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Review: Coolpad Quattro 4G for MetroPCS

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Apps

MetroPCS is a known bloatware violator. Of the 39 apps on the Quattro, 12 of them are MetroPCS-branded apps/services. The MetroPCS-branded apps cannot be deleted, though a couple of the other extras can. The Quattro offers a pathetic 120MB for your own apps, so you have to be somewhat careful. (By way of comparison, many of today's leading phones offer more than 1GB of storage for user-installed apps.) In addition to the Google Play Store, MetroPCS offers its app store.

Bluetooth

The Quattro's Bluetooth radio worked without problem in terms of connecting to other devices. Sending phone calls to my car's hands-free system was problematic. I had to really crank the volume in order to hear calls, and the quality was not that good. Music sent to stereo Bluetooth speakers sounded good, though.

Browser

The Quattro has the stock Android browser and a browser labeled "MetroWeb." Don't fall for this trick. MetroWeb is really just a landing page. Sure, it has the day's top headlines and weather on top, but what MetroPCS truly wants is for you to get lost in its tangled web of content downloads.

The Android browser itself performs fine, and does a good job of rendering both full HTML web sites and mobile-optimized sites. It was fast enough on MetroPCS's LTE 4G network, but I found it to be tiresomely slow when browsing over 1X.

 

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Clock

Need to check the time? Press the lock button, and the large, digital clock is visible on the lock screen. The clock is large and thick, which makes it easier to see, even when the Quattro is outside. It’s a bummer than the lockscreen clock can't be customized.

GPS

The GPS radio of the Quattro worked well. It was able to find my location in less than 10 seconds, and generally pegged me to within 20 feet. Google Maps and its navigation features are the only pre-installed options, though others can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Using Google Maps with the Quattro's GPS radio services, I easily able to route and follow directions from Point A to Point B. The Quattro is a fine navigation device.

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