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Pantech Matrix Review

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Main menu - Pantech Matrix Review

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Main menu

Software and Features:

The Matrix uses the traditional AT&T interface for its menus which should be familiar if you’ve owned a recent phone from them. We would have liked to see newer animations to showcase the beauty of the device. Getting into the main menu will display nine icons that will give you access to the most popular applications. These include AT&T Music, Messaging, Yellowpages.com, MEdia Net, MEdia Mall, AT&T GPS, My Stuff, Address Book, and Settings. There are very minimal personalization options you can choose from the Settings menu. Wallpaper selections are limited to five choices right out of the box. You can modify the menu type from grid to list view. Same thing goes with the color scheme with your choice of white or black. Did we forget to tell you that there are only two font types to select as well? Navigating through the phone was very easy but we feel that it would benefit if more options for personalization were offered.


Phone book - Pantech Matrix Review
Phone book - Pantech Matrix Review

Phone book

You can store up to 1,000 contacts on the phone itself with a home, office, mobile, and other phone numbers. Additionally you can assign a fax number, two different e-mail addresses, URL page, group, image, ringtone, address, and a memo for each contact.

Indoor shots taken with the camera came up with different results depending on lighting. Photos taken in bright lit areas were pretty clear except that colors looked washed out and on the dull side. Low lit indoor shots were blurry with colors not accurately displayed. Finally, we got the best quality with outdoor shots that had overall good detail and better representation of colors. Videos can be recorded, but they are probably best for use with MMS. The frame rate and audio were tolerable for the device, but overall detail was lacking due to the maximum 176x144 resolution. The Matrix provides a very basic camera and video interface to allow users to make some changes.

Outdoor samples - Pantech Matrix Review
Outdoor samples - Pantech Matrix Review
Outdoor samples - Pantech Matrix Review

Outdoor samples

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Medium light - Indoor samples - Pantech Matrix Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Pantech Matrix Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples


For listening to music, the Matrix comes with AT&T’s Music Player which is simplistic at its core. You can run the application by going through the menus or pressing the dedicated music button on the face of the device. Files are organized in a variety of ways from albums, artists, genres, and playlists. After making a selection, the application displays the album cover, song name, artist, and length. The directional pad is used for navigation within the player so you cause pause, fast forward, and reverse a track. Music will continue to play on the device in the background and a mini player is displayed on the home screen as well.

Pantech Matrix Review
Pantech Matrix Review
Pantech Matrix Review
Pantech Matrix Review

Audio output was quite loud thanks to the hefty speakerphone. No crackling was heard when placed on the loudest setting; but there is just not enough bass during play. We were disappointed to not find in the box a set of headphones or adapter to allow you to use your own pair. You will most likely need to contact the manufacturer or check online to find an adapter that fits into the proprietary port. Alternative is the stereo Bluetooth and a pair of wireless headphones.

Video playback on the phone is a different story. The screen is too small to really enjoy watching and colors are too bland. Video Share is supported on the device and works in the same fashion as others, but we were unable to test this feature out.

Web browsing - Pantech Matrix Review
Web browsing - Pantech Matrix Review
Web browsing - Pantech Matrix Review

Web browsing

Other useful applications that comes preloaded with the Matrix are MEdia Net for web browsing, AT&T Navigator for GPS Navigation, MEdia Mall for shopping, Instant Message support (AIM, Yahoo, Windows Live), and Mobile Email. For a messaging device, the unfortunate limited email providers will probably turn away some users. It only supports specified email clients listed on the application. You’re out of luck if yours is not included in the list. On the other hand, we like how the IM client is set up on the device. It allows you to use multiple services at the same time without signing out of another. You’ll also be able to have multiple conversations and browse them within each service. In addition, it will run in the background if you exit out of everything and go back to the home screen. This is a feature not typically seen on a non-smart phone device. Seeing that this is deemed as a messaging device, there is also a Notepad application you can use to type up and save small messages. The only flaw that we found with this is that it only allows you to type up a maximum 300 characters before having to create a new one.

Pantech Matrix Review
Pantech Matrix Review
Pantech Matrix Review
Pantech Matrix Review

The Pantech Matrix is a quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM phone with dual-band UMTS (850/1900 MHz). One key feature that was missing was Bluetooth 2.0 support. You will still be able to pair it up with various wireless Bluetooth headsets, but data transfers will be slower.

The device comes with 45MB of internal storage with microSD support for up to 32GB cards. We used a 4GB microSD HC card and had no trouble being read by the Matrix. We then swapped it a different card and it read it without any problems.

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Display2.2 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (128 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.02 x 1.97 x 0.78 inches
(102 x 50 x 20 mm)
4.66 oz  (132 g)
Battery920 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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