Review: Pantech Pocket for AT&T
The Pocket has the same, solid music app that was on the Crossover. Rather than the bland tabs across the top of the screen to sort through songs, albums, artists, and playlists, the Pocket has a drop-down menu to access those things. It's not radically different, but enough so to give the Pocket 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 Pocket has an extended list of equalizer options for shaping the sound it produces. 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 Pocket 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.
There are no other music apps pre-installed, so you'll have to go fish in the Android Market for the likes of Slacker and Pandora.
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The Pocket 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, although it requires that you pony up for a subscription.
As far as purchasing any type of content from the handset goes, there is a movie rental service called "Movies" that is powered by mobiTV. It's not bad, but rental prices were a bit steep at $4.99. Other rental services keep prices between $1.99 and $3.99.
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