December 21, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
“What’s the best Android phone for [insert carrier]?” It’s routinely asked and often difficult to answer because what works for me doesn’t necessarily work for you. So we decided to give you a short guide to help point out some of the differences.
Next on our list to discuss Sprint Android phones. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked on Twitter if the HTC EVO 4G or Samsung Epic 4G is the best phone, I’d have enough money to buy both of those phones. And what if you don’t want one of those high-powered devices? Here’s a look at the top phones for Sprint and a comparison chart showing the lesser-publicized but still decent phones.
Samsung Epic 4G
Pick a Galaxy S phone on any carrier and you will invariably hear disappointment about a certain feature missing. Well, every phone except Sprint’s version of that product line, the Epic 4G. There’s the standard 5 megapixel camera with great extras like panoramic views, Swype keyboard, 1 GHz Hummingbird, SuperAMOLED, and 512 MB RAM. But there’s also the great front-facing camera for video chat and slide-out QWERTY keyboard that plenty of Captivate, Fascinate, and Vibrant owners would love to have.
The Epic 4G suffers from Samsung’s slow pace to update, so don’t count on getting the latest updates in a timely manner. HTC doesn’t have the greatest track record, but at least that company updated the EVO to Froyo months ago. The Epic 4G? Still waiting.
You’ll also have to dish out an extra $50 to own this device over the EVO, which may be too much for some people. Spend the extra bucks and you’ll get an amazing phone, however. I own the EVO and love it, but every time I play games on my sister-in-law’s Epic, I can’t help but notice the difference in screen responsiveness, quality, and ease of a keyboard. If those are critical factors in your purchasing decision, $50 will get you peace of mind.
The HTC EVO was introduced to the world as a spec monster, and that still holds true today. The EVO features a large 4.3-inch screen, 1 GHz Snapragon processor, front-facing camera for video chat, and 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording. And just because you can, there’s also a kickstand. People originally scoffed at a phone with such a feature, but after using it for several months to watch videos as I type, do hands-free video chat, and listen to Pandora, I can say that people will enjoy it.
The EVO has sometimes proven troublesome for me in terms of responsiveness, but not in a major way. While I’ll give the SAMOLED screen of the Epic an advantage over the EVO, I prefer Sense UI over TouchWiz. Sadly, that will do little to comfort the people who need a physical keyboard or official support for Swype. But if you want a powerful phone good for media playback and don’t care about those input methods, the EVO is a great phone. For what it’s worth, it’s been my go-to phone since May and I haven’t seen anything yet to make me want to ditch it.
Below is a comparison chart of some major features to help you make your decision.
Click the image below to see the comparison chart