Pantech Crossover Review
Heavily known for their line of feature phones, Pantech is one of those companies that simply continues to pump out an exorbitant amount of handsets throughout the year, but they’ve seemingly held off from making the jump into the smartphone world. Well, times are undoubtedly changing, and with buzz about smartphones overtaking sales, it’s only inevitable for them to finally give in. With that in mind, we’re greeted to the affordable Pantech Crossover – a device that’s aiming to be the perfect crossover device. Although it’s their first Android powered handset, it’ll be interesting to see how they execute in making the jump.
- Pantech Crossover
- microUSB Cable
- Wall Charger
- 2GB microSD card
- Quick Start Guide
- Interactive Tutorial CD
At first glance, the Pantech Crossover comes across as some sort of rugged style smartphone – due to its bulky (0.56” thick) looks and tough plastic exterior, but it offers some tangible differences with its angular cutout corners. Despite its plastic construction, there is still a noticeable amount of weight (5.15 oz) with it. Ultimately, it’s not the prettiest thing out there, but it still bears some resemblance to some of Pantech’s previous efforts with their feature phones.
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Clearly, the Crossover’s 3.1” HVGA (320 x 480) LCD display isn’t the highest quality out there, especially when there’s a yellowish tinge to it, but its tiny size does make it difficult to make out text on screen. Additionally, its poor viewing angles tend to wash out colors on the display even when it’s tilted ever so slightly.
Finding a combination of touch capacitive and physical buttons below the display, we don’t find any issues pressing any of them. On its left and right sides, we’re greeted with its tactile and well-sized volume rocker, shutter key, and microUSB port for charging and data purposes. On the top edge of the phone, the 3.5mm headset jack is positioned squarely in the middle – with the dedicated power and function buttons prominently placed toward the corners. With the latter, you can actually map it to run a variety of apps on the handset – and it comes in handy in quickly gaining access to those specific apps.
Requiring just a tiny bit of force, the Crossover has a springy feel when you open it as it snaps into position to reveal its 4-row QWERTY keyboard. Even though buttons looks rather flat, they’re decently sized, offer a good amount of responsiveness when pressed, and spaced evenly from one another to make speed typing a breeze. Actually, we didn’t have any issues using it as we managed to quickly get a feel for it right from the start.
Finally, the 3-megapixel auto-focus camera and speakerphone are positioned in the rear, while sliding off the plastic rear covers provides access to its 1,500 mAh battery, SIM card and microSD