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Review: Pantech Pocket for AT&T

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Apps

AT&T has loaded more than its fair share of junk apps onto the Pocket. Of course, the usual branded stuff is in board such as AT&T Code Scanner, FamilyMap, Navigator, LiveTV, myAT&T, and the Yellow Pages app (why, AT&T, why?!?). Some of these can be axed, some cannot.

Bluetooth

The Pocket 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. Sound quality of calls through the headsets was not very good. In fact, I had to disconnect the Pocket from my car, as calls sent to the car's speakers were atrocious. Stereo music sent to a set of Bluetooth speakers sounded pretty good, though.

Clock

The Pocket has its own version of the Android lock screen clock. The time is displayed in white digits in the center of the lock screen circle. Since the lock screen is a bit busy, it can sometimes be hard to discern the time in a quick glance.

GPS

The Pocket has Google Maps in addition to a flotilla of AT&T navigation/location services installed. The AT&T services, such as Navigation and FamilyMaps work well, though they 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 to to refresh thanks to the Pocket's sluggish data performance.

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