Pros User friendly, playful, addictive.
Cons Battery drains quickly
"Love this phone!"on by brittack87
Pros Small phone, smooth screen transitions, multiple homepages, slide QWERTY board, hard key home button and menu button, loud or quiet, motion sensitive music player, hard key "functions" (favorites) button, quality camera with zoom
Cons Screen is small so the onscreen keyboard can be difficult to use, no option for personalizing contact message tones (should be a basic feature by now!)
Summary Overall, LOVE this phone! I had the Pantech Duo and had some minor and major problems with it, but loved it immensely for its features, the heaviness of it, and how sturdy it was. I finally got a good Duo and I still have the phone operating with very little problem. The Crossover reminds of me of the Duo in that it is functional, easy to use, fast, smooth, and small, but sturdy. It fits my (small) hands well. I am also a big fan of a hard key keyboard, just in case. So far, I absolutely adore this phone.
Pros Slider keyboard, easy interface, all the basic smart phone features a normal person would expect.
Cons Android still has a weak apps market, horrid speakers
Summary I'll make this statement first so you can see the review is a bit bias. I'm a PC girl, and actually quite dislike MACs...that said I think the iPhone and its app market are still the best out there and with that said, I still find Android and Microsoft opperating systems on phones junky at best.UPDATE 9/4/11
It comes as no surpise to me that this phone is no different, laggy interface and a weak app market keep me thinking I should have just coughed up the extra money for the iPhone 4 which I'm likely to go after next. Still, for the price you can not beat this phones overall features. The keyboard is something no iPhone has and makes texting easier and I'm someone who texts more then the average person in a month. The touch screen is pretty good but sometimes the on screen buttons will be too close together causeing you to open something you didnt want to. Battery life thus far is great, and conversations are crystal clear. Overall I have to give it a 4 out of 5 becuase even though I'm not a fan of android this phone does everything its supposed to. If the iphone didnt exsist I'd give this one a perfect score outside of the bad speakers.
Updated on Sep 3, 2011
Still not that happy with Android, less so now that I see rooting 2.2.1 is almost undoable, but I'm not giving up on that front. I'll admit getting the App ASTRO has solved some of my problems on this phone, but the small onboard memory is still annoying. If I could get it rooted I'd likely have more fun with Android and would raise the rating on this phone. For having a kinda weak processor, I find playing games easy and almost no lag on the device itself. For an entry level android device its proving itself nicely.
Pros Quick and responsive
Small without being too small
Great battery life
Easy to setup and use
Good call quality (in my area at least)
Feels solid for a plastic cased phone
Cons Can't uninstall AT&T bloatware
Not great for video/TV/graphics due to smaller screen - not a huge deal though
All plastic construction, some brushed aluminum would have been a nice touch and added some toughness to it
Summary I've had this phone for about 4 days now, so this is an early review. I'll come back to edit it after I've had it for a few months. Also, I'll admit that this is the first Android phone I have owned myself. I've used Android before but not on my own phone, usually for work on a co-worker's phone or on a tablet.
I selected the Crossover for the keyboard, I have large fingers and it gives me a lot of trouble typing on virtual keyboards where I hit multiple keys at once, also I'm a little old school and like the feel of push buttons for many things but especially for typing. Even using the swype keyboard I have issues with typing the wrong thing. So I'm very happy to have a real keyboard on this phone. For me that keyboard is the star of this phone. Even with my large wide fingers the keys on this are spaced enough to be easy to type on while still keeping a compact design.
The phone is light and small, easily fitting in my shirt pocket or even in my front pocket of my jeans. It's so slim I barely notice it's there. To give you an idea my old phone was a "regular" flip phone which fit in the "fifth pocket" on my jeans, you know, that tiny pocket designed to fit a couple quarters in, it fit there perfectly. This phone is literally 0.75 inches taller, 0.5inches wider and is actually a hair thinner than that phone. It's also a tiny bit lighter too.
That small size is nice for carrying the phone around and makes it comfortable to hold in your hand. But it means a trade off in that you get a smaller screen. Videos play fine on the phone, but don't expect it to be a multi-media dynamo. I watch a lot of ESPN highlight videos, Youtube and of course, CNet TV on it just fine. But it is small, it's not going to be the high point on this phone for almost anyone (unless video on your phone is really new to you, where have you been the last few years?).
Settings are fairly easy to set, but I have one minor frustration, it has no customizable settings for when you want it to ring and for what. What I mean is that my old phone let me set up profiles where I could totally ignore texts in silent mode, or ignore calls, or set it to vibrate the phone, etc. For this phone out of the box it has a silent mode, airplane mode and normal. But no way to edit those modes at all. I'd like to change that in silent mode it doesn't vibrate for texts or emails, only for calls. There does not appear to be a place on this phone to edit this currently, I'll be searching for an app that allows me to edit these settings but I think this should be a stock function of Android and not require an app.
So far the battery has been great. Charged it for 6 hours right after I bought it and with background updates turned off (manually updating and syncing accounts only), bluetooth off, but wifi turned on it kept a charge for over 24 hours and it doesn't drain rapidly even during moderate use over wifi.
The screen is very responsive but due to the placement of some touch sensitive buttons you must be careful how you hold it. Apps open quickly, no lag at all.
I paid 1 cent for this phone with a 2 year contract renewal and even without a contract this phone is one of the lower priced units out there.
So far it's good. Not perfect, but very, very good. Again, I'll update in a few months to see how my experience has changed with it.