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Samsung Epic-An Update by Dr. Z (Smartphone Update #2)

Every now and then, a new gadget comes on the market. Dr. Z is always on the lookout for them, especially as to how they do video communication.

Now we have a new smartphone with a front-facing camera–the Samsung Epic, sold by Sprint. The Epic has many of the similar features as the HTC EVO, previously made available by Sprint. The key difference between the Epic and the EVO and the iPhone 4 is that the Samsung Epic has a sliding keyboard. The keyboard is a tactile (raised keys) keyboard just like the Blackberry. When you need to use the keyboard to send an email, you just slid the keyboard out and type your message. At other times, you can use the touchscreen to do other things. At this time, it is the only touchscreen, with a tactile keyboard that also has a front-facing camera.

ZVRS is now developing an app called the “Mobile Z4” for the Samsung Epic. It will be ready in the fall. Dr. Z does not yet have details on this app and will make them available as soon as he becomes aware of them.

For a video on the “Mobile Z4”, click this link.

For more information on the Samsung Epic on the Sprint website, click this link.

For more reviews on the Samsung Epic, click the following links:
CNET Review
Digital Trends Review
Wirefly Review

There is a trade show in Berlin next week. More smartphones or tablets may be announced with a front-facing camera. Dr. Z will keep you all posted,.

These are exciting times for video communication!

Dr. Z cares about your communication access.

Disclosure: Dr. Z is a contractor working with CSDVRS on several projects.

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