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printed August 1, 2014
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Review: Motorola Triumph

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Virgin Mobile Live

The Triumph's stand-out media feature is Virgin Mobile Live, Virgin's streaming content service. Virgin Mobile Live offers streamed music, broadcasts, concert footage, blogs, and movies. It is an all-encompassing media service that offers bits and bytes of everything, though it’s curated by Virgin Mobile. Speaking of bytes, be careful. Streamed content eats up data allotments quickly, and Virgin Mobile has indicated it will start throttling users who exceed their monthly data plan starting in October.

 

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Music

The stock Android music application is also preloaded as a music option. It doesn't bring anything new to the table, unfortunately. You can also make use of the new Google Music service if you have one of the beta invites. Either way, music playback sounds good whether it’s from local storage or streamed across the internet.

Notably absent is any way to actually purchase and download music tracks. In order to do that, you'll have to download and install the Amazon MP3 Player application. The same goes for streaming services (other than the Virgin Mobile Live content.) If you want to listen to Slacker or Pandora you'll have to download them on your own.

Video

The stock Android video application is on board for video playback. It will play side-loaded content as well as any video captured on the device itself. It offers bare-bones functionality (play, pause, stop, etc.). The YouTube app is the same old one that's on every other Android phone.

With the HDMI port available, it is easy to send video content from the device to an HDTV.

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