Pantech Crossover Review
Taking to account its inexpensive nature, the Pantech Crossover is powered by a paltry 600MHz processor, but don’t let that fool you, because it actually offers a decent platform experience – albeit, some levels of lag are evident sometimes. Obviously, Pantech sprinkles their flavor with a customized Android experience running on top of Android 2.2 Froyo, though, it’s not all that eye-catching compared to the competition. Frankly, it’s more than functional with Pantech’s specific set of widgets that basically outline the foundations of Android as a whole. With its app panel though, it’s actually laid out in that all too familiar grid-style layout.
Considering that its physical keyboard offers an astounding messaging experience, it’s rather difficult to fathom why anyone would want to use its on-screen keyboards. nevertheless, boasting the stock and Swype keyboards, we’re content with the level of responsiveness they exhibit, but of course, the tiny size of buttons with both landscape and portrait options make it hard to consistently type with few mistakes. In the end, it’s best reserved to stick with its physical keyboard.
Unsurprisingly, the Gmail experience doesn’t deviate in any way since it’s the same experience you find with just about any Android powered smartphone out there. Of course, you’re still presented with its rich set of features – like threaded conversations and the ability to label items. As for setup, it’s fairly simple since it generally requires your email address and password for automatic setup. However, you might be asked for additional pieces of information if you’re setting up some accounts that are less popular.
Being the AT&T smartphone it is, it’s not uncommon to find the carrier’s set of applications preloaded with the handset – such as AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Mark the Spot, AT&T Navigator, Live TV, and myAT&T. Moreover, there are a couple of third party apps preinstalled as well – like AllSport GPS and YPmobile. Happily, AT&T customers will be thrilled to find out that you can install non-Market apps with the handset.
Camera and Multimedia:
Don’t expect anything exhilarating with its 3-megapixel auto-focus camera. Outdoors, details are on the average side, with color production on the cooler side. In addition, it falters with indoor shots in low lighting with noisy looking production and flat looking details.
Scarily, the handset’s video capture is even worse with its slow as molasses 18 frames per second capture, grainy & muddy looking visuals, and muffled sounding audio recording. Sure it’s able to shoot WVGA videos, but after checking out the results, it can be easily mistaken for QVGA videos instead.
Pantech Crossover Sample Video:
Not deviating from the norm with its conventional looking music player interface, it’s still nonetheless more than functional in playing some tunes, Displaying the usual set of items as a song is playing, such as the album cover, on-screen controls, and track information, you can instantly switch songs by executing swipe gestures on the album covers. Audio quality with its speaker is on the moderate side, though, we’re glad to find that it doesn’t strain at the loudest setting.
Interestingly enough, we’re surprised to see the handset accepting a video encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution, however, it does crumble under the pressure when it’s playing it. Besides the slow playback, its low quality display and tiny size does make it rather challenging to enjoy watching videos during an extended period of time.
Granted that it’s better than nothing, the preloaded 2GB microSD card will be appreciated by some people, but for those who require more, you can always replace it with cards up to 32GB in capacity.
Internet and Connectivity:
First and foremost, you’ll need some patience when it comes to web browsing seeing that it does take some time loading up complex web pages. Lacking Flash support, it’s missing out on that desktop like experience, but its operation with various functions, like pinch scrolling, are more than acceptable with our taste. However, we still experience some instances of lag and slowdown every now and then that come out of nowhere.
Being the GSM smartphone it is, you’ll be able to take the Pantech Crossover on your world excursions without the worry about being disconnected. In addition, it stays firm with other handsets by offering aGPS for location-based services, Bluetooth 2.1 to get other wireless peripherals to connect with it, 802.11 b/g/n as an alternative data connection source, and mobile hotspot functionality to share its data connection with up to 5 Wi-Fi devices.
1. MindDoc (unregistered)
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)
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 (Posts: 3237; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
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 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
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.