First Look: Samsung Transform Ultra (Sprint)
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

First Look: Samsung Transform Ultra (Sprint)

2:20 /

The Android Gingerbread handset is more a midrange device, with a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, a 3.5-inch HVGA touch screen, a 3-megapixel camera and front-facing VGA camera, and 3G support

Hello, I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET.com taking a First Look today at the Samsung Transform Ultra for Sprint. I did get a First Look at the Boost Mobile at CTIA, and this one is almost identical because Sprint owns Boost. Now it does run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The keys to me are a little bit on the flat side but they do have a very satisfying snap when you press them. There's also the swipe virtual keyboard on here for when you don't want to slide out the physical keyboard. The OS could do a pretty much stock Android interface, but there is the exception of Sprint's ID and that means that you can head on over to the Sprint ID gallery and download ID packs; most containing things like apps, wallpaper, shortcuts, stuff like that and it's based around a theme, for example, entertainment or social. I think it's a really interesting idea, but there is a tendency to load up on the bloatware when you use it. Anyway, it's not a deal-breaker since it's strictly optional. The rest of the specs on this phone are totally respectable but they are midrange overall, so just be aware of that. There's a 3.5-inch HVGA screen with nice physical buttons below the display. There's also a front-facing VGA camera and there's a 3-megapixel camera with flash on the back. There's also a textured back cover that I personally really like. And beneath this cover, you'll find the micro-SD card slot that takes up 232 gigabytes of expandable memory. Samsung and Sprint do get you started with a 2-gigabyte card. The phone also comes with Quick for video chats and it's got Spring Hotspot, Spring Mobile Wallet, ThinkFree Office, apps like that in addition to all of the usual Google apps and services. The Transform Ultra is available from RadioShack now and it will become available from Sprint stores starting on November 13th. It costs $79.99 with a 2-year contract and that is after a 50-dollar mail-in rebate. So if you're looking for an inexpensive mid-tier Android phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, then this one could be in the running. I'm Jessica Dolcourt taking a First Look at the Samsung Transform Ultra for Sprint. You can check out the full review and all other reviews at CNET.com.

New releases

PS2: Gaming's greatest sequel
3:46 July 28, 2014
How do you build the most popular games console ever? CNET explains the magic behind Sony's PlayStation 2...
Play video
Give yourself a helping hand with...
6:28 July 25, 2014
When you wish you had an extra pair of hands, two extra robot fingers could be enough. Also, the "holy grail...
Play video
Nokia Treasure Tag tracks your...
1:30 July 25, 2014
If you're constantly misplacing your things -- or are worried you might -- this Bluetooth tracker for iOS,...
Play video
GE's Advantium wall oven combo...
1:34 July 25, 2014
Equipped with a super-charged microwave that browns as well as bakes, the two-drawer Advantium wall oven combo...
Play video
Disable the Fire Phone's 3D fe...
0:55 July 25, 2014
Dynamic Perspective can quickly become more annoying than useful. Here's how to disable it.
Play video
A mini mighty ninja that can't...
2:06 July 25, 2014
The NutriNinja packs plenty of power but falls short of being an all purpose blender.
Play video
Convenience, price, not power is...
2:21 July 25, 2014
For $40 the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go blender offers commuting smoothie drinkers an affordable way to sip...
Play video
Connecting with GE's new freestanding...
2:25 July 25, 2014
With great safety features and an affordable price tag GE looks to bring their new WiFi enabled oven to the...
Play video
 

Video discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre