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Samsung Transform vs. HTC Hero

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October 7th, 2010

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Key Differences

  • Operating System: Sprint has had a good run with its Hero Android phone, made by HTC, but it’s starting to get a little long in the tooth. In the next few days, Sprint will launch the Samsung Transform, a new smartphone that runs Android 2.1 with an upgrade to Android 2.2 in the near future.
  • Design: Similar in design to Samsung’s Galaxy S series of phones, the Transform will have a 3.5-inch LCD screen, slide-out keyboard, 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera (and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera for conferencing applications), 800-MHz processor, WiFi, Bluetooth and a microSD memory card slot. The Transform will not use Samsung’s “TouchWiz” interface that overlays Android, although Sprint will offer “Sprint ID Packs” that allow users to easily customize – or “Transform” – their screens. Sprint ID allows Samsung Transform users to quickly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers.
  • Camera:The Transform connects to the world on Sprint’s EVDO Rev A network and, once the phone is upgraded to Android 2.2, it can be used as a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices. The launch date for the Sprint Transform is Oct. 10, 2010.

Side-By-Side Comparison

HTC Hero Samsung Transform
HTC Hero Samsung Transform
Highlights
Interface HTC Sense Android 2.1 (upgradable to Android 2.2 later this year)
Operating System Android Android 2.1
Display 3.2″, 320 x 480 Pixels 3.5″, 320 x 480 Pixels
Video Overview Watch
Wireless Capabilities
3G Capable Yes Yes
Global Roaming No No
WiFi Yes Yes
Mobile Hotspot No Yes
Mobility
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Voice-dialing Yes Yes
Messaging Capabilities
IM Yes Yes
Text Yes Yes
Video Yes Yes
Productivity
Mobile Email Yes Yes
Outlook Support Yes Yes
View MS Office Attachments Yes Yes
Web Browser Yes Yes
Entertainment
Camera Megapixels 5.0 3.2 (rear-facing)
Apps Android Market Android Market
Video Yes Yes
Music Options Yes Yes
Features
Memory Capacity Up to 32GB microSD (2GB card pre-installed) Up to 32GB microSD (2GB card pre-installed)
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Slide-out QWERTY
Removable Battery Yes Yes
Weight 4.5 oz 5.4 oz
Dimensions 4.5″ x 2.2″ x 0.5″ 4.61″ x 2.42″ x 0.61″
Cost
Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) $99.99 $149.99 (after rebate)

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One Response to “Samsung Transform vs. HTC Hero”

  • Kinda lame comparison. With this comparison they almost seem identical.
    Missing comparisons
    Hero vs Transform
    Android versions
    OS 1.5 2.1 (2.2 do not hold your breath to wait for it)
    Memory
    288MB RAM 256MB RAM
    512MB ROM 512MB ROM
    Screens
    64k colors 16m colors
    3.2″ 3.5″
    Rear camera
    2592×1944 204×1536
    Front camera
    NONE 640×480
    Interface
    +Sense UI +proximity sensor
    +trackball +touch sensitive controls
    +real buttons
    Case
    many colors black
    Battery
    1350mAh 1500mAh
    Standy
    440h-750h up to 350h
    Talk time
    7-8h 6h

    And there is more, like both of them have 3.5mm plugs, plus much more.

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