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  1. ODog2323

    ODog2323 Android Enthusiast
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    Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review - Watch CNET's Video Review

    Looks like it anyway, or at least some way scaled back version of TouchWiz. Either way, not nearly as skinned as in the other videos floating around. Is this probably because she's got a pre-production version of the phone? Or someone snuck on an alt home screen app during the launch event??

    There's no way to dislodge TouchWiz w/out root or a replacement launcher app, right??

    Interesting :)

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  2. AndroidifyMe

    AndroidifyMe Android Expert

    It was just a Sprint ID or Launcher running. Don't get to excited. There were still TouchWiz 4 widgets on the other home screens lol. If you notice the native Gingerbread launcher cannot replace the two dock icons. The one in the video had a Sprint ID icon on the left hand side where the browser icon used to be. Sprint ID is a skin but mocks stock layout. All in all, nothing to see. This phone comes with Sprint ID and a lot of other Sprint apps. I wonder if we will get to remove them like the HTC Evo 3D.
  3. cds0699

    cds0699 Android Expert

    I bet some of the Sprint apps will be removable.
  4. ODog2323

    ODog2323 Android Enthusiast
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    Gotcha, I didn't know that's what Sprint ID was. Oh well, I'd probably put Launcher Pro or some such on anyway.
  5. cds0699

    cds0699 Android Expert

    I'm gonna try Touchwiz 4.0 for a week or so and see how I like it. I have already bought LP+ so I can easily install and change it... but TW4 looks interesting enough to try it for a bit. It'll probably take the developers a week or so to gain root and get some ROM's in the mix anyway :)
  6. So-Low Da Don

    So-Low Da Don Android Enthusiast

    +1 I feel the same, from all the vids I've seen of it in action, I like the UI better than Sense 3.0 (besides the lock screen)
  7. AndroidifyMe

    AndroidifyMe Android Expert

    I also want to try it out. I actually like the look and functionality it comes with. I played with a friend of mines SGSII. I really liked the way the UI functioned. Very sweet looking. I love the native Email app as well. It has a tablet feel to it. You can look at the list of emails while focused on one email on the right hand side of the screen in landscape mode. I will probably use that one native email app for several accounts. I also like the photo widget they have and it changes every so often. I'm sure it's a setting with time intervals. The re-sizing of widgets are pretty cool to. It just looks sharp and clean.

    Regardless of past issues and the Apple hating gang, Samsung is the most innovative Manufacturer in my opinion and I really hope they make the Nexus line from here on out. I lost my love with HTC. Sense is becoming bloaty. It's one thing to have a lot of functionality that matters and are pretty neat, but Sense is just rehashing what was there but in a different way and making more options of what was there before, so duplicates? The leak of Sense 3.5 looked less attractive from what it already was. Their widgets take up the entire screen now. The HTC Hero days was when Sense was new and something to go against IOS. Now Sammy, they bring sexy with power in several categories. This phone should last a customer their entire Contract. If anything, I can understand wanting the Nexus 3 since it's first on everything as far as updates and probably better specs in some areas. Also, rumored to be made by Samsung :). I'm sure we can get a port to other phones including the UK and US versions of the SGSII.

    I can't say no to this phone. I was going to skip this and see how Google will play out the launching system for the next Nexus phone. I guess I'll have this and play with IC on my Nexus S 4G (current phone) and debate to trade it in for a Nexus 3 or whatever they call it.

    Weird thing is, I upgraded to a NS4G earlier this year, not even 6 months ago. I say April or May is when I picked me up a NS4G. For whatever reason I am still eligible for an upgrade as if I had this phone for a year or two (depending on your status. I am a Gold member, so a year for me). Still, I shouldn't be able to upgrade in the same year I already did. Just makes it easier to get the Epic Touch 4G :). I doubt it will cross over when the Nexus 3 comes out, so I will dish out the money for that one, hoping Google will push it out to several carriers in a timely manner. I can dig it if it's all in the same month but not the same day. In a perfect world it would happen on the same day on every carrier for 199 lol.
  8. ODog2323

    ODog2323 Android Enthusiast
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    Agreed, TouchWiz does look pretty slick on this phone. I'm sure I'll give it a fair shake before replacing it :)

    I too think Sense is going the wrong way. Its starting to get a bit too "cute" If i were to be heading to another HTC phone, Sense would definately be coming off.
  9. Orion

    Orion Android Expert

    Wow I totally agree with the both of you. I use to love sense. Now I really dont like the direction they're going. It's a bummer because I love HTC. Touchwiz 4.0 on the other hand.....I'm really growing to like it. The Epic Touch will easily be Sprint's best phone. Now do I get this or wait for the Prime?
  10. AndroidifyMe

    AndroidifyMe Android Expert

    Really hard choice. I'm going to be greedy and get both, only becauase I have an upgrade.
  11. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Does the GS2 come with the live wallpaper shown in this video? I thought it was only available on the nexus line.
  12. So-Low Da Don

    So-Low Da Don Android Enthusiast

    Yea I think it does, even if it doesn't I've seen way better and more customizable versions on the market.
  13. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Cool, i like that wallpaper. What are the better ones called?
  14. So-Low Da Don

    So-Low Da Don Android Enthusiast

    I actually don't know because I'm using my Moment because my Epic is a goner (RIP) and not a lot of live wallpapers come up in my market. But if you have a phone with live wallpapers you could search up "Nexus Live Wallpaper" and the one I used had an icon with an ugly looking duck in an egg shell (I didn't understand why). You could change how many lines go across the screen, how long the trail was, what different colors appear, etc.
  15. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    I cant look it up either. Im actually droidless altogether and am using a blackberry. Its been torture. Be happy you at least have an android phone to use.

    My upgrade cant come soon enough.
  16. So-Low Da Don

    So-Low Da Don Android Enthusiast

    Okay, I looked it up on my mother's Epic and the 2 I used was "NexusKang Live Wallpaper" & "Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper". Hope this helps when you finally arrive in the Wonderful World of Android :D (And I am so sorry for your suffering :( )
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  17. Androidalltheway

    Androidalltheway Android Enthusiast

    Even though this screen resolution is lower then the hd ones, is their a big difference since its super amoled plus?
  18. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    The colors on the GS2 will be much more vibrant, but images on another phone such as the Photon will be sharper. You should go into the sprint store and compare the screens. The screen of the Nexus S 4G will be similar in color to the GS2.

    If you are like me you will prefer the vivid color over higher resolution.
  19. AndroidifyMe

    AndroidifyMe Android Expert

    Also there are more sub pixels in the plus screen where as the amoled had a checkered look. So plus is sharper and a noticeable difference over amoled.

    This phone comes out next week. I was hoping of a retail unboxing soon. Maybe by the end of this week or a couple days before actual release
  20. Exit24

    Exit24 Member

    I'm hoping for the same thing. There are plenty of videos from Samsungs conference, but no in depth ones.
  21. AndroidifyMe

    AndroidifyMe Android Expert

    I've seen them all. Nothing in depth like you said. I even look at the at&t version now just because it's similar for my craving fix. Not to long.
  22. So-Low Da Don

    So-Low Da Don Android Enthusiast

    Haha the funny thing is I JUST got done watching the same old hands on videos from the conference that I've seen a thousand times for my ET4G fix and looking to see if there's something I missed (there wasn't :()
  23. AndroidifyMe

    AndroidifyMe Android Expert

    I understand lol. A week left. Maybe less for premiere customers.

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The Samsung Epic 4G Touch release date was September 2011. Features and Specs include a 4.52" inch screen, 8MP camera, 1GB RAM, Exynos 4210 Dual processor, and 1800mAh battery.

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