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Compare the Virgin Mobile Samsung Intercept vs. The LG Rumor Touch

Updated on August 18, 2012

The last few days I've had many comments on my blogs about the new Virgin Mobile Samsung Intercept-A "cheap" Android phone. 

I've been crazy curious, and since it is only available at Target right now, I went there tonight. They had every other phone "in stock" but the Samsung Intercept. Another Target thirty minutes away had three "in stock", but on calling them, they had already sold out.

Its popular and limited in supply. 

The big question for most of my readers is "should I switch to the Samsung Intercept from the LG Rumor Touch". 

This hub is my response to that strong urge all of us are feeling right now to go out and trade up or buy up. 

Samsung Intercept

App Heaven-The Android Market

The Android Market looks like an App Wonderland.

For us Rumor Touch users, that is temptation that tastes pretty freak'n good. 

Check it out for yourself!

Check out Virgin Mobile's page on their new addition here! or the User Manuel here!

The coolest features from my point of view are:

  • Wi-Fi enabled!!!!!!
  • Sweet text2voice features!
  • App Market!
  • It just looks good-snazzy! 

Android Market Shots

Virgin Mobile Page

So Which One Should I Choose?

I love the LG Rumor Touch despite itself.

Its a solid inexpensive touchscreen phone. If we keep it in perspective that we are paying $25 bucks a month for unlimited data/text/pics/vids with 300 minutes, then a $130 dollar phone that does what it does it sweet. No question.

If I was a Sprint customer, I would probably feel much more shafted. Sorry Sprint guys!

At the same time, I've always wanted an Android based phone. This is my chance to get one! The idea of "above board" apps and tweaks sounds really good!

However-there is always a "however" or a "but" and here it is:

  • The phone is new.
  • It has mixed reviews.
  • People tend to rate it as slow and easily overwhelmed.
  • Battery life is very short compared to the Rumor Touch.
  • I have to remind myself that the hardware is important for the operating system (Android) to work stellar in all its glory.

My final decision on this issue, being whether I should switch phones or not, is far from being decided.

I may opt to err on the safe side by waiting a while to see how the phone plays out with its apparent hardware limitations and with Virgin Mobile's service.

Oh, by the way, used LG Rumor Touch phones seem to sell really good on Ebay for around 70-80 dollars. Not too bad.

Full Unboxing-Long Preview from Youtube Folks

Thoughts???? Reviews????

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      7 years ago

      People who complain about Samsung Intercept on Virgin Mobile USA either have too much expectations (comparing with i-Phone or Epic or EVO), or they are using Android phone first time, or they have very little patience or do not like read online guides/info for this phone or ask for help. It is not the hardware features or even the speed of the phone that makes any phone better. It is the unlimited SMS/Data/MMS for just USD 25 per month that makes Samsung Intercept on Virgin Mobile great! Please watch the performance of Samsung Intercept on Virgin Mobile USA after it gets Froyo upgrade (And the 3G Data network is already faster than it was in Feb 2011).

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      Ed Smith 

      8 years ago

      I have to add, anyone who complains about a touch screen not having flawless "fluid" scrolling needs to get a life. I'm sure you will survive the fraction of a second it's slowing you down.

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      Ed Smith 

      8 years ago

      Comparing this to the top end smartphones is like comparing a Dodge Challenger to a Dodge Viper. It's a great phone, and worth every dollar, but it is not the "ultimate" in cutting edge, nor does it need to be. Android marketplace, 800mhz processor, 8gb built-in storage expandable up to 40gb. Samsung quality. I'll take the Intercept.

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      8 years ago

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      Dana Rock 

      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      @TallFace thanks for that review! Real voices with real experience is what we need!

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      8 years ago

      I've had this phone for 4 days now and LOVE IT. Yes it can be "slow" at times, but overall my experience has been amazing and I seriously couldn't be happier. The Pros definitely outweigh the Cons here.

      Keep in mind I switched over from a Samsung Blackjack II + AT&T - running Windows Mobile, had 450 anytime minutes with roll over, 1500 texts, 5MB of data - $67 per month.... TO: my Samsung Intercept + Virgin Mobile - running Android, has 300 anytime minutes, UNLIMITED texts, UNLIMITED data - $25 per month. That's 40 bucks a month in my pocket... and NO CONTRACT!

      If you DO look at in terms of a 2 Year Contract, it works out to like $36 a month - over 2 years. $250 (prince of the phone) + $600 ($25 a month over two years) / 24 months = $35.42 per month. AMAZING!

      For people getting into the Smartphone market this is a no brainer. For people WITH Smartphones, looking to save some money on their phone bill, it might take some getting used to - speed wise.

      The one thing that is undeniable is the savings. It's huge! I highly recommend this phone... and DO - to all my friends, LMAO! :D

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      8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      You are gonna get me to change carriers and phones. Damn you! LOL


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