The Prepaid Revolution truly has started and Virgin Mobile is supporting it with all its might. The Motorola Triumph marks a big release for the prepaid carrier and really sets the tone for the future of prepaid. With a 1GHz processor, a large 4.1-inch display, and a camera capable of capturing 720p HD video, the Triumph is easily a drool-worthy phone for prepaid customers. It may not be able to compete with other superphones with dual-core processors and qHD or Super AMOLED Plus displays, but with Virgin Mobile's dirt cheap prices and nationwide coverage, it's an easy option for money-savers.
I've been using the Triumph for nearly a day and here are a few things I've taken note of:
- The design is familiar. Think original Motorola Droid with no keyboard. It's boxy, but doesn't feel overly thick or bulky. The back and sides have a soft-touch coating. The design is so strikingly simple that it makes the phone look slightly cheap. There's nearly no accent marks at all. I wouldn't say that's a turn-off, but don't expect a flashy or elegant-looking phone like what HTC produces.
- The 4.1-inch display is sufficiently clear and bright. No qHD display here, but it has a nice resolution of 480x800. Strangely, the display has a light-blue tint. This is somewhat similar to what we see on Samsung's Super AMOLED displays, but it's not quite the same shade of blue and this, of course, is not a Super AMOLED display. The more I use the phone, the more I notice it. I haven't quite decided how much of a negative this is, but it definitely changes the look of graphics and web pages.
- The Triumph ships with stock Android 2.2.2 with nearly no manufacture customizations. There are a few pre-installed Virgin Mobile and third-party apps like Poynt, Twidroyd, and Where. The phone also ships with a two new keyboards that I haven't used before.The stock Android keyboard is available, but you also have the option of using TouchPal and TalkBack for input. I haven't tested these enough to give my opinion of them.
- The 1 GHz processor is at times fast and smooth but at other times slow. Scrolling, zooming, and app loads are sometimes choppy and take longer than they should with a processor of this caliber. I'll see how often this happens.
- The Triumph ships with a 1380 mAh battery which seems too small for a smartphone, especially one of this caliber. So far, with 16 1/2 hours of light use and sitting on standby, the battery is currently at 51 percent. It looks like the small battery may not be as much of a problem as I thought it would. As long as it's able to get through a full day with normal to heavy use then I'll be willing to give it an 'A'.
After using the phone for a day, I'm not blown away but I'm certainly not disappointed. The Triumph seems to be a solid smartphone for prepaid customers. Don't expect this one to replace your EVO 3D or Sensation, but it's no slouch. Check back in for the full review where I'll give my final thoughts after further testing.