Pantech Pocket hands-on
Right from the start, it’s classic Pantech styling as the Pocket utilizes the same design cues found with other devices – like the Pantech Pursuit II with its squarish size. Solidly built for the most part, thanks to its rubbery exterior, the first thing to really capture our attention is its wide figure. Of course, it’s able to accomplish the task of jumping out at us from the onset, but it’s still capable of fitting snuggly within our pockets.
Sporting a 4” SVGA (800 x 600) display, it’s not something we typically find used by most smartphones, but its wide figure simply allows for less scrolling with things like emails and web surfing. Even though it’s detailed enough to visualize fine text, viewing angles are rather quaint as it fades out very quickly – plus, its brightness output isn’t as high as we’d like. Nevertheless, it’s by far the biggest thing to initially capture our attention, but more importantly, it'll be able to grab the attention of potential buyers as they shop around for their next device.
Powering the handset is none other than a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which easily positions it as a mid-range handset nowadays. Boasting a customized interface running on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it reminds us of HTC’s Sense UI since its lock screen provides us options to get into specific apps right away by simply dragging an icon to the center ring. Sure it’s not a final retail model, but unfortunately, we’re not thrilled to see some jerkiness and delay with its overall operation. Then again, it can be related to the custom interface that it’s running – so we hope to see some of its kinks ironed out prior to launch.
So far, there is no exact launch date or pricing given to the handset, but considering that this is Pantech that we’re talking about, we’d expect nothing but one competitive price point to really differentiate it from the rest. Knowing that the upcoming Motorola ATRIX 2 is going to be priced remarkably at $100 with a 2-year contract, it’ll be interesting to see how Pantech manages the Pocket’s price point.
1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i like the form factor and the UI on this thing kind of a lot. great phone for what it is.
3. ikjoiu (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)
i read that the iphone 4s got better scores on benchmarks than the sgs2 does that mean that the A5 is better it than the one in the sgs2?
4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
the A5 is an Apple modified version of the one in the Galaxy S II, Samsung makes them both. now what Benchmarks are you referring to?
5. idgaf (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
im pretty sure the A5 isnt exynosish...it was a graphic becnhmark i think
9. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, it is. Samsung makes Apple's SoCs or at least they used to. with all the Patent stuff going on Apple is looking around for another business partner.
to answer your question i'd say the A5 works better for the iPhone 4S than Exynos does for the Galaxy S II, there's too many factors to really say which one is better but it's probably the A5 being that it's a modified Exynos.
6. idgaf (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
2. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
It looks like a wide version of the Citrus; not for me...
13. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
i used to have the citrus a long time ago. WORST PHONE EVER
7. Kelvin.sisx (unregistered)
This is such a nice phone, but i can wait for nokia wp7.5, wp is the smoothest os!
8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3095; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
What does this article have to do with the iPhone? There's an article about the benchmarks so post in there.
Anyway, I like how wide the screen is, too many phones are too narrow.
10. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
he probably just decided to bring it up because he was able to find me in here. it's no big deal, i'll just answer his question and that'll be that.
11. snowgator (Posts: 3463; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I kinda like the wide body, and I agree that the home screen is neat. Pantech needs a hit. Why not a low price, unique body style? If a higher end option came out with this form factor, I would be interested....
12. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I wish manufacturers would get rid of their logo as well as the carrier's logo. Once you remove both logos, there's more real estate for the screen.
The phone is distinctive enough that people will recognize as a Pantech.