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Review: Pantech Crossover

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The Crossover runs Android 2.2.1 with some minor adjustments made by Pantech and AT&T. The base operation of the Crossover doesn't stray from the Android norm.

The Crossover has five home screen panels for customization. It has a bunch of apps, widgets, and other shortcuts on the various panels, but those can all be moved or removed at will. The main menu is accessible via a permanent icon at the bottom of the display, and it is the standard grid of icons in alphabetical order. The Crossover, thankfully, lets users rearrange the order of the apps in the main menu and/or switch to a list view. The settings menu behaves identically to every other Android device.

The notification shade includes controls for the Crossover's various radios, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS, as well as the alarm application.

A note about performance. The Crossover behaves in a herky-jerky manner quite often. Considering that it has a 600MHz processor on board, that's not entirely surprising. Still, it's been a while since I've seen an Android phone that has trouble moving from screen to screen and app to app. Some functions take forever to load or initiate. It feels a lot like the first few Android phones from HTC did way back in 2008/2009.

 

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