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Samsung Transform Review

Samsung Transform

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The Samsung Transform is outfitted with a 3.2MP rear facing camera with LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera for self shots and video chat.  This front camera is a unique feature on a 3G CDMA device (AT&T has had a few) and something we are happy to see becoming more and more common on Android… except that it doesn’t work for video chat.  Hopefully this will be addressed with an update to Qik as they say they will be adding support for more phones than the EVO and Epic, and hopefully we’ll see video chat through Skype and Google Talk as more and more phones have a front camera.

The main camera performed quite well, snapping good quality pictures when the lighting was sufficient.  Low light situations such as indoor shots understandably introduced some grain and blur into the picture, but for a mid-level phone it is well above average.  Color saturation and reproduction was very natural, and details were crisp and clear and exposure was natural.  Macro images turned out slightly blurry, but as this isn’t a high-end camera we can’t expect too much from it.  The video camera can only record at 352x288, passable for YouTube but well below what we would expect out of a phone in the Transform’s class.

Samsung Transform Review
Samsung Transform Review
Samsung Transform Review
Samsung Transform Review
Samsung Transform Review

Samples taken with the Samsung Transform - Samsung Transform Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Transform - Samsung Transform Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Transform - Samsung Transform Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Transform - Samsung Transform Review

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

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As a stock Android device, the Transform utilizes the Android music and video players.  They are perfectly capable of getting the job done, but lack the polish and refinement of skinned versions available from HTC, in the Market or on competing platforms.  Still, with support for up to 32GB microSD cards and a decent 3.5” display the Samsung Transform can double as a media player for those looking to ditch the iPod.

The Samsung Transform utilizes the Android music and video players - Samsung Transform Review
The Samsung Transform utilizes the Android music and video players - Samsung Transform Review


Internet and Connectivity:

As mentioned, the Samsung Transform uses the stock Android browser.  It is an EVDO Rev. A device, sо data speeds are plenty quick, and the browser performs as you would expect it.  It doesn’t have the processing power behind it of the Epic 4G, but it still moves along at a good clip and we didn’t have any real issues navigating pages.  We generally utilize Dolphin Browser HD, a free download, for an even better browser experience on Android, but there are other good options such as Skyfire and we’re happy to see Firefox for Android coming along as well.

The Transform also has Wi-Fi and GPS, features that have become standard on smartphones in this day and age, and is Bluetooth 3.0 compliant with support for the HSP 1.2, HFP 1.5, OPP, PBA, A2DP 1.2 and AVRC profiles.

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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
800 MHz
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.61 x 2.42 x 0.61 inches
(117 x 61 x 15 mm)
5.37 oz  (152 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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