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Pantech Matrix Pro Review

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Pantech Matrix Pro Review
Sometimes we forgot that we were using a smart phone for making phone calls.  It’s very rare to see manufacturers use the dual-slider form factor for something powered by Windows Mobile; but Pantech has perfected the formula. Phone conversations were clear without any background distortion. People stated that our voice on their end was also easily understood. Surprisingly, the speaker phone was useable and did not find ourselves repeating our conversations. We had to place the volume setting on the highest setting in order to listen more easily.

In the time we tested out the phone, we did not get any of our calls dropped in the greater New York metropolitan area. Reception was really good and it managed to retain a solid signal. There were very few times when our data connection dropped from 3G to EDGE speeds. Unfortunately, there is no Wi-Fi option available if you are in an apparent “dead zone.” Nevertheless, there were rare instances when connection dropped while using the device.

Using the same battery size found on the Duo, we were expecting to get some serious use out of the device after fully charging it. Talk time is rated at 3 hours while stand-by time at 250 hours. After 5 days of using the device, we were left with one bar which is great for a smart phone,. You’ll probably have to change some of the default settings to help save battery consumption because it does not have any light or proximity sensors.


Conclusion:

Very rarely you’ll find a smart phone using the form factor that Matrix Pro utilizes. It’s a refreshing thing to see that Pantech is one of the few to retain the design and implement the Windows Mobile platform. We don’t mind the thickness of the phone because the beauty of the dual-slider makes it unique to other smart phones. At the same time, it functions perfectly as a phone with the touch of business minded applications. Typing away on the QWERTY was one of the biggest plus; making e-mail and text messages a lot easier to complete. Although there is a delay when switching the screen orientation, it wasn’t to the point frustrating. The biggest appeal will be the unique form factor it uses which is an invigorating departure from all the current crop of smart phones out there.

Pros

  • Solid design
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Beautiful home screens
  • Unique design for smart phones

Cons

  • Web browsing experience
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Delay in screen orientation
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Pantech Matrix Pro

Pantech Matrix Pro

OS: Windows Mobile Standard 6.1
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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm MSM7201A, Single core, 528 MHz
128 MB RAM
Size4.17 x 2.01 x 0.85 inches
(106 x 51 x 21.6 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1320 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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