The Samsung Transform Ultra, an Android phone loaded with 3.5-inch touch screen display and full QWERTY keyboard can be yours starting at a very affordable price of $69.99. This is a good deal for a heavy texter who needs a replacement phone with physical keyboard.
Learn more about the Samsung Transform Ultra
The Samsung Transform Ultra M930 is an upgrade from the Transform M920, which was released in 2010 and year later discontinued by Sprint. The successor features a 3.5-inch HVGA touch screen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution, which is bright and easy to use even in direct light, a 3 megapixel main camera with LED flash and a front camera perfect for self portraits and video chatting with friends and family.
Under the hood of the Samsung Transform Ultra you will find a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor clocked at with 512 MB of RAM and 2 GB internal memory expandable up to 32 GB, which is not bad. If you are expecting the latest version of the operating system, you may be a bit disappointed because the phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is two generations old, but anyway, the key features of Android are still there.
The Transform Ultra comes pre-loaded with Google apps for example Google Play, Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Places, Google Talk, Google Maps, and Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination. You will also find many useful Android apps for instance browser, calculator, calendar (Google or corporate), camera, clock, contacts, email, gallery, messaging, music, news and weather, video player, voice dialer, voice search, and YouTube.
The phone packs one feature that is not very common in smartphones but is still valued by many phone users, and it is the QWERTY keyboard. The slide-out keyboard has 4 rows of backlit keys and makes typing much easier and faster. To enhance texting even more, the virtual keyboard offers Swype, which allows you to write a message just by sliding your finger over the keys.
In terms of connectivity, the phone offers Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the HSP 1.2, HFP 1.5, OPP, FTP, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC, HID and MAP profiles and Wi-Fi with built-in mobile hotspot functionality, which allows you to share the 3G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
Other features of the Samsung Transform Ultra include: GPS navigation, 3.5 mm headphone jack, music player compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+ and eAAC+ files, video player compatible with MPEG4, WMV, H.264 and H.263 files, MicroUSB port for PC sync and charging, full HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 support, and speakerphone for hands-free communication.