Oct 24 AT 12:47 PM Edgar Cervantes 16 Comments

Samsung Transform Ultra headed to Sprint; not the best, but probably the cheapest


In the midst of all the Samsung Galaxy Nexus hype comes this not-so-impressive device. This is not quite what Android fans want to hear about. Especially not right now, when many Sprint customers are desperately awaiting news about the availability of the Ice Cream Sandwich device. We do expect this device to come with a very affordable price tag, though.

You may recall seeing a device like this one in the past. That’s because it’s currently available for Boost Mobile, with the off-contract price of $229. Sprint didn’t release any information about the price and availability, but the price is expected to be very low. With Boost offering this smartphone at such a low off-contract price, Sprint’s customers should be getting this one free or almost free with a 2-year commitment.

The specs include a 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 single-core processor, a 3.5 HVGA (320×480) display, 512 GB of RAM, 2 GB of ROM, a 3 MP rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing camera. Keyboard lovers might also like the fact that this includes a physical slide-out keyboard. Software-wise, the Transform Ultra comes packed with Android 2.3 and Sprint ID customization capabilities.

Even when compared to other physical keyboard devices, Sprint already offers devices like the Samsung Epic 4G and the EVO Shift 4G. Both of these go for $99.99 on a 2-year contract and are better in many ways. We expect Sprint to offer this little guy for a lower price; maybe $50 or less with a 2-year contract?

The device is far from being the best phone out there, but many customers like their affordable smartphones. Many consumers would be perfectly content with what this device has to offer. Let’s remember that 1 GHz processors still run very well. If Sprint happens to hit the right spot, would any of you get the Samsung Transform Ultra? Would you recommend it to certain family members or friends? What would be your ideal price for this device?

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  • Bebopdeluxe

    Well, since the Transform Ultra spanks both of those phones in Quadrant scores (the Wirefly write-up had the Transform Ultra – out of the box – putting up 2100-2200 scores even before rooting), those who would put functionality over a “shazam!” screen might find the phone pretty attractive relative to those two former kings-of-the-slider-hill…

    But since the TU started on Boost Mobile, it must be a piece of trash…right?

    • Edgar Cervantes

      Definitely not a piece of trash. The device isn’t amazing either, though. It is just meant to be affordable, while giving users a good performance. Like you say, for functionality, this phone should be more than awesome.

      • Bebopdeluxe

        I hear you, bro…it certainly is not a Nexus Prime, but for my 13-year-old son (who I wanted to get an all-you-can-eat plan at Boost) it hits a lot of buttons. Fast. Nice QWERTY keyboard (which he definitely wanted). A package of a 1GHz Snapdragon, 205 Adreno, 512 MB ROM/1 GB on-board RAM and Gingerbread is a LOT of processing horsepower for the pricepoint (especially for the no-contract crowd). The screen is decidely “meh” and the housing/construction is cookie-cutter as well, but once you fire it up and put it through its paces, it is is a really solid phone – especially for the prepaid crowd.

        I don’t know if the developers knew ahead of time that putting that processing engine with a non-AMOLED/TFT screen would lead to the kind of Quadrant scores that the phone puts up (at least that is what Wirefly is saying), but the bottom line is the TU is faster than it has any right to be.

        I think it says something that Sprint now wants it too…usually these phones move the other way (from postpaid to prepaid).

  • sap26

    It’s these wallet friendly devices that introduce Android to the younger and inexperienced crowd. I work with plenty of people who don’t even realize they’re using a 2.2/2.3 phone with a front facing camera, single or dual core, etc. All they know is they’ve got a user friendly phone that broadens their tech horizons and connects them to more people. I think these phones are perfect for that audience.

  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    Without commenting on the phone itself I would just like to say that homescreen that they are displaying on it is the stuff of nightmares.

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    Nice Starter Set phone. That’s all, we can’t, and shouldn’t, hope for every new phone released to be the absolute bomb, we need good yet cheap phones too.

  • heeros

    HOLY CRAP, That’s awesome!!! 512 GB of RAM!!! :-P

  • GRAW

    Is it just me, or does that girl look like she wants to eat me? o_0

  • spintrex

    Seems like a good illusion for those kiddies begging there parents to get the latest phones. Saw a 12 year old with a Droid Bionic yesterday playing angry birds pffffffffffffffffft!!!

  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    That phone is pretty amazing for its price. I remember phones like that were $199…

    • heeros

      I’m in agreement with you on that, I’m surprised that they didn’t skimp on internal storage. With 2GB you can actually install applications on it. Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of budget phones where internal storage is hardly usable.

  • Steven M.

    “Not the best, but probably the cheapest.” Describes both this phone and Sprint itself, lol.

  • Bill

    I own this phone. I have had Boost Mobile for over 3 years and wouldn’t change it for anything. I pay $40 per month for unlimited everything and this phone is incredible on it. I can run Minecraft, Angry Birds, an SNES emulator, and even a PSX emulator on it without the slightest bit of lag. For the price tag, and the plan I have, there is nothing better. Sure its not a 4g phone, but in all honesty, you don’t need it. Almost everywhere you go has wifi these days if you want ultra-fast download speeds. And if you get this phone, or have Boost Mobile or other prepaid phone company, having the fastest, most powerful phone on the market isn’t something you care about. But for the price, you can’t beat it! I would recommend this phone to anyone who uses Boost Mobile! Absolutely love it!!!

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  • benjamin

    i just upgraded from a blackberry curve on boost to this rather nice phone. granted, it doesnt have the latest and greatest specs, but for the cost, and what i pay a month, it cant be beat. the screen is crisp for being rather low res, but the touch is a little iffy at times (bit frustrating). the battery life is ok as long as you watch whats in the background. all in all its a great phone, one of the best i have ever owned. i just hope it holds up to my rather harsh abuse to phones. (my poor blackberry looks like its been thru downtown hell, and it was only 8 months old when it gave up)

  • Rashonda

    I’m 13 years old and i was wondering if getting the Samsung Transform Ultra a good phone for me? What will the price be comparing the Boost Mobile price and the Sprint price together? Which company is better? I was also wondering if you could take this phone and switch the plan over to Cricket, because i don’t think my mom would want me under any other company.