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a grand experiment

I don’t have a way
to say how much I need this
there’s nothing to say

I conducted my own phone comparison. And it was an oddly difficult decision in the end but I’ve made my choice.

When we switched over to Sprint, I chose the Epic 4G over the EVO. I was coming from the Motorola Droid and couldn’t really see myself without a physical keyboard. Yes, the EVO’s screen is larger at 4.3 inches compared to 4 inches on the Epic 4G, but the EVO felt a bit large in my hands. And even though the EVO runs a more updated OS (Froyo as opposed to Eclair on the Epic 4G), I was confident that I wouldn’t mind so much the difference. So, the Epic 4G it was for me.

Fast forward a few months and though I am quite satisfied with the Epic 4G in general, the lack of Froyo began to bother me. Is it Sprint? Is it Samsung? Why the frakkin’ delay in updating the phone? A couple of weeks ago the update started rolling out then came to an abrupt halt before my phone saw the Froyo light. Apparently the update was causing problems for some folks, so the folks at Sprint and Samsung decided to pull the update to work on it.


In the mean time, the hubby, who had chosen the EVO soon after I got my Epic 4G, had switched to a Blackberry. This meant that the EVO was sitting around in all its glory, unused and untouched. As my frustration grew in regards to my Epic 4G’s lack of Froyo, I decided to give the EVO a spin.

The EVO, built by HTC, is a magnificent piece of technology. The screen is gorgeous and responsive, the camera very nice, the phone quality good, and the OS fantastic. In hand it’s solid, on the eyes it’s easy. HTC Sense, the user interface overlay, is much nicer (in my opinion) than Samsung’s TouchWiz.

The first day I used the phone, I did not like it at all. Why? The battery life. I had trained my Epic 4G (and myself as well) to last almost a whole day at work without charging or switching batteries. The EVO needed a charge after my lunch break on that first day. Okay, maybe it didn’t but I was paranoid. I’m crazy paranoid about the battery life on my phones. The next day, I told myself to ignore the red battery signal and did not charge the phone until after I got home. Yah for me!

The lack of keyboard did not bother me as much as I thought it would and I found myself quite tolerable about the fact that I had to use the on screen keyboard. I dabbled with the phone’s default keyboard then switched to Swype. Both are useful but I did miss the physical keys a bit.

After that first day, I was ready to switch back to the Epic 4G. As much as I liked the Froyo experience (I very much liked it), I just didn’t like the girth of the phone. The hubby told me to give it a couple of days and I grudgingly agreed.

The more I used the EVO, the more I liked it. Everything about it was easy and I really enjoyed the user interface much more than my Epic 4G. The battery still bothered me but I could see myself just living with it. The EVO has so many wonderful qualities.

So, I had to make a decision. Whichever phone I chose meant the other one would find itself a new owner. Did I want to give up my Epic 4G, when its only real fault was the lack of Froyo? Or would I give up the EVO, just glad to have had the time with it?

Pros and cons
this might have helped me…

And which did I choose?

The Epic 4G.

As I said before, the EVO is a magnificent piece of technology. If I had chosen it from the beginning, I probably wouldn’t have even thought of switching. But after playing around with it and comparing it to the Epic 4G, I had to choose the Epic 4G. The EVO is slightly bit too delicate for me compared to the Epic 4G. I am prone to dropping things (though I haven’t dropped my Epic 4G yet and I didn’t drop the EVO) and I could totally picture myself accidentally dropping the EVO. As solid and sturdy it is, it’s not as sturdy and solid as the Epic 4G.

So I chose the Epic 4G. I will live with the older OS and hope to see it updated soon enough…