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Motorola Triumph review

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Manufacturer: Motorola

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Motorola Triumph raises the bar for pay as you go phones with a fast processor and sharp display.

When it comes to pay as you go smartphones, the Motorola Triumph is one of the best I have ever seen. The Triumph proves that you don't need top-of-the-line specs, such as a dual-core processor or 4G connectivity, to be a great phone.

Motorola Triumph: Design

The Motorola Triumph looks and feels sleeker than Motorola's recent offerings, the Droid X2 and the Motorola Droid 3. At 122x66x10mm, the Triumph is slightly shorter and thinner than the Droid 3. The Triumph weighs in at 143g, and feels very well balanced in hand.

The 4.1-inch WVGA display does an excellent job at displaying crisp and clear images, though it was a little difficult to see outside. In a side-by-side comparison with the Droid 3, I found the screen on the Motorola Triumph to be much sharper and it displayed colours much more naturally than its cousin.

Motorola Triumph: Software

The Motorola Triumph is running stock Android 2.2 (Froyo), which isn't the most recent version of the OS. Last month, Virgin Mobile pledged to only ship phones running vanilla Android, and so far they seem to be holding true to that promise. But this doesn't mean that the Triumph is free from preloaded applications (also known as bloatware). While nowhere near as bad as what we saw on the Droid 3 there are certain applications like Poynt which cannot be removed without rooting the device. Still, the fact that the phone ships without a custom overlay offsets the handful of preloaded apps.

See also: Group test: what's the best Android phone?

Motorola Triumph: Performance

If you didn't look up the specs, you would swear that the Motorola Triumph was a dual-core phone from using it. This single-core 1 GHz powerhouse is as fast as any of the recent dual-core devices we have seen and is able to jump in and out of various applications with ease. The Triumph was extremely responsive when swiping through homescreens and typing on the onscreen keyboard. The Triumph's fantastic performance might be because it isn't running a custom overlay, though we haven't done any formal tests yet to be for sure.

The Motorola Triumph ships without 4G support. Regardless, the Triumph loaded webpages and downloaded apps in a few brief seconds over Virgin's 3G network. Streaming high quality YouTube videos might take a tad bit longer, but overall the phone performed solidly when surfing the internet and performing day to day tasks.

Call quality could have been clearer; the person I called told me I sounded slightly fuzzy, but that they could easily understand and hear what I was saying.

Battery life is what you would expect out of a smartphone. After 4 hours of heavy use, the battery dropped from 100% down to 65%. If you are someone who loves to download a ton of apps or play games for countless hours on their phone, you'll probably want to keep a charger with you just in case. For everyone else, you can probably make it an entire day on a single charge.

See also: Group test: what's the best smartphone?

Motorola Triumph: Camera and Media

The Motorola Triumph is uses the stock Android 2.2 camera interface. While the stock camera interface doesn't have as many bells and whistles as the ones by LG or Samsung, it gets the job done just as well. The Triumph has two cameras: a rear facing 5-megapixel camera capable of shooting 720p video, and a front facing VGA camera for video chatting.

The rear-facing camera did a decent job at capturing photos, though it was slow to focus and actually take the picture. Indoor images came out slightly darker and could have been sharper. Images using the flash also could have stood to be sharper, but weren't as washed out as images with dual-LED flash.

Videos were clear, but audio sounded muffled when played through the phone's speakers. When played through my headphones, voices sounded slightly tinny though clearer than they did over the phone's speakers.

The front-facing camera took decent photos and videos for a VGA camera; though unfortunately there was no pre-installed application that took advantage of the camera for video chats. Luckily you can install an app like Fring to make and receive video calls with other Fring users.

Surprisingly, the Triumph features a micro HDMI-out port so that you can share your media on a larger screen. You normally don't see HDMI-out ports on prepaid phones, so having one on the Triumph is really a great addition.

Motorola Triumph Expert Verdict »

EVDO rA Data Network (1900 only)
4.1in WVGA display
1400 mAh battery
Google Android 2.2
Bluetooth 2.1, 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI port
5MP AF Camera with Flash and 2nd Front-facing camera (VGA)
HD Video Playback at 720p
Supports up to 32GB expandable memory
aGPS (assisted), sGPS (stand alone), Google Maps Navigation, Google Maps with Google Latitude, Street View and eCompass
122x66x10mm, 143g
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Motorola Triumph is the device to get if you are searching for a contract free phone. The Motorola Triumph is fast, has great battery life, and its screen is sharper than any of the qHD displays we have seen on Motorola's subsidized phones on larger carriers. I would recommend the Triumph to anyone looking for a new phone. It may not take the best pictures, but overall the phone is excellent.

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