It was time. We all have that love-hate relationship with our phones. We know the technology bullet train is racing along faster than we can keep up. But there comes a time when enough is enough and we break down and get the latest and greatest mobile phone available on the market.
So now I've had the Samsung Epig 4G for about two weeks and it's been a pretty smooth transition due to the fact that I already have everything 'in the cloud' so all my contacts, photos, files and calendar are all on the internet with Google Apps. So as long as I have an Android phone or one that works with Google Mobile; I always have everything I need and if my phone is lost, stolen, or broken, I can easily access everything on a new phone or online via computer.
It's slightly bigger than an Iphone but has rounded corners and the big screen comes in handy when working with long emails or documents. The full slide out keyboard was one of the reasons that kept me from getting the EVO when it came out, along with the consolidated chat/contacts, linked contacts and layered calendar (once you have that it's hard to go back--sorry EVO).
The battery life has been surprisingly good; an improvement over my old Palm Pre. I only charge my phone at night unless something out of the ordinary happens and with a Jawbone Icon bluetooth device, I can leave my phone on the charger and roam about the house without worrying about missing any calls.
The super AMOLED display is without equal and the speed is great at 1ghz; I haven't even bothered to switch over to 4G speed even though I'm in an area that supports it because I know it will be a faster battery drain and I simply don't have a need for it but I'll get around to playing with it. Maybe when I download the first movie. I also did not opt for the wifi hotspot option since I have little need for it now but it could be handy in the future.
One big surprise was the $50 coupon that Sprint sent via text message after activating my phone good towards purchases in the Sprint Media Hub. Typical costs for rentals are $2.99 and purchases are $9.99.
The sound quality is pretty good for a mobile phone. The speakerphone is notably louder than my old one, and with my bluetooth I can actually hear very well and callers on the other end hear me very clearly. This is a much appreciated improvement for all concerned parties.
Two of my favorite innovations are the voice activated commands you get with Android that I am now happy to use with this phone and the brand new SWYPE entry technology which is a fun new way to enter text. It's roughly the same speed as typing, it's just easier because you only pick up your finger between words. If you'd like to see it in action click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgGUoNkHfAk.
The only real drawback that I see is the camera is 5mp where the EVO is 8mp and that it's Android 2.1 but hopefully it will be updated soon to 2.2.
The wide screen and keyboard paired with Google Apps and access to over 30,000 other applications makes this a very versatile business tool, one of the best yet for media, and great for the future of true mobile video gaming.