We've got the second Android smartphone with Sprint ID in house, the Samsung Transform. A few days ago we looked at the Sanyo Zio, the least expensive of the Sprint ID trio, and now the Transform is on deck, a 149.00 with contract Android OS 2.1 phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Sprint is no stranger to Samsung mid-tier Android QWERTY phones, and the Transform's biggest differentiator is the Sprint ID service. Sprint ID is great for new Android users since it offers packs of free software that are based on your interest-- cars, golf, fashion or business, to name a few. As we noted with the Zio, all these widgets, apps and other goodies can also slow down the phone, despite an 800MHz ARM6 family CPU on the Transform. Of course, you can remove some widgets that aren't your cup of tea to speed things up.
The Transform has a 3.5", 320 x 480 capacitive multi-touch display, a GPS that works with Google Maps and navigation as well as TeleNav, a 3MP camera with flash, WiFi and Bluetooth. There's a microSD card slot pre-populated with a 2 gig card and a 1500 mAh battery. The phone has 3G EV-DO Rev. A. Think of it as a poor man's Samsung Epic 4G that sells for $100 less and doesn't require the additional monthly $10 4G data fee.
Here's our video review, and our full written review will be out later this week.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview