**Winner is AuntieThesis!!
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I had the opportunity to take the The Matrix Pro smartphone by Pantech for a test run as part of a promotion that culminates with a giveaway. The Matrix Pro website is: Pantechmatrixpro.com, the key features are listed on that site. A review of the Pantech Matrix Pro can be found at ChipChick, as well as some of the other websites doing this promotion (see below). I decided to find out more about the AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro in a different way – by giving it to my 10 year old tween for test drive. I have a smartphone already, so I thought it was a great opportunity for my son to test one out. Details of my tween test drive are listed below the contest info.
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Prize package elements
- Pantech Matrix Pro handset
- Service credit (via gift card): In the amount of US $100. The gift card good is good for anything sold through any AT&T store (online or real-world), or can be used for the cost of a service plan.
- Individuals who’ve won at another site are ineligible to win at another
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- TechMamas.com is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses. The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded. Approximate value of prizes may vary.
- The random winner will be choosen by Techmamas.com, all decisions are final.
MY TEST DRIVE:
Disclosure: I did not
get compensation for this promotion, a phone was supplied to me in
advance of the promotion for review purposes. The information shared
about on this post is just a customer opinion.
Just as background, my son has been earning points like crazy to buy a cellphone because he said "Mom… Everyone has cellphones… Then you can reach me at any time..I need to be able to text with my friends". Yes – that is coming from a fourth grader.
that just having a cell phone was a big thrill for him, I focused on
which functionality he used on the AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro. Here
are some details (in his words, dictated to his mom):
TWO WAY SLIDER: The phone can slide in two different ways. The keyboard
is easy to use for texting and the numeric pad is quick for dialing
phone numbers. I use the trackwheel to scroll, move around or play
2. KEYPAD: The keypad is good for texting. I set my friends up in the contact section then it is easy to text them.
VOICE COMMANDS: To use the voice commands, you just hold the "rec"
button – and a list of commands is given. I tested the voice commands
by saying "play music" – and it played a song.
this by my son using a voice command to call me. I am in his contacts
as "Beth" so he said "Call Beth". The first time he did not speak
clearly but the second time he did – and it called my cellphone!)
ACCESS: By going to the start menu – then "MediaNet" I can access a
browser to access the Internet. You can type on the numeric or keypad
to type the URL, but I use the keypad. The first MediaNet screen has a
Yahoo Search Bar and I just enter the name of the website and it
returns options to me. An example is – when I type "YouTube" and it
returns the URL for YouTube – which I then select. I just watched the
Numa Numa video today by typing in "Numa Numa" into the YouTube page
(and "watch video"). It loads, I use the trackwheel for volume and
controls. The video loads quickly and plays. Depending on where I am,
it sometimes stops playing for a quick second (I told him that was called buffering – a challenge on many mobile gadgets when watching videos).
I used the phone to read your website Techmamas.com.
GAMING – There are some games preloaded on the phone, and some you have
to buy. I enjoy playing Bubble breaker that comes standard with the
phone. I could buy PACman, Tetris or others.
(I have not even told him about the mobile Guitar Hero application that comes with the phone, that sounds fun!).
son set up the phone from the moment he opened the box, to accessing
the internet, to texting or making calls. The phone was easy to use.
The keys were a good size for him to use for typing. He was satisfied
with the sound and video quality – even playing music videos for his
brothers in the car to keep them busy.
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Press Release is listed below:
THE PANTECH MATRIX GOES PRO AT AT&T
The Matrix Pro Debuts as the Powerful Next Evolution of the Dual Slider
DALLAS, Feb. 18, 2009 — AT&T* and Pantech Wireless, Inc. today introduced the Pantech Matrix ProTM, available exclusively from AT&T on Feb. 24. The next generation in Pantech’s line of successful dual-sliding,
double-keyboard mobile phones, the Matrix Pro includes a host of
updated features including a compact new premium design with a larger
and more brilliant LCD screen, a chat-style view of text messages,
tri-band 3G for the best global coverage possible, an upgraded camera,
more memory, a faster processor and AT&T Video ShareSM calling. Customers can learn more by visiting www.att.com/matrixpro.
the dual-sliding keyboards and refined steel-blue exterior, the Matrix
Pro connects Windows Mobile 6.1 to the nation’s fastest 3G network to
provide a full range of entertainment and business features.
Additionally, with AT&T’s wireless network, you can listen to a
conference call on a headset while sending and receiving e-mail
attachments, picture messages or Web pages at the same time1.
The compact and elegant design of the Matrix Pro fits snugly in your
hand for optimum comfort when typing e-mails with the QWERTY keyboard
or dialing phone calls with the numeric pad.
Matrix Pro is a fantastic-looking device and a significant evolution in
this dual-sliding family of phones,” said Michael Woodward, vice
president-Smart Devices for AT&T Mobility. “We’ve seen the Matrix
become a hit with consumers, and the Matrix Pro will appeal to anyone
who wants a powerful smartphone with a great design.”
vice president, Sales and Marketing at Pantech Wireless, Inc., said:
“By offering users an exciting alternative to smartphones with
traditional QWERTY keyboard constructions, the Matrix Pro emphasizes
efficiency without sacrificing style or functionality. With a large and
vibrant LCD screen, two full keyboards, enhanced multimedia
functionality, and the ability to edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint
documents, the Matrix Pro appeals to both business users and
in 3G coverage can also use AT&T Video Share to send live video
during a phone call to a user with a compatible phone. With aGPS
support for location-based services such as AT&T Navigator, the
Matrix Pro can help you find your way with turn-by-turn directions.
AT&T Navigator is available for a free 30-day trial2.
messaging and multimedia powerhouse, the Matrix Pro has
smartphone-class memory and processing power to go beyond simple text
messaging and voice and allows customers to run the thousands of
applications available to Windows Mobile users. It supports threaded
chat-style text messaging, corporate and personal e-mail and also
provides access to a host of AT&T services such as MobiTV, Napster
Mobile, eMusic Mobile, AT&T Mobile Banking and CV on-demand video.
Matrix Pro operates on the fastest 3G network at home and the best
global coverage outside the U.S. — even in Japan and South Korea —
because the Matrix Pro supports all three 3G frequencies used
worldwide. AT&T customers can use their mobile phones to make calls
in more than 200 countries, access data in more than 160 and even use
3G data in more than 65. AT&T offers 3G service in nearly 350 U.S. major metropolitan areas and many other smaller cities and towns across the U.S.