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Should You Buy the Motorola Triumph From Virgin Mobile?

Updated on August 2, 2011

The Motorola Triumph is the new Android Smartphone from virgin Mobile.

It is making some huge waves in the prepaid phone community by being a 'high end' Droid-like Android device.

It costs $299, which is twice the price of the LG Optimus V.

The LG Optimus V is Virgin Mobile's most popular smartphone model, and I own one myself.

Should you buy the Motorola Triumph instead of the LG Optimus V?

In order to answer that question, you need to think about how much more space for apps and games, as well as built in flash is worth to you. Is it worth another $150?

I mean, you could buy two LG Optimus V phones for $299.

Motorola Triumph

My Experience

As a hobby, I write about cell phones from Virgin Mobile. This may sound odd, but I love it. Most of my attention has been on the LG Optimus V with a new website I've been working on called Rock That LG Optimus V.

In order to expand my horizons, I purchased the Motorola Triumph. I wanted to fall madly in love with it and recommend it, but this is not the case.

I am sending it back to Virgin Mobile this week because I do not like it better than my LG Optimus V.

This is why:

1. Its laggy - When I hold the Motorola Triumph next to the LG Optimus V, the LG Optimus V was faster every time.

2. Battery life is SO bad - It would take at least three charges a day. The battery is smaller than the one in the LG Optimus V, and it makes the LG Optimus V seem like an Ipod (apple is known for awesome battery lives) compared to the Motorola Triumph.

3. Touch sensitivity sucks! It reminds me of when I had the Samsung Intecept where I had to touch the buttons ten thousand times (hyperbole) to get a response. The touch precision seemed very blunt and NOT precise.

4. Available RAM for apps to use was less than the LG Optimus V, although technically the LG Optimus V is supposed to have less RAM. What good is extra space for apps if the RAM cannot handle it.

What Others Are Reporting

Its come to light from authority blogs like Techcrunch and Gotta Be Mobile that many people are having problems with the Motorola's camera. It has serious auto focus problems that, in many cases, are not helped by exchanging the hardware. Software issues are probably to blame, they say.

Many other people report having problems with the GPS, screen flickering, and low signal.

Be Heard!

Have you had problems with the Motorola Triumph?

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In your opinion, which is the better phone?

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The Real Winner

Moral of the story here, I am sticking with the LG Optimus V.

I'll end up with an extra $300 bucks in my wallet and a faster, longer lasting, and touch sensitive Android in my pocket.

Should you buy the Motorola Triumph? I argue, no.


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      mines good 

      6 years ago

      Dont know what to tell you but this have had my motorola triumph 2 yrs have not had any problems had many with my optimus v the only thing i give the v is its battery life is better

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      6 years ago

      if you have a motorola triumph and you want to get rid of it i would be happy to get it out of your hands . if you would give me the phone or sell it to me i would be delighted if your intrested please email me at

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      Dana Rock 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      You should go through Virgin Mobile if possible. They will just switch the phone out and field all of the warranty crap with LG on their end. Its one of VM's benifits. This is assuming you do not have a reason you cannot do this.....

      Two things:

      1) Watch the Special Deals thread at Rock That Mobile for LG Optimus V deals for replacements if you cannot follow through on the Virign Mobile route.

      2) Also, check out this article on getting warranty service for your LG Optimus V and it includes a script for emailing them.

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      6 years ago

      My Optimus V started spontaneously rebooting and shutting off. I could only restart the phone by removing/replacing the battery. I sent it back to LG for repair. A week later I got the phone returned, and it still has the same problems. I called LG again and they're going to pay for me to send the phone back in for repair, but I'm not confident about he outcome.

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      6 years ago

      Of course, not every single Triumph will have the same exact problem. However, I am also reporting that I exchanged mine after noticing that the notification light does not stop blinking. This is my second Triumph and its doing the same thing. My boyfriend bought the Optimus V and he has no issues. I do love mine alot better except for that one annoying defect. I am willing to give it a 3rd shot but after this, I'm DONE with Triumph!

    • danatheteacher profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Rock 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      @mad, sell it on Ebay and buy an LG Optimus V

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      6 years ago

      I've replaced the triumph 2 times in 2 weeks. Idk what to do

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      Simon Riley 

      6 years ago

      Bottom line is I'm sticking with my Optimus V (although I wouldn't mind a faster more responsive phone). The Motorola Triumph is probably not a bad phone hardware wise but, is nowhere near as polished as the Optimus V as far as software goes. I'm sure there will be a patch released in time but, it's probably a good idea to wait for the price to go down or maybe wait for another high end android phone to come out all together. Never know Virgin mobile might scrap this phone all together in favor of a better quality phone with similar specs. Either way I would wait if you already own the Optimus V.

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      6 years ago

      The biggest issue is GPS not locking fast. Big issue list as:

      Touch screen becomes unresponsive at random intervals. Factory reset clears up issue for a short period of time.

      Soft-keys become unresponsive at random intervals.

      GPS lag. (Testing connection between WiFi/GPS lag)

      Poor reception.

      Wifi connectiviity error. Power cycle fixes.

      Widget distortion after opening gallery or any UI element that resizes the screen or is a different native resolution. Restarting UI fixes.

      3G connectivity drops at random, requires reboot/data toggle to fix.

      Bluetooth disconnects while connected to battery power. Remains constant on A/C power.

      Bluetooth volume is low even at maximum volume, fails to maintain previous setting after use.

      Email connectivity issues/download failures

      Radio failure upon signal disconnect. Requires device to be power cycled.

      [Several people have reported discoloration of screen (blue/yellow tint). This seems to be isolated to certain devices.]

      Compass calibration does not seem to do anything.

      Certain UI elements hang when scrolling.

      Connectiviity drops from 3G to 1x when 3G network is available. GPS toggle fixes the problem for a short time

      Video recording is choppy at any resolution. Audio warbles at higher resolutions.

      LED notification will blink at random when no notification is present. This happens a lot after answering an incoming call.

      Android dictionary is missing from Stock Android Keyboard (no auto correct, no automatic period after double space).

      Call forwarding options, which are mentioned in user manual, are not present in call settings menu. Call forwarding does not function.

      When alarm is set, toggling airplane mode will deactivate the alarm notification on the lock screen. Alarm stays active.

      Camera white balance issues. Bright lights/Flash in dark environments cause image discoloration/oversaturation.

      Battery drain issues (seems to be connected to signal issues, phone will last around 48 hours with data disconnected).

      Lock screen "pulses" when screen is powered on.

      Notifications for SMS and certain apps (i.e. Skype) are muffled even when set to maximum volume. SMS notifications only happens with certain sounds.

      When on the charger for extended periods of time, the phone will randomly "lose" 3% of the charge and charge back up to 100%, only to lose it again some time afterwards.

      "Sleep of death" issues. Requires battery pull to resume phone function. Does not occur in factory state, only after non-factory applications are added.

      Some ringtones do not loop, but will only play once. This is limited to a few ringtones.

      Notification appears "Click here to activate" after the device has already been activated. Clicking to reactivate restarts phone and the notification reappears.

      Phone randomly reboots. No known root-cause, will happen while phone is idle and without non-factory apps.

      Audio loss while watching HD videos over HDMI connection. This includes Netflix, YouTube and videos saved to microSD card.

      PC Driver installation software auto-start conflicts with certain USB-enabled devices like car stereos. The auto-start sequence does not subside on a PC when the software is installed and can cause multiple notifications that the phone has been mounted.

      Minimum media volume is too loud, volume stepping is not in even intervals. Opening media w/ minimal volume set will play at mid-volume ranges regardless of volume setting.

      Under certain circumstances, activating the screen shortly after the screen powers off due to timeout can cause the screen to flicker off and on until the phone restarts on its own or the battery is removed.

      In some cases, performing a factory reset may corrupt the information on a microSD card which has a capacity larger than 16GB.

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      7 years ago

      funny it lags compared to the optimus v.

      specs claim: 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon processor.

      the v has 600MHz msm7627 processor with adreno 200 gpu. mine overclocks to 787MHz.

      at least the triumph should run adobe flash without having to use the hacked Chinese maipad version that kind of works on the V.

      wish I had a free one to make a good comparison! no chance in Hades I'd pay 3 bills for a phone, though. the $150 for the OV was quite enough of a bite in the a$$, but I do enjoy the OV.

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      Bruce Cramer 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Dan, you just stopped me form "upgrading" from the OV, I'll wait for the next one that actually is better!

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      Dana Rock 

      7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      @STEPHEN FAZEKAS, thank you!

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      7 years ago

      I had the triumph for a week and i can tell you this i had serious problems with it.

      It wouldnt hold a 3g sigal,

      The GPS could take 45 min to lock on to a signal.

      The battery with juice defender would still last half a day

      the camera is not that good.

      All these people who are acting like the phone is a god.

      Its a crap phone from the factory the kernal of android was so crappy compiled for the phone that it only has 150MB of ram free

      Its not ever made by motorola its a Huawei

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      7 years ago

      Your sir are a HATER...I have the Triumph & my girl has the Optimus...even she would take the Triumph...SMH...

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      7 years ago

      Not sure if you already took this into account or realized this, but the Triumph comes with a factory screen protector that dulls the sensitivity. (Yes, in addition to the easy to pull off by the tab protector, there is another one)

      After taking mine off, the sensitivity was better. Just replaced my Optimus V with the Triumph and overall I'm happy, although there are a few things I don't like.

      1. For the time being, no mobile hot spot. Hopefully a techy somewhere will fix that.

      2. The power button (only button that wakes the screen) is very flush, almost to the point of being annoying when you need to wake the screen. Great for not turning your phone off in your pocket, but annoying otherwise.

      As for your "no-buy" opinion...I totally understand where you're coming from. It's not twice the phone as the Optimus V. However, I do feel that it is a better phone than the OV. The Triumph will keep pace with future smartphones and the apps that will follow better than the OV.

      I loved my Optimus, but I think in the end, I'll be even happier with the Triumph. However, I do think your points are very valid, and that those that are planning on buying a Triumph wait until the price comes down. After all, it's only been out about a week and Bestbuy is already packaging it with a $50 gift card.

      Thanks for the insightful post.

    • danatheteacher profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Rock 

      7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      @tamarindcandy, true, but if the "trailer is only so big", then you need more ram to run more devices.

      Perhaps better way to phrase is that the Motorola Triumph is inefficient at using its RAM properly.

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      7 years ago

      Available RAM isn't actually relevant, you know. Android manages apps in the background and free up memory as needed.


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