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Samsung Transform Ultra Review

Samsung Transform Ultra

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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



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 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

Strong

Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash



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


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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi)
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
0.5 GB 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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