs with a gigabyte of RAM, plus WiMax 4G connectivity on Sprint. The display on the Photon 4G is higher resolution with 960×540 pixels, but the Super AMOLED Plus display of the Epic 4G Touch is a sight to behold, thanks to fantastic contrast.
In this video, we compare the hardware and software of the Epic Touch 4G and the Photon 4G, plus [...]
Samsung’s Galaxy S II may be just hitting US shores, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily end up be stuck paying the higher prices we often see associated with brand-new hardware. If you know where to look, we’ve seen a couple places you can find Galaxy S II handsets already discounted to just under $100.
Sprint’s option, the Epic 4G Touch, is still around $200 when bought from Sprint. You can knock $50 off that total by shopping around a little, but the best deal to be found looks like it’s over at Amazon. There, you’ll be able [...]
When we recently ran Samsung’s Galaxy S II on Sprint the Epic 4G Touch through its paces, we were mostly pleased with performance of its data connection, even though we did notice the odd hiccup. You can count us among the lucky, then, because apparently there are a good number of Epic 4G Touch users who have been running into far more serious connectivity problems with their new phones.
Is this Apple’s “antennagate” all over again? We’re hearing that Epic 4G Touch owners are having calls dropped on them and experiencing much [...]