Pantech Crossover Reviewed - Pantech's Entry Into Android for the U.S.
1 August 2011
Excerpt: The Pantech Crossover is Pantech's first Android powered smartphone to enter the U.S. market. While Pantech has created powerful and creative smartphones in Korea with Android, the Crossover has more humble beginnings with AT&T. Does the Crossover...
Summary: While testing out the Crossover, I kept thinking that there was something about it that just wasn't right. I couldn't put my finger on it, but I finally figured it out. The Crossover doesn't feel like a smartphone. Everything, from the small design and display to the overly thick and heavy hardware down to parts of Pantech's UI made this feel like a featurephone. You can't blame Pantech since featurephones is what they do, but this is a smartphone.
Pros: Well-designed UI; excellent battery life while on standby; decent physical keyboard.
Cons: --- :"Terrible battery life with normal use; small display; thick, chunky, heavy hardware; looks and feels like a featurephone; unresponsive touchscreen."
Conclusion: No longer a bystander as other manufacturers set the bar with their line of smartphones, we’re actually happy to see Pantech finally making that leap of faith by jumping into this competitive market. By no means does the Pantech Crossover come off as a high caliber Android smartphone, but taking its affordable pricing and performance into consideration, it’s a reasonable start for a company known to make excellent feature phones.
Pros: Affordable price, Great messaging device, Acceptable customized Android experience