Pantech Crossover Review
Heavily known for their line of feature phones, Pantech is one of those companies that simply continues to pump out an exorbitant amount of handsets throughout the year, but they’ve seemingly held off from making the jump into the smartphone world. Well, times are undoubtedly changing, and with buzz about smartphones overtaking sales, it’s only inevitable for them to finally give in. With that in mind, we’re greeted to the affordable Pantech Crossover – a device that’s aiming to be the perfect crossover device. Although it’s their first Android powered handset, it’ll be interesting to see how they execute in making the jump.
- Pantech Crossover
- microUSB Cable
- Wall Charger
- 2GB microSD card
- Quick Start Guide
- Interactive Tutorial CD
At first glance, the Pantech Crossover comes across as some sort of rugged style smartphone – due to its bulky (0.56” thick) looks and tough plastic exterior, but it offers some tangible differences with its angular cutout corners. Despite its plastic construction, there is still a noticeable amount of weight (5.15 oz) with it. Ultimately, it’s not the prettiest thing out there, but it still bears some resemblance to some of Pantech’s previous efforts with their feature phones.
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Clearly, the Crossover’s 3.1” HVGA (320 x 480) LCD display isn’t the highest quality out there, especially when there’s a yellowish tinge to it, but its tiny size does make it difficult to make out text on screen. Additionally, its poor viewing angles tend to wash out colors on the display even when it’s tilted ever so slightly.
Finding a combination of touch capacitive and physical buttons below the display, we don’t find any issues pressing any of them. On its left and right sides, we’re greeted with its tactile and well-sized volume rocker, shutter key, and microUSB port for charging and data purposes. On the top edge of the phone, the 3.5mm headset jack is positioned squarely in the middle – with the dedicated power and function buttons prominently placed toward the corners. With the latter, you can actually map it to run a variety of apps on the handset – and it comes in handy in quickly gaining access to those specific apps.
Requiring just a tiny bit of force, the Crossover has a springy feel when you open it as it snaps into position to reveal its 4-row QWERTY keyboard. Even though buttons looks rather flat, they’re decently sized, offer a good amount of responsiveness when pressed, and spaced evenly from one another to make speed typing a breeze. Actually, we didn’t have any issues using it as we managed to quickly get a feel for it right from the start.
Finally, the 3-megapixel auto-focus camera and speakerphone are positioned in the rear, while sliding off the plastic rear covers provides access to its 1,500 mAh battery, SIM card and microSD
1. MindDoc (unregistered) posted on 08 Jun 2011, 09:56 1
I dunno... I think one factor in a review of a phone like this is its usefulness when compared to alternatives. I mean, the Flipside has been out for a LONG time, and THIS is now AT&T's top of the line qwerty Android? I'm sure something much better is on its way, but this is really an ugly Flipside with Froyo added and Blur subtracted (both good things, but hardly worthy of an entirely new model). How many qwerty Androids do the other 3 big carriers sell with bigger screens, more memory, Gingerbread, and faster radios? As someone stuck on AT&T, who chose Android over iOS in part because of the physical keyboard option, this phone is meaningless. If my phone exploded, and AT&T forced me to renew my contract today, I would suck it up and get an Infuse, but this is pointless.
3. Verdes8891 (unregistered) posted on 12 Jun 2011, 10:41 0
This is not one of their high end phones to begin with. Yea, it is one of their only android devices with a physical keyboard, but it is not trying to disguse itself as a high end device.
2. snowgator posted on 08 Jun 2011, 11:10 0
Pantech has up it's game, my last feature phone was an Impact, and it was decent. I do think if anyone has had a Smartphone before, this one is useless. I do agree with MindDoc in the first post- AT&T needs a REAL qwerty Smartphone that can compete with the Droid on Verizon and the Epic on Sprint. This isn't it.
4. Machinehead posted on 06 Mar 2012, 23:46 0
I have this phone and love it. This was actually one of the best reviews that I have read. It has a good screen with crisp text and good colors. One thing they fail to mention is that this phone is highly compatible with Android games and apps. I have not had a problem yet with any app or game, where more expensive smart phones seem to have problems with apps and games. The only reason it lags is because you need a task killer, it slows down because it can't handle too many things open and cached for too long. With a decent app killer this phone stays fast and doesn't lag at all, some games seem to run a little slow but for what it is I am highly impressed. The battery will outlast almost any other smart phone out there, and I actually only have one complaint and that is that the function and power buttons are on the top left and top right of the phone and when you have the phone sideways gaming and tilting the phone it's really easy to accidently hit those buttons, very annoying. Very good phone I give it a 4 out of 5 because the camera is not very good, in fact my old phone from many years back had a much better camera and camcorder, but don't sell this phone short, I really like it, it's perfect for a beginner in the smart phone world.