"Best pre-paid phone on the market"5.0 starson by tndk90
Pros: 4.1" WVGA screen
1 GHz Snapdragon processor
Lots of storage
Cons: Costs $299 up front ($269 if you order online from a discounter)
Runs a very stock Android 2.2 Froyo interface, no enhancements at all
Audio quality isn't quite as crisp as other moto devices
Summary: If you're looking for a relatively recent Android that finally is available on the pre-paid market, look no further. The Motorola Triumph is the real deal... 4.1" WVGA screen is bright, beautiful, and easy to use. The phone is responsive with it's 1 GHz Snapdragon processor (not dual core, but it works well), and it has 720p video recording.Update: I'm returning the phone for a specific reason, I can't justify $299 price tag (or the $259 online discount price). The phone is either throttled or has signal strength issues on the Virgin/Sprint network, I've yet to get more than 600Kbps downloads no matter where in town that I have tried (whereas my tests with a Sprint Motorola Photon 4G phone would commonly get 1.4Mbps on 3G). The Triumph download speeds seem to be choked at 150-300Kbps. For a phone that is very high in price, I can't justify these slower throttled speeds, and I very obviously haven't even remotely reached the Virgin 2GB limit.
If you're looking for a good Android on a prepaid plan, this is the way to go.
However, you need to be sure you seriously want to avoid a contract. The cost up front for this phone is $269-299 while discount cell phone resellers are offering dual core Androids like the LG Thrill 4G for only $20 with a contract... Really this is a choice of contract or no contract (if you have that choice). Virgin also is limited with Sprint's native network, not the full extended network so you may not be able to enjoy this phone as far as you wish.
The only negatives with the phone itself is that it runs a stock Android 2.2 Froyo interface, which for the price is underwhelming. Motorola could have thrown a copy of Motoblur on there at the very least. As much as people don't like Motoblur, at least it offers more features than stock Froyo... Again, this may be prepaid, but it is still $300 you're spending here. For that price I do think it should come with a little bit of an upgrade.
Updated on Sep 22, 2011
Bottom line: Virgin's limitations aren't set up to properly exercise the capabilities of the phone itself. And for $300, the phone has no perks. I'll recommend you save yourself the cash and buy a contract phone... At $25/extra a month, your contract will pay for itself over a year's worth of use... The Triumph is a good phone, but too expensive for the network it operates on.
Updated on Oct 27, 2011I currently transferred to an AT&T Gophone temporarily while I continue to shop. My opinion is this... Virgin Mobile is a very limited network, they've started throttling data (even before it reaches the 2 GB limit its slower than Sprint) and actually I'm experiencing the same thing with AT&T Gophone... I have a Samsung Captivate I'm borrowing from a friend, and with my Gophone sim card it gets throttled to about 1Mbps on the HSPA network here. Buffalo has a robust HSPA+ network, so you can easily get 3-4Mbps with a regular AT&T sim card, and the Captivate isn't event HSPA+ compatible, it is only HSPA... Bottom line is that prepaid services are cheap for a reason: you are throttled. Gotta pay for a contract based service if you want top notch speeds. I'm waiting to get a deposit situation cleared up with AT&T and I'm going with them when I get the chance, but waiting to see if they deliver LTE phones in the next few months.