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Sprint Epic 4G Vs. Evo 3D

I have been a long time customer of Nextel / Sprint.  During the past few years I have gone through more phones than one would like to.  This wasn’t because I wanted the best, but it was more of a phone performance issue that I ran into.

The most recent phone that I had prior to the Evo 3D was the Samsung Epic 4G.  This was actually a nice phone for the most part.  If it wasn’t for the many problems that I had with the phone itself then I would still have the Epic.

The Epic 4G had the following problems:

The phone would continuously overheat.

Battery life was next to useless at @4-5 hours maximum.

Signal was horrible.  My wife has a relic phone that was performing better.

The phone didn’t like certain apps from the Market.  When you make a phone you should have the phone be able to determine what software will, and won’t work.  If it won’t work, then the software should not show up in the Market.

In brief the Epic 4G has a great sized screen, and works perfect… Until you start loading things from the Market.  The slide out QWERTY keyboard was a big bonus for me, but a stylus, and a touchscreen phone works the same.  Actually it can be faster.

I spoke to Sprint about the continuous problems that I was having, and also noted the fact that the Brick, NJ service location was totally useless.  They would constantly tell me that they couldn’t see a problem and that I needed to be able to replicate the issue for them to be able to do anything.  I spent some money and got the Evo 3D.

The Evo 3D has been a great phone at this point.  Some things that make this the best phone to date are:

Netflix Capability

Processor Speed

Android 2.3.4 (Aka Gingerbread)

I recently ordered a stylus for use with the Evo 3D.  They actually do work.  Make sure that you order a stylus from a person that has tested it to work with the Evo 3D.  The 3D feature of the phone isn’t that big of a deal at this point for me.  You can’t look at the photos, or videos anywhere other than the phone.  I also have yet to find a good piece of software that will allow conversion of standard movies to 3D.  I know that there are things out there that others say work, but I have tried numerous things and haven’t gotten them to work for me.  If you don’t want to pay for Wireless Hotspot on the phone, then I suggest getting EasyTether from the Market.  EasyTether makes the phone into a modem basically.  I have it, and I find it to be very useful at times.

More to come in the following weeks.  Keep checking back.

Sprint Epic 4G Follow-up

I love Android phones.  They rock in comparison to Blackberry, and IPhones.  I have never owned an IPhone, but I have tried one out, and I am not impressed.  I have now had my Epic 4G since the initial release of the phone.  I loved the phone.  When they released the updates for the phone everyone believed that it would help address the battery issue.  Well, I know that I can state successfully that my Epic 4G still has a serious battery issue.  I have gone into the store a few times, and they have told me that it is charging, and there is nothing wrong with the phone.

Rubbish I say.

Sprint seems to have a way of forcing people to do what they want.  They are still just like any other cellular provider in that they require a contract, and they usually don’t do anything that they will lose money by doing.  If you own a phone that just isn’t performing correct they will do everything they can to get you to purchase a new phone regardless of whether or not the phone is a piece of garbage.  I am not saying that the Sprint Epic 4G is garbage, but even with the full Flash Player capabilities I know that things like Facebook games still won’t run. 

One of the biggest things that I don’t understand is why did Sprint add a $10 charge to phones that use data for surfing?  I may have been a little more receptive if there was a 4G service available in my area, but since there isn’t I am using the same service as a regular phone user in my thoughts.  Sprint has gotten a bit greedy as far as I am concerned.  I am of firm belief that the cellular carriers notice that people are on the net, and texting more because of how the cellular phone has evolved, and that is why they want to jack up our rates.

I anxiously await my new phone that should be arriving this week.  I will tell you how that performs in comparison to the Epic 4G.  I can’t wait to hear the ECHOooooooo!

What is your thoughts on some of these issues?

Sprint Epic 4G Gets Android 2.2

Check up on the web if you don’t believe me, but Android 2.2 is apparently starting to go out.

I just installed it, and it does in fact work.  NO rooting required.  And it’s a Sprint release.  Maybe not the final one, but it is one of Sprints.  I will give a full rundown in a few days.  From what I see, and these are only a few things…

  • Flash is now working
  • There is a “Silent” button on the DownSwipe screen.
  • Free HD Game Demos.
  • Tethering option under Wireless and Network.

I take no responsibility if you BRICK your phone so if you can’t follow directions, or aren’t confident… DON’T DO THIS!

If you want to do the update now you can do so by following these directions…

  1. Download the update file.  I already have it named accordingly. 
    http://www.myblogs4u.com/wp-content/plugins/downloads-manager/img/icons/default.gif download: Android 2.2.1 Firmware Update For Sprint Epic 4G (90.00MB)
    added: 05/12/2010
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    description: Android 2.2.1 Firmware Update For Sprint Epic 4G Use at your own risk.
  2. Connect your phone to your computer and select Mass Storage.
  3. Copy the update.zip to the root of the SDCard / Removable drive on your computer.
  4. Boot into Recovery Mode.
  5. Select Apply update.zip.

To get into Recovery Mode

  • Turn off phone
  • Hold Vol Down + Camera + Power On (Keep Holding These Till Recover Mode Is Visible)

To move around in Recovery Mode

  • Use Vol Up and Vol Down to move up and down.
  • Use Home to select.

That’s it.

Thanks to the many sources that bring me this information.