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Old December 12th, 2011, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Does anyone have a PERFECT Triumph?

So... I've been thinking "I'm on my third Triumph, is this just me or is it the phone?"

My first Triumph's Camera would not focus. (Best Buy replaced)

My second Triumph's charging port failed, also had light leakage and the damn green blob.. (Best Buy replaced)

And my current one (third) has the same charging issues as my second one, and on top of that, all three of them have had the "Green blob" in the camera. (Only in fluorescent light, for whatever reason.)

So... I ask, how many Triumphs have you been through, what number you are on, and what issues you have with it?

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I am on #1.
The charging can be finnicky (I have to jiggle the cord in the port until it is in there right). My back key doesn't respond every once in a while (maybe once a day with heavy use).
Everything else is golden. The charging issue just started recently (uh oh! )
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Hasn't been 3 weeks since owning one and I'm getting my 3rd later this week.

I can't believe alot of phone are like this. I think the MT is just a horrid mess but I'm gonna stick to it till the newest thing arrives I guess. I want MiUI but can't because I keep getting bad phones.
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1st. Camera won't focus green blob. Running miui but a replacement phone is coming in tomorrow but if the camera on that one is messed up too ill send it back and keep my original one
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I'm on my first. Bought it the day the Triumph was released and never had a single problem with it. It sucks that so many people do, though, because mine is awesome. I haven't even rooted it; I haven't had the need. And I know there are a couple of others out there that have worked well from day one. I'm glad I'm one of the lucky ones.
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Got mine Friday after the Cyber MOnday sale. Other than 3g SUCKS on the stock ROM, I haven't had any problems. I have loaded MIUI and other than a couple of little gremlins I haven't had any problems. I am really surprised by the picture quality indoors using the flash. I haven't tried video yet. I just tried GPS last night just using a GPS tool app to check it and I got 9 sats locked in about a minute...which is cool, because now the weather app in Fancy widgets gets my location accurately quicker now! I notice that every now and then the screen and or buttons don't respond, but I try to go easy on them and sometime it just takes a little bit stronger touch. I am really disappointed tho in Motorola's quality. I came from a HTC Hero and NEVER had one minute's problem out of it...other than the lack of processor or space, but I got an extra GOOD year out of it by rooting!
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I'm on my first. Bought it the day the Triumph was released and never had a single problem with it. It sucks that so many people do, though, because mine is awesome. I haven't even rooted it; I haven't had the need. And I know there are a couple of others out there that have worked well from day one. I'm glad I'm one of the lucky ones.
I think there are a lot more people that don't have issues, they just don't post on message boards. If there is something wrong, one of the first things many people will do is check online and ask for help or complain. Those that just buy it and use it and are happy usually don't post about it!
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I think there are a lot more people that don't have issues, they just don't post on message boards. If there is something wrong, one of the first things many people will do is check online and ask for help or complain. Those that just buy it and use it and are happy usually don't post about it!

I would surely hope so. Although, there are quite the number of people who have been getting bad ones. (I'm on my 3rd. I replaced my Intercept ONCE!)
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Hopefully all the crappy inventory will be used up or retired from all the returns and later batches from the manufacturer are better. Seriously how hard is it to test these things out before packaging them, it'd save them a lot of money in the long run.
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I dont think that anyone has a "perfect" phone... I'm on my first one and have had for a few months now. I don't have any major problems, just slow gps lock and my back button doesnt always respond, but nothing like everyone else has... And I guess my phone is one of the "oddball" phones.
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And I guess my phone is one of the "oddball" phones.
The only difference between "normal" and "oddball" was having to set a default CPU frequency in the umph overclock kernel.
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Got mine Friday after the Cyber MOnday sale. Other than 3g SUCKS on the stock ROM, I haven't had any problems. I have loaded MIUI and other than a couple of little gremlins I haven't had any problems. I am really surprised by the picture quality indoors using the flash. I haven't tried video yet. I just tried GPS last night just using a GPS tool app to check it and I got 9 sats locked in about a minute...which is cool, because now the weather app in Fancy widgets gets my location accurately quicker now! I notice that every now and then the screen and or buttons don't respond, but I try to go easy on them and sometime it just takes a little bit stronger touch. I am really disappointed tho in Motorola's quality. I came from a HTC Hero and NEVER had one minute's problem out of it...other than the lack of processor or space, but I got an extra GOOD year out of it by rooting!
I second this.Other than having the buttons become non responsive(specially the back button) I haven't faced any other issue yet.For GPs which tool you have tried by the way.Care to share the same please?
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The only difference between "normal" and "oddball" was having to set a default CPU frequency in the umph overclock kernel.
I wasn't sure exactly what the difference was but I knew it wasn't that much of a big deal. Thanks for that!
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First one and it's been great
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Knock on wood
likewise, no major problems here yet on my first Triumph.
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I got mine on cyber Monday and haven't had any issues. I installed CM7 the next day and its been amazing. I see alot of posts of bad phones and I was actually worried when I got mine. But so far so good. Best phone I ever had. I came from the Intercept and OMG the Intercept sux compared to the Triumph. Its freakin badass honestly. Also my battery last forever and takes hardly no time to charge. I'm extremely happy with it. Definately worth $150 and even if i would have had to pay $300 it would have still been worth it.
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I've had mine a little over a month and no problems so far. I rooted it, but see no reason to change ROM at this point.
I continue to study how to do so and learn how to do the various backups required.
When I get bored with it, I may change things around, but no need at present.
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Had my Triumph for about three weeks and no problems so far. Rooted and switched to cm7 the first day. Very pleased with this phone. "Knock on wood."
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In terms of build quality, mine is pretty good, other than light leak and green blob camera. All the other problems are software related and resolved in CM7 or have workarounds. It is a very nice phone after some tweaking.
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I got mine 2 weeks ago. GPS takes 10-20min to lock on and sometimes looses the lock. I could have sworn I've tried everything. Finally when it pissed me off enough after being lost in support land they are sending me a new one today hopefully with none of the issues people seem to be having. If this one doesn't work, I guess its back to the OV for me even with its ability to only install about two apps (at least the gps is amazing there).

So far the issues I've been reading about:
-Light leak
-No GPS lock
-Charging issues
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-Camera focus issues

Crosses fingers.
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No probs here. GPS was slow, but I fixed that. I wouldn't take my OV back over this.
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the replacememt phone i got has a PERFECT camera. but is scratched to heck.
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Oh, and my second one had the light leakage. :/

The charging thing seems to be a new development in our what-seems-to-be-never-ending woes...
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Overall not a bad phone. The only issue I've had is light leakage, which isn't really an issue. Remember, this isn't a Motorolla, its a huawei. Huawei is smart by not releasing their own phone until they figure this out. After the T-Mobile tap and comet, both huawei phones, had they been released as huaweis nobody would ever buy any of there stuff ever again. Most of the finicky things go back to bad software, its just a shame that the toils of PC thugs, the likes of me included, can in short time, with little support make a better firmware than the OEM.
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I've had mine close to 3 months now with no problems. I'm rooted and running CM7. I use GPSFIX with the gps and have no problems.

Everything works as it's suppose to. I'm totally happy with mine.
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1st. Camera won't focus green blob. Running miui but a replacement phone is coming in tomorrow but if the camera on that one is messed up too ill send it back and keep my original one
Make sure you compare both the triumphs side by side. Whichever one has blueish tint to the screen, that's the one you DON'T want. I've been through 4 and finally realized this. The ones that have the other type of screen are the ones without issues.

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the replacememt phone i got has a PERFECT camera. but is scratched to heck.
Really? They're not supposed to do that. You should post some pictures in this thread. I wanna see what you mean.
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I've had mine close to 3 months now with no problems. I'm rooted and running CM7. I use GPSFIX with the gps and have no problems.

Everything works as it's suppose to. I'm totally happy with mine.
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How did you fix it?
There is a thread somewhere about how to fix it. U gotta root it with ginger break, download the update and install it. Its very easy. That was my first time rooting a phone and I got it. Like people say, I believe this phone is hard to wreck. And I haven't found a reason to switch roms yet either. I'm using GO launcher EX and I'm thinking about buying SPB Shell 3d. I love the way it looks and works
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Sorry...with CM7 it does not I"ve been told. I don't use it so it's no biggie for me and I forget about it. Everything else works though.
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had me all excited there for a moment!
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Bad Light leakage from the menu soft key, soft key buttons sometimes don't work, the green 'blob' in the camera although lg camera app has helped. I'm trying my luck with a replacement because the back light bleed is bad enoughto bother me..it is going to be a new one I'll update on the one hopefully no new problems
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interesting thread.

I bought my triumph for 330$ in store at a target on a whim, after owning an Optimus V since launch. I say "on a whim" becuase even thought I had planned to get it, it just so happened I had the cash in my pocket and was already holding the box to the triumph when the girl at the register asked me if I was going to get that phone.

I must have been lost in her cute eyes becuase I ended up buying it right then and there instead of waiting just 2 more days and getting it half off on Black Friday. at least I got to look like I was well off, as if 330 bucks was pocket change and not hard to come by :3 haha

I took it home, it was november so I was a little bugged when the manufactured date was 7/11. I started it up and saw the flickering issue everyone talked about, but the camera was fine and the touch screen and buttons seemed fine.

I swapped my number from my OV to the triumph, made sure 3G was working, and calls and texts worked, then I installed CWM recovery, backed up my stock rom (without root, just "as is"), and installed CM7.

right away, the screen didnt flicker, and the phone felt faster overall.

been switching between MIUI and CM7 since, and I havent had any of the problems a lot of triumph owners are talking about.

I was really prepared to get a bad phone, I did a lot of reading and making sure a good cm7 rom was out before buying, but I came out alright. Love this phone.
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interesting thread.

I bought my triumph for 330$ in store at a target on a whim, after owning an Optimus V since launch. I say "on a whim" becuase even thought I had planned to get it, it just so happened I had the cash in my pocket and was already holding the box to the triumph when the girl at the register asked me if I was going to get that phone.

I must have been lost in her cute eyes becuase I ended up buying it right then and there instead of waiting just 2 more days and getting it half off on Black Friday. at least I got to look like I was well off, as if 330 bucks was pocket change and not hard to come by :3 haha

I took it home, it was november so I was a little bugged when the manufactured date was 7/11. I started it up and saw the flickering issue everyone talked about, but the camera was fine and the touch screen and buttons seemed fine.

I swapped my number from my OV to the triumph, made sure 3G was working, and calls and texts worked, then I installed CWM recovery, backed up my stock rom (without root, just "as is"), and installed CM7.

right away, the screen didnt flicker, and the phone felt faster overall.

been switching between MIUI and CM7 since, and I havent had any of the problems a lot of triumph owners are talking about.

I was really prepared to get a bad phone, I did a lot of reading and making sure a good cm7 rom was out before buying, but I came out alright. Love this phone.
Hah, the MT was the same type of whimsical buy for me, except it was because of the cybermonday deal that made it a 'no-brainer'. I figured there's 30-day return policy, worst thing is I lose out on shipping it back. Actually you could've returned the best buy one & bought the cybermonday one But since you got a headache free phone, maybe that was worth the extra $$
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Hah, the MT was the same type of whimsical buy for me, except it was because of the cybermonday deal that made it a 'no-brainer'. I figured there's 30-day return policy, worst thing is I lose out on shipping it back. Actually you could've returned the best buy one & bought the cybermonday one But since you got a headache free phone, maybe that was worth the extra $$
my thoughts exactly, another 150$ spent is worth the time and effort of returning and exchanging phones to get another this good.
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I'm on my second....which I got from Best Buy about a week after initial launch and it blows. Horrible GPS, 3g sucks and the battery life is a complete joke, even with the 1500ma Anker battery and running the latest CM7. Only reason I haven't returned it is because I didn't pay for it. The phone does have insurance through BestBuy so I'm thinking that maybe I received one of the POS units from the initial launch and that the later manufactured batches have some of if not most of these issues resolved. Though I don't expect the 3g to be fixed....I wish that the GPS performed like my wifes OptimusV. Hers locks in mere seconds outside, mine can take over five minutes sometimes and that's with the supposed GPS fix that I applied through ClockWork.
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I'm on my second....which I got from Best Buy about a week after initial launch and it blows. Horrible GPS, 3g sucks and the battery life is a complete joke, even with the 1500ma Anker battery and running the latest CM7. Only reason I haven't returned it is because I didn't pay for it. The phone does have insurance through BestBuy so I'm thinking that maybe I received one of the POS units from the initial launch and that the later manufactured batches have some of if not most of these issues resolved. Though I don't expect the 3g to be fixed....I wish that the GPS performed like my wifes OptimusV. Hers locks in mere seconds outside, mine can take over five minutes sometimes and that's with the supposed GPS fix that I applied through ClockWork.


well look at the facts.

1. initial triumps were filled with problems.

2. later models have these problems fixed.

3. most retailers and VMusa have been good on replacing phones becuase of the QC issues.


You are much more likely to get it replaced with a good one than another bad one.

if you get a bad one, returning that again can get you a good one.

if you do nothing, you continue to own a bad phone.

the clear choice is to try to get a replacement that works.
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well look at the facts.

1. initial triumps were filled with problems.

2. later models have these problems fixed.

3. most retailers and VMusa have been good on replacing phones becuase of the QC issues.


You are much more likely to get it replaced with a good one than another bad one.

if you get a bad one, returning that again can get you a good one.

if you do nothing, you continue to own a bad phone.

the clear choice is to try to get a replacement that works.
I want to believe this, but it seems quite a few people are getting bad replacements as well.
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I want to believe this, but it seems quite a few people are getting bad replacements as well.
That's why I am hesitating. Rooting and ROMing a new one isn't a big deal, just the hassle of switching phones just to get another junk phone is a turn off. On the battery label, are there any clues that one should look out for to let them know that it's a newer build phone and less likely to be full of bugs? The build date on mine is 6/11.
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That's why I am hesitating. Rooting and ROMing a new one isn't a big deal, just the hassle of switching phones just to get another junk phone is a turn off. On the battery label, are there any clues that one should look out for to let them know that it's a newer build phone and less likely to be full of bugs? The build date on mine is 6/11.
I haven't seen any correlation between the build date and the phone having issues.
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Im on #2 after my lcd cracked and vm replaced it, that one had the flashing display problem and a bad charging port as well, this one I've had for 3 weeks and haven't seen one of those problems
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I never had any issues with my phone I did not later find was either the fault of the VM Network or my own. Very surprised it’s still actually going based on my uncontrollable urge to mess with things for no other reason than just to see what happens. With that said thought the Stock Rom was a joke thrown together with the expectation that we were lucky to have a phone with these specks at this price without a contract but if you look at in the perspective of being able to pick up a $300 phone and modify it in a way that it can run circles around some $500 to $600 contract phones running their stock Roms then it’s a steal. Only issue that persists is the VM network. Not an issue if Wi-Fi is available 24/7 but could see it becoming a deal breaker for those who do not have much access to Wi-Fi outside of home and live in one of the many poor signal areas. From what I read though Sprint has been pumping some major resources into their 3g network to insure their iphone launch is not a bust so I am in hopes that someday soon a very nice PRL will be available to greatly improve what I think is the Triumphs biggest defect.
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Mine is quite flawless. Charging can now be a pain but this is an issue with my cord not my phone. I have none of the issues so far
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I just have the minor light leak from the capacitive buttons.
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I am on Triumph #2 and Love it! (knock on wood)
-i was scared to buy this phone because of everything i read
-paid $250 and did not buy it from VM
-have used the newest phones and smartphones before
-i have used VM network w/ another phone and know i get good coverage

#1 MT: no access to mobile network for internet. NEVER (just wifi)

I could connect to my wifi perfectly. Troubleshooting, hrs on the phone w/support and forums and nothing worked (did nothing that would void my warranty) . It would show the 3g sign and the arrows would light up like it was working even with full bars. I did get the gps to lock with wifi within prob 2-3 minutes. I did not want a phone w/ internet just at my house, i have a laptop. It never even tried it would just say you do not have access to data network. I feel like VM just needed to flip a switch or something. VM advised me it was the phone and told me to return it. Everything else seemed to work great.

#2 MT: Light leakage (maybe), sunk in button(?), battery door

So i got my 2nd phone. I of course first thing tried to connect to the internet through the mobile network. It worked right away. I was so excited and still am. I have not found much wrong. I see when i turn the phone on light shines from both bottom corners of the screen (no biggie). I dont know if this phone is right or the other one was but the on/off button is deep in the phone. It makes it kind of hard to press it. I may have got use to the first one though. It stuck out a lot more i can tell a significant difference. This is no deal breaker either as long as the button continues to work. Last thing was the battery door does not seem to fit like it suppose to. It does not slide all the way up to lock. Its staying on but i am going to have to be careful.

all and all it took me 2 tries. I think i have a winner but if i want to nit pick its not perfect. I got a good phone with a great price plan so i am happy. I know more people come to write about phones that do not work than people who have working phones. So it may look bad on the internet but in my opinion try it for yourself. It was work the trying for the low cost plan.
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The camera on the Triumph I bought on Cyber Monday went bad. It also had minor leakage at the bottom.

I just got the replacement in the mail today, and it has a blown speaker and HORRIBLE leakage at the bottom. Seriously, it was like a miniature spotlight below the Search button.

I have very little patience for this sort of thing. If I get another bum phone, I'll probably just ask for a refund and go back to my Optimus V.
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I am currently in my second (2nd) Triumph. The first one died on me. I was using it and charging it in my car. I kinda had a bad hunch on the car charger. When I got home, the Triumph got REALLY hot. I popped out the battery and let it cool. After a few minutes, popped the thing back in, and pressed the power button.

NOTHING.

There it was. 15 days after purchase at a local store and now it was dead. No big deal, I thought. Called Virgin and ordered a replacement. Sure, Virgin messed up the order, but I got a replacement in a jiffy. (They sent me a phone I was using temporarily while I was Triumph-less.)

Current issues with my second Triumph:

Battery life.

I'm running stock Android. I will be switching to something else once I do some more reading and how ROMS will benefit my use of the phone.
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I have have mine for over 2 months. Other than the spotty 3g, which I fixed in my area at least with a new PRL, I have had no issues to speak of. Charging has not been an issue, it has crashed once when i switch from Camera to video mode. The battery life is meh... but what phone has perfect stock battery life if you run with everything on as I do.

The biggest thing that I have seen with this phone that I got with no other is the GPS is nearly spot on. I have used to constantly and I get where I am going without a hitch. This is the only phone that the GPS has been this good. Better than my old Tom Tom. Wish I could change the voice on it though.

I got mine from QVC with 4 easy pays, a blue tooth, case and all the chargers for home and car. Paying a total of 270 for all that. Great deal in my book.
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I have have mine for over 2 months. Other than the spotty 3g, which I fixed in my area at least with a new PRL, I have had no issues to speak of. Charging has not been an issue, it has crashed once when i switch from Camera to video mode. The battery life is meh... but what phone has perfect stock battery life if you run with everything on as I do.

The biggest thing that I have seen with this phone that I got with no other is the GPS is nearly spot on. I have used to constantly and I get where I am going without a hitch. This is the only phone that the GPS has been this good. Better than my old Tom Tom. Wish I could change the voice on it though.

I got mine from QVC with 4 easy pays, a blue tooth, case and all the chargers for home and car. Paying a total of 270 for all that. Great deal in my book.
Have not used many GPS to say the triumph is the best you have ever used,seeing this is the number one complaint about this phone.i am glad i ditched this phone back in July,and got my 300 dollars back,as i feel this phone is nowhere near worth what they where charging for it.it had some good qualities,but the OS and radios in this phone are trash.and to think people prefer this phone to either high end android phones or iphones i think you enjoy the cheap plans,but to compare this to any duel core phone or the stock OS to the Iphones IOS is a Joke.
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