Pantech Crossover Review
Signal strength remains strong throughout our testing since it displays a solid set of bars in high coverage areas. Moreover, we didn’t experience any drop calls while testing it in the greater Philadelphia region.
If you’re one of those individuals that love to constantly talk, then you’ll be thrilled to find that we’re able to get 10 hours of continuous talk time with a full battery, which blows away the 5 hours rated by the manufacturer. On the other hand, we’re able to get at least a solid day of normal usage – though, it still might be a good idea to charge this one every night.
No longer a bystander as other manufacturers set the bar with their line of smartphones, we’re actually happy to see Pantech finally making that leap of faith by jumping into this competitive market. By no means does the Pantech Crossover come off as a high caliber Android smartphone, but taking its affordable pricing and performance into consideration, it’s a reasonable start for a company known to make excellent feature phones. At $69.99 on-contract, it’s not going to break the bank, but even better is the fact that it provides an acceptable Android experience that’s the perfect go-to device for those who are curious about moving into the smartphone game.
Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 2.2.1
Build number: FRG83
Kernel Version: 188.8.131.52-perf
Pantech Crossover Video Review:
- Affordable price
- Great messaging device
- Acceptable customized Android experience
- Bulky looking design
- Shoots ugly looking photos & videos
- Low quality display
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: 3188; 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.