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AT&T Impulse 4G Review

AT&T Impulse 4G

Posted: , by John V.


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.

The AT&T Impulse 4G packs Android 2.2 Froyo - AT&T Impulse 4G Review
The AT&T Impulse 4G packs Android 2.2 Froyo - AT&T Impulse 4G Review
The AT&T Impulse 4G packs Android 2.2 Froyo - AT&T Impulse 4G Review
The AT&T Impulse 4G packs Android 2.2 Froyo - AT&T Impulse 4G Review

The AT&T Impulse 4G packs Android 2.2 Froyo

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.

On-screen keyboards - AT&T Impulse 4G Review
On-screen keyboards - AT&T Impulse 4G Review
On-screen keyboards - AT&T Impulse 4G Review
On-screen keyboards - AT&T Impulse 4G Review

On-screen keyboards

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.

Email - AT&T Impulse 4G Review
Email - AT&T Impulse 4G Review


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.

Documents To Go - Preloaded apps on the AT&T Impulse 4G - AT&T Impulse 4G Review
Layar - Preloaded apps on the AT&T Impulse 4G - AT&T Impulse 4G Review
YPmobile - Preloaded apps on the AT&T Impulse 4G - AT&T Impulse 4G Review
AT&T Code Scanner - Preloaded apps on the AT&T Impulse 4G - AT&T Impulse 4G Review

Documents To Go



AT&T Code Scanner

Preloaded apps on the AT&T Impulse 4G

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posted on 21 Sep 2011, 08:12

1. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Great video review! I'm curious, how would you score this in the "entry-level smart phone" category? Obviously you gave it a 6.5 compared to all, but in addition it may be good to know how it stacks up to other entry-level's (my mom and little sister would probably be interested). Maybe an 8.5? Thanks!

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 08:22 2

2. Mercenary (unregistered)

It's good to see nice phones with low prices,but...what's up with the call quality?
I mean is it hard to make the call quality good?Like the htc hd7,LG optimus 7,samsung omnia 7...those are really nice phones but the call quality...!!!
I also liked the SE XPeria mini pro TXT as a budget phone..but the same problem..call quality!

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 09:10

4. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Good question...It seems these budget smart phones cut corners on everything (screen, processor, camera), including the very thing it is at its core...a PHONE. I would think at the minimum, the call quality has to be good on any phone. Any phone (smart or not) suffering from bad call quality doesn't deserve to be sold. $300 Droid Bionic with whining sound? Pathetic.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 09:39

5. Mercenary (unregistered)

As you said...
what i like in nokia that all it's phones have good call quality.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 09:00

3. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

I used to own an Isuzu Impulse.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 11:51 2

7. Sean (unregistered)

I am not being funny but why is everyone obsessed about viewing angles?? Do you read your phones display from the side?? I certainly do not. And not having great viewing angles means more privacy from anyone sitting next to you. I for one look at my phones display head on not from the side. Stupid

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 04:26

8. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

For this price it should deserve more points in the review.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 02:25

9. JD (unregistered)

Just got this phone. Cheap and cool. So far so good.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 15:22

10. brent04 (unregistered)

Got this phone Saturday and Im not impressed with a few thing. The text messaging is one of them

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 19:34

11. Itzabitz (unregistered)

I'm finding that frequently when people call me, they can't hear me. I have to call them back and then it connects properly. In fact, when they call and can't hear me, if I hang up before them and they stay on the line, they connect with my voicemail. Is anyone else having this problem?

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 14:08

12. jodee (unregistered)

i think im going to get this phone, im excited but , to people who have this phone, what do you think and if you think i should not get this phone is there an at&t phone that does not cost too much that you recommend?(preferably slide)

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 17:17

16. cncskj12 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

the apple i phone 3gs is free right now or .97 cents at sams club

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 08:47

13. dana (unregistered)

Nice phone but battery life sucks.

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 10:26

14. ashley (unregistered)

I like this phone but this is my second one in the 3 weeks that ive had it for problems. It shuts off by its self and freezes. This second phone i have only had for 4 days now.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 11:43

17. BMHarris (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

I've had the same problem. I have to reset my phone at least 5 times a day because features stop working or it just freezes up. Anyone know how to fix that?

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 21:30

22. shelbyxxoo (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)

I've been having this same exact problem... it drives me nuts!

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 13:26

15. lyss (unregistered)

have had this phone for a week now....only 2 things that I have had problems with is the call quality and very short battery life, I have to charge it by 11pm every night or mid day if I plan to have a late night. Kinda annoying because everything else seems to be working flawlessly, not sure how they missed 2 very IMPORTANT qualities....get a car charger folks! Otherwise I do love this phone, very speedy with all features, and you can not beat the price :-)

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 20:53

18. carolyn65 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

This phone has been an absolute nightmare. I have had it replaced three times in 10 days and they all drop almost every call I make or receive. I use my phone for my business so I can't afford these kind of problems. After trying 3 phones that clearly do not work I asked to trade for a different kind of phone. The salesperson said that was not their policy that they could give me # 4 to try. I gave #3 back to them , had to pay a $35.00 "restocking fee" and left without a phone. Needless to say I will be ending my relationship with AT&T as soon as the contract is up.

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 13:07

19. Thullraven (Posts: 26; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)

Been using the Impulse for a week. Wanted to try an Android phone for awhile. Much about it to like and some things I don't like. I love the customizations I've been able to do. My live wallpaper is very cool. Gaming is good. Surfing is good. Also, for an Android, the battery life has been stellar. Better than my BB Torch 9810. However, I've decided to return to my Torch for two reasons alone, the first which is a deal bteaker for me : Signal Strength and texting. I've installed antenna boosters in the battery compartment but my Torch still has a much stronger signal and I work in an area where I need a strong signal. All the fun of this phone means nothing to me if I can't use it as a phone. Also, texting is ok but not great. The text has to play catch up and errors.are common, but that could be me :) That said, I could have typed this out a lot quicker on my Torch.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 12:50

20. madisondanielle (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)

I first off would not reccomend this phone. it deletes all my pictures sometimes and they never seem to restore.But when i go into my camera i can see the previous picture i took so i dont know what the issue is but again i d o not reccomend this phone.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 08:31

21. nateford1982 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

This phone has had many problems. I've gone through 4 sim card and this my 2nd phone. On incoming calls the connection is bad sometimes and they can't hear me on the other end of the line. When this 2nd phone with the 2nd sim card started doing that, I had enough. They wouldn't do anything for me at the At&t store so after speaking with about 4 different people on the warrenty hotline they made it so I could get an early upgrade. Its only been 4 months since I've had this phone. They waved all the fees and shiping costs and my Samsung Galaxy S II is on the way. I'm only out the original 30 bucks I originally paid for the Impulse. You get what you pay for.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 19:02

23. jaden153 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jul 2012)

WOSE PHONE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this phone has random spaz attacks when the touch screen wil stop working and you have to pop out the battery. it is also extreamly hard to assign a 3 to a contact that u have downloaded from facebook. i wrote this revew after my phone was completly fryed after attempting to bring up an app. the screen will also cut of if u toch the screen more than once at a time the screen is horrible at recocnizeing swipes and tapps.

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 11:10

25. lynn653 (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


posted on 01 Sep 2012, 11:09

24. lynn653 (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

we have had 2 impulse 4g phones 1 replced and just recieved the 2nd phone on 8/30/12 and within 24 hrs te same thing happed she hasto remove battery toget it to work she can't hear calls hen they come in she has to hang up and call them back and she doesn't recieve her text messages do they really wat to send me a new phone every week or jus replace it with a phone that works all this is through the asurion CNA an they ropped her insurance coverage becuse of claims against phone

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 15:20

26. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

gangsta phone

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PhoneArena rating:
Display3.8 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Single core
Size4.72 x 2.56 x 0.46 inches
(120 x 65 x 11.6 mm)
4.41 oz  (125 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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