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Virgin Mobile Awe No-Contract Phone

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AWE

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Product Summary

Go Beyond Talk.

Get the phone you want without a contract with the Virgin Mobile Awe. Featuring a bright 4" IPS touchscreen display, 5.0MP camera with flash and video capture and a front-facing camera for video chat, the Virgin Mobile Awe has everything you need to stay social.

  • Powered by Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and a fast 1.2GHz processor
  • Touch, tap and swipe with amazing responsiveness on the 4.0" touchscreen display
  • Snap vivid pics and clips with the 5.0-megapixel primary camera/720p camcorder
  • Video chat using the front-facing 1.0-megapixel camera
  • Keep in touch with text and multimedia messaging and email
  • Google Play delivers all your favorite music, books, magazines, TV shows, Apps and games
  • Virgin Mobile Feed delivers streaming music 24/7 and hot social content
  • Write your messages without lifting a finger with Swype Text Input
  • Wi-Fi® (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth® 4.0 connectivity
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  • Virgin Mobile Awe handset
  • USB data/charging cable
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Recycling envelope
 

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Virgin Mobile Awe No-Contract Phone
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Easy to set up (4)
  • Simple controls (4)
  • Great features (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Making calls (4)
    • Replacement (4)
    • Texting (4)
    • Email (3)
    • Upgrade (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (5)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Reviewed by 10 customers

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great value phone

    By JnLeonrd

    from SI, NY

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Bright Display
    • Dual Core
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Camera
    • Random Reboots

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Replacement

    Comments about Virgin Mobile Awe No-Contract Phone:

    Very good value considering this is a no-contract phone. First impression of build quality is quite good. Display is hard to see in sunshine but very nice indoors. Dual-core but requires rooting and over clocking to enable both cores. Once this is done and benchmarked, AnTuTu reports CPU performance is just shy of the S3! Randomly rebooted once since I purchased it and discovered online this is an issue with the phone. On the down side, the camera is bad.

    If you have a contract the S3 can be had for free. Considering that I picked this up at Radio Shack for $30 + tax for use on Virgin Mobile I consider myself lucky.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Lots of bang for the buck, worth 4 times

    By luvmyawe

    from Durham NC

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy To Use
    • Front Camera
    • Good Camera Wflash
    • Lots Of Memory
    • Low Power Consumption
    • Never Freezes Fast Smoo
    • Put Apps On Sd Card
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Apps Run Smooth
    • Good Everyday Phone

    Comments about Virgin Mobile Awe No-Contract Phone:

    Great phone for the price, have had.mine almost seven months, never freezes, ever, battery lasts all day and recharges fast, most apps can go on the sd card, keeps memory free. Surfs the net fast and also works well as a phone. Voice commands work great

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome phone at awesome price!

    By Alex C

    from Riverside,CA

    About Me Power User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Big Screen
    • Decent Battery
    • Dual Core processor
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Inside Looks Cheap
    • Vm Bloatwareremovable

    Best Uses

    • Replacement
    • Social Media Nut
    • Student
    • Upgrade

    Comments about Virgin Mobile Awe No-Contract Phone:

    The Good:
    Price! its equivalent to some $200-$400 phones but you get it for under $50.

    It's pretty fast, has a dual core even though it's only listed as a single.

    Screen is pretty big, decent resolution.

    All apps i've tried have worked perfectly.

    Even posts instaram videos with no issues!

    Lots of internal memory.

    The Cons:

    when you start up the phone it has a really annoying VM banner.

    It's jammed packed with VM bloatware.

    The camera is pretty outdated, unless you're in perfect light your images will look bad. ISO 100 is the only one I liked, unfortunaly that leaves night/dark shots out of the question.

    The flash is okay, but like any on board flash it makes everything look flat.

    The front facing camera is actually pretty good. Same as a modern webcam.

    Camcorder is horrible, dont even bother using it.

    ----------------------------------------
    Thankfully some of those are fixable, I rooted my phone and installed a kit kat rom.

    it took away the banner and the bloatware.

    Also it let me install a wifi theter which lets me use the internet from my phone without paying a ridiculous fee.

    For pictures/Video I use my Mirrorless and DSLR cameras then just toss it onto the phone.

    PS: would not recomend radioshack's shipping! it was horribly slow, buy it in the store instead!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome phoneeeee

    By fvmous_lele

    from Houston,Texas

    About Me Casual User

    Pros

    • Easy Texting
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy To Use
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • CAMERA
      • Front Facing Video
      • Replacement
      • Taking Pictures
      • Upgrade

      Comments about Virgin Mobile Awe No-Contract Phone:

      this fone has awesomme camera ,you can take video front facing
      i got dis as a gift just last month and hasnt had any problems or cons
      at first i had the Kyocera Event but it kept acting up
      this phonne is awesome i love itttt best android ever

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best bang for your buck!

      By Dragontattoz

      from Mystic Islands, NJ

      About Me Casual User

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy To Use
      • Low Power Consumption
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Replacement
        • Upgrade

        Comments about Virgin Mobile Awe No-Contract Phone:

        This is a great phone and for 40 dollars its affordable.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great entry level smart phone!

        By CJ

        from Queensbury, NY

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life

        Cons

        • Somewhat Cheaply Built

        Best Uses

        • Email
        • Making Calls
        • Texting
        • Web Browsing

        Comments about Virgin Mobile Awe No-Contract Phone:

        Wife uses it mostly for texting and phone calls.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great phone, great service!

        By JoVi

        from Long Island, NY

        About Me Practical

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Great Features
        • Lightweight
        • Simple Controls
        • Strong Signal

        Cons

        • No Protective Cases Avail

        Best Uses

        • Email
        • Making Calls
        • Texting
        • Web Browsing

        Comments about Virgin Mobile Awe No-Contract Phone:

        Awesome phone- especially for the money! The only complaint I have so far is there just does not seem to be ANY type of protective case available for this phone (yet?).

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice for the price

        By be_radd

        from NYC, NY

        About Me Practical

        Pros

        • Better Than Lg Optimusv
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Features
        • Lightweight
        • Simple Controls
        • Strong Signal

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Games
          • Making Calls
          • Texting

          Comments about Virgin Mobile Awe No-Contract Phone:

          I bought this phone to replace my LG Optimus V. So far I have not had any problems with it. It is faster than the Optimus, and has a better OS. It also has better features than the Optimus. I am not a tech head, so I do not need the latest and greatest of cell phones, so this is a great phone for me. I was also able to keep my old plan. If you are someone who needs a mid-range smartphone, than this is the phone for you.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great for the $

          By rick573

          from Cheshire MA

          About Me Parent, Practical, Relatively Techy For Age, Retired

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great Features
          • Lightweight
          • Simple Controls
          • Strong Signal

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Email
            • Games
            • Making Calls
            • Music
            • Texting
            • Web Browsing

            Comments about Virgin Mobile Awe No-Contract Phone:

            Replaced an Optimus V which was freezing up. Awe has better reception, faster cell based data, and much better memory management than my old Optimus. The case and screen seem less durable than the Optimus, but the screen has more detail and is better overall. I've loaded a few apps and some music and the overall performance is much faster and smoother than my old phone. I've not figured how to speed up camera focusing--some pics are in focus, others not so much. Works great on wi-fi and overall is a nice improvement.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Don't overload it

            By mjo1

            from grovecity, oh

            About Me Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Battery life
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Simple Controls

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Virgin Mobile Awe No-Contract Phone:

                I Don't give out 5 stars, but this comes close!!
                First--- use the "BACK" button to exit your apps, just hitting the home button,
                leaves the app running, killing your battery...
                Second, this is a new phone on the market.. some apps are not compatible, yet!
                Which I found out, I was missing calls (straight to voicemail), no voicemail notifications,
                & I wasn't even getting texts, thought I had a brick, but then,,,,
                I gave it a factory reset & limited the apps I loaded on it, only added one app every few days,
                then 'PRESTO' , I found the bad app, (contacted the developer & it was fixed).
                I actually find the battery to be amazing, I go a few days without a charge,
                Unlike my previous phones (OptimusV & Elite)

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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