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Samsung Transform Ultra Review

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As we mentioned in the beginning, the Sprint version of the Samsung Transform Ultra has different software than the Boost version so if you’re used to the Boost Transform Ultra there will be some adjustments.  However, if you’re accustomed to Android in general or have had a previous SprintID device there is essentially nothing new about the Samsung Transform Ultra.

With Android 2.3.4 as its base, the Transform Ultra runs a minimally modified version of vanilla Android and allows for SprintID customization.  As a quick refreshed, SprintID lets you download theme packs that will add a cohesive set of wallpapers, widgets, apps and ringtones to your device all built around a central theme, such as fantasy football, fashion, health and fitness or entertainment.  For a more detailed look at SprintID check out our Samsung Transform review.

Interface of the Samsung Transform Ultra - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Interface of the Samsung Transform Ultra - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
SprintID - Interface of the Samsung Transform Ultra - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
  

SprintID

Interface of the Samsung Transform Ultra



Processor and Memory:

The Transform Ultra is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor clocked at 1GHz with 1GB of ROM and 512MB of RAM.  The included 2GB memory card is expandable to 32GB.  Out of the box the Transform Ultra ran quickly enough.  It is certainly not going to run with the likes of the Epic 4G Touch or HTC EVO 3D, but as far as mid-range devices go the Transform Ultra was plenty snappy.  In Quadrant Benchmark testing we got scores around 2100, which is quite good.


Connectivity:

The stock browser performed as expected; pages loaded quickly over Wi-Fi and it handled Flash content without a problem.  We were able to pan, pinch and double tap and the browser responded immediately without any stutter or lag.  There are of course other options in the Play Store, but for the average user the stock browser is plenty capable.

The browser - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
The browser - Samsung Transform Ultra Review

The browser


The Samsung Transform Ultra is a 3G device running on Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A network. It sports other standard connectivity options, such as Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the HSP 1.2, HFP 1.5, OPP, FTP, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC, HID and MAP profiles.


Camera:

The Samsung Transform Ultra features a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash on the back, and a front-facing VGA shooter.   The main camera performed slightly above average for a mid-range device, producing very good color reproduction and surprisingly detailed macro shots.  In strong lighting the results were quite acceptable for its class.  It struggled with strong backlighting and in low light situations, which can be expected.  Videos can only be recorded at VGA resolution, which these days is barely YouTube quality.

Indoor samples - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Indoor samples - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Indoor samples - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Indoor samples - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Transform Ultra - Indoor samples - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Transform Ultra - Indoor samples - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Transform Ultra - Indoor samples - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Camera samples made with the Samsung Transform Ultra - Indoor samples - Samsung Transform Ultra Review

Camera samples made with the Samsung Transform Ultra

Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Samsung Transform Ultra Review

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Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples



Multimedia:

The Transform Ultra comes with the standard Android media players and we didn’t have any real issues.  It could not play DivX files, but was able to play all of our Xvid, H.264 and MPEG-4 test videos at resolutions up to 720p.  There are several other video players available in the Google Play Store, such as VLC, that should be able to handle just about any file you throw at it.  Music played just find on the stock player with no surprises.

Music and video players - Samsung Transform Ultra Review
Music and video players - Samsung Transform Ultra Review

Music and video players



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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: 2329; 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: 2329; 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: 5; 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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