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Exactly what i thought it would be
wumberpeb has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Great keyboard, front facing camera, new Sprint price of only $50, very solid for a midrange device. This is not a high end phone and does not try to be a mini-Epic 4G, but exceeds where the Optimus S and Sanyo Zio fail. A very nice upgrade from a Moment or Intercept
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Slow, but cheap, but I guess that's why it's slow.
StrumerJohn has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I've had this phone for about 7 months and I have regretted buying it. First of all the built in storage is $!#%. There is hardly any at all. It comes with a 2GB SD Card, which is alright but unless you root the phone (I do not recommend on this horrible, horrible device) you can only move between 10-80% of the application over to the SD Card. The phone has 256 MB of RAM in it, but the system itself (I'm not saying Android is bad, but the phone itself is) uses up around 190-200MB of it. The phone loads up anything that uses data (Browser, Market, etc) extremely slow and it cannot even load FLASH on the browser. The phone sucks and is a very low end device and cannot handle most of the games on the market (Unless you load the games on lower end settings if they have them available). Don't even try to play a 3D game on the phone. As it is it can't even handle NinJump which is a 2D game you can get for free here (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.bfs.ninjump). DO NOT ROOT THIS PHONE. If you root this phone all it will do is make your life miserable. The dumb hardware can barely handle whats already on it, but rooting it justs kills the phone. I rooted mine and it was the biggest mistake I ever made. The phone cannot multi-task (remember low RAM).
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Extremely poor, in practice
FeRDNYC has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
PhoneArena's glowing first-impressions review misses all of the problems with this model (hardly "midrange", but a clearly low-end bargain Android device), which only show up after actually using the phone for a while.
In short, with a pathetic 256M RAM complement and only 512M internal storage, Samsung seriously skimped on the device and rendered it underpowered to the point of near-uselessness. Installing more than one or two apps was a recipe for near-unusability, or even boot hangs/loops that if you were lucky would clear in the space of a half hour or so.
(If you were not so lucky... well, I had to factory-reset my device at least 3 times over the course of its life.) I eventually chose to root it and install a decent recovery only BECAUSE of the problems encountered when running unrooted stock Android 2.2. Rooting and some tuning helped with the stability problems, but they couldn't overcome the device's crippling lack of memory.)
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Not a good phone at all.
HotCheese4 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
This phone lacks in processing power, RAM,and battery life. It lags 90% of the time when doing tasks as simple as typing a text. applications almost always quit due to a lack of RAM, and the battery rarely lasts over 6 hours. However, at least the keyboard is good. It is one of the best keyboards on the market. But if you are looking for a smartphone, make this your last option.
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A good phone
Ilya has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I have had the phone for almost a year now. It is a good phone that has a solid build. The call quality was no worse than any other phone that i have had. The built-in browser is not the best. But if you use another browser (such as Opera Mini) then it works just fine. The main camera takes great pictures but I haven't been able to use the front facing camera for video chat yet. The slide out keyboard was probably one of the best on a smart phone so far. Overall the Samsung Transform is a good choice for a mid-range Android smartphone. If you don't mind paying $10 extra bucks for 4g then I would recommend the HTC evo shift 4g.
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worse smartphone I ever owned
Lanny has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
a replacement for the samsung moment, what a dissappointment. worked fine for about a week then down hill after that. started dropping calls, won't unlock to answer calls, freeze up constlenty when trying to use any of the apps, check weather, internet, set clock use camers, text, check notifications, email, use phone and enything and everything else I try to use this worthless hand held device for. it also turns off and on all day long. about the only thing good about this phone is the battery but im sure that won't last very long. if you have a choice DON'T BUY THIS PHONE I didn't have a choice it was an insureance replacement that I had no say so. so for this review on this phone it is the worst phone ever and I've owned cell phones since 1987 so thats bad.
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eric has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I have had this phone for about 4-5 months and overall its an okay phone. the build quality is amazing is great i love it its great. i love the slide out keyboard alltough a dedicated number row would have been nice. the virtual key board closes on me sometimes. it has preety good reception you just need to be in the correct place for it. it would have been great with 4g. the internet sucks it runs sooooo slow on it. it is just horride. of caurse its full html but is so slow. its multimedia si great but if you try and run a video in high quality it gets slower (a lot slower) it has great picture quality. the camera is great on it, it has a lot of cool effects i use it on the high acasion the ui speed is preety good. the android on is sucks you cant have live backgrounds and sprint dosnt have the update to 2.2 its stuck at 2.1 the battery is what i expected i can use it for awhile and charge it for about 4-5 hours to fully charge. alltogehter its a preety good phone but if you dont mind paying another 10 bucks a month on your phone bill for 4g i suggest the epic it is so much better. and you cant store apps on the sd card so you cant have very many apps.
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Ton has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
This phone is mediocre, but it could be so much better if it were more powerful. It has all the features, but with increased usage, you can see how quickly it gets bogged down. It reminds me of a PC thats been running with hundreds of programs for several years, it simply feels sluggish. May get better with 2.2 upgrade but doubt it. Get the LG Optimus S instead. Enough said.
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I've had the opertunity to play with the transform for a couple days because I'm with sprint, Hopefully this gives a good base to start from for further reviews.Samsung is at it again. I'd like to call this the baby Epic. There are a couple of different ways to evaluate this phone. The first is by comparing it with it's predacessors (i.e. Intercept, and Moment). The biggest noticible difference in this phone from the intercept and moment is the front facing camera. The front facing camera on the phone seems to be a new trend amoungst all carriers and a great one as far as I can tell. On a similar note Swype as of last week 10-3 ish approved its' program for android platform phones. This enables along side with QIK tele confroncing and video notes. The biggest downside/advantage depending on where you live and what you want your phone to be able to do, is the fact that through Sprint you don't have to pay the extra 10$ a month premium data charge that you would with the Samsung Epic which is a 4G phone. The Transform is a 3g phone so take it how you will. The processor in the epic is also supperior to the Transforms from the 1Mgh to the 800mhz that is in the transform. Basically the question is whether or not you want to spend the extra 10 dollars a month for 4g where possible.Transform also has the mobile hotspot capabilities, Unlike the epic's 5mp main camera the Transforms has a 3.2MpA step up from the Intercept or the moment the Transform is compatible and empoys...
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