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Review: Pantech Crossover

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AllSport GPS

One of the key third-party apps on the Crossover is Trimble's AllSport app. This application is for those who like to get outside and get some exercise. It uses GPS and other tools to monitor your workout. There are a handful of base activities that it supports, such as biking, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, running, skating, skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, surfing (hang 10!), trail running, and, for the least adventurous of is, regular old walking. Pick the activity you want and get going.

I chose to test a walk. The app loads a history of your walks (date, time, distance, etc.) and lets you start a new walk. Press the start button, and begin your journey. It lets you keep track of laps, distance, pace, and even provides a map so you know where you're going. When you're done, hit the stop button and AllSport GPS will provide a summary of your workout. (I burned 39 calories walking around the block, a whopping 0.35 miles).

You can then use other tools to look at your work-out stats, maps of places you've worked out, charts of your performance, and so on. You can also shoot video or photos from within the app, which will geotag them and place them along the route. Neat!

Last, for the show-off, you can push your workout performance to Facebook, Twitter, and back up your work-outs online.

While this application is free, there is a mode advanced version available in the Android Market that costs a few bucks.

Apps

AT&T has loaded more than its fair share of junk apps onto the Crossover. The list of apps I wish I could delete (but can't) include: AT&T Mark the Spot, AT&T TV, Tutorial, Stocks, Sketch Pad, YPMobile and a handful of others. The really, really, really good news, however, is that with the Crossover, you can (finally!) install non-Market apps. No more limitations from AT&T on what you can and can't install. Now about uninstalling...

Bluetooth

The Crossover supports mono and stereo headsets, phone book access, and object push with its Bluetooth 2.1+EDR radio. I had no trouble pairing with headsets and other phones, but was unable to pair with my car. Sound quality of calls through the headsets was acceptable, but definitely not ideal for lengthy conversations.

Clock

The Crossover has its own version of the Android lockscreen clock, but it's not all that different from what you'll find on other phones. Hitting any of the buttons wakes the Crossover from sleep and the time is visible smack in the middle of the screen. The clock is a bit on the small side, and the white coloring makes it impossible to see outside. There are two different clock apps on board, but they don't let you adjust the way the lockscreen clock behaves.

GPS

The Crossover has Google Maps in addition to a flotilla of AT&T navigation/location services installed. The AT&T services, such as Navigation and Family Locator, work well, though cost an extra few bucks each month. Google Maps is a good, free substitute. I found the GPS radio to be quick and accurate, but Google Maps was very slow thanks to the Crossover's sluggish data performance.

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