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printed July 22, 2014
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Review: AT&T Quickfire

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Apps

The Quickfire has access to downloadable applications via AT&T's MediaNet. There are also some pre-loaded games and applications. Discovery of new content is a bit difficult via MediaNet. You sort of have to know what you're looking for. But it's not a bad way to get some simple applications.

Bluetooth

The Quickfire supports mono and stereo Bluetooth headsets. Pairing with either kind was simple. Conversations were loud and clear through a mono headset, and music sounded very good through a stereo headset. The Quickfire will also pair with other phones or PCs, and pass some file types back and forth, such as pictures or videos.

Clock

For checking the time quickly, the Quickfire could do a lot better. The screen locks up after a user-definable period (7 secs to 60 secs). Pressing any of the buttons to unlock it will light up the screen. This screen does have a small clock on it, but it is crammed into the upper right-hand corner and is small and hard to read. Most of the screen's real estate is left blank. Only after you unlock the phone fully do you see a large clock (analog or digital) that is easily read.

GPS

GPS and AT&T's navigation software are included with the Quickfire. In order to always have access to navigation, you have to pay a monthly fee. Our review unit had the navigation software activated, so we took it for a spin. The Quickfire did reasonably well at acquiring a signal. It located the phone to within about 30 feet in less than a minute. That's pretty good. Once locked onto a satellite, routing directions was a breeze. The one odd thing is that the navigation software requires the phone be used in landscape mode. Why it doesn't support portrait orientation is not explained.

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