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Review: Motorola Triumph

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Screen

The Triumph is rocking a 4.1-inch piece of glass with 800 x 480 pixels. This is a pretty common resolution for today's Android devices. Stuffing that many pixels into the 4.1-inch display (as opposed to 4.3-inches) means the pixel density is very good and on-screen elements appear smooth. Colors are bright and vivid and manage to avoid looking washed out. The display does just fine indoors, but under bright sunlight, it’s harder to read.

Signal

The Triumph runs on Sprint's CDMA EVDO 3G network. As such, the Triumph fared only so-so in my neck of the woods. Most times I used the Triumph in and near my home, it held onto only 1 bar of signal coverage. It lost Sprint's network entirely in my basement, and in the NJ vault (the local super market). While Sprint service isn't great near my home, this is worse-than-normal behavior. I was able to take the Triumph on a road trip over the weekend to other parts of NJ and performance improved. When the Triumph had a connection to the network, it was able to make/receive calls no problem. When it showed 0 bars, it could neither make nor receive calls. Data wouldn't work either. The Triumph managed to drop a handful of calls. The Triumph often fell back to Sprint's slower 1x data network, too.

Sound

The quality of the calls I was able to make and maintain was good, but definitely shy of great. Most calls were free of static and/or noise, but more than a handful were crappy, with drop-outs, crackling, and hissing. Earpiece volume was not quite loud enough. I was able to hear phone calls at home no problem, but near the TV, or in a car, it was very hard to hear conversations. In a loud bar or coffee shop? Forget it; step outside if you want to talk. The speakerphone was acceptable for use in quiet rooms, but wouldn't do in a noisy office or with a TV on. The speakerphone quality was rather shabby, too. Ringers and alert tones were plenty loud, and the vibrate alert was just fine.

Battery

The Triumph does about as well as any other Android handset when it comes to battery life. It manages to eke out an entire day with no problems, but doesn't get much more than that. With heavy use, I was able to kill off a battery entirely between 7AM and 11PM (which is what I define as a standard "day"). With more temperate use, it lasted a bit longer. It's not going to last through two full days, that's for sure, meaning that it will probably need to be charged every night.

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