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Review: Coolpad Quattro 4G for MetroPCS

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The Quattro runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread (argh) with the same light skin treatment that MetroPCS has used on most of its phones this year.

The Quattro doesn't offer any lock screen shortcuts, which is a bit disappointing. There are five home screen panels that are all littered with MetroPCS-branded apps and widgets. As with all Android devices, the home screen panels are completely customizable. You can leave them empty, jam them full, or leave them as they are. It's all up to you.

The main app menu is only viewable as a grid. You swipe left or right to access the multiple panels. Though you can't change the view to a list, you can alter which apps are on which menu pages. Be default, the apps are listed in alphabetical order. The Quattro lets owners rearrange app icons however they might like within the grid framework.

The rest of the settings are mostly stock for an Android device and allow users to make a wide range of adjustments to the Quattro's behavior without too much trouble. Wallpapers, screen savers, ringers, and all those personalization items are a breeze to manipulate.

In terms of performance, the Quattro is OK but not great. It's pretty obvious that it's running something slower than a quad-core mega-processor. The home screen lags from time to time, apps are sometimes slow to open, and I had to repeat some screen presses thanks to unresponsive apps. It almost gets the job done, but not quite.

It's important to note, however, that few phones offer 4G and other features found in the Quattro for an unsubsidized price of $149.

 

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