Reviews and Problems with Samsung M920 / Transform
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Samsung Transform Review
12 January 2011
Excerpt: The Samsung Transform is Sprints attempt to hit the middle tier market customers. Does the Transform have what it takes to capture this fairly untapped market and succeed like its older brother the Samsung Epic 4G?
Excerpt: The Samsung Transform is a new Android device that combines a touchscreen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that looks similar to the high-end Samsung Epic 4G, but has smaller dimensions and less power. It features Android 2.1, an 800MHz CPU, and 256MB of RAM. It also has a new feature called Sprint ID which allows the user to load pre-configured home screens, similar to Scenes for HTC Sense. The question, however, is where in Sprint’s lineup does this device fit?
Summary: When the Samsung Transform was initially leaked it was postulated that the device would be another Galaxy S variant, possibly an all-touch device to go along with the Epic 4G. However, it transformed into a mid-range Android device with a side-sliding QWERTY, leaving many disappointed who were looking forward to possibly the third 4G handset in Sprint’s lineup.
Excerpt: The Samsung Transform is a mid-range Android OS smartphone available exclusively from Sprint. Jen Edwards brings us a review of this slider with a touchscreen, landscape-oriented keyboard, and support for[...
Pros: Excellent call quality, Very good battery life, Excellent keyboard, Google Maps Navigation is solid and a pleasure to use
Cons: Somewhat thicker and heavier than comparable phones, Barely adequate camera with poor quality zoom, Underwhelming external speaker, No bundled microSD memory card
Conclusion: In the end, we like the Samsung Transform's hardware and basic Android 2.1 bundle, but Sprint ID brings it down. Sprint ID overwhelms this phone and the result is a slow and buggy device. For $149 with contract after a $100 rebate, we'd like to see a little more improvement over the $99 Samsung Intercept as well-- the hardware is solid low to mid-range but $149 puts it too close to high end phones like the HTC EVO 4G .
Pros: Decent hardware keyboard, solid build.
Cons: Sluggish, made worse by Sprint ID packs that bog down the phone.
Conclusion: Callers rated us an 8/10 when using the Transform. They said that we sounded like we were in a box, as if you would turn the treble down on a stereo, but didn’t have any problems actually hearing us or . To us they sounded pretty good, voice reproduction was natural but we could definitely tell we and they were on a cell phone, so to speak. on the Samsung Transform is rated at 6 hours of talk time, up slightly from the 5.5 on the Moment and Intercept.
Pros: Great keyboard, Very solid build quality, Large display, Sprint ID has promise
Cons: Can be a bit sluggish at times, Battery life still a question
Summary: We like the idea behind the Transform--a smaller, less expensive Epic 4G with an interface you can easily personalize with apps. However, the Sprint ID packs take longer to download than we'd like, and then there's additional work involved. Plus, Sprint ID slowed down overall performance.