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AT&T Quickfire Review

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AT&T Quickfire Review
Phone conversations came out decent with no major background noise. We had to place the phone on the highest volume setting in order to hear our conversations and found it too difficult to hear someone when placed on low or middle setting. We were expecting to receive the same exceptional sound quality we heard when playing a song, but greeted instead with muffled sounding audio. It was difficult trying to make out what the other person was saying and asked them to repeat themselves on numerous occasions.

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.

AT&T Quickfire Video Review:


  • Responsive QWERTY keyboard
  • Home screen interface
  • Messaging applications


  • Poor battery life
  • Poor viewing angles
  • Choppy video playback
  • Speaker phone quality
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Airlock (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Jan 2009)

This phone was pulled from the shelves and you're just now getting around to reviewing it?

posted on 28 Feb 2009, 12:10

16. murf44 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Feb 2009)

i work for the warranty dept and yeah these phones are nothing but junk, they are being pulled because of the charger issue and the touch screen is non responsive, i have reaplced at least 100 of these phones for people over the phone. what they are doing now is changing the make and model of the phone to a samsung Propel or a Pantech matrix.. lol..

posted on 01 Mar 2009, 13:34

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posted on 03 Mar 2009, 08:06

19. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)

I'm a warranty guy as well. Shit phone. Also overheats. Its too bad because it was a pretty cool looking phone, very nice competitor to the sidekick. I hope they revamp the phone and get a working one out there.

posted on 24 Feb 2009, 11:27

2. westbank504 (Posts: 39; Member since: 23 Jan 2009)

^^^^^^^^^lol but right

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 09:03

23. GTA4Police (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

it is a good phone they just think it is not

posted on 24 Feb 2009, 17:26

3. Charlie (unregistered)

I feel so bad. I just told my friend to buy this phone, and now this happens.

posted on 26 Feb 2009, 06:39

7. att_agent (Posts: 96; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)

OMG this phone is spawn of wookie ....cute at first " oooo it has a touch screen im soooo cooool" until the wookies "quickfire" ties you to a stick carries you too their village and eats you for dinner...stupid wookies

posted on 24 Feb 2009, 18:58

4. iff2mastamatt (unregistered)

I'm glad I returned this phone the first day I bought it! I love my Nokia E71 way better.

posted on 25 Feb 2009, 20:28

5. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

Well, let's hope the 2nd generation Quickfire is a better device.

posted on 28 Feb 2009, 15:21

17. westbank504 (Posts: 39; Member since: 23 Jan 2009)

lmao!!!! wow.....owned!!!!! lol

posted on 02 Jun 2009, 09:56

22. lhoffman (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jun 2009)

I bought 2 quickfires in Decemember of 2008. My son's phone immediately gave us trouble with the touch screen. Now neither phone will charge, the screens work half the time and now my alarm won't work. I took the phones to our local at & t office for service, and naturally we were routed to a phone number with regard to the warranty. Now I'm jumping through hoops just trying to get new phones. I think with this many complaints the company should be more willing to help their customers. I can assure you, I will not be a customer for long.

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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.30 x 2.20 x 0.70 inches
(109 x 56 x 18 mm)
4.80 oz  (136 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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