Review: Pantech Crossover
The Crossover has the stock Android music player application, through it is treated just a wee bit differently. Rather than the bland tabs across the top of the screen to sort through songs, albums, artists, and playlists, the Crossover has a drop-down menu to access those things. It's not radically different, but enough so to give the Crossover its own identity and feel. Playback is the same as most other Android handsets with the requisite controls for play/pause, skip forward and back, shuffle, loop, and so on.
In terms of extras, the Crossover has an extended list of equalizer options for shaping the sound it produces. First, there is a baseline "normal" setting, and then there are a number of 3D sound effect that can be applied, such as "NASH", "Live", "Wide", "MEX", and Virtual Sound 7.1 Channel (really, on a phone?). The Crossover also has a full equalizer with 14 oddly-named presets (Strong, Fresh, Dark, Hard, Shiny, Dry, Stable, Gloomy, etc.) and two different user configurable options.
The Crossover has more audio firepower than most handsets on the market. Nice.
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The Crossover has a few options for video playback. First, it has the stock YouTube application. Also, the stock gallery application serves to play back locally-stored video content, such as recordings captured with the phone or side-loaded from a PC. It also has AT&T's Mobile TV application, which offers snack-sized video content streamed over the network. You'll be much better off if you ignore this application and stick with YouTube, however. The AT&T Mobile TV app requires a subscription.
As far as purchasing any type of content from the handset goes, you're out of luck. You'll have to snag something such as the Amazon MP3 application from the Market if you want to buy music.
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