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Samsung Epic 4G is epic, but pricey

CNET reviews the Samsung Epic 4G, which seems to have the most features of all the Samsung Galaxy S handsets.

Out of all the Samsung Galaxy S series of handsets, the one that seems to have the most features is the Samsung Epic 4G. While all of the Galaxy S phones have a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, the new Samsung TouchWiz 3.0 interface, a 1GHz Hummingbird Cortex A8 processor, and access to Samsung's upcoming Media Hub store, the Epic 4G has a few more things going for it. It is the only Galaxy S phone to have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, an LED flash, a front-facing camera, and most intriguing of all, support for Sprint's 4G WiMax network. Also, it will act as a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot for up to five devices.

The downside ultimately lies in its price. At $249.99 after a new two-year agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate, the Epic 4G will put the hurt to your wallet, and it doesn't stop there. Like the HTC Evo 4G, Sprint will charge Epic 4G customers with a mandatory $10 premium data add-on fee. That add-on charge buys you 4G access plus unlimited data and the aforementioned ability to act as a Wi-Fi hot spot. Seeing as 4G networks are not close to nationwide at this time, we just wish the premium add-on was optional rather than mandatory.

Aside from that, the Epic 4G is a really remarkable smartphone. Its stunning display, powerful processor, and multimedia potential makes it the powerhouse in the Galaxy S family, and we're sure most Android aficionados will love it, provided they can pay for it.

Check out our full review of the Samsung Epic 4G for more details, and check out our Samsung Epic 4G gallery for a closer look at the phone.