We’ve just gotten the cool mid-range Android phone on AT&T by the name of Pantech Crossover in the house, and we’re unboxing the heck out of it. The Crossover is Pantech’s first Android effort in the USA and it’s running Android 2.2.1 Froyo with a 3.1-inch touch screen and slide-out QUERTY keyboard. It’s rough and tough, costs a total of $69.99 with a 2-year contract attached, and rolls out with a custom user interface that’s all Pantech’s own. Will it win over your new-to-smartphones friends and relatives to the Android side?

Right out of the box this device appears to be a much more unique piece of hardware than we’ve seen in the past for mid-ranged phones, the gray, black, and yellow accents on this Pantech device sure to win over those looking to run an Android device that’s not so candy-bar-ish. It’s got two physical buttons and two touchscreen buttons for the four standard Android set, plus a single Lock/PWR button and a single Function button, both of these sitting above the AT&T logo at the top of the device if you’re holding it portrait-wise. This Function button brings up a screen containing a set of apps that you yourself add for ease of access.

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The slider is just the right amount of tough, the volume buttons are under the keyboard, and there’s a physical camera button aside a covered USB port behind the slider for, again, ease of use. The display is a 320 x 480 HBGA resolution and its overall size is 4.45-inches x 2.28-inches x .56-inches, and it’s light as a feather at 5.15-oz. The battery is a 1500 mAh which we expect to be lasting approximately forever, and onboard memory support 512 MHB while the microSD card slot supports up to 32GB (with a 2GB card already installed.)

Sound alright for a sub-$100 handset?

We’ll be reviewing this device in full over the next few days!

ALSO can’t wait to compare to the following similar-range phones! Click each image for more information – names, attributes, classification, and full review!