Prizefight: Epic 4G vs. Evo 4G

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-What's up, prizefight fans? I'm Brian Tong and this is a blockbuster battle between two fearsome 4G phones here in the US. It's a prizefight punchout between the Samsung Epic 4G and the HTC Evo 4G. Our judges for this fight are senior editor Kent "The K.O. King" German, senior associate editor Nicole "Ice Cold" Lee, and Brian "Wham-Bam" Tong. Now, we'll take all three judges' blind scores and average them out to the nearest tenth each round. The final prizefight score will be an average of all rounds using the same decimal system. It's Samsung versus HTC in a five-round 4G fracas. Round one is sexiness. Samsung's Epic 4G is arguably the sexiest QWERTY keyboard phone we've seen with its clean curved edges and super smooth booty. It's AMOLED screen just pops but when you bring a keyboard, you're also bringing some bulk. HTC's Evo 4G is sleek and slim. It's 4.3-inch screen dominates but it's not as sharp as the Epic 4G. Its width can still make it a little awkward to hold but there's no denying that this is the sex. The Evo 4G gets the 4.7 and the Epic 4G gets a 4.3. Round two is navigation. Samsung's Epic 4G brings the best of both worlds with one of the roomiest slideout keyboards ever. It has a responsive touchscreen to boast and I like how the background moves while you're Swyping. You can also use the Swype feature on the virtual keyboard so this guy pretty much has it all. HTC's Sense UI is still our favorite flavor of Android with its easy navigation and polished look and feel. A quick hit of the home button reveals all your panels and its custom scenes for different profiles is sweet, but our judges like the versatility of a keyboard combined with a touch screen and the Epic 4G takes this round with a 4.7 and the Evo 4G gets a 4. So, after average two rounds, the Epic 4G leads by one-tenth of a point. Round three is features. Both phones are as feature packed as you can get with 4G and 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, wireless hotspot capabilities, turn-by-turn directions, voice search and commands and everything else in Android's goodie bag. Samsung's Epic 4G brings the Swype feature and sending messages will never be the same for you, plus, its notifications drop down gives you quick access to key services no matter what you're doing. The Evo 4G differentiates itself with features that really count. It has a superior 8-megapixel camera, HDMI port for video out, the latest Froyo update, and you might remember that legendary kickstand. The judges all agree here and the Evo 4G gets a perfect 5 and the Epic 4G gets a 4. Next round is multimedia and web browser. The Epic 4G's web browser delivers a solid experience and multitouch works smoothly. It has a 4-inch screen that just pops, especially when comparing the same video files on both screens. And you'll have the ability to purchase TV shows and movies in the future through the Samsung Media Hub and its 5-megapixel camera is packed with shooting modes while its music player is still old school Android. Now, the HTC Evo 4G brings a bigger 4.3-inch screen, and in this case, size does matter. The web browser supports Flash 10.1 but it's still not there yet. Its 8-megapixel camera takes great pictures and its media player benefits from the Sense UI visuals but if there was any phone that was made to act like a mini TV, this one might be it. The Evo 4G takes round four with another perfect 5 and the Epic 4G gets a 4.3. So, after averaging four rounds, HTC takes the lead by four-tenths of a point, but this one's not over yet and the final round that decides it all is call quality. Call quality can be different depending on where you are but we were impressed with the overall sound of both phones even though they did have a few minor flaws. The Epic 4G was really clear. Even if the sound was a little more tinny and hollow, people on the other side of the line said there was a slight hiss. Now, the Evo 4G has always been one of the best sounding phones to my ears even if I heard a few subtle pops and the judges all agree. HTC comes out on top with a 4.7 and the Epic 4G gets a 4.3. So, let's average out all five rounds and in a prizefight where the Epic 4G led after two, the Evo 4G stormed back and takes this battle, 4.7 to 4.3, and your prizefight winner. If you're a freak for 4G, you can't go wrong with either phone and it really just might be the keyboard that decides it all for you. I'm Brian Tong, thanks for watching, we'll catch you guys next time for another prizefight.

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