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Pantech Crossover Review

Pantech Crossover

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Interface and Functionality:

Taking to account its inexpensive nature, the Pantech Crossover is powered by a paltry 600MHz processor, but don’t let that fool you, because it actually offers a decent platform experience – albeit, some levels of lag are evident sometimes. Obviously, Pantech sprinkles their flavor with a customized Android experience running on top of Android 2.2 Froyo, though, it’s not all that eye-catching compared to the competition. Frankly, it’s more than functional with Pantech’s specific set of widgets that basically outline the foundations of Android as a whole. With its app panel though, it’s actually laid out in that all too familiar grid-style layout.


Considering that its physical keyboard offers an astounding messaging experience, it’s rather difficult to fathom why anyone would want to use its on-screen keyboards. nevertheless, boasting the stock and Swype keyboards, we’re content with the level of responsiveness they exhibit, but of course, the tiny size of buttons with both landscape and portrait options make it hard to consistently type with few mistakes. In the end, it’s best reserved to stick with its physical keyboard.

The on-screen keyboards of the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
The on-screen keyboards of the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
The on-screen keyboards of the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
The on-screen keyboards of the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review


Unsurprisingly, the Gmail experience doesn’t deviate in any way since it’s the same experience you find with just about any Android powered smartphone out there. Of course, you’re still presented with its rich set of features – like threaded conversations and the ability to label items. As for setup, it’s fairly simple since it generally requires your email address and password for automatic setup. However, you might be asked for additional pieces of information if you’re setting up some accounts that are less popular.

E-mail - Pantech Crossover Review
E-mail - Pantech Crossover Review


Being the AT&T smartphone it is, it’s not uncommon to find the carrier’s set of applications preloaded with the handset – such as AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Mark the Spot, AT&T Navigator, Live TV, and myAT&T. Moreover, there are a couple of third party apps preinstalled as well – like AllSport GPS and YPmobile. Happily, AT&T customers will be thrilled to find out that you can install non-Market apps with the handset.

AT&T apps - Pantech Crossover Review
AT&T apps - Pantech Crossover Review
AT&T apps - Pantech Crossover Review
AT&T apps - Pantech Crossover Review



Camera and Multimedia:

Don’t expect anything exhilarating with its 3-megapixel auto-focus camera. Outdoors, details are on the average side, with color production on the cooler side. In addition, it falters with indoor shots in low lighting with noisy looking production and flat looking details.

The camera interface - Pantech Crossover Review
The camera interface - Pantech Crossover Review
The camera interface - Pantech Crossover Review
The camera interface - Pantech Crossover Review

Gallery - Pantech Crossover Review
Gallery - Pantech Crossover Review
Gallery - Pantech Crossover Review
Gallery - Pantech Crossover Review

Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Samples made with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review

Bright - Indoor samples - Pantech Crossover Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Pantech Crossover Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Pantech Crossover Review

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Scarily, the handset’s video capture is even worse with its slow as molasses 18 frames per second capture, grainy & muddy looking visuals, and muffled sounding audio recording. Sure it’s able to shoot WVGA videos, but after checking out the results, it can be easily mistaken for QVGA videos instead.

The video camera interface - Pantech Crossover Review
The video camera interface - Pantech Crossover Review
The video camera interface - Pantech Crossover Review
The video camera interface - Pantech Crossover Review


Pantech Crossover Sample Video:



Not deviating from the norm with its conventional looking music player interface, it’s still nonetheless more than functional in playing some tunes, Displaying the usual set of items as a song is playing, such as the album cover, on-screen controls, and track information, you can instantly switch songs by executing swipe gestures on the album covers. Audio quality with its speaker is on the moderate side, though, we’re glad to find that it doesn’t strain at the loudest setting.

The music player of the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
The music player of the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review


Interestingly enough, we’re surprised to see the handset accepting a video encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution, however, it does crumble under the pressure when it’s playing it. Besides the slow playback, its low quality display and tiny size does make it rather challenging to enjoy watching videos during an extended period of time.

Watching videos - Pantech Crossover Review


Granted that it’s better than nothing, the preloaded 2GB microSD card will be appreciated by some people, but for those who require more, you can always replace it with cards up to 32GB in capacity.


Internet and Connectivity:

First and foremost, you’ll need some patience when it comes to web browsing seeing that it does take some time loading up complex web pages. Lacking Flash support, it’s missing out on that desktop like experience, but its operation with various functions, like pinch scrolling, are more than acceptable with our taste. However, we still experience some instances of lag and slowdown every now and then that come out of nowhere.

Surfing the web with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review
Surfing the web with the Pantech Crossover - Pantech Crossover Review


Being the GSM smartphone it is, you’ll be able to take the Pantech Crossover on your world excursions without the worry about being disconnected. In addition, it stays firm with other handsets by offering aGPS for location-based services, Bluetooth 2.1 to get other wireless peripherals to connect with it, 802.11 b/g/n as an alternative data connection source, and mobile hotspot functionality to share its data connection with up to 5 Wi-Fi devices.

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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display3.1 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (186 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 600 MHz
Size4.45 x 2.28 x 0.56 inches
(113 x 58 x 14 mm)
5.15 oz  (146 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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