Pros The phone is decently fast
It's a high quality product
Phone can open full non-mobile web pages
2 GB memory
Cons It's hard to answer a call
Phone doesn't have an "End" button
Summary For me, this was my first smart phone. So at first it was a little frustrating and confusing to operate. But after exploring the phone and messing with it thoroughly, I really started to love it. The Sprint ID feature doesn't seem to be all that cool, but it's nice to have some apps already pre-loaded based on things you like. It bothered me that the screen would not switch orientation on the main home screen when I first had the phone, but that changed when Android upgraded to 2.2.
I found that this phone has quite a few pluses. Here are a few that I especially liked:
-The phone is decently fast for having so many applications running. I got the Advanced Task Killer app on the Android Market to kill applications that aren't being used, and that especially keeps the phone moving fast.
-It has five home screens that can hold shortcuts to all of your favorite applications. It's really great to have one page be like games, one be all different phone settings and such, another be websites you often visit, etc.
-This phone isn't cheaply made, it's a high quality product, and it shows. It feels stable and durable. I've have the phone for six months now and it barely has a scratch. The screen resolution is really clear and looks great. Also, rather than being slower than when I first bought it, it's actually faster. Mainly because of the Android upgrade, but that still is a huge plus.
-A HUGE plus for me is that the phone can open full non-mobile web pages. It does it relatively quick too. On mobile web pages the phone is super quick in loading them up.
-The 2 GB memory enables you to hold your own little music library, tons of pictures, and a huge amount of texts. The camera quality is excellent. I have to say, I haven't used my new Nikon Coolpix more than like twice because my phone is so much easier and always with me with. A great substitute.
I have two main issues with this phone that made me rate the phone at 4 stars. One is that it's hard to answer a call. If the phone has a couple apps open, it can sometimes take eerily too long for the phone to switch to incoming call mode on the screen--the phone is ringing, yet you cant answer the call because the screen hasn't changed. The other is that the phone doesn't have an "End" button, so when you do the classic 'send a text to the wrong person' there is no way to cancel, you just have to watch the thing send (Bah). These two things are very frustrating, yet still probably not common enough to make one too fed up with the phone. Another small negative is that the phone can take a little long to switch orientation when you slide the phone open on the home screen (mainly when the phone has one or two apps running). But the function is still pretty decent if you don't slide the phone open too fast.
That's my take on the phone. Overall, love it. Hope you all do too.
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Pros I love the chat style messaging, front facing camera, and integrated google search bar. Call quality is great and I have had almost no problems with it.
Cons At first, a bunch of default shortcuts were made, so whenever I pushed certain letters it would redirect me to YouTube, email, or texting. I fixed it by going to settings>applications>quickstart/launch, then I held my finger down to clear it.
Pros size of phone, battery life, call quality, slider keyboard
Cons Almost everything. Answering calls is difficult and only works some of the time. Phone is always sluggish/slow. Facebook only worked half the time. Button placement bad resulting in pre-mature message sending, or calls.
Summary My background: 34 yrs old, with a good bit of technical knowledge of cell phones and computers. I've owned several types of smartphones (Blackberry Curve, BB Bold, HTC EVO, Samsung Transform, MOTO Q,etc) and used many others. I used this device a lot over three weeks, personal use and corporate use (emails, calendar function, etc)
Phone design: The phone feels good to hold (size), but button placement (touch screen buttons, and physical buttons) is not good. I'm constantly hitting multiple buttons that I don't want to hit. This results in pre-maturely sent emails, txt messages, and calls. This also leads to illumination of the screen when I did not want it.
Overall Performance: This phone is sluggish in the store, sluggish out of the box, and after some tweaking, still slow. The touch screen is slow to respond in just about every application, and even on the home screen, with no apps running. The "pinch to zoom" feature, used within the internet browser is near unusable. It's either fully zoomed in, or fully zoomed out. I tried other browsers (opera mini) and had the same issue. There is also an issue with a couple keys on the keyboard. You'll be typing an email or text message and the phone will suddenly open another email, or open some other application. It's almost like some of the keys are acting as shortcut keys for apps, or the messaging function. This often times makes the phone unusable for messaging of any kind. We were told by sprint that it's a known issue that their working on. We had to restart the phone to get it to work properly.
Calling Function: This is the biggest let-down. Several times a week I've had problems making and receiving calls. Because the screen is so slow to respond to commands, answering an incoming call can be tricky and I only had a 70% success rate at accepting calls.
Facebook and other Apps: I know this is a third party app and can't really be supported by sprint, but this is a necessary application for any smartphone/facebook user. Facebook rarely worked over the 3 week period I had this phone. There were constant errors, etc. I tried uninstalling/reinstalling the application, with no success. Facebook really only worked about 50% of the time. Other apps had problems opening(like weather channel and others). Apps would attempt to load and then close immediately.
After all the issues with this device a master reset was done, hoping to fix the issues by taking the phone back to factory settings. This did not work. I think this phone has some serious design/software issue, is extremely unpolished, and is not really a device I would recommend to anyone.
Pros -Forward & backward facing cameras
-Great sliding keyboard
-Good call quality
-Awesome Android software of course
-Sprint TV service works reasonably well
Cons -Not bleeding edge technology as far as native keyboard swiping etc
-Slow native camera app
-Lacks HTC apps
-Speaker on backside
-Some apps or operations are slow (Camera)
Summary I am a large 6'4" Marine who hates using tiny keys or touchscreen keyboard. The slide-out keyboard on this is the clincher for me. The software is typical Android, which is great. Call quality is good, the speaker is very loud. Not much to say because it's not all that different from other Androids that I've used.
Pros load favorite android apps and personalize screen
easy to access contacts
Cons had trouble connecting to computer to download songs
took forever to figure out how to get rid of the directions on swiping and tag and drag
Summary read the basics guide and this phone is definitely worth the moneymy facebook contacts, skype contacts, and email contacts all synced with my original phone contacts transferred from my previous phone...battery life can be suspect, but it depends on how many apps you have running! The wall charger cord is a USB cord and pretty easily connects to your computer if you read the directions in the basics guide. I hope this helps and makes your Transform experience a better one, I know I'm happy :)
great, simple, and functional smartphone
Updated on Dec 27, 2010