AT&T Quickfire Review

Text and IM addicts on AT&T rejoice! Smack dab in the middle of a large holiday-season overhaul of its phone lineup, AT&T this week released the Quickfire, its version of the Sidekick (or the “Sidekick killer”, if you will). The AT&T Quickfire is sure to be of interest to the younger generation as it features a slide-out keyboard for texting as well as a touchscreen.

The Quickfire is made by UTStarcom, which used to be known as Audiovox; this is the first phone from that brand that AT&T has sold since the 5600 nearly 3 years ago.

AT&T Quickfire Design

Upon first seeing the phone, I discovered it is rather large when compared to other text-centric phones. I believe that it was designed this way on purpose so that those who text a lot can grip onto the device with both hands. While AT&T Quickfire could be used with one hand, it would be quite uncomfortable to text this way. Especially since the screen would be slid out to expose the keyboard. I did notice, however, that it seems to be easy enough to grip with one hand when the screen is slid shut.

AT&T Quickfire keyboard is a good size. The buttons are large enough and there is enough space in between each button to help distinguish what you’re typing as to limit the number of mistakes made while texting. The only buttons available when the keyboard is slid shut are the three at the bottom: one for answering/making the call, one for ending the call, and the button in the middle to access a quick menu with options for calls, messaging, email, and internet.

The Quickfire slides open to reveal a spacious keyboard.

The Quickfire slides open to reveal a spacious keyboard.

The touchscreen on the AT&T  Quickfire is huge. There is no mistaking what you’re trying to push, as the font is large enough for everyone to see. The response time is pretty good for a mid-tier touchscreen phone.

The screen is large, bright and easy to see.

The screen is large, bright and easy to see.

On the top of the Quickfire we find the charger port, microSD slot and power button; the left side offers volume controls and the right side sports a Voice Command button along with camera button. The Quickfire battery and battery cover are fused together so no need for extra parts, and SIM card slot has its usual place underneath the battery.

The Quickfire weighs in at 4.8 oz and has dimensions of 4.3″ x 2.2″ x 0.7″.

AT&T Quikfire Features

Screen/OS:

The Quickfire’s OS is proprietary – AT&T made the interface very simple to figure out. When you slide the keyboard out, you are greeted with 5 options: Email, IM, Messaging, Address Book, and “more”. Pressing “more” will open up the main menu with all the available options. When the Quickfire keyboard is slid shut, the screen changes from landscape mode to portrait, and provides you with the full menu.

Using the AT&T Quickfire touchscreen itself works pretty well, though it took me a little getting used to. There is no haptic feedback that vibrates when something is touched. You can scroll up and down through the menus, but works a little different than the iPhone-style screens in which your finger “grabs” the screen to scroll; to scroll down, simply slide your finger down, and vice versa to slide up as well.

AT&T Quickfire Specs:

Here’s a listing of what else the Quickfire has to offer.

  • aGPS with AT&T Navigation
  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band 3G (850, 1900 and 2100)
  • MicroSD support up to 32 GB
  • 29 MB Internal Memory
  • QVGA screen
  • 1.3 MP Camera
  • Music player syncs with Windows Media on PC, supports MP3 and AAC+ formats
  • CV (Cellular Video)
  • IM clients for AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo

To enhance your Quickfire music experience, stereo bluetooth has been added. Other profiles for bluetooth include A/V Remote Control and DUN, which allows you to tether your AT&T Quickfire as a modem for your computer via Bluetooth.

The Quickfire offers games such as Sudoku and Jewel Quest, and gives you the option to listen to XM radio from your phone for a monthly fee. Mobile banking is also offered.

AT&T Quickfire’s internet feels reliable and hassle-free internet surfing. I pulled up Unwired View on it and the page loaded within seconds; it showed the page as you would see it on your computer’s browser.

AT&T Performance

The AT&T Quickfire has a paltry battery life, rated at 3 hours talk time and 12 days of standby. We didn’t have the chance to test out the battery on our own, but we do hope that the battery will last longer when pumping out the large number of texts the phone’s destined to be used for.

We found the Quickfire speaker plenty loud and ringtones were easily heard from across the room. The ringtones that come on the phone are certainly designed for the younger generation but are still MIDI tones, so be prepared to download a couple custom MP3 tones. There were no issues that we could find with the Quickfire call quality.

To be honest, part of me expected the phone to feel cheap, as if it would break into two pieces in the first month. But I came out more impressed with the AT&T Quickfire, and am certain it will be an absolute hit for any hearty texters that enjoy AT&T’s network but yearn for a Sidekick. The Quickfire is now available at any AT&T stores as well as online for $99.99 with 2-year contract after rebates.

Author: Brad Molen

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  • Brian

    I got my quickfire for Christmas and had problems from day one. It froze. My aim froze. My touch screen stopped working you can't charge it while talking on the phone. BAttery sucks. I got rid of mine when one day I got so pissed off on it that I smashed it. Yeah so I perfer you don't get it. I'm getting the samsung eternity in 7 days and can't wait. Btw why would you get a phone from a company you have never heard of?

  • bill

    i'm geting mine tomorrow but i mess weth my friends.almost all of them have one

  • bill

    some times if u turn the phone to the side and shake it,it will unfrez.

  • bill

    online its $76.50 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cass

    If i could get some answers about this phone and hooking it in with at&t stuff, that would be great!

  • mike

    im goin frm a blackjack to a quickfire… ne1 kno if they both hav the same chager?

  • ASH

    My quickfire is exactly how yours is. I just bought mine and i have no problems as well.

  • ASH

    i had a blackjack 2 and i just switched to the quickfire. GREAT PHONE but they do not have the same charger.

  • fbgfgd

    i hate the quickfire cuz it doesnt have bluetooth

  • Kylee

    I hate my Quickfire. I've had to have them ship me a new one twice now. The touch screen doesn't work usually and the signal is horrible. Sometimes when I try to call people it connects but they can't hear anything I'm saying. DO NOT get this phone.

  • ambernicolee

    can you use a picture for the wallpaper or do you have to use the blue screen??

  • nickib75

    can you get this phone in the UK at all?, could anyone plz tell me.

  • Antonio V

    How have you liked the quickfire? I ordered it and am just now reading the reviews… can you tell me how it is?

  • Katy

    I got the quickfire in december. For the first 2 days, it worked great! I was in love with the thing. But since then,
    *The touchscreen has become unresponsive. I can't even send texts anymore! ((Huge turnoff, since I normally send between 50 and 100 texts a day.))
    *It turns off randomly, and the battery cover comes off a lot… just falls right off!
    *If I'm texting someone, and recieve a message, I ignore it, like any other person. It beeps. A lot. Until I read the new message. If I'm, say, looking at pictures and ignore a new text, it closes me out of everything that I'm doing. So then I have to check the message, whether I ever wanted to or not.
    *I found a crack today…. I never drop my phone!…. So apparently, there are two layers of screen. Top, the part you touch, and bottom, the part you dont. The crack? bottom layer. Top layer's fine. What the Quickfire?
    *I'm sure you all know about when AT&T sent around letters about chargers and… new chargers! They were insulting us, you know. Like we couldn't figure out that if it doesn't fit, you turn it around…
    *Speaking of chargers…… The old charger heated up really bad. AT&T sent out the letter saying, “Oh, this one works! It won't ever heat up again!” … Ha ha ha ha ha….. Guess what? …. It did.
    *My key and lock doesn't work anymore. Just sits there. I tap the lock, then the key… Again, and again, and again… I get impatient and just slide it open.
    *So with all these problems, why haven't I called them, or gone into the store? Well, there's an excellent explanation for that… I did. I was informed that we (being “proud” Quickfire users) had until December 2009 (yet to come) to call in or go by the store to get a new phone. Any new phone. For free or a reduced price. I called. Informed them of my problems. Guess what they said? “I don't know what you're talking about.” So I went into the store. Got the same response. Aren't they helpful?

    And these aren't even all of the problems… I can't even remember them all! So I'm pretty sick of AT&T right now. :(

  • Katy

    *And another thing! Many of you keep saying the the screen is responsive. When it does work… you know… ish…, it selects the wrong thing. For example:

    -taps “Reply”-
    Quickfire: Delete Message? Yes No

    It takes approx. 5 minutes to work.

  • Allison

    No. Only the keyboard. Sorry.

  • Rachel

    Not sure how long it lasts. But charge it every night and you should be fine. And…. Do. Not. Turn. It. Off. It takes at least 5 minutes to start working at its usual speed.

  • backstage_crew

    Amen.

  • IMA HATER!

    Dont nicki! I'm about to throw mine at a brick wallllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:-(

  • Daniirose

    To Ali And The Others Who Say The Quickfire Is Great.

    I…like you guys were all hyped up about getting the quickfire and having it, the first 2 weeks it was great! no problems what so ever…. then that all went to crap my screen started to get unresponsive and it wouldnt charge right either, i take great care of my phones and take pride in that. i called customer service and complained they said send it in for a new quickfire….me thinking i just had a bad phone i said ok and low and behold i got my new quickfire the same thing happened but in less amount of time yet again the screen was unresponsive and this time it started to delete my unread txts and dropping my calls. furious i called customer service and upon further pushing the lady told me that theyve had over 20 people complain about there quickfire hence why the recall soon after that. People have there opinions and this is mine….dont get it its a waste of money and me being 19 and in collage i need a reliable phone. DO NOT BUY THE QUICKFIRE! its a health hazard all in its own.

  • sucky quickfire

    To Ali And The Others Who Say The Quickfire Is Great.

    I…like you guys were all hyped up about getting the quickfire and having it, the first 2 weeks it was great! no problems what so ever…. then that all went to crap my screen started to get unresponsive and it wouldnt charge right either, i take great care of my phones and take pride in that. i called customer service and complained they said send it in for a new quickfire….me thinking i just had a bad phone i said ok and low and behold i got my new quickfire the same thing happened but in less amount of time yet again the screen was unresponsive and this time it started to delete my unread txts and dropping my calls. furious i called customer service and upon further pushing the lady told me that theyve had over 20 people complain about there quickfire hence why the recall soon after that. People have there opinions and this is mine….dont get it its a waste of money and me being 19 and in collage i need a reliable phone. DO NOT BUY THE QUICKFIRE! its a health hazard all in its own.

  • Mari

    My quickfire suck ive only had it for 6 months and i hate it….my blue blooth doesnt work for nothing,,,idk i guesss its just not for me

  • Michelle

    got the phone a few months ago, it has a few glitches but it is a really good phone. Sometimes my screen don't work, sometimes when i have the keyboard up and click on messages it takes me to the IM page instead which i do sometimes get charged for it, but other than that i like the phone. Plus it needs to have a headphone plug, i hate the fact that i have to spend extra to get the headphone adapter.

  • JaimeDanielle

    i was wanting to knw if you have to have internet to use this phone like the blackberry

  • JaimeDanielle

    i was wanting to knw if you have to have internet to use this phone like the blackberry