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Angry Birds Star Wars available now on Google Play

The latest installment of Rovio’s mega-hit Angry Birds franchise has hit Google Play. This time, it comes with a license from the world’s most beloved sci-fi franchise. That’s right, Angry Birds Star Wars is here, and you can grab it right this minute. As is usually the case, we expect this to shoot to the top of Google Play quickly, as it seems like Rovio has the Midas touch for mobile games.



When Rovio released Angry Birds Space, a Star Wars game seemed like a no brainer. Why not couple the most popular mobile franchise of all time with the most popular sci-fi franchise of all time? It seems like a crossover that was destined to happen, and one that is destined to sell a trillion copies. It just makes sense.

The gameplay in Angry Birds Star Wars borrows the physics from Angry Birds Space, but with the characters having Star Wars themed powers. For example, Obi-Wan bird can use The Force to knock down pig-stacks. Of course, there are Stormtrooper pigs, and plenty of imperial themed levels to keep things interesting. There are over 80 levels in the game, so there should be plenty to keep you busy for the long haul. The Star Wars theme adds some new gameplay mechanics, such as lasers that attempt to shoot your birds out of the sky.

The game is available now on Google Play. The SD version of the application is free, and the HD version costs $2.99. It’s also available on the Amazon App Store for Kindle Fire devices for $4.99.

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New Angry Birds Star Wars trailer offers deeper look at game play

The November 8th release date for Angry Birds Star Wars is fast approaching and Rovio has teased us with another trailer. This one gives us a much better look at what the game play will be like (SPOILER: you fling birds at pigs) and shows us a few more characters than last week’s teaser. The biggest crossover in casual gaming history looks like it will have everything we’d hoped for: light sabers? check! chewbacca with a beak? check! borderline incestuous birds? check! OK, we still don’t know about that one but there IS a Luke and Leia.

Check out the video after the break

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[New App] Microsoft Xbox SmartGlass Released: Cross-Platform Goodness For Console Gamers

unnamed (1)There’s a startling amount of crossover between people who use Android for their mobile needs and Windows and Xbox for their desktop and console gaming. The SmartGlass app has been a definite hit for Xbox 360 users who also have Windows Phone 7 devices… all eight of them. Now Android users can join the fun: Microsoft’s released the official SmartGlass app for Android, available for free in the Play Store.

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If you’re not familiar with SmartGlass, it controls just about every aspect of the media-friendly Xbox 360 aside from actual game control. The app will let your navigate though your Xbox’s menu, pause and play music and videos, or even purchase new content right from your phone.

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[New Game] Kingdoms & Lords Arrives On Android, Is Half-Sim, Half-Strategy, All Medieval Action

kandltinyApparently simventure is quickly becoming its own genre. Today’s latest entry into this crossover category is Kingdoms & Lords from Gameloft, which has finally hit release after being announced back in June. Part of the game will take place in a simulated kingdom (spoilers, I know). You’ll spend your time managing your economy “on a daily basis”, as the description on the Play Store is quick to point out. Hopefully this won’t be the Farmville-ian style where, if you cease to play for a few hours, your kingdom dies. After all, plants may need watering, but these peasants ought to be able to fend for themselves.

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Get Your Entry-Level On: Verizon Announces The QWERTY-Packing, ‘Dual-Interface’ Pantech Marauder

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Verizon just announced a new handset for its 4G LTE network, claiming it’s the “perfect crossover for basic phone customers switching to a smartphone.” What makes it perfect, you ask? The device features a “dual-interface” setup, allowing users to choose between “starter” and “standard” mode. Basically, while power users try to get their devices to to as much as possible, the Marauder allows users to dumb-down their smartphone. How ironic.

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There’s probably some appeal there, as the device also packs a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but some rather modest specs for a budget device:

  • 3.8″ display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • Android 4.0

For those interested, this simpleton of smartphones will be available beginning on August 2nd for $50 after a $50 mail-in-rebate.

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Pantech Crossover finally finds its invitation, joins the Gingerbread army

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After the Samsung Infuse news today, and now the Pantech Crossover getting it’s update to Gingerbread you could have easily mistaken Android 2.3.6 to be the latest version of the platform. Unfortunately, that’s the sad truth of the situation.

Anyhoo, here’s what you Crossover users can look forward too, as detailed by Pocketnow.

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- Native support for SIP VoIP internet telephony.

- GTalk now supports Video chat.

- Updated user interface design with increased simplicity and speed.

- Improved virtual keyboard (Android Keyboard Only)

- Improved accuracy

- Improved text suggestion

- Support for voice input

- Enhanced Copy/Paste functionality, allowing users to select a word by press-hold, copy, and paste

- Download Manager App to easily manage downloaded files

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- Improved Gmail application.

- Shadow animations for list scrolling.

- Additional Improvement

Improved power management

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- Fixes two known bugs

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- Enhancements for Game Development

- Additional Khronos standard such as OpenSL ES, EGL for better multimedia performance

- Concurrent Garbage Collector technology embedded to reduce lags in playing games

- Increased support for native development

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Rogers One Number lets you take video calls and answer texts on PC

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Today Rogers launched a new service called One Number, which lets you initiate video calls, SMS texts, and standard voice calls from a web console. Calls can be shunted to and from the computer with a few quick commands; dialling *11 on your phone pulls the call to your phone, while the browser app has a dedicated button to take the call from your phone to the PC. As a nice little perk, any calls to Canada started on your computer are free, even if you hand it off to your phone later on. One Number also lets you send e-mails easily to saved contacts through the web interface.On the mobile side, there are going to be Android and iOS apps available so you can manage permissions and visibility while you're on the move. 

It's an awful lot like T-Mobile's Bobsled Messaging, but unlike T-Mobile, Rogers is only offering it to their customers. At least it's free – normally, I wouldn't put it past Rogers to charge extra for these kinds of services. Since we don't have Google Voice in Canada, telephony-PC crossover apps like this are a rare sight, so it's good to see at least one of the carriers getting on the wagon.  With any luck, we'll see a few other service provers offer some alternatives. 

Rogers customers can head on over here to sign up for One Number. Video demo after the jump.

Source: Rogers RedBoard

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Sega enters the Android Market with Fallen Realms RPG

It’s a fine day for that considerable crossover between Android enthusiasts and classic gaming fans. Sega, one of the staples of the video game world, has released its very first Android game in cooperation with Papaya Mobile. It isn’t one of these newfangled physics games or tower defense titles, either – Fallen Realms is an old-school turn-based role playing game from its mail helm to its +1 boots. The game is available from the Android Market now.

Fallen Realms is still in beta at the moment, so expect a few hiccups in cross-device support or game mechanics. The standard fantasy world looks like a mix between Japanese and western RPGs, with a turn-based combat engine simplified by touchscreen controls. An in-game tutorial assures that most gamers won’t get lost, even if they’re more used to frustrated avians or hemp slicing.

Sega has adopted the freemium model that’s so popular with these whippersnapper mobile developers: the game is free to play, but you can purchase upgraded equipment for your character. The 21MB download is big for an Android app, but pretty small when compared to a lot of the games coming out these days. Welcome to the future, Sega – now how’s about a Tegra 3 version of Sonic Generations or Bayonetta?

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Pantech Pocket for AT&T hands-on at CTIA E&A 2011 (video)

It’s the glitz and glamour that typically defines shows such as this week’s CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011, but Pantech chose to fly under the radar this time around. Sure, the company didn’t have its own multi-million dollar booth at the event, but it still at least had a significant product to show off. We were given the opportunity to spend some brief time playing with the Pantech Pocket, a follow-up to the crossover with better specs and another unique form factor. The pocket features a 4-inch SVGA (800 x 600) display, which means you can expect the device to be wider and shorter than your typical handset; in terms of width, we felt as though we were holding a 4.7-incher. We noticed, however, that its shorter length allowed for additional places to grip, which made it at least easier to hold in our hand as a result. Specwise, the Pocket is a Gingerbread phone running on Android 2.3.4, uses a similar UI to what’s found on the Crossover, has a 5MP rear cam with 720p video capture (and no LED flash or front-facing camera) and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 single-core CPU and 512MB of RAM. No pricing has been set on the Pocket, but it’s certain to be gracing the midrange section of your neighborhood AT&T store starting November 6th. Gallery and vid below.

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Samsung Captivate Glyde headed for AT&T

Here’s a photo chaser for all the high-end hardware rumors that have been breaking lately. The phone you see below is the Samsung Captivate Glyde – not to be confused with the Captivate, or, uh, the Glyde. Sources pin this one as a Q1 2012 release for AT&T. Details are scarce, but from the looks of it,  we’ve got a 3.5-4-inch QWERTY slider on our hands. Based on the name alone, this may be an updated AT&T version of the Epic 4G.

The tipster says that the phone has an 8 megapixel camera, and you can easily see a front-facing camera peeking through the glass on the front of the phone. Other than that, we really don’t know anything about the upcoming slider – no processor info, no storage, nothing. From the icons and the general look of the OS we can tell that it’s running Samsung’s Sense UI over what’s probably Gingerbread, but the mismatched wallpaper suggests that this one is indeed a ways off from release.

AT&T could use a solid Android slider phone – the only ones being actively marketed are the decidedly low-end Pantech Crossover and Sharp FX Plus. Technically you could add the XPERIA Play, but as anyone who’s ever played a console RPG knows, entering text on a gamepad is no picnic. We’ll be keeping an eye out for more news on the Samsung Captivate Glyde as the rumored release date gets closer.

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Pantch Breakout Next Week?

Pantech, a leader in the messaging phone space, released their first Android phone earlier this year on AT&T called the Pantech Crossover. The Cross over features a slideout qwerty keyboard and a somewhat original form factor along with a quick shortcut button on the top of the phone. It was one of the better mid-range Android phones we had seen.

Now Pantech is bringing another Android device out. This time it’s the Pantech Breakout.  It sports some mid-range specs except it’s on Verizon’s 4G network.  According to a leak reported by pocketnow.com the Breakout could arrive as soon as next Thursday.

The Breakout features a single core 1ghz processor, 4 inch WVGA display, 512mb of RAM, and a five megapixel rear facing camera. It also has a VGA front facing camera for gtalk with video over Verizon’s 3G and 4G networks. Pocketnow has also confirmed there is 1gb of flash memory on board and it’s upgradeable via microSD up to 32gb.

Source: Droid-Life via Pocketnow

 

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Motorola’s XT531 hits the FCC, ready for its US crossover

Motorola’s XT531 has gone through more name changes than a certain rapper-cum-vodka shilling mogul, and the trend might continue as it makes its way to the US. The budget-friendly handset, known as the Fire XT in Europe and the Spice XT in Latin America, has just surfaced at the FCC toting AT&T-compatible GSM bands, UMTS / HSDPA 850MHz / 1900MHz support, WiFi and Bluetooth. Based on Moto’s official PR for the handset’s Chinese release, we know this 3.5-incher also sports a front-facing VGA / 5 megapixel rear camera, and is set to launch with Android 2.3 onboard. With Google’s newest pal clearly chasing after heat-related naming conventions, we expect to see this one launch with an equally caliente moniker.

Motorola’s XT531 hits the FCC, ready for its US crossover originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Aug 2011 16:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Infuse 4G Will Get Update

According to the latest announcement on AT&T’s official Twitter page, the Samsung Infuse 4G is set to receive its Gingerbread update in the next couple of weeks. But the whole excitement is hidden a bit dipper: AT&T says that all its devices released in 2011 will get a Gingerbread  update and the lucky winners are: the HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Motorola Atrix 4G, Pantech Crossover and Samsung Captivate. Also, by the end of this month AT&T should be offering the Samsung Galaxy S II smart-phone that is said to be the most powerful device on the mobile market in the whole world. Yes, I fully support you in statements that the Galaxy S II was supposed to be released long time ago as far as more than for a month already it is available in Europe. But, maybe Samsung has some plans on making the USA release a lot more exciting and colorful. We’ll see.

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AT&T: Samsung Infuse 4G to get Gingerbread 2.3 this month

According to AT&T via their official Twitter account, the Samsung Infuse 4G will be receiving the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update at some point this month.

AT&T announced in July that all of its phones that were released in 2011 will be receiving an update to 2.3.x.  The Samsung Infuse 4G will join the HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Motorola ATRIX, Pantech Crossover and the Samsung Captivate as the AT&T models that have already received, or will soon be receiving, the Android OS update.

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Pantech Apache Clears the FCC with Verizon 4G LTE

Looks like our friends at Big Red will be getting some more 4G LTE love coming in the near future because we just spotted the Pantech Apache hitting the FCC rocking those 4G LTE speeds. Pantech isn’t known for higher end smartphones and are relatively new to the Android scene but a LTE device would be a great way to get going here.

We don’t know much but looking at the pictures from the FCC the Apache has a similar looking rear to recent Pantech devices such as the Pantech Crossover we recently reviewed with that camera and speaker grill shown above. If you remember they also are the company behind those 1.5 Ghz dual-core phones in Korea we reported on back in May as well as the 5″ Android phones we also spotted.

This filing sure didn’t reveal much as we still don’t know screen size, processor type or speed or any of those important specifications but I’m sure we will be hearing more very shortly with it clearing the FCC and all. Pantech hasn’t released anything too stellar here in the states but hopefully that will be changing with a 4G LTE device like the Apache. I’m just hoping it has some good specs to go with those speeds. The Bionic needs some competition anyways right?

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Samsung Infuse 4G to get Gingerbread this month, AT&T says on Twitter

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We were kind of hoping Keith Urban might announce it, but we suppose Twitter will have to do. According to AT&T’s official Twitter page, in reply to @Drake_Heth (smile, you’re famous now), the Samsung Infuse 4G is set to get its Gingerbread update in the next couple of weeks. And that’s nary a moment too soon, with the prospect of the U.S. (finally) getting its Galaxy S II devices at the end of the month, and you bet your bippy they won’t be running Froyo.

And we’ll save you the trouble of looking it up yourself — the website referenced in the tweet is AT&T’s announcement that all of its phones released in 2011 will receive Gingerbread updates. Along with the Infuse 4G, that includes the HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Motorola Atrix 4G, Pantech Crossover and Samsung Captivate.

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AT&T Updates Smart-phone Line

It looks like AT&T has some serious intentions to update a great part of its smart-phone line with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. If you have already notices, the Motorola Atrix 4G is already updated with Gingerbread and smart-phones like the HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G and Samsung Captivate are in line to be the next ones. The LG Phoenix and Pantech Crossover are in the mix, too. Well, it is definitely nice to see things like that happening just because they are supposed to be happening. Carriers together with manufacturers should realize that bringing software updates is something that everyone is waiting for after purchasing any of the existing Android based devices and making things official is a lot better than forcing people to look for different ROMs. But that is another story. Anyway, we are very grateful for AT&T’s intentions and we hope that rater sooner than later things will become only Gingerbread for us.

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AT&T is bringing Android 2.3 Gingerbread to its entire lineup of 2011 Android smartphones

As of right now, only about 18% of Android phones are on Gingerbread, but AT&T is looking to change that. They just announced that all post-paid Android smartphones that were released in 2011, will receive the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The planned devices include:

  • HTC Inspire™ 4G
  • LG Phoenix™
  • Motorola ATRIX™ 4G
  • Pantech Crossover™
  • Samsung Captivate™ 4G
  • Samsung Infuse™ 4G

The Atrix 4G update started rolling out today, and the HTC Inspire 4G will start receiving an update in the coming weeks.

Full press release after the break

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AT&T bringing Gingerbread to every postpaid Android phone released in 2011

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With AT&T having increasingly been loading up on Android devices, they’ve now taken the issue of software updates head on and have now reassured customers that all of their 2011 postpaid line-up of Android devices will indeed be upgraded to Gingerbread.

As we saw most recently, the Motorola Atrix 4G received it’s update in a somewhat timely manner and more devices such as the HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G and Samsung Captivate will also get their updates when ready. The LG Phoenix and Pantech Crossover are in the mix, too.

Now, while we applaud AT&T for having so many devices that will eventually run Gingerbread, this announcement is pretty much a tooting of their own horn here. Most of the devices on their list were assumed to be getting Gingerbread at some point anyhow. Full press release can be found after the break.

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Verizon LTE not compatible for roaming on other networks

You would think that as our wireless technology advances, it would be made easier for customers use when it comes to roaming technology. Sorry, that is not the case as PCMag has confirmewd from a Verizon Spokesperson that LTE would not be compatible for roaming onto other LTE networks nationwide. The spectrum used for LTE is sold in separate blocks, thus only allowing a small margin of crossover between carrier blocks within that same spectrum. So chances of actually being able to roam is pretty minimal at best. It’s going to get worse before it gets better too, as the ITU has approved twelve different bands to be allocated for 4G/LTE use worldwide, which basically means if you travel, don’t expect to get onto any other 4G/LTE roaming networks. This may be a reason to stick with 3G if you aren’t concerned with speed over having any connection at all.

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Android Overload: T-Mobile Has a New After Hours Sale, Google’s Biggest Competition is Amazon and More

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Quite a news filled day here on Phandroid but since not all of it was able to squeeze onto our glorious front page, we had to dump here. That’s right, it’s the Android Overload. This is the equivalent of Android purgatory where all great news stories go before they crossover. You can’t leave here without checking out the story on how Amazon is using Android to become Google’s worst nightmare. Have a great night everyone!


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HTC Status, Motorola Triumph, Gravity Smart, and Pantech Crossover coming soon to Radio Shack

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Radio Shack is getting a slew of Android phones next week, and thanks to an anonymous friend we know which ones.  First up is the HTC Status (check out our hands-on), which should be for sale "early next week" for $20 on contract and $400 outright.  Perfect price point for that one!  Another $20 phone coming early next week is the Pantech Crossover (read our review), which goes for $350 if bought off-contract.  You’ll be able to snatch the T-Mobile Gravity Smart this week, for $20 on a new two-year plan, or $50 for an upgrade.  And finally, next week you can spend your $300 on a Motorola Triumph of your very own, and get a great phone on a pre-paid plan.  Looks like that July 19 date for this one was close.

Looks like things will be busy at the Shack.  Hit the break for a couple more pics. 

Thanks, Anon!

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Hulu Plus for Android is available now… for six devices

The good news is that Hulu Plus for Android is on the market, but the bad news is that you may not be able to install it yet. The official Hulu Blog has just been updated with news that six phones — Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix — are on the compatible list with “additional device announcements” due later in the year. While there’s some crossover with the list of Netflix-compatible devices, it’s hardly complete and many flagship phones are still missing. Here’s hoping the tweakers can work their magic on that apk and get it running for the rest of us, whether we’re shelling out $7.99 a month or just want to leech some Chappelle’s Show eps on a free one week trial. If you can’t get it running yourself, check out a quick video demo embedded after the break.

[Thanks, Tyler, Isaac]

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Pantech Crossover review

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The Pantech Crossover is one of those phones that’s hard to place. It’s a bit smaller than most of it’s smartphone brethren, isn’t packing the latest components, plus it’s got a retro-funky design. It’s a bit of an anomaly in the sea of high-end phones surrounding it, but at the very least, it’s a breath of fresh air.

But what does that mean for those on AT&T? Is this keyboard-packing slider worth investing in? For those with furious fingers, is this seemingly rugged, message-focused phone the one for you?

Those are all questions I aim to tackle, so take a deep breath, join me after the break, and let’s find out.

 

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Pantech Crossover Android 2.2 Smartphone Price and Specs

Pantech Crossover Pantech Crossover Android 2.2 Smartphone is now available from AT&T at company-owned stores and online at www.att.com for $69.99 with a two-year contract and minimum monthly data plan. The phone features a slide out full keyboard, a 3.1-inch touchscreen display and is equipped with 3-megapixel digital camera with camcorder. It is powered by

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Pantech Crossover Review

What we’ve got here today is Pantech’s very first Android effort in the United States. It’s certainly no top-tier device, but a mid-range contender it certainly is. That said, as a commenter noted in the hands-on post, it reminds one very much of a phone from 2007 by the name of Helio Ocean. Does that mean its hopelessly outdated? Absolutely not. Have a look at a device that I’d suggest to any one of my relatives who want to get into Android any day of the week. Family and friends lost in the unconnected past, welcome to the mobile future, this is your guide, the Pantech Crossover.

Below is a review that’s going to cover everything you need to know about this device, and it’s pretty simple because simply, there isn’t that much to know. You’ve got a fully functional Android device here with a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard and a 3-megapixel camera on the back. There’s a 600MHz ARM v6-compatible processor and the device is running Android 2.2.1. Sound like a little winner?

Hardware

This device is right around the size of a Nexus S, measuring in at 4.45 x 2.28 x 0.56 (113 x 58 x 14 mm), and it weighs in at 5.15 oz (146 g). The display you’ve got on this device is a 3.1-inch 320 x 480 pixel resolution TFT LCD with the four standard Android buttons split between physical and touch, the menu and home buttons sitting on a nice little platform that allows you a unique form for clicking. At the top of the display, up around the side, are two more unique buttons including a lock/power button on the upper right and a function button in the upper left. They’ve got ridges for easy feeling, medium press for excellent touchability.

The function button in the upper left is a very powerful choice in the part of Pantech. Where the last place we saw such a button was in the keyboard of the Sidekick 4G, here we’ve got it placed in a location that’s either going to be very useful or very out of the way and forgotten about. The button is set up to offer you a screen that you’ll be able to fill with app shortcuts. The best bit of this is that it’s empty at the outset. They’ve given you this function without tossing ANY of their own apps in your face. Excellent choice, Pantech and AT&T. The power / lock button is opposite this function button, again, and is very nice to use.

Volume up and down are on the left, plastic covered USB port on the right above a physical camera button with a single tap photo taking function. What I mean by that is there’s no halfway to focus – it’s just photographing or not photographing, good luck with focus. Have a look below at some examples of camera-produced media.

The slide-out keyboard is on a slider that’s amongst the best we’ve ever seen. We cannot speak quite yet on how well it will be holding up over several months, but for now, it’s just tough enough to stick where it should, loose enough to slide with one hand. The keyboard itself has just the keys you need, a secondary set of keys with ALT, and up down left and right buttons. Nothing too fancy, works, well made.

You’ve got a SIM card slot under the battery cover in the back, a 1500 mAh batter that, because the phone is so simple, doesn’t appear to EVER run out, though after a couple days we are having to break down and charge it. This should be par for the course with a mid-range phone like this, but all too often it isn’t. Thanks again to Pantech for keeping the light burning on a device that by all means should be easy to power. That microSD card slot comes with a 2GB card inside and will be able to carry up to a 32GB card if you like. Screen responsiveness is fine, phone as a whole is creak-free, plastic seems rough and tough, definitely at the top end of mid range.

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Software and Performance

Pantech has gone ahead and added their own unique user interface over Android, one that makes the device look like one of their classic devices on the face. On the other hand, you can certainly still tell you’re working with Android 2.2 Froyo, and because this device isn’t going to win any processing power battles anyway, worrying about the UI slowing you down shouldn’t, if you’re asking me, be at the top of your list of priorities.

You’ll start to notice the smallness of the processor once you start to play games. If you don’t play any games with devices such as these, you’ll have no problems flying around to your different text apps and whatnot, but if you want to play even a game so simple as Angry Birds, you’ll have a little bit of skipping going on.

Quadrant Advanced

It’s worth noting that this is only the second Android device to be released by AT&T that has the ability to install third-party apps. Up until now AT&T had blocked all applications not coming directly from the official Android Market, this firing up fans of Android hoping to use their own apps or perfectly capable apps outside Google’s marketplace, thusly the Infuse 4G became the first in the future of devices that were open. Stay the course, AT&T, you’ll love how good it feels!

Camera

The camera you’re using here is certainly not made to help you win any photo contests. It’ll take you some OK pics if you’re all about sharing from mobile to mobile, but even Facebook will be wanting more than this.

3 Megapixel Photo Example

Above is a single photo taken with the device in natural light taken indoors on an overcast day, below is a video filmed inside the waiting room of the gas station I was sitting in while my car was getting repaired and I wrote this excellent review.

Phone and Battery

Call quality is excellent, no sound quality issues on either side. The speaker on this device is mediocre, “squabbling” the audio when at full blast. You can certainly watch YouTube videos on this device, but they’ll be grainy and your audio wont be the best. That said, again, this phone sounds fine if you’re just using it as a phone. Battery will last you upwards of two full days. A 1500mAh batter on a small device such as this is bound to give you great performance. Of course if you watch video and blast through data by using the portable hotspot function with your laptop, you’ll be finding your performance to be much less impressive.

Value and Pricing

This device will be costing you a total of $69.99 with a 2-year contract attached on AT&T’s mobile network. At this price point you’ll be selecting whatever works for you, while $150 and up you should really be considering your options. For a smartphone of this caliber, certainly $70 is more than reasonable. It’s no free deal like you’re getting on some devices these days, (and you should always look out for those,) but $70 is what this phone should cost if it’s not free on contract. On the other hand, you can get the magnificent Infuse 4G also on AT&T for right around $200. Worth more than double the price? Oh yes, oh yes.

Wrap-Up

A solid little phone on AT&T running Android for those who are looking to first get into smartphones on the Android wave. That’s what we’ve got here. Pantech have come out swinging very small, soft fists, but given that this device is generally decent, we look forward to their next move. The Pantech Crossover is a good looking device, and it’s certainly apparent that the industrial designers behind the form knew exactly what they were doing: with materials, with placement of interactive elements, with color, with everything.

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Another week for the history books, and we are left with a ton of Android news behind us. If you happened to miss anything that happened this week, be sure to check below to see what went down this week.

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Pantech Crossover review

Time to ditch the pull-ups, because Pantech’s a big kid now. It’s hard to fathom that the company responsible for hits like the Zoolander-ish C300, Helio Ocean and dual-sliding Duo is only now — after five long years — taking a chance at the Android market in the US. Certainly its long-time partnership with AT&T is finally looking to pay off in a big way, as the network introduces the appropriately-named Crossover. The carrier’s been starving for a decent physical QWERTY to add to its (fortunately) blooming Android lineup, so seeing Pantech step up to the plate and fill the void should come as a huge relief. Though it’s serving up monoliths in Korea that feature 1.5GHz dual-core processors and other outlandish specs, Pantech looks to be starting its stateside tour with a less-risky investment: at $70 with a 2-year agreement, its modest first impression appears targeted toward first-time smartphone buyers. Is it worth dropping a Grant and a Jackson to adopt the Pantech Crossover for the next two years? Read on to find out.

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Pantech Crossover review originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Tue, 07 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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