Pantech Crux Review
As we mentioned earlier, there are three home screens on the Crux that you can cycle though by moving your finger across the screen. The first one shows 12 shortcut icons to items such as the media center, web browser, music, message, and VZ Navigator. The second screen shows icon links to connect to your social networking, including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, GMail and YouTube. But what ends up happening is that all of those (expect for YouTube) actually open the Social Beat program where you login to your sites. The YouTube link opens up the web browser and takes you to the mobile m.youtube.com site where you can watch videos. The third homescreen allows you to add icon links on the desktop to your music files, pictures, and videos. While this is nice, we wish it would allow for adding frequently used contacts, as that would make it more functional. Regardless of which of the three homescreens you are in, there will be four static icons at the bottom for accessing the voicemail, recent calls, keypad, and contacts. As far as any user customizations, you are limited to changing the position of icons on the home screen, replacing them with another icon, and display them as shortcuts or a grid view. The only themes that come included are Misty Black and Pastel White, but all they do is change the background menu color. You can also select an image for the wallpaper, but it is only shown on the screen when the phone is locked.
Misty Black theme
Pastel White theme
There are three home screens on the Pantech Crux that you can cycle though
When moving around through the menus and the different programs, our main complaint is that the user interface is slow to respond. We’re not expecting smartphone speeds here, but we believe that it is still slower than it should be, since you have to use to touchscreen for everything on the device.
The phonebook on the Pantech Crux allows up to 1000 contacts to be saved with multiple numbers and email addresses, picture and ringtone, IM screen name, and street address. Unfortunately, there is only enough room to store up to 99 speed dial entries, whereas most other phones allow up to 999.
One thing that is uncommon on an inexpensive phone is a 3MP camera, but don’t let that fool you as the picture quality is lacking. Images that we took outside suffered from poor color representation and looked soft and out-of-focus. Images taken inside were equally bad, especially in low light. Videos can be recorded in a maximum resolution of 640x480, but their quality is poor too, and has jerky playback at only 15fps.
Pantech Crux Sample Video:
One nice feature is the music player, as it will categorize your music by songs, playlists, artists, and genres. Album art is shown on the screen while your song is playing, and you can even minimize the player to keep the music going in the background while you use the phone for other tasks, such as sending a message. Music quality wasn’t bad considering there’s only one speaker on the back, but of course any low frequencies will not be produced. The inclusion of a 3.5mm headset jack and Stereo Bluetooth support is also a nice touch.
The web browser is also pretty basic, as would be expected, but it is HTML based instead of being WAP. Because of this, web pages are formatted correctly, but some images will not load and Flash isn’t supported. The main drawback is that most web text is unreadable without zooming in, due to the low resolution display. Even though the Crux has a touchscreen, we were disappointed that it doesn’t support touch-to-zoom in the browser, but instead you have to double-tap or use the zoom-slider across the bottom of the screen. Overall, the browser is functional enough to get you by in a pinch, but isn’t intended for hours of use.
Most other software on the Crux is pretty standard for a Verizon device, including VCast Music, VCast Video streaming, VZ Navigator for GPS guided directions, and the ability to download other programs through the media center menu. Also included is Microsoft’s Bing search, where you can perform searches on the Web, Business Directory, or VZW Media. If you do just a standard search, it will search the Web for results, where the Business Directory search is good for restaurants, shopping, hotels, and other local places, while the VZW Media search will look for matching Verizon ringtones, wallpapers, games, and programs to download.
1. person (unregistered) posted on 08 May 2011, 18:10 0
i was wondering if there was some fun simple and easy games for the pantech crux????
9. karic posted on 10 Jul 2012, 16:28 0
no, just 'millionaire' something , and it doesnt even work.
2. kathryn =) (unregistered) posted on 18 Aug 2011, 16:20 0
Its really hard to text on this phone.
3. oliia (unregistered) posted on 26 Aug 2011, 21:47 0
i love this phone it has great features not the best texting phone but if you get really used to it its pretty easy
4. MattRoach (unregistered) posted on 28 Sep 2011, 01:15 0
DONT GET THIS PHONE! I have had it for about 7 months now and it sucks. I love the sleek look and little functions it has but it never works right. The touch pad is very un responsive, it takes forever to scroll and makes you backtrack a lot because it things you clicked it half the time. This also makes texting a pain. It has many windows that it can switch around on but you never really use any but the first. Also, this phone gets Uber slow with just normal text usage. Sometimes it took me up to 4 seconds to do open a message. ( and no i didnt have more than 75 messages in my inbox). Everything is acceptable to work with, just makes it a pain using it. Another thing that made me hate this phone is that the screen keeps glitching out on me. For no reason it would go all fuzzy or the whole screen would stay black. It stayed like that for a whole day even. Finally, this phone continuously turned off stating that it needed a "genuine" battery, even though the battery was the one i got with the phone from the verizon store. It should have worked fine.
If I were you, i would not get this phone at all.
I would rate this 2 stars out of 5.
5. Roger (unregistered) posted on 28 Sep 2011, 23:11 0
can this phone work on a reg plan with no data
8. karic posted on 09 Jul 2012, 12:00 0
this phone is not a data phone, you couldn't get it, even if you wanted
6. baileyjo (unregistered) posted on 30 Sep 2011, 17:07 0
I would not recomend this phone. It works great and has awesome speed, but if you are into texting this is not the phone for you. The keyboard is never calibrated good enough so it thinks you types something that you really didn't. It also doesn't remember the words you type in, so you have to look through the list until you find the word you actually want. It's just a major pain..
7. Sam (unregistered) posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:16 0
NEVER BUY THIS PHONE! i didn't listen to any of the reviews, but they are all right. there is no way to calabirate the touchscreen so it sucks. most of the time people don;t get your texts for a long time. and unless you turn the phone on and off constantly during the day, dont count on getting your texts, cause unless you do turn it on and off or call your voicemail you wont get your texts for hours. this phones is horrible! anyone who says its good is crazy and obviously doesnt use it that much or just got it. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!
10. jasonaldeanisamazing posted on 26 Jul 2012, 10:51 0
DON'T BUY THIS PHONE!!! It is terrible to text on, the music sounds grainy and the words are not clear, it freezes and shuts down a lot, when I go to the beach sand gets stuck in the sliding part and makes an annoying noise and its harder to slide, there are not any good games.... AND IT SUCKS. DO. NOT. BUY.
11. stonebleeds posted on 13 Aug 2012, 21:06 0
DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. Texting / keyboard interface is horrible and sluggish. Call quality sucks. You're better off not using the speakerphone. Bluetooth sucks. SMS only works when it wants. Sometimes does a random tap when you don't want it to. Menus are often slow. Pantech has done a great disservice to mankind by even thinking of releasing this crap, much less making so many of them...
12. phonwee123 posted on 21 Nov 2012, 18:15 0
Here We Go: When I first bought this phone a year and a half ago, i thought it was the best thing.... Dammnn was I wrong. This phone is terrible. I went from a samsung allis2 to this and I should of kept my allis for 4 years . The keyboard sticks and you can't recalabrate it. I rather have a corny flip phone.
CON; Battery Life, keyboard, locking switch up. service, menu button,
PRETTY DAMN SUCKYY DONT WASTE YOURR MONEY