I just wanted to chime in with my impressions on the Galaxy Victory for anyone that is thinking of buying it or switching to it.
I just joined Ting February and bought the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE. I loved it. It was super-fast. The screen looked great. WiFi connected almost instantly, and the battery lasted forever. And then last week happened.
With last week's software update from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean 4.1.2, the phone's performance has taken a huge hit. I now have to restart the phone multiple times per day. The WiFi takes much longer to connect as well as needing to be reset often. The battery life, while still good, has noticeably dropped.
The worst part of it all, though, is that what used to be a very fast phone, now lags at doing almost everything. Just leaving an app to go back to the home screen takes way too long. I think the biggest culprit is how the screen image is rendered, because there is even a lag when swiping between home screens. In any app that requires swiping (which is pretty much all of them now), the phone just can't keep up. Trying to read articles on website can get very frustrating, and Facebook bogs down almost immediately.
The only solution I've found so far is to just restart the phone when I notice it getting bad. At first I thought maybe I need to do a little better applications management, but that's not it. TouchWiz does a very good job at managing apps, and sometimes when the phone is very choppy, there may only be one or two apps running.
The problem clearly is due to the upgrade to Jelly Bean 4.1.2. Just wanted to give people a fair warning. I was hoping for maybe even a boost in performance when this phone eventually got the JB update, but it actually got the opposite.
Any other Galaxy Victory users out there? I know there aren't a whole lot of us, but if anyone else experiencing the same thing, please let us know.