Pantech Breakout Review
Quadrant Benchmark app, which gave a score of 1191. This is slightly ahead of the Samsung Droid Charge’s score of 939, but is still much lower than the Motorola DROID BIONIC (2465), LG Revolution (2122), and HTC ThunderBolt (1703). Next we used the AnTuTu benchmark app, and got a mark of 2765 on the Breakout, which is about equal to the HTC ThunderBolt and LG Revolution. Despite its average scores, we never felt that the Breakout was sluggish or that it was slow when using it day-to-day.
Call quality through the earpiece speaker was good, as it produced pleasing tones and lacked any background noise or static. But turning the volume all the way to high would cause some distortion in the speaker. People that we called also said that we sounded good on their end as well. Signal reception was also adequate, as we would average 2-3 bars in our area and didn’t drop any calls. We also didn’t experience any 4G data drops, which can happen often with the Samsung Droid Charge.
The included 1500mAh battery is rated to provide up to 5.7 hours of talk time or 12.6 days of standby time. In our testing, we were able to get up to 5 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, or about 8-10 hours of mixed usage. These times are about equal to what we got while using the LG Revolution, but are less than the other Verizon 4G phones.
When it comes right down to it, the Pantech Breakout is clearly for someone who wants a Verizon 4G smartphone, but without spending a few hundred bucks on one. We like that it’s thin and lightweight, and feels comfortable in the hand, through the 4 function buttons on the front are a bit awkward to use. The 4” display is a bit smaller than its competition, but this also allows for the phone to be smaller too, which some people prefer. We were pleased by the interface that Pantech uses and that it comes with a nice selection of widgets, as well as the good call quality and signal reception. Though we were a bit disappointed by the lacking camera quality, limited room for storing apps, and less than average battery times. Since the Pantech Breakout is currently $99.99 after rebate with a 2-year contract, it is the most affordable 4G phone from Verizon, but occasionally you can snag one of other 4G devices (such as the ThunderBolt) from different on-line resellers for less than what Verizon sells it directly for. In doing so, you would get a better-spec'd phone overall.
Software version on the reviewed unit:
Build number: GRI40
Kernel version: 126.96.36.199-perf
Pantech Breakout Video Review:
- Good 4G data speeds
- Thin and easy to carry
- Low cost
- Camera isn’t that great
- Limited 150MB for app storage
- Below average battery times
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: 1047; 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!