Still a good, powerful phone overall and comparable to Samsung Galaxy S3 March 16, 2013
This review is a little late considering that this phone has been out for quite some time now, but I thought I just mention my thoughts since I just got this phone after switching from the Sprint Samsugn Galaxy S3. After a few months of the Samsung Galaxy S3, all the nice features, such as a bigger screen, better processor, bigger processor, and other software features such as S Voice etc; the poor speeds of the Sprint 3G network is what prompted me to change devices.
4G LTE is not in my area yet and Sprint can't give a definite answer of when it might be available. Also the Samsung Galaxy II Touch 4G hardware wise is no slouch either. Since it's an older model, you could probably get this phone with no contract for a much much cheaper price than the Galaxy S3.
I understand the 4G LTE is a big thing, but if you're in an area that doesn't yet have 4G LTE and unsure when it will roll out to your city ... 4G WiMax is still available. Hopefully you have 4G WiMax in your area because the Sprint 3G speeds are horrible. (For me anyway)
I decided that the Galaxy S2 4G Touch would be perfect to hold me through to my next upgrade because of the hardware specs and with the rate Sprint is implementing 4G LTE, WiMax will still be available for some time.
Let's compare the specs of the 2 devices.
Galaxy S2: Android 4.0
Galaxy S3: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Galaxy S2: 1800 mAh
Galaxy S3: 2100 mAh Lithium Ion Battery
Galaxy S2: 8.7 Hours
Galaxy S3: Up to 9 Hours
Galaxy S2: 5.1" x 2.7" x 0.38"
Galaxy S3: 5.4" x 2.8" x 0.3"
Galaxy S2: 4.52" Full Touch Screen super AMOLED plus
Galaxy S3: 4.8" (1280x720) HD Super AMOLED Touch Screen
Galaxy S2: 4.6 oz
Galaxy S3: 4.7 oz
Galaxy S2: 1.2 GHz Dual Core, Exynos, 1200 MHz processor
Galaxy S3: 1.5 GHz Dual Core
As you can see, the specs for the Galaxy S2 are similar to the S3. I tend to think of the Galaxy S3 as an upgraded computer system with a little bigger processor and a bigger monitor.
I would've stuck with my Galaxy S3 if it wasn't for the terrible 3G speeds in my area and the lack of information of when 4G LTE will be rolled out. WiMax is available in my area and the speed is 10 times better than 3G.
Usually I need the latest and greatest, but I'm happy with switching back to the Samsung Galaxy S2. It's still comparable to the Galaxy S3 hardware wise and you could always root your phone to Jelly Bean OS if you wanted to. The Galaxy S2 is still a powerful phone that should last a few more years before being dated. Hopefully this review is helpful for the people still thinking about purchasing this phone on the Sprint Network.
Oh and as others pointed out, this phone uses only 4G WiMax and not 4G LTE. I'm unsure why Amazon says it's 4G LTE.
False information on listing March 7, 2013
The Samsung Epic 4g Touch (Sprint's variant of the Galaxy SII) does not have 4g LTE nor does it have NFC Capabilities. It uses WiMax 4g and as such is very limited to where you will be able to connect to 4g. There is also no NFC possible in this device. Do not buy this expecting any LTE or NFC.
My Galaxy S II May 3, 2013
Reviewer: Yolanda Woods
I love my new phone! It is what I wanted for a long time and I hope it last me a long time better than my last one. I haven't put it down since I got it. So far it has not given me any problems. I'm always on it and still discovering new things about it. Now they coming out with a 4 hmmmm I didn't want the 3 cause there was really no different from the 2. So by the time I'm done with this one, a 6 may be out hahaha. Thank you Samsung.
Don't waste your money. March 8, 2013
Reviewer: Charity C
The list of what works on this phone is a pretty short one. I like the concept of this phone, and was excited to get it, but it does not work well. The gps craps out most of the time, leaving me lost in a back alley somewhere. Loses a signal and drops the call often. Will refuse to get bars back even in an urban area, making it a really good paperweight. When i unlock it, it will often refuse to perform any functions for several seconds until it feels good and ready to cooperate. Will NEVER buy another Samsung phone again!