Pantech Breeze II P2000 Review
Following in the same footsteps as we've seen on the past few Pantech phones, the standard “Advanced Mode” interface is both simple and straightforward with a very easy learning curve. There is a splash of personalization that can be tacked on as there are options to use different main menu layouts, wallpapers, fonts, and clock styles for the home screen. Interestingly enough, the Pantech Breeze II offers the alternative “Breeze” mode which essentially simplifies the interface and provides you with a listing view for your main menu with large and easy to read text – fit for those who don't want to bother with lengthy menus and jump straight into the most commonly used features on the phone.
Even though it focuses on the needs of the older population, there are still some elements that make the Pantech Breeze II just like other contemporary handsets – such as text messaging, email, instant messaging, and PIM functions. Sending a text message can be accomplished the traditional way using the numeric keypad or simply relying on predictive text for a faster input. Email setup is a breeze as it's no different from other AT&T handsets by simply providing your email address and password. Finally, there are a decent amount of the standard AT&T applications preloaded on the device such as AT&T Navigator, MobiTV, AT&T Social Net, and My-Cast Weather to keep you busy.
Camera and Multimedia:
Amidst all of the basic commodities seen on most phones, the Pantech Breeze II luckily packs on a 1.3-megapixel shooter that managed to produce average looking images in outdoor conditions – although colors were a bit on the neutral side. Regrettably, taking it indoors quickly exposes its Achilles heel as images clearly lacked any subtle colors and were plagued with grainy quality. We also found the interface to be exactly like previous devices as there are some icons that scattered on-screen which allow you to change some options.
When it came to taking videos, the maximum shooting resolution of 320 x 240 was more than capable of capturing candid shots. In fact, videos were passable even though it may not have been the most detailed with the presence of some jerky movements.
Pantech Breeze II P2000 sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution.
We were surprised to see Pantech's usual music player which presents a tolerable looking interface – surely not a bad thing to see on a phone like the Breeze II. Not only do you get a mini player when you exit back to the homescreen, but closing the handset completely will display the music info on the external screen. As for quality, we were pleased with the speaker's performance as it was adequate with normal sounding tones that sometimes had a hint of sharpness to them.
The Pantech Breeze II was able to play a video coded in H.263 at 320 x 144 with no lag or slowdown. Granted though it may not have been the most detailed video, it nonetheless managed to provide a decent experience despite the tiny screen.
If you plan on using the handset for its multimedia features, you'll be happy to find 80MB of internal storage right out of the box while it can be supplemented with microSD cards up to 32GB in size.
Taking the handset to other countries for voice calls won't be an issue with it's quad-band GSM capability (850/900/1800/1900 MHz). For data use, the dual-band UMTS support (850/1900 MHz) will allow you to access 3G speeds in the US.
There are no complaints with the Opera Mini browser on the Breeze II – pages load fairly quickly while scrolling is smooth. Needless to say that the tiny screen may make it difficult to see an entire page fully, but it's still easy to make out text when zoomed in. Although it might not be the most suitable handset for web browsing, its performance is quite passable to make it a stand out feature.
1. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
I'm surprised phonearena even did a review on this phone.
2. Vegeta (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
@ace1122 Why just because is a non smartphone dont deserve a review! there is simple people outside that still like simple phones
4. AladdinSane (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Jul 2010)
The Pantech isn't a bad phone, by no means, but I wish AT&T would go for some feature phones instead of going all SmartPhones...as it seems to be doing at present. Not everyone wants a SmartPhone. There are some who still want a feature phone. This Pantech is boring, though, in design. They should have given it a 2MP cam at least. I'm sure it will do well for the most undemanding out there. Peace!
5. Kittycat (unregistered)
This phone is the biggest piece of junk ever sold by At&t and after 3 months of having two of the phones the have had sim cards changed, batteries changed and it still drops calls, says emergency use only, extremely poor quality sound when talking that is IF you can even get the call to go through on the phone at all. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS CRAP!!!
6. Billd (unregistered)
I am on my second of these phones (warranty), and both have the same problem __ garbled reception, then dropped call. Happens within seconds or minutes into a call (either out or in), and no relief is offered by AT&T other than to give me another (which won't work either.) Have spent many hours with Service, all to no avail. Don't buy this phone!
7. Cool Javelin (unregistered)
Pretty much, this phone sucks.
The radio is very poor, it drops connections a lot when other phones show strong signals, and doesn't reconnect when back in range. You have to power cycle it to get it back to work.
Also, when it is working (only about 70% of the time,) the audio is unintelligible. 50% of the words are simply missing in both directions (talking and listening.)
I have been through a LOT of phones, several Nokias, Samsungs, Motorolas, and now this Pantech piece of crap.
Clearly, (pun intended) this is the worst of the bunch.
As far as functionality, I rate manufacturers, Nokia the best (most reliable, and most clear) Motorola next, Samsung third, and Pantech worst.
Features and comfort MUST come second to usability. If it feels good in your hand, but doesn't do the job that was intended, it belongs at the bottom of the trash heap.
Just my 2 cents (adjusted for inflation, economy, and political corruption, more like $20.)
8. Daryl (unregistered)
Upon receiving a call on the pantech p2000 but before opening, pressing both external buttons (normally sound level) will end the call. This is very troublesome when fishing the phone out of a pocket. Does anyone know a way to turn this off??? The manual has very little real info about many features.