The Good The Pantech Matrix slides both ways to reveal both a number keypad and a QWERTY keyboard. It has a megapixel camera, HSDPA, A-GPS, and access to AT&T's broadband services.
The Bad The Pantech Matrix suffers from tiny navigation keys and a flat keypad. The handset is also on the bulky side.
The Bottom Line The Pantech Matrix is a pretty good dual-sliding multimedia handset, but we just weren't pleased with the keypad design.
Pantech pioneered the dual-slider handset design in North America with the Helio Ocean, which could slide vertically to reveal a number keypad and slide horizontally to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. The company also introduced the Pantech Duo, a Windows Mobile smartphone, with the same design. Now Pantech has introduced another version of the dual-slider handset, dubbed the Pantech Matrix. It has plenty of high-end features like HSDPA and GPS support, but we weren't thrilled with the keypad design. It'll cost you $79.99 each with a two-year service agreement.
Measuring 4.02 inches long by 1.97 inches wide by 0.78 inch thick, the Matrix is certainly on the bulky side because of the two sliding layers. Otherwise, the Matrix has an attractive glossy coat and soft curves all around, making it feel comfortable in the hand. It also has a striped silver border around the edge of the phone. The Matrix is available in blue, red, and black with green trim.