Wirefly, the dudes with all the cool toys have put together a nice little “Schmackdown” between the Sprint EVO Shift 4G and the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G. This is the battle of the Sprint 4G slide out keyboards and as you know the Shift is the most recent to the Spring line up. Check out the video below if you are having a hard time picking between these two devices!

  • Display: One difference between the Samsung Epic 4G and the HTC EVO Shift is the display. The EVO Shift has a 3.6-inch LCD display, while the Epic 4G has a four-inch Super AMOLED screen considered to be one of the best cell phone screens. Both clock in with identical resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.
  • Operating system: The Samsung Epic 4G runs Android 2.1, which has proved both functional and stable. However, the HTC EVO Shift runs Android 2.2, which offers greater speed and better compatibility with Adobe Flash content than Android 2.1. Samsung has promised an upgrade to Android 2.2 for the Epic 4G but has not yet announced a date for this upgrade.
  • Keyboard:
    Both the HTC EVO Shift and the Samsung Epic 4G have physical slide-out keyboards. The Epic 4G has five rows of keys, including an always-accessible row of numbers. The HTC EVO Shift’s keyboard has four rows of keys and requires a press of a “function” key to access numbers and other symbols.
  • Storage Space: The Samsung Epic 4G ships with 1GB of on-board storage and has a pre-loaded 16GB microSD card. This 16GB card is the maximum size allowable with Android 2.1. The HTC EVO Shift has 1GB of on-board storage and comes with a 2GB microSD card installed. This microSD card can be replaced with one up to 32GB, which gives the EVO Shift a maximum memory of 33 GB.
  • Camera: Both devices are equipped with 5-megapixel cameras with autofocus and on-board LED flashes, and both can record 720p HD video.
  • Battery life: Both phones have the same size battery: 1,500 mAh. The Samsung Epic 4G’s battery life is rated at 6.5 hours of talk time, while the HTC EVO Shift is rated for 6 hours of talk time.

Head on over to Wirefly to vote which one you like the best and for pricing!


  1. Excellent review. I have been tempted to get the Shift, but may wait. I’m just frustrated at Samsung’s total ineptitude in getting 2.2 on the Epic.

  2. I got to agree with you here Ryan. I voted for the HTC EVO Shift 4G. I was just at AT&T playing with the Focus and it just comes across as cheap in some areas with like the plastic USB slide cover and some of the buttons. I know the screens are outstanding and Samsung is knocking the ball out of the park this year with the Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, and now Galaxy Player, but they also have some issues to overcome like GPS for one. But here is the thing, if it were me I would skip both these and go the EVO 4G and load Swype on it! Take advantage of the screen real estate! Screw the physical keyboard when you can Swype faster!

  3. I wonder how the evo shift 4g’s keyboard will feel.. and if it will be released worldwide as a gsm version.. at first im a little apprehensive with the fisherprice looking keyboard…. (mainly I wonder how well that dpad thing works)

  4. After looking at both phone tonight I am convinced the epic beats the evo shift hands down, and the benchmarks on the epic will crush the evo shift once samsung gets a good 2.2 build out the door. Don’t kid yourself the raw horsepower in the epic still crushes the evo shift, and the screen on the evo shift is just not competitive. The shift is almost as large as the epic. The shift has so much wasted space and very little screen. Then let’s see no front facing camera and the privilege pating $10 more a month for what should be the new mid line phone standard. Does sprint think it’s users are that stupid?

  5. I’ve been playing with the shift and I can tell u that its faster then the EVO4G. The new generation of the Snapdragon processors in the Shift4G are clocked at 800mhz but its got the Adreno 205 GPU and its 45nm. I played Dungeon Defenders on my EVO4G and it lagged a little here and there. I played it on the Shift4G and its as smooth as butter. If that doesn’t tell you anything about this phone then I don’t know what would. Im going to guess that the Epic4G has a little more horse power under the hood, just wait till the Epic gets froyo (if it ever does) then the Epic will be Epic once again.

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