I am one of those people who has had nothing but a broken phone or a second hand phone for the last 3 or 4 years and there was no way you were ever going to reach me by text as, for some unknown reason, I was only able to receive texts on my most recent phone from people who are on our family phone plan or network - even the phone company couldn't work it out! Thankfully I could still receive calls but I still felt like I was going backwards every time I got a "new" [to me] phone!
This past week, however, all my struggles with communication on the go have be thwarted since being given the chance to try out a Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE, on the Virgin Mobile network, which is also pay as you go and a great price and value!
This phone came with a $45 plan but you can also top up for just $35 per month for a set amount of call minutes but unlimited everything else and fabulous wi-fi!
I have definitely been living under a rock this past couple of years because my phone always used to be the new thing but, over time, I have noticed that I had been going backwards and never progressing with the current phone!
I am AMAZED by the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE like a kid in a candy shop for the very first time! There are fewer words to describe it than that! I now understand why so many people spend so much time looking at their phones these days - it really is like hosting an entire world in your pocket and you really don't even need a computer any more, almost, except for when you want to type something up like this review because it would take a considerably lengthier time to do on the phone than on a regular old PC.
I have been able to download several apps on this phone, even though I haven't yet put in any memory expansion, which it will require soon if I want to keep the apps that I have and not delete them to add others.
The phone runs great, the battery lasts a couple of days if you set everything up to power-save but won't last the day if you don't, which I learned pretty quickly! Luckily, it is very easy to set everything to best save the battery life and recommended, too!
This phone comes with a 4" touchscreen, 5mp camera with HD video capture, 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor, 3G/4G Wifi and Blue Tooth capabilities and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean!
That is a lot for your money and it looks neat, too! Slim, lightweight, charcoal to silver in color, clear screen and fabulous for apps like Skype and games like Doodle Jump Christmas - yes! This is now the THIRD version of Doodle Jump that I have found in under 2 weeks!!
I can't express how happy I have been to be able to use the aforementioned Skype! I have a lot of family in England and it is SO GREAT to be able to call them for free and see them on the screen at the same time, which is something I haven't done for a long while, not even on the PC! This makes it so much easier and there is no lighting to set up or anything, - you just move into whichever spot is lightest and take the phone with you!
You can edit photos on this phone and upload them straight to any of your favorite places like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram [among others] and I am IN LOVE with Instagram capabilities with this phone! I love snapping a shot, editing it on my phone, bypassing any editor on my PC, adding an effect on Instagram and uploading said pic - simple and easy and so much fun, I can't believe I was missing out on all of these connections for all of these years, it rocks my socks!!
I could go on and on all day about this phone, I just can't get enough of it! It wakes me up in the morning, updates me when i have something to do, I can check my email and Facebook or chat and I can connect with the world around me like never before, while trying very carefully not to get too attached! I can even use ebay in seconds or buy a little something online with the touch of an app!
Yet another bonus on this phone is that you can get nook and/or Kindle readers as apps for the phone, too and read all of your books on the go - something I need as I am rarely able to get 10 minutes peace sat at my laptop with the children at my feet and have loved being able to just take the book to bed with me without having to switch on a light or get uncomfortable at my desk! Pillows and comforters all the way now, with the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE!
This particular phone is hooked up with Virgin Mobile, [as I mentioned before] and I like their plans and pricing A LOT! No contract, pay monthly, top up as you need to and unlimited data and messaging included on ALL of the plans available, too!! If you're a bit short one month and can't reconnect to your plan, you'll still be able to use the wi-fi on the phone and so you're never really going to be quite so disconnected anymore! As a Virgin Mobile customer you're also gaining access to Sprint's 3G network and coverage has never been so available!
I am finally in the 21st century with my phone and it feels GREAT!!!
For more information on Virgin Mobile, phones offered and available plans, click HERE. You can also follow Virgin Mobile on Twitter HERE and Facebook, HERE for all of the up to date information on new technology, great new phones and service!
If you are looking for a Smart Phone this Christmas for a loved one or you want to pick one up for yourselves then why not check them out! I have had no problems at all with the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE as yet other than I could use some memory expansion and that litterally costs about $6.50 for an 8gb MicroSD card on ebay! GREAT!
Galaxy Victory 4G LTE phones fly into our gift guide this year and rightly so!
Disclaimer: I was given the product featured in this review in exchange for my opinions which are open, honest and my own. Your views may vary. Thank you!