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Review: Pantech Crossover

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Screen

The Crossover offers a lackluster 3.1-inch LCD with a meager 320 x 480 pixels. It can't hold a candle to the brilliant displays that its high-end competitors boast, but it gets the job done just the same. The smaller physical size helps to increase the pixel density, and that in turn leads to graphics, icons and text that looks relatively free of pixelated, jaggy edges. In terms of brightness, it was great for indoor environments, but suffered heavily at the hands of the sun.

Signal

The Crossover did a commendable job grasping at AT&T's network. In my home office, it performed on par with other AT&T devices I have on hand. Out and about it was a little bit more hit-and-miss than I would have liked with respect to signal strength, but the Crossover had no problems making or receiving calls. It also didn't drop any during my time testing the phone. Data sessions weren't blazing fast, but they were better than Pony Express speeds, for sure.

Sound

Phones calls sounded OK, but not great. Volume in the earpiece was good enough for most environments, but most calls had a scratchiness to them that sometimes made it difficult to understand conversations. The scratchiness persisted on the speakerphone, which is way too weak to be of much use outside a very quiet room. The ringers and alert tones also lacked oomph, but the strong vibrate alert helped out a bit.

Battery

The Crossover does pretty well for an Android phone. I easily got 36 hours out of a single charge, which means you might need to worry about plugging it in on lunch the day after you unplug it. Heavy users will want to charge every night, though, as the Crossover was never able to stretch through two full days.

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