Pantech P8000 Crossover Adventure Phone (Identical to Moon & Bannik) Unlocked GSM 3G for AT&T Touchscreen Plus QWERTY Android 2.2 Froyo 3MP Camera - WIFI - GPS
The Pantech Crossover is powerful and sophisticated, letting you manage all your favorite apps and widgets from five customizable home screens. Yet it's also simple and intuitive for first-time Android users - so its design won't slow you down...Read more
Here's where it gets a little annoying: the upgrade re-locked my new phone! I was able to find an unlock code online (at a very small cost and a few minutes of my time) but it was an unwelcome surprise. This phone is still a great deal (cheaper, even with the unlock code added, than a new locked one would have been) but it was an annoyance and someone less technical might have found it a serious problem. Just be aware of this, if you are considering this phone and want to use the Gingerbread upgrade.
Edited 11/6/2012: Used this phone on a 2 1/2 week international trip, and was very pleased at how the phone handled a number of different SIMs in different countries, in most cases making 3G connections, and proving usable on 2.5G/EDGE in the one case where it was not. Really a pretty nifty little phone.
My one complaint, and it's not a big one, is that unlike some other phones it could not automatically detect the data APN ("Access Point Name", needed for data service) from the SIM card/network. This is never a big problem, and in general you can get the answer for the setting needed from the same people who sell SIM cards abroad -- but it's a nice feature to pick up automatically, that most newer phones have. Definitely worth looking up for the bands of SIM if you're planning to use this as a travel phone, or off AT&T (I assume it will pick it up correctly on AT&T.)
Edited 1/4/2012: I wiped the phone to loan it to a friend, and we discovered that the "Factory Restore" wipe also gets rid of the unlock. I had the code which I purchased elsewhere, but for those buying this for unlocked use, this is another minor point to watch out for (or to watch out for if you later resell the phone.)
My previous experience with Android would be the Kindle fire, or 4.0. I didn't really think that it would be good compared to my Windows Phone (Which I loved!). I knew that if you go into the history of Android, it's full of errors. The OS would be unstable. I would have to reboot (or pull out the battery). It would just be a nightmare.
But after seeing all the other reviews, I made the decision to risk it. After more than three months of saving (I'm fourteen), I finally had the funds to cover both the product and the shipping (Which was stupid, because it would have been prime a few days later). I ordered it.
The whole reason I needed a new phone was because the earpiece on mine no longer worked, and I ordered a mount on Amazon for my bike that ended up making my phone do a swan-dive to the pavement. So, I started calling the screen repair places... they basically give me the hint that my phone was totaled. So, I started looking for other options.
After a few long days, I finally received the phone. I understood that it was unlocked and -- pay attention here -- updating the software WOULD re-lock it. Now, this wasn't any problem for me, because I already have AT&T. It is a VERY good idea to update it to Gingerbread (and I'll tell you why a little bit later on), but beware that it will wipe everything -- including the unlock -- on the phone and put on the new phone software again.
Opening the package, there was no SIM card. A good thing, but if this is your first GSM and you are in need of a SIM card this phone is not yours just yet. I needed to put a Micro-SD card in, because that is the memory for the phone. Other than a little bit inside the phone, you'll be fully reliant on that little guy.
I turned it on, linked it to my Google Account, and I was off. First impressions? A little bit better than what I expected. It was definitely slow, but it was a little power-house. I liked the swipe! It was really easy to use.
I installed a few apps to see what it would be like with the RAM. It was okay, but not the greatest.
Then, I went to the Pantech website, and downloaded the package. It's really easy to find. Just Google "Pantech", then click support, then scroll down to "Pantech Crossover" on the left hand side.
The process took about seven minutes, and if you have a slow internet connection, I will warn you now that it will take longer. Like I mentioned before, it will wipe all the data on your device. I strongly recommend that you charge it fully, then do the update. I linked it to my Google Account (again), and my first impressions? One word: AWESOME. The performance improved 500%, and even though I noticed that on power on, it takes a while to load your applications, it was a really good experience. Even though the screen seems really small, and I do not recommend the possibility of coming to this phone from a tablet phone, I strongly recommend this phone to anyone! Experienced with android, or without.
- Pantech P8000 Crossover Adventure Phone review
- Pantech P8000 Crossover Adventure Phone
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