Review: Pantech Matrix Pro
The Matrix Pro's screen is a reasonable size. It's not the largest screen we've seen on a Windows Mobile phone, nor is it the smallest. It is bright enough to be read in indoor environments, though it is nearly unreadable outside. It did OK on a cloudy day, but direct sunlight washed it right out. Colors look good, but images and icons didn't look as razor sharp as we'd like them to be. There was a softness to the images shown on the screen that made them look just slightly out of focus.
The Matrix Pro did a fine job of collecting AT&T signal. It had full strength pretty much everywhere I took it around the metro NYC area, including the NJ vault. I never missed any calls due to signal issues and the Matrix Pro didn't drop any calls while I was testing it. I did notice some moments when it failed to connect to AT&T's data network, however, and had several "cannot connect" error messages and time-outs when trying to launch the browser. This error message happened in several different places that I tested the Matrix Pro.
Calls sound quite good on the Matrix Pro. With the volume set to about 60%, callers were easy to hear through the earpiece even in noisy environments. If you turn it up all the way, city streets, coffee shops and even some bars won't prevent you from hearing your callers. I noticed a few small crackles during several of the calls I made with the Matrix Pro, but most were crystal clear. The ringer, on the other hand, was not so good. In fact, it was easy to miss calls when out in the world even with the ringer set to the max. It's just not loud enough. Vibrate strength was decent. Set to vibrate you won't miss calls if the phone is on your person.
Battery life was decent. With heavy use, I still managed to get about two days out of the Matrix Pro. That included massive amounts of browsing via 3G, Twittering, listening to music and making calls. If you're the constantly-connected type, I'd bring a travel charger with you if you're going away for even one night. Just in case.