Android Meet Pantech - Entry Level Android phone running 2.2.1 with QWERTY
Time to ditch the pull-ups, because Pantech's a big kid now. It's hard to fathom that the company responsible for hits like the Zoolander-ish C300, Helio Ocean and dual-sliding Duo is only now -- after five long years -- taking a chance at the Android market in the US. Certainly its long-time partnership with AT&T is finally looking to pay off in a big way, as the network introduces the appropriately-named Crossover. The carrier's been starving for a decent physical QWERTY to add to its (fortunately) blooming Android lineup, so seeing Pantech step up to the plate and fill the void should come as a huge relief. Though it's serving up monoliths in Korea that feature 1.5GHz dual-core processors and other outlandish specs, Pantech looks to be starting its stateside tour with a less-risky investment: at $70 with a 2-year agreement, its modest first impression appears targeted toward first-time smartphone buyers. Is it worth dropping a Grant and a Jackson to adopt the Pantech Crossover for the next two years? Read on to find out.
We're going to give Pantech a little credit here -- the Crossover looks well done for its first US attempt. It opts for a sporty and rugged look instead of sleek and sexy, which is fine; we don't think the company's really wanting to win any beauty pageants right away. Instead, it looks and feels like a fun device to use on an everyday basis. Don't let the "rugged" talk fool you, though, because it's not technically certified or professionally tested. It may be slightly more durable than any other standard smartphone, but this is not one you'll want to throw against the wall in a fit of fury. The rugged nature of the Crossover is due to the extra weight -- at 5.2 ounces, it has a little more heft, a primary side effect of adding a full QWERTY slide -- but aside from some rubberized buttons on the top and a textured battery cover, the remainder of the phone is plastic.
Using a textured battery cover can be a good decision in theory because it ideally adds friction and prevents phones from slipping out of your hand as often as one made out of smooth plastic. When using the Crossover, there wasn't any noticeable improvement in grip, as the cover was still incredibly slick despite being adorned with the texture here. At least the battery cover actually enhances the phone's appearance, making it much more aesthetically pleasing when looking at it as a whole. Besides, we absolutely love that we don't have to worry about leaving behind fingerprints every time we set it down. Pantech chose to go a different route in its design by angling the Crossover's corners, rather than rounding or squaring them off. We discovered that this actually makes a huge difference, offering more places to easily grip the phone. In fact, there is nothing uncomfortable about holding the Crossover at all; at 4.45 x 2.28 x 0.56 inches, it's small enough to feel like it naturally belongs nestled in the palm of your hand. Read more from source link below.....
Source: Pantech Crossover review -- Engadget Mobile
06-11-2011 08:17 PM
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