Review: Samsung Transform
Out of the box, the Samsung Transform comes with only the stock Android music player, which is the same player that shipped with Android 1.0 two years ago. I loaded the Entertainment ID pack, and while this didn't offer an improved music player (no DoubleTwist? WikiTunes? Nothing?), it did provide a couple of third party music services, namely Rhapsody, for music subscribers, and Pandora, for the music streaming types. You also get Shazaam for music identification, but the other apps and widgets in the Entertainment app are a hodge podge of entertainment news apps, and more non sequitors. I understand why the TMZ app or the E! Online app should be part of the Entertainment pack, but why a World Series of Poker game? Or Farm Frenzy Lite?
What I really wanted when I loaded the Entertainment pack is a focused, improved multimedia experience. A better music player, better music widgets, and some streaming services for music and video clips. All of these things exist for Android, so it just seems lazy that Sprint couldn't gather together the best of these for the Entertainment pack. Plus, the inclusion of unnecessary games and apps (Tweetcaster in Entertainment, too?) smacks of cross-promotional deals.
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