AT&T Quickfire Review
Reception was good overall and had no problems sending or receiving phone calls. Testing out AT&T’s 3G network on the device was no problem in the greater New York metropolitan area.
We were disappointed with the battery life of the device. It is rated with a 3 hour talk time and 288 days of stand-by time, but we fell far short of those numbers. In less than 2 day of normal use after being fully charged, we had only ¼ battery life left. We also noticed while using AT&T Navigator that the battery indicator would drop dramatically to suddenly go back up once we exited the software. This could be just some sort of glitch in the software and disregarded the false indicator while using it.
The Quickfire does a great job when it comes to being strictly a messaging device. We love how the QWERTY keyboard feels and the addition of a touch screen adds some cool factor to an overall dull design. Although not found on a Sidekick, it fails in implementing the touch screen with the software correctly. There were times when we found some applications requiring you to use the navigations keys on the QWERTY instead. The plastic material looks cheap and would have preferred something like the high quality material used on the Pantech Matrix for a better visual appeal. There will be some functions some users might be thrown back by; specifically the way to scroll using the touch screen. We would have liked to see some sort of navigation pad on the front of the device rather than using the ones found on the QWERTY keyboard. With more and more messaging oriented devices available, it’s great that the Quickfire packs a lot of features in its design. The limitations on how it integrates together with the interface holds it back from being a well balanced phone, but does well just as being a messaging device.
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