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Samsung Transform Ultra Review

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Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Introduction:

We first saw the Samsung Transform Ultra debut on Sprint’s Boost pre-paid network, but now the midrange handset has made its way to the post-paid side of the business.  The specs remain the same - notably a 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, 3.5” display and side-sliding QWERTY- but the software has been tweaked for Sprint service and now features SprintID.  As an upgrade from the Samsung Transform, the Transform Ultra offers a similar feature set that has been refreshed to bring it current with today’s mid-range smartphone standards. 

In the box you’ll find a 1500mAh battery, microUSB data cable with AC adapter and a 2GB microSD card.


Design:

Following in the footsteps of the Samsung Moment, Intercept and Transform, the Transform Ultra M-930 features a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard behind its 3.5” HVGA display with four physical buttons below.  The Transform Ultra is slightly smaller than the Transform in all directions, measuring in at 4.5”x2.4”x0.55”.

The Samsung Transform Ultra features a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
The Samsung Transform Ultra features a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
The Samsung Transform Ultra features a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Transform Ultra Review

The Samsung Transform Ultra features a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard


Samsung Transform Ultra Review

You can compare the Samsung Transform Ultra with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The phone slides open with a reassuring spring-assist revealing the four row QWERTY keyboard.  The keyboard is well spaced out, with reassuring feedback when you press a key.  We’d prefer the spacebar to be a little more solid though because it felt mushier than the rest of the keys.  There is auto-correct built in, but we found it didn’t work very often ignoring mistakes like “tdst” for “test” but adding missed punctuation, such as an apostrophe.  If you don’t want to slide the phone open you have Swype and the standard Gingerbread keyboard preloaded.

The four row QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
The four row QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
The four row QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Transform Ultra Review

The four row QWERTY keyboard


The overall feel of the Samsung Transform Ultra was very good.  The phone fits nicely into your hand either open or closed, and build quality is good.  The slide mechanism glides effortlessly, the buttons along the front and sides offer a nice click when pressed and the textured battery door gives a good in-hand feel.  The materials used feel plasticy, but not cheap.  All-in-all, the Transform Ultra offers a nice design for what you are paying for.

microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Transform Ultra - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Camera key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Transform Ultra - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Power key and 3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Transform Ultra - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Transform Ultra - Samsung Transform Ultra Review

microUSB port (bottom)

Camera key (right)

Power key and 3.5mm jack (top)

Volume rocker (left)

The sides of the Samsung Transform Ultra


Back - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Camera - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Transform Ultra Review

Back

Camera

Battery compartment



Display:


Samsung Transform Ultra Review
The display is very bright and usable even in direct light.  With an HVGA resolution, images lack crispness and very small text is hard to read, but that is to be expected in a mid-range device with a 3.5” screen.  We didn’t have any issues performing everyday tasks with the Transform Ultra’s display and it was much better than what we found on the ZTE Fury.  It was plenty responsive to our touches and did not miss any keystrokes.



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posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:52

1. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Nice for some people

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:59

2. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Seems alright, but can you guys review the ZTE Fury? These phones seem to have similar specs but the Fury is almost half the price of this when purchased outright and Im not elig for upg, wanting to know if its a good phone for the price or if I should just risk getting a used Evo or something.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 11:04

3. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


As a sprint store technician I've seen a lot of transforms come in with major issues such as an unbearable lag when making the most general actions. Camera would fail religiously contacts would be removed off phone an Google phantom like and often times I've seen them take up to 2 hours to turn on even fresh out the box or after an ruu reload. Hopefully the bump in processor power is evident. =\

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 12:59

4. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


are you talking about the original Transform or this one?

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 16:36

5. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


The original. I've replaced 3 transformers with this (that option is no longer available in the system) and so far the customers are satisfied with this. But its still early in this phones life. Strangely the sales teams in our market haven't recieved any for sale... Maybe they are waiting in customers perception of this device

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 21:52

6. ryanl (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


my store got this for sprint a couple months ago, we already returned them, they would not move.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 06:21 1

7. samboycott (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


Google plans to move away from Samsung

Google is receiving millions of issues related to Samsung phones every day, so they have decided to move out of Samsung, then obviously they won’t support the android phones from Samsung anymore.
It is better to learn before time.
Windows is running the latest trends smartphones and also very popular.
Windows phones from Nokia are the rapid sold handsets all over the world. Nokia has launched the windows Lumia phones at various range for better availability to users.
Grab your Windows phone or smartphone now
http://www.nokia.com/in-en/products/lumia/
http://www.nokia.com/in-en/products/smartphones/
http://www.nokia.com/in-en/products/dual-sim/

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:33

8. phonedealer (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


As a retailer of all manufacturers Ihave to say I am very sorry I purchased this phone. Huge mistake. too many reasons to go into so Im just gonna say... DONT BUY IT! you are much better off with a different phone. The limitied ability of this phone puts it far below phones 1/2 the cost

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 14:48

9. Geronimo (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


Well now! for the past 2 years or more, I have been using a Net10 Lg900 with a Jackass Java simulated something thats supposed to represent a web browser, with a screen I can't see, and buttons I can't see etiher, and it's prepaid, and the minutes dissapear like a Las Vegas Magician with an overun bartab, when on the Web, so this phone when I get it tomorrow, will be like a godsend from Heaven. I mean, like and Angel from heaven dropped it out of the sky on accident whilte they were talking to God. If you want to see some misery on your face everytime you look in the mirror, get an Lg900,800,500 on down! Then you will know what the cell phone blues is.

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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi)
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655, Single core, 1000 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.57 x 2.40 x 0.55 inches
(116 x 61 x 14 mm)
4.90 oz  (139 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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