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Pantech Breakout Review

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Camera:

The 5MP autofocus camera is easy to operate, as you can use the side camera key to capture the image, or press the on-screen camera button. There is also a nice selection of adjustments, such as the autofocus (on, manual, spot), white balance (auto, outdoor, cloudy, fluorescent, glow), and color modes (normal, mono, negative, sepia), as well as selecting the image resolution and 11 different scene modes. Unfortunately, we were not impressed by the quality of the images, as outside pictures were not sharp (looked blurry) and color accuracy was lacking. Furthermore, inside pictures continued these traits, and became even grainier as light levels decreased. There also isn’t a flash, so night images are out of the question.

Camera interface - Pantech Breakout Review
Camera interface - Pantech Breakout Review
Camera interface - Pantech Breakout Review
Camera interface - Pantech Breakout Review

Camera interface


Outdoor samples made with the Pantech Breakout - Pantech Breakout Review
Outdoor samples made with the Pantech Breakout - Pantech Breakout Review
Outdoor samples made with the Pantech Breakout - Pantech Breakout Review
Outdoor samples made with the Pantech Breakout - Pantech Breakout Review
Outdoor samples made with the Pantech Breakout - Pantech Breakout Review
Outdoor samples made with the Pantech Breakout - Pantech Breakout Review
Outdoor samples made with the Pantech Breakout - Pantech Breakout Review
Outdoor samples made with the Pantech Breakout - Pantech Breakout Review

Outdoor samples made with the Pantech Breakout


Strong - Indoor samples - Pantech Breakout Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Pantech Breakout Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Pantech Breakout Review

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Medium

Low light

Indoor samples


Videos can be recorded up to 1280x720p resolution, but we were not surprised that their quality was lacking here too, as the videos doesn’t look sharp, and there is a substantial amount of image-shake, even though we would hold the phone still with both hands.

Pantech Breakout Sample Video:




Multimedia:

The standard Android Gallery will show all of your pictures and videos categorized into folders for easy viewing. We were able to playback all of our MP4 H.264/263videos from 320x240 to 1280x720 resolution without any problems, but DivX and Xvid videos could not be played.

The standard Android Gallery  - Pantech Breakout Review
The standard Android Gallery  - Pantech Breakout Review
The standard Android Gallery  - Pantech Breakout Review
Video playback - The standard Android Gallery  - Pantech Breakout Review
   

Video playback

The standard Android Gallery


Pantech includes their own music player instead of the standard Android one. It has a blue color scheme to it, but still functions in the same way, as you can display your music by album, artists, genre, playlists, folder, rating, and mood. But lacking are any equalizer effect or album Cover Flow-like visualization when placing the phone into landscape mode. Music playback was average, as it was mostly only high-tones and lacked any bass, but it was able to get plenty loud with the rear speaker. Of course, you can plug-in your own set of earbuds into the 3.5mm headset jack or use a Stereo Bluetooth headset for better music quality.

Pantech includes their own music player - Pantech Breakout Review
Pantech includes their own music player - Pantech Breakout Review
Pantech includes their own music player - Pantech Breakout Review

Pantech includes their own music player



Software:

There is also a selection of included apps on the Pantech Breakout, though we wish they were not included, but instead was left for the user to download if they want it. This includes Amazon Kindle, Blockbuster, City ID, Lets Golf 2, Google Maps with Navigation, NFL Mobile, NFS Shift, Rhapsody, Slacker, VCast Music, VCast Tones, VZ Navigator, and Verizon Video.

Verizon Video - Preinstalled apps on the Pantech Breakout - Pantech Breakout Review
Preinstalled apps on the Pantech Breakout - Pantech Breakout Review
Google Maps with Navigation - Preinstalled apps on the Pantech Breakout - Pantech Breakout Review

Verizon Video

 

Google Maps with Navigation

Preinstalled apps on the Pantech Breakout


But one app that is nice to have included is the Doc Viewer, as you can open Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF files with it, though it will not allow you to create (or edit) any files.

Doc Viewer - Pantech Breakout Review
Doc Viewer - Pantech Breakout Review
Doc Viewer - Pantech Breakout Review
Doc Viewer - Pantech Breakout Review

Doc Viewer



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posted on 06 Oct 2011, 13:25

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...

posted on 08 Oct 2011, 13:42

4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1052; 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 14:50

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

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 20:34

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.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 14:41

7. jabo (unregistered)


To drjoe,

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.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 18:36

8. drjoe360 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


To jabo,

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?

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 13:02

9. k321 (unregistered)


To drjoe

try the plantronics bluetooth speakerphone car kit

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 16:54

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.

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 11:41

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 00:22

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.
consistant problems:
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!
Good points:
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.

Dajimber

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 10:21

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!

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size5.00 x 2.53 x 0.47 inches
(127 x 64 x 12 mm)
4.86 oz  (138 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5.78 hours talk time

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