The phone has a 1600 mAh battery, and Metro claims the phone will stay charged for up to 3 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time. That's not much to begin with, and we're sad to say it will take craftiness on the part of the user to get that kind of battery life out of the Quattro.
When we would take the phone out around noon, it had a hard time lasting through 5 pm. And that was only after some light Google mapping and listening to music for half an hour. This phone will have a hard time lasting through a full workday, so keep a charger handy.
One of the phone's biggest draws is that 4G LTE service from MetroPCS, but that's in 14 metropolitan areas. Anyone outside those cities will connect to a prehistoric 2G CDMA network.
MetroPCS's cheapest calling plan is $40 a month, giving users 4G access and unlimited talk and text. Data is not unlimited though, you'll only get 250MB for your initial payment.
One Quattro feature we did appreciate was the automatic public WiFi connection. The Easy WiFi client made surfing the web a little faster, and helps save on data usage. The app can guide users to local WiFi hotspots around them, which can be pretty convenient for those hunting for an Internet connection.
If you're really desperate to hit the web on your tablet or laptop, the Quattro can be used as a wireless hotspot. 4G internet can also be shared via USB cable. Once again, this is a feature that will show up on the bill. There's also your typical support for Bluetooth devices.
The Quattro features two cameras: a 3MP back camera and a .3MP front camera. The 3MP camera is mounted in the top center of the rear with flash alongside. The front facing camera is on the top right, above the display.
The Camera interface is easy enough, with all the options laid out for users. It offers easy access to the camera's zoom, flash options, white balance, photo size and quality, among others.
However, even considering the limited MP count, the phone's pictures still came out a bit too grainy. The camera also tends to pick up a lot of red light, even after adjusting the white balance.
The phone doesn't do a great job taking video either. When capturing footage, small chunks of old video data will get thrown into random parts of the screen. This results in bars of half second old video lingering during playback, which detracts from the quality. The mic is also pretty weak and doesn't pick up sound that well, so you won't hear much of what you record.