AT&T Quickfire Review
For so long it seems that T-Mobile’s line of Sidekick devices have become synonymous with the hip, young, and cultured teen age group. Heads definitely turn when someone takes one out of their pocket and swivel that screen upright. It’s the staple of a true and fashioned Sidekick. But AT&T now offers the Quickfire, which is manufactured by PCD, to woe some of those traditional Sidekick users. This text messaging device sports a capacitive touch screen which gives a different feel while accommodating a tactile QWERTY keyboard. Design aside; it also uses AT&T’s 3G service to provide quick access to the internet. Although the Quickfire may look to emulate a smart phone with its multitude of features, it is aimed for the messaging happy users out there.
The package contains: AT&T Quickfire, Charger, User Manual
The design seems to have been inspired by the Sidekick lineup, more specifically the Motorola Slide. The QWERTY keyboard is revealed by sliding the screen from left to right. We’re not fans of the cheap plastic material they used for the shell of the Quickfire. It almost looks as though it is a play toy for a younger child. Luckily, the plastic does make the device feel very light weight (4.8 oz) even with the battery. The capacitive 2.8” screen dominates the face, with only three button located beneath it. We had some problems having the phone recognize our touch initially and had to press multiple times. After some getting used to, we found ourselves navigating a little bit easier. Colors on the screen were vivid and various tones were distinguishable. We just did not like how it had very poor viewing angles. Colors would distort if you slowly tilt the device in any direction and only displayed it correctly when placed directly in front of you. There is no light sensor found and the brightness cannot be adjusted which caused issues viewing in direct sunlight.
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Sliding the screen will reveal the QWERTY keyboard which we found to be quite responsive. We like how the keys aren’t placed too close to one another and allowed our fingers to glide over them with relative ease. You actually get a good tactile feeling as you use a thumb to press down on a key. The Quickfire uses four rows for the keyboard with the numbers colored in orange to distinguish them from the others. You will also find navigation keys on the lower right corner that are useful because you may opt to use it rather than pressing the screen. Some programs on the device actually navigate better when using the keys rather than touch.
The three buttons located below the screen were large enough for anyone to press. The middle button between the send and end keys is used to bring up a shortcut menu which includes the web browser, music player, messaging, and calling functions. The volume rocker is placed on the left side while the dedicated camera button is found on the right side. We did like that a voice recognition button was placed on the same side of the camera key. It’s not something you would not find as a feature on a messaging device, but the placement of the button is great when you have to operate it with one hand. On top, the microSD card slot can be easily accessed with the proprietary USB/charging port located in the same area. The power/lock button is located on the top side of the phone as well. There is a 1.3 megapixel camera found on the back with a self portrait mirror and the speaker phone found next to it. Finally, the battery (1200 mAh) can be removed by pressing the latch on the back of the device..