Pantech Breakout Review
Even though the Pantech Breakout isn’t the highest price 4G smartphone, it is nice to see that it still comes with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread out of the box. Swiping between the 7 home screens is quick and easy with no delay. When you press on the small circles at the top of the screen, it shows you a carrousel preview of all the homescreens that you can move around in a circular fashion. At the bottom of the homescreens are four static icons for accessing the phone, contacts, messaging, and apps. When going into the app drawer, you swipe though it side-to-side, instead of scrolling up-and-down, but all the apps are listed alphabetically and you can even change the background between 18 pre-loaded images.
One thing that we were surprised by is that the Breakout has four different desktop modes, similar to the “scenes” on HTC Sense UI phones, though not as advanced. It allows you to save your current mode, or select from default, communication, media, and empty. We were also pleased by the good selection of desktop widgets, including a task manager, memo pad, event notification, weather, music, social net, clock, contacts, calendar, bookmarks, email, and web. When you press on one of them (such as the weather), it will show the different sizes that it can be when placed on the home screen.
Phonebook, Messaging and Organizer:
Accessing your contacts is pretty straight forward, but by default it only displays contacts that are stored in the phone or ones from your Google account. You will have to manually install the Facebook app and have it sync all contacts, so that they will show up in your main contacts list. One nice addition that Pantech includes is the Social Net app, which comes with its own desktop widget. You can have it sync to your Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace accounts, where it will automatically show your friend’s current posts in the widget, or you can enter in a message to be posted to your wall.
For messaging, there is the standard app for sending and receiving text and picture messages, an email app for your POP and IMAP accounts, and a Mobile IM app for connecting to your AIM, Windows Live and Yahoo! buddy lists. There is also the GMail app for accessing that account separately.
organizer is also pretty standard, as it only links to your Google Calendar, not Facebook or any other social network calendars.
Internet and Connectivity:
Naturally, one of the main features of the Pantech Breakout is that it can use Verizon’s 4G LTE data network. First off, for standard web browsing we were able to fully load the PhoneArena.com web site (including all Flash content) in about 40 seconds, compared to only 25 seconds on the Motorola DROID BIONIC and HTC ThunderBolt, 27 seconds with the LG Revolution, and 30 seconds with the Samsung Droid Charge.
Next, we used the SpeedTest.net app and were able to get downloads of 7Mbps and uploads of almost 6Mbps on the Breakout. This is about average to what the HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung Droid Charge would also get, though the Motorola DROID BIONIC got downloads of 9Mbps and uploads of 6Mbps.
Considering its lower price, the Breakout does OK for use with Verizon’s 4G LTE network, though its web page rendering times are a bit lagging. Naturally, you can also connect the Breakout to 3G EVDO and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n as well.
1. BreakOUT (unregistered)
This is a phenominal phone for the price. It may not have some of the super high end features of the Bionic or Thunderbolt, but it is still a very solid phone. For this price, you cannot go wrong. As for battery life, from my experience, it has above average battery life for a LTE device...
4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1054; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
This phone is just as good as the other single-core LTE phones. Not sure how, or why it's hundreds of dollars cheaper. They all offer practically identical specs.
10. kutiepie45 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)
how's the service... great, average, poor, or inbetween some of these.
im still looking for my first cell phone... i want to make a good one or ill go back to the old fashioned snail mail. LoL
6. drjoe360 (unregistered)
Is there anybody out there who has purchased a hands free, voice activated car kit for the Breakout? Verizon sold me a Motorola droid roadster. After many hours spent at the East Lansing, MI Verizon store, Motorola and Pantech tech support ( actually for both it would be non tech, non support. No help what so ever.), a trip to Best Buy concluded that voice commands, voice dialing could not be done with the Roadster. The Best Buy tech then tried the Roadster with his Motorola smart phone. Bingo! Everything worked fine; voice commands and dialing were great.
Motorola couldn't/wouldn't make a recommendation. Pantech couldn't say if there was a car kit that was completely compatible with the Breakout ( "liability issue" ). What? You have to be kidding me!
So, has anyone bought a hands free, voice activated device that fits on the car visor that really works.
7. jabo (unregistered)
Why not just simply get a universal car mount for the breakout and use the breakouts external speakers. You can download the car dashboard app (or some name like that) and whenever you get a call it goes straight to the speakerphone on the phone. That's what I do...in the car anyway. Much simpler and free vs using an additional bluetooth kit. Also for your voice command purposes all you have to do is hold in the magnifying glass for a couple seconds and wait for voice program to initiate.
8. drjoe360 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)
What you say makes very good sense but I still prefer to have a separate hands free, voice activated device. I don't want to have anything to do with the Breakout cell phone while driving. So I ask again: Has anyone found a hands free, voice activation car kit that truly does everything? The more time I spend on this, the more I feel there is NO solution. I also feel there will be a major hassle with Verizon to return both devices and start over by opening boxes of smart phones and car kits until a combination of devices is found that truly does everything as advertized.
Is there a solution that doesn't require taking the phone back?
9. k321 (unregistered)
try the plantronics bluetooth speakerphone car kit
11. client9 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
I just purchased this phone, and when texting in Swype mode, I cannot type the letter \"d\" without closing the text box and being unable to text any more words. wtf! I just purchased this phone. I have rebooted, cleared cookies and ended all apps. Please help.
12. me222 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)
this phone is junk if you do get one dont plan on buying ringtones music or for that matter take any pic that u want to keep there is a problem with the sd card it just removes all ur stuff the phone rebootesits self at least 10 times a day seem to have good bat life and thats about it
13. Droidiot (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
Stay away from this phone. Its cheap for a reason. Nothing but problems with it after the forced update upon activation. I am on my second one and second SIM card in 4 months. Verizon admits that there is a known problem with this phone after the forced update.
1) Drops connectivity anytime anywhere. Majority of time I have to pull the battery to reboot it and the connection comes back. When it does find 4g it downshifts to 3g the moment I start on the internet
2) Instead of pulling the battery I justtap in on a counter and it reboots by itself. And I mean justtap it.
3) Stock music player locks up almost everytime its opened.
4) Buttons are located in the spots you hold it. Drives me nuts when you hand the phone to someone and they hit them on accident. Everytime.
5) It eats stock batterys
6) Work picked this phone for me, not my choice. My Previuos Droid Global 2 was great!
1) maildroid app works great
2)screen brightness is good
3) Takes very good pictures
4) extended life battery is ok
Hoping to dump it soon. But I would never buy a Pantech style phone again. Pay the extra money and get a more stabiler platform and better quality phone.
Sorry but I am very unhappy with it.
14. kat12345 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)
This is the WORST phone I've ever owned. At first, I really enjoyed it. It's compatible with my computer, so I can transfer files from my Mac to my phone (pictures, videos, music), and it also is extremely customizable, which was something I was looking for. I didn't mind the picture quality, because there wasn't any reason for me needing to take perfect quality pictures, but for anyone planning to purchase this phone, please be aware that the video and photo quality is terrible.
Also, make sure to carry around an extra charger, and close apps you're not using, because the battery life is unusually poor, even for a smartphone.
In the first couple months of owning this phone, I used the music app quite a lot between doing work around the house, to walking or exercising. I bought this phone in September, and in December, I started to notice that the music on my phone would skip over songs, or stop them half way through and then switch to a different song, which was extremely annoying. I never knew when It would work or not work, so I stopped using the music app on it.
A couple of months ago, I noticed that the screen would also freeze, and only the buttons would function. I would have to take the battery out and put it back in for it to work again. At that point, I hadn't heaven had my phone a year. I ended up replacing that phone, but getting the same phone again, thinking it was just a glitch with that one phone in particular. Unfortunately, I was VERY wrong.
Not only did it do the same things my first phone did (freezing, skipping songs) but it is even SLOWER than the first one. It takes forever for apps to open, even the apps that came with the phone, entire photo albums will randomly delete themselves! I've lost a years worth of photos, and it was close to almost 2,000 or so pictures. Many apps now will quit on their own as well.
Overall, unless this is a phone you're planning to get is maybe only temporary or for someone who is not planning to use it all the time, DO. NOT. BUY. THIS. PHONE. The only thin its good for is a dull flashlight or doorstopper!