Interface and Functionality:

Much like the Huawei IDEOS X5, the Impulse 4G is powered by none other than an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor. Sure it’s able to execute most basic tasks with minimal effort, but there’s some evidence of strain with other things that are processor intensive – such as navigating around its homescreen with a live wallpaper activated. Of course, it can be perceived to be an eyesore for some people, however, we’re at least glad to see that things don’t come to a crawling stop with its operation. Far from being the peppiest thing on the block, its performance is tolerable enough to accept.

It’s hard to say why things happen the way they do, but we’re dumbfounded by the Impulse 4G’s choice of packing the older build of Android 2.2 Froyo at this point – as opposed to Gingerbread. Some will surely complain about it, while others will simply accept it for what it is, but it’s anyone’s guess when or whether we’ll see it get upgraded. Nevertheless, it still boasts all the enjoyable personalization aspects that Android has to offer.

Regretfully, the typing experience is seemingly challenging at times with its cramped layout and unresponsiveness. Making matters worse, we’re essentially limited in speed seeing that we’re constantly making mistakes with our input in portrait. Obviously, the issue is alleviated with the landscape option, but we’re still rather cautious with our movement.

Moving on to email, there’s nothing new in this category since it follows accordingly to all other Android devices before it. In terms of its set up, it’s always a breeze with generic accounts since it simply requires our email address and password to activate properly.

As we stated already, there aren’t that many preloaded apps on board with the handset, but there are still a few sprinkled in. Specifically, they include AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, Documents To Go, Layar, myAT&T, and YPmobile.

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