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Samsung Epix review

6.5/10 AVG.
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6.5/10
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The Samsung Epix currently has an Informr score of 6.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 32 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows Mobile
Processor
624 MHz
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Laptop Magazine

With Wi-Fi, a touchscreen, and an innovative optical mouse, the Samsung Epix is a fully equipped but pricey Windows Mobile smart phone.

- Todd Haselton, Laptop Magazine
Phone Scoop

The Epix is an uninspiring slab of a smartphone competing in a field of devices that is increasingly more image conscious. Where the BlackJack II had at least a little flair, the Epix is blockier, heavier, and not as pretty to look at. But it does have a few features that may tempt the more conserva...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
MobileBurn

The Today Plus today screen plugin that is featured in the video was also found on the i780, but the new Samsung Today screen that the Epix borrows from its i900 Omnia cousin is an upgrade not found on the original. It's a very handy way to access favorite apps, contacts, and settings from the Today...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
Wired

Samung's SGH-i907 "Epix" has been one wily and elusive smartphone. Earlier this year Samsung gave the world a peek and a promise that it'd pop up in AT&T stores. Of course, now that it's hit the streets we're a tad conflicted. Yeah, there's a lot to love on this rather fully featured smartphone...

- Terrence Russell, Wired
Engadget

The Samsung Epix, as it's known on AT&T, recently joined the herd of others cluttering up the carrier's shelves after being known elsewhere for the longest time as the SGH-i907. For those teetering on a purchase, the cats at Pocketnow have some valuable insight you should probably chew on first....

- Darren Murph, Engadget


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Samsung released the Epix on October 21, 2006.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Epix user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Epix with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Samsung Epix's screen size is Unknown with 320 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
624 MHz

There is a ARM9 624 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
134 MB

Internal memory is 134 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 14 days standby time.

Samsung Epix Specs

Overview
Release date October 21, 2006
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional

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Processor ARM9 624 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 134 MB
RAM 256 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.3 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Car Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.7 x 6.1 x 1.3 cm (4.6 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 125 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 320 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, GoodLink
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-i907

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Critic Reviews


Laptop Magazine

A fully equipped but pricey Windows Mobile smartphone

from Laptop Magazine

In many ways, the Samsung Epix improves on the BlackJack II. This new device adds Wi-Fi, Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with a unique optical mouse and touchscreen, and a faster processor. And we still like the keyboard. However, the Epix doesn’t last very long a charge, and it’s big...More

In many ways, the Samsung Epix improves on the BlackJack II. This new device adds Wi-Fi, Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with a unique optical mouse and touchscreen, and a faster processor. And we still like the keyboard. However, the Epix doesn’t last very long a charge, and it’s bigger and heavier than its predecessor. At $199, the Epix is an affordable alternative to the $299 BlackBerry Bold, but we would wait for the price to come down even more before investing in this smart phone.

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Phone Scoop

An uninspiring slab of a smartphone

from Phone Scoop

The Epix is an uninspiring slab of a smartphone competing in a field of devices that is increasingly more image conscious. Where the BlackJack II had at least a little flair, the Epix is blockier, heavier, and not as pretty to look at. But it does have a few features that may tempt the more conservative user into giving it a shot.

Read full review

The Epix is an uninspiring slab of a smartphone competing in a field of devices that is increasingly more image conscious. Where the BlackJack II had at least a little flair, the Epix is blockier, heavier, and not as pretty to look at. But it does have a few features that may tempt the more conservative user into giving it a shot.

Read full review

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MobileBurn

Powerful platform to place your smartphone applications

from MobileBurn

The Today Plus today screen plugin that is featured in the video was also found on the i780, but the new Samsung Today screen that the Epix borrows from its i900 Omnia cousin is an upgrade not found on the original. It's a very handy way to access favorite apps, contacts, and settings from the Today screen without the need for whipping out the stylus. It is quite finger friendly, even if the Windows Mobile OS in general is not.

Otherwise, most everything else in our Samsung i780 review will pertain to the i907 Epix. They use the same 320x320 pixel touchscreen display, feature the same excellent full QWERTY keyboard, and use Samsung's questionable optical joystick controller.

The Epix ships with a wall charger, a USB cable, and a 3.5mm headphone adapter, all of which make use of the standard Samsung port on the side of the device. A micro-USB connector for power and data, as well as a 3.5mm port direct in the phone, would have been a wonderful addition to the design.

In spite of its few quirks, the i907 Epix is a powerful platform to place your smartphone applications. The hardware is rock solid, the device feature packed, and it just feels good in your hand. It is a real contender....

More

The Today Plus today screen plugin that is featured in the video was also found on the i780, but the new Samsung Today screen that the Epix borrows from its i900 Omnia cousin is an upgrade not found on the original. It's a very handy way to access favorite apps, contacts, and settings from the Today screen without the need for whipping out the stylus. It is quite finger friendly, even if the Windows Mobile OS in general is not.

Otherwise, most everything else in our Samsung i780 review will pertain to the i907 Epix. They use the same 320x320 pixel touchscreen display, feature the same excellent full QWERTY keyboard, and use Samsung's questionable optical joystick controller.

The Epix ships with a wall charger, a USB cable, and a 3.5mm headphone adapter, all of which make use of the standard Samsung port on the side of the device. A micro-USB connector for power and data, as well as a 3.5mm port direct in the phone, would have been a wonderful addition to the design.

In spite of its few quirks, the i907 Epix is a powerful platform to place your smartphone applications. The hardware is rock solid, the device feature packed, and it just feels good in your hand. It is a real contender.

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Wired

A completely unimaginative design

from Wired

Samung's SGH-i907 "Epix" has been one wily and elusive smartphone. Earlier this year Samsung gave the world a peek and a promise that it'd pop up in AT&T stores. Of course, now that it's hit the streets we're a tad conflicted. Yeah, there's a lot to love on this rather fully featured smartphone what with its 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and host of input methods. But even with those high points, the Epix wasn't the house-rocking BlackJack-thumping replacement we were hoping for...

More

Samung's SGH-i907 "Epix" has been one wily and elusive smartphone. Earlier this year Samsung gave the world a peek and a promise that it'd pop up in AT&T stores. Of course, now that it's hit the streets we're a tad conflicted. Yeah, there's a lot to love on this rather fully featured smartphone what with its 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and host of input methods. But even with those high points, the Epix wasn't the house-rocking BlackJack-thumping replacement we were hoping for.

The primary offense? A completely unimaginative design. The brickish body sports the usual smartphone touches: volume and power buttons on the left side, microSD and headphone/charging ports on the right side, and a dishwater dull 2.5-inch screen in the middle. Below rests the usual navigation keys, an optical mouse (more on that later) and a cramped QWERTY keyboard. Samsung even covered its bases by giving the hunt-and-peck crowd a fat, telescopic stylus. Amazingly, this 4.5-ounce package felt comfortable enough during regular use, but that's the extent of its style points. Remember the BlackJack II? That's pretty much the Epix in a slightly retooled package.

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Engadget

Samsung Epix SGH-i907 gets reviewed: it's a mixed bag

from Engadget

The Samsung Epix, as it's known on AT&T, recently joined the herd of others cluttering up the carrier's shelves after being known elsewhere for the longest time as the SGH-i907. For those teetering on a purchase, the cats at Pocketnow have some valuable insight you should probably ch...More

The Samsung Epix, as it's known on AT&T, recently joined the herd of others cluttering up the carrier's shelves after being known elsewhere for the longest time as the SGH-i907. For those teetering on a purchase, the cats at Pocketnow have some valuable insight you should probably chew on first. For starters, they found the screen to be stout and the optical joystick to be "fantastic," though the dearth of in-box amenities was a bit of a letdown.

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User Reviews


Amazon

Charger port defective design easily damaged

from Amazon
I bought the Samsung Epix i907 phone and it worked ok for about 6 months. The charger port started having a loose connection and wouldnt stay connected unless I hold it and keep pressing hard on it. If I leave it it would get disconnected. I sent it for repair and Samsung promptly returned it saying it...More
I bought the Samsung Epix i907 phone and it worked ok for about 6 months. The charger port started having a loose connection and wouldnt stay connected unless I hold it and keep pressing hard on it. If I leave it it would get disconnected. I sent it for repair and Samsung promptly returned it saying it is BER(beyond economical repair) and also voided the warranty. I used the phone carefully and havent caused any harm. Now it is my word against Samsung. I have always had Samsung phones and have never had problems. This is the first phone I ever sent for repair. I think there is a fundamental design flaw in the charger cable as they shortened the connector which I think causes easy damage to the port. I have also seen many other people complain about the same charging port problem on the internet. I am now stuck with a 2 year AT&T contract and no phone after paying lot of money for it. Guess I need to move to Nokia phones from now on. Samsung Epix is a bad phone. Less

Thanks for that tip.I like the way you added information about others having the same problem. Otherwise I probably thought it was just bad luck for you. I have a question to ask... About how many said they had this problem. I am looking to buy a phone like this!

Also what are some pros of this phone?
Amazon

Avoid Windows Mobile.

from Amazon
This phone does have lots of features and bells and whistles, but (mainly due to Windows I suspect) it does not work very well as a phone. It's nice to easily run multiple apps at once, but when the phone rings you have to wait for a windows program to gain focus and process your input (pressing of th...More
This phone does have lots of features and bells and whistles, but (mainly due to Windows I suspect) it does not work very well as a phone. It's nice to easily run multiple apps at once, but when the phone rings you have to wait for a windows program to gain focus and process your input (pressing of the green button to answer the call), and many many times the phone could not manage all these tasks before the call was missed. I am one of those old fashioned geezers who wants my phone to work well as a phone, with the other things as niceties, and having it work this badly at phone calls is a dealbreaker. My company probably wanted windows mobile because of exchange support, but when I travel for work I have a laptop, so who cares? I don't need this big brick. Any phone that can do basic web browsing and run Google Maps AND be solid at being a phone is all I really need, and this thing doesn't measure up - the one I use instead is half the size, and takes much better pictures too. Anyway, this phone is already old news I guess by the time I got around to writing this, but I'm pretty sure Windows Mobile still sucks on any phone. Less
Phonedog

The mini Laptop

from Phonedog
Pro: Very fast internet, wifi is easy to access, very long battery life and its a touch screen Con: sometimes the phone freezes up but nothing big, sometimes hard to hear ringtone at first Using experience: 2 months This phone is amazing if you liked the blackjack, blackjack 2 and the jack then this...More
Pro: Very fast internet, wifi is easy to access, very long battery life and its a touch screen Con: sometimes the phone freezes up but nothing big, sometimes hard to hear ringtone at first Using experience: 2 months This phone is amazing if you liked the blackjack, blackjack 2 and the jack then this is the pinnacle of the 3 if you like using the internet this is the perfect phone for you also the touch screen is very responseive and works better with the stylus. This is the best phone i have ever owned. Less
Amazon

Please avoid

from Amazon
This is without a doubt the worst phone I've used in the eight years I've been using cell phones and I've also owned at least a dozen. Its slow and bulky, the batterey doesnt last long at all and the paint on the keys started coming off after 4 months. I text a lot, but I always have and that problem n...More
This is without a doubt the worst phone I've used in the eight years I've been using cell phones and I've also owned at least a dozen. Its slow and bulky, the batterey doesnt last long at all and the paint on the keys started coming off after 4 months. I text a lot, but I always have and that problem never happened before. My phone now freezes randomly when recieving text messages and it will delete the message that it froze on so I have to guess who may have texted me and ask them...god knows what opportunities I've missed out on. Please don't ever buy this phone, even if its only a $1 as owning it will shorten your life and hurt your relationships. This is a case of "don't judge a book by its cover." I'm sure microsofts flawed software is also at fault, but thats to be expected as they are microsoft and it wasn't such an issue on my original blackjack. Anyways, I highly reccomend you dont buy this phone, you will regret it if you do. It gets a one star review because it powers on. Less
Amazon

Good phone, better battery would be nice

from Amazon
Got this because work needed email on the phone and I wanted to sync with my outlook. Didn't want an iphone nor a blackberry. Had bad experiences with HTC and dropped calls. Call quality is almost that of a Moto phone, and truly shy of land lines. I loved my moto phone but they didn't make a touch scr...More
Got this because work needed email on the phone and I wanted to sync with my outlook. Didn't want an iphone nor a blackberry. Had bad experiences with HTC and dropped calls. Call quality is almost that of a Moto phone, and truly shy of land lines. I loved my moto phone but they didn't make a touch screen windows phone when I purchased this. I also wanted GPS so I coudl use the TomTom software instead of the horrible ATT nagivator. IN 10 minutes of playing around I had the GPS working and my contacts loaded. It's been great since. My ONLY issue is battery life. It's horrible. I keep it plugged in all the time for the odd call I have away from my desk. It reminds me of the early 90's phones with 90 minute talk times. Less
Amazon

I Chose this over the iPhone and Blackberry

from Amazon
Yes, I chose this phone over both the iPhone and the Blackberry. I am familiar with the iPhone format since I own an iPod Touch and I've messed around with other peoples' Blackberries at work. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of each. Samsung Epix Advantages: - Runs Office Mobile. I find thi...More
Yes, I chose this phone over both the iPhone and the Blackberry. I am familiar with the iPhone format since I own an iPod Touch and I've messed around with other peoples' Blackberries at work. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of each. Samsung Epix Advantages: - Runs Office Mobile. I find this extremely useful. - I really like the mouse, touch screen and the stylus. - Great phone with good quality sound. - You can view videos from more sites than just You Tube. - You can take decent video and photos. - I love the keyboard. It works much better than the keyboard on my iPod Touch. - The battery lasts pretty well. It will go at least a day if I am yakking constantly or 2-3 days if I am not. Samsung Epix Disadvantages: - Music and video quality are not as good as the iPhone. I don't even bother keeping music on my Epix. - You need a special adaptor to plug in a normal set of headphones. - I do run into syncing problems that I generally have to search the Internet extensively to solve. I eventually can fix them but it is time consuming. I have never had syncing problems with my iPod Touch and I don't know anyone who has had syncing problems with their iPhone. iPhone Advantages: - Great music and video quality. - Tons of apps available. - Great interface. iPhone Dis-advantages: - Can't take video - No apps that even approach the usfulness of Office Mobile - Cannot sync Notes in Microsoft Outlook. Blackberry Disadvantages: - I did not like the mouse on the Blackberry. - Most people I know complain about the quality of the phone on the Blackberry. - I did not like the interface as much. Less
Phonedog

cdb032

from Phonedog
Pro: The phone has a great feel to it. I love the fact that it has wifi,opticle mouse,and a touch screen. Con: The screen is small and not responsive as others. The call quality is not as good as I expected. Internet Explorer was a disappointment as well. Using experience: 3 weeks I had the tilt bef...More
Pro: The phone has a great feel to it. I love the fact that it has wifi,opticle mouse,and a touch screen. Con: The screen is small and not responsive as others. The call quality is not as good as I expected. Internet Explorer was a disappointment as well. Using experience: 3 weeks I had the tilt before purchasing the Epix. I was used to the large screen on the tilt. I downloaded spb mobile shell 3.0 onto my epix, and surprisingly it worked well. The touch screen is not as responsive as the tilt, but you do get use to it. I'm learning to love this phone. Less
Amazon

Pretty Worthless with current ROM

from Amazon
Could be a great phone, but the ROM all of these are loaded with is very buggy. ATT sent me 3 other phones all of which had the same issues and Amazon even sent me another new one and it had problems as well. Amazon was supposed to pull these from their stock, but I doubt they will...everyone will ju...More
Could be a great phone, but the ROM all of these are loaded with is very buggy. ATT sent me 3 other phones all of which had the same issues and Amazon even sent me another new one and it had problems as well. Amazon was supposed to pull these from their stock, but I doubt they will...everyone will just keep selling them as long as there is a sucker to buy them I guess. Samsung doesn't appear to care that there are issues either. What I advise is buying an HTC Fuze instead. ATT finally gave me one to replace this phone and I love it. There are plenty of custom ROMs available for it too that give you nice features including Win Mobile 6.5 and no ATT bloatware. The Fuze flies and is a great phone. Less
Phonedog

GREAT PHONE & WIFI!

from Phonedog
Pro: Wifi - don't have to pay pda plans. Battery lasts a long time due to saver features. Mouse, touch screen and keyboard. Con: Have some trouble with ring tone not being loud enough to be heard. Wifi setup instructions are insufficient. Using experience: 14 days I bought this phone because I did...More
Pro: Wifi - don't have to pay pda plans. Battery lasts a long time due to saver features. Mouse, touch screen and keyboard. Con: Have some trouble with ring tone not being loud enough to be heard. Wifi setup instructions are insufficient. Using experience: 14 days I bought this phone because I didn't want to pay for a pda plan. Had some trouble getting the wifi to connect correctly, even with all of the info I found on the net. AT&T was not helpful. I contacted Samsung directly and was put through to 2nd level support - five minutes later it is up and running and no problems since! This is by far the most flexible, coolest phone device I have ever owned. Less
Amazon

great for business usage if on exchange

from Amazon
i got rid of my iphone 3G since it didn't work well with Exchange and also couldn't type well with two thumbs. pros: keyboard GPS (works great with google maps) Wifi screen size cons: when talking on the phone sometimes, my face accidentally presses a button

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