Sprint Builds Android Stable with Samsung Transform

Sprint brings you even more choices in its growing list of Android phones as it introduces the Samsung Transform with the QWERTY-keyboard and the low cost Sanyo Zio. This expansion is Sprint’s own way of approaching the holidays.

The Samsung Transform, which sports a QWERTY keyboard, is geared towards meeting the needs of smartphone users whose daily lifestyles revolve around heavy email and messaging. On the other hand, the incredibly inexpensive Sany Zio is meant to bring in neophyte smartphone users who are just planning to switch to smartphones. These two new released run on the Android 2.1, with a little bit of hinting from Sprint that 2.2 might come out for the Transform soon.

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Let’s take a look at the Samsung Transform.

From its initial description, this QWERTY keyboard-equipped device carries almost all the features that an Android phone has, which include voicemail, speech-to-text applications, social networking applications, web browsing, as well as Android Market access, web browsing and more. It also allows users to enjoy as much as 32 GB worth of music, movies, and other media, thanks to its microSD storage device.

The Transform has really good hardware too. The 3.5-inch touch screen display has a resolution of 480×320 pixels. The keyboard slides out from the screen. It also has a dual 3.2 MP camera, allowing users to video chat. It web browsing functions is supported by both Bluetooth and an 802.11b/g Wi-Fi hardware. The GPS-enabled nature of the phone also allows location-dependent applications work on it as well.

And then there’s the Sanyo Zio.

Zio was manufactured by Kyocera. Its hardware is almost the same as the Transform, except that its 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen display has a resolution of 800×480 pixels. Furthermore, its virtual QWERTY keyboard is found on the screen, unlike the Transform’s slide-out hardware. The hardware for navigating the screen is instead a trackball. It also has the same hardware features as the Transform, but with auto-focus on its 3.2 MP camera, 2.1+EDR with Bluetooth. Lastly, the Zio works with Sprint Music, Sprint Zone account management, and Sprint ID. Everything else is almost like the Transform.

As far as prices are concerned, both models seem reasonable. This October the Samsung Transform starts its sales at $149 per unit, fresh from a $100 mail-in rebate featuring a two-year service agreement.

Sprint’s Zio will came out the same day the Transform did, only at $99.99, which also came after the $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year service agreement qualification.

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