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Review: Motorola Triumph

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The Triumph is probably the best smartphone available from Virgin Mobile, though it suffers from a few serious setbacks.

The hardware is attractive (if a bit plain) and offers a great display and a reasonable set of features such as microSD and HDMI support. The 1GHz processor gives it plenty of power, and the Android 2.2 system software, while outdated, performed well.

Multimedia features may be a bit limited out of the box, but there's nothing stopping the Triumph from taking advantage of the Android Market at all that it offers. The camera and video offer average results, despite the good software controlling them.

The biggest disappointment -- and biggest limitation -- of the Triumph is its network performance and the problems that result. With such a tenuous hold on the Sprint/Virgin network, it was prone to poor call quality from time-to-time, and also missed calls and dropped calls. Browsing the web was also painfully slow. If the Triumph excelled at one or the other, I'd feel better about giving the Triumph the thumbs up.

Balancing out some of these negatives are the low cost of the device, the low cost of the monthly service, and the fact that you don't have to sign your life away in order to use this phone. The Triumph is truly a case of getting what you pay for.

Our Ratings

2.5
Overall
3
Reception
3
Battery Life
3
Hardware Usability
3
Hardware Quality
3.5
Display
3
Interface Speed
2.5
Audio Volume
2.5
Camera
 

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