Sep 15 AT 7:35 PM Taylor Wimberly 64 Comments

First look at the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch

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Is the Samsung Epic 4G Touch the best Android phone available for Sprint? Starting tomorrow, eager customers can pick up Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S II for $199 with a new 2-year contract. That’s the same price-point as the recently released HTC EVO 3D and Motorola Photon 4G, so which dual-core phone should Sprint users go with? Read on for our initial hands-on report.

We plan to do an in-depth review of the Epic 4G Touch after we spend another week of quality time with her, so let’s just cut to the chase. The Epic 4G Touch has the best display, processor, and cameras of any Android phone that is currently available. If you plan to buy a Sprint phone this month, get the Epic 4G Touch.

Now that we got the obvious out of the way, let’s talk about the one reason you might want to hold on to your hard-earned money and wait for another phone.

Android updates, or lack thereof.

Owners of the original Samsung Epic 4G from last year know what I’m talking about. That phone is still officially stuck with Android 2.2 and the wait for Android 2.3 feels endless. You can always hack your phone and flash one of the leaked Android 2.3 ROMs, but your average customer just wants the official over-the-air update.

This is important to note because we are quickly approaching the October-November release of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and the Samsung Nexus Prime.

So Sprint customers can either buy the Epic 4G Touch and hope it gets Ice Cream Sandwich sometime next year or wait another month and get the Nexus Prime with the latest version of Android and guaranteed software updates from Google.

I don’t want to rain on the Epic 4G Touch parade, but I’d suggest waiting on the Nexus Prime if you can hold out for another month. However, if you are comfortable hacking your phone or you just don’t care about software updates, then by all means get the Epic 4G Touch.

Check back over the coming days as we continue to explore the features of the Epic 4G Touch and everything it has to offer. If you would like to request an in-depth post on a specific part of the Epic 4G touch, please leave a comment and we will follow up.

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