Last week, we looked at the Samsung Exhibit 4G, a budget Android device on T-Mobile. Way back then, it looked to be one of the best deals for an Android smartphone. But thanks to the incredibly rapid release of new Android hardware, another device has come to take that crown: the Motorola Triumph for Virgin Mobile.
Announced today along with the Motorola Photon 4G, the device could easily be overlooked in favor of its more powerful big brother. However, what makes it special is the fact that Virgin Mobile's plans are dirt cheap. In fact, you can get unlimited text and data with 300 minutes for only $25 a month. Usually this discount forces you to compromise on hardware, but the Motorola Triumph does not disappoint in that department either.
This device has all the specs of the high-end phones of last summer, like a 1GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 4.1-inch screen at 800 x 480, a 5 MP back and VGA front cameras, and Android 2.2. Even better is that Motorola has not included their MotoBlur software layer, a decision which should keep the phone speedy and hopefully allow for a Gingerbread update in the future.
While we do not yet have details on the price, something around $300 unlocked seems likely. If that seems high to you, keep in mind that the device is being purchased without a contract, and you will make up the extra cash on your monthly bill.
If you are looking for a smartphone and don't want to pay for an expensive plan, the Motorola Triumph is probably for you. It has the basics you need for an Android smartphone and a dirt cheap price to go with it.[PC World]