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?
Summary: After testing the Samsung Transform, the one word I can come up with is Disappointed. True, the keyboard is absolutely fantastic, but that fact just makes it that much more frustrating that the overall performance of the phone and the processor was sub-par. Not only that, but I had problems with the touchscreen being too sticky for easy swiping.
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.
Summary: I like the
. I think it's a good solid phone with a great keyboard, great sound quality, and very good battery life.
This device has a good screen and is responsive enough, but it falls short in the entertainment area, specifically with grainy video quality, an underwhelming external speaker, and a weak camera with poor quality zoom.
Its current price of $150 after rebate is slightly high, but not too bad.
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.
Excerpt: Samsung Transform is a good midrange Android phone covered by Sprint and it running on 2.1 version of Android OS. The carrier has promised the 2.2 ‘Froyo’ update soon, so you won’t have an outdated phone. Transform is a glossy black phone and the design is similar to other Samsung products I have seen in my labs. On the front, there is a huge three and half inch screen.