Pantech Ease Review
If you haven't checked out our Pantech Breeze II review, we'd recommend looking at it as the interface on the Ease follows to it similarly with its advanced and easy modes. When setting it to the latter, the handset will have a straightforward appearance with its large sized fonts, contrasting colors, and simplified main menu to get you into all of the core functions of the phone. Pressing on the dedicated quick contacts button will allow you to assign up to three contacts to quickly call or text at any time. Additionally there are tools like the pill reminder or pedometer that play to the needs of some of the older users out there. On the other hand, the advanced mode is more fitting for those who are well established in phone usage – plus the interface is a bit more animated and in-depth like the Pantech Breeze. You can even customize the three home screens with various favorite items, shortcuts, and clock types – which does go a long way in making it look a tad more personalized.
You can customize the three home screens in Advanced mode
Even though it focuses on the needs for the older population, there are still some elements that make the Pantech Ease just like other contemporary handsets – such as text messaging, email, instant messaging, and PIM functions. Sending text messages can be accomplished either by using the portrait style on-screen keypad or simply opening up the phone to use the QWERTY. 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.
Coming in with a below average 2-megapixel shooter, images produced by the Ease tend to look a bit over-exposed in outdoor condition with good lighting. Conversely, photos lacked detail and had plenty of noise when taken in low lit areas – which made them look somewhat muddy. In the advanced mode, there are a bunch of icons on-screen to provide you some options, but switching to easy mode will present you with a barren interface. Evidently it's clear that taking photos isn't one of the strong points of the Pantech Ease.
By no means is the QVGA video capture of the Pantech Ease pleasing to the eyes when it lacks any solid detail and fine colors to make it passable. To make matters worse, things look even more jerky with its 14fps shooting rate.
Pantech Ease sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution.
Sporting the same music player from the Pursuit, the Pantech Ease is more than capable of playing some tunes, but unfortunately the sound from the speaker phone was more relaxed to our liking. Although it may seem ample to some, tones had a sharp tone to them when placing the volume to the loudest setting – still, it didn't seem as too vibrant to our liking.
Thanks to the ample display, watching videos is pleasant on the phone as we were able to play videos coded in H.263 320x144 and H.264 320x136 with no instances of stalling.
Media buffs will want to purchase a microSD card seeing that the handset only has 55MB of internal storage out of the box.
You'll be able to chat away in almost any part of the globe with this quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) phone, but for data usage, the dual-band UMTS (850/1900 MHz) radio will only provide 3G speeds domestically.
Since the Pantech Ease packs on Opera Mini, the web browsing experience is a little bit tolerable, but we still find scrolling to be a monotonous process on the phone – it just isn't as fluid as we'd like. And just like the video playback experience, the app will only work in landscape mode. Despite this, the overall experience is passable when you consider its ability to load pages quickly and render everything almost exactly like what you see on a desktop.
1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
For the elderly? I don't know any old people who use facebook, yet alone need it on their cell phone lol Old people have gitter bug haha
2. knuckleballer34 (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)
Exactly. This looks like a nice phone, but I don't know of too many senior citizens who would want one.
3. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
Yeah i never seen someone over the age of maybe 60 with a touchscreen phone.
4. RS9568 (Posts: 13; Member since: 22 Jun 2010)
This phone has an "easy" mode that eliminates the internet functionality and dumbs the phone down to calls and text. The "advanced" mode allows for apps and web surfing. The touch screen works well in easy mode cause the 3" screen displays only 4 buttons. Waste of space? Maybe. Easy to see and use? Most definatly.
5. Marchsixteen (unregistered)
Yes, I'm old but I still love technology...I have lots of older friends on fb with cool phones. This is a great phone for me--the days I feel more "senior" I can just use Easy but most days I can have the features I want. Nice to have the option
6. STL reviewer (unregistered)
I'm middle-aged and I have this phone and like it. You can get to the internet and all other functionalities from Easy Mode.
7. gade (unregistered)
I'm not elderly but I think I would like this phone. I don't have or want a data plan and hate phones with so many shortcuts to services I do not use. I would love an easy mode for just calls and texting.
Also I think the reviewer doesn't use "elderly" right. That word makes me think 70 year olds are out shopping for the best phone for twitter.
8. Moonbeam11 (unregistered)
The senior citizens of TODAY are not the same as senior citizens maybe 30 yrs ago. I know lots of people over 60 who are on Facebook and don't have Jitterbugs!! I guess it depends on who you consider a "senior citizen" (sounds like you're talking about people who are 90 to 110 years old). According to AARP, a "senior citizen" is age 55. There are alot of cool people aged 55 still living FULL lives and own TECHNOLOGY!! Wow, imagine that! I think they could probably figure out this phone....
9. Kinley (unregistered)
I hate my ease it lockes up and my dad had a pantech too and his locked up all the time i just got a new ease bc they gave me a replacement and it is doing the same thaing i would not get this phone my samsung impresion worked better than the ease and it was a really bad phone!!!!
10. pmer (unregistered)
does anyone know how to block a number on a panech p2020 phone? thanks
11. revakin (unregistered)
tell me more abt pantech p2020 phone. thx
12. bonnie (unregistered)
this phone was good for me because i was finally learning how to text but he voice cammand is a problem it does recoinize the voice and i did realize how heavy he phone is but i wish that you could text without opening the keyboard
13. which one????? (unregistered)
I cant decide if i should get the p9020 or the ease I text a lot and i dont call that much which one should i get
14. gramatrudy (unregistered)
I am not a happy camper. I purchased a Pantech Ease in April 2011. From day one, I had an problem with it coming up with a blank screen when a call or message came in. When I complained, I was given a new battery.
However, that did not resolve the problem; it continued. When I was able to contact the manufacturer that the same problem of a blank screen when a call or message came in still presisted, I was told that I was no longer covered under warranty because the the white tab near the battery had turned pink.
I feel this is rediculous. Why? Because my problem was a preissisting problem, one that existed prior to the white tab turning pink. The problem existed from the first day I got the phone.
I will not purchase another Pantech phone. Why? Because they do not stand behind their product.
15. Me (unregistered)
I just purchased this phone over the weekend. I wanted to let you know that you can text with out opening the keyboard. If you are in advanced mode just tap the inbox at the bottom of the screen and a note pad with a key pad will show up.
The problem I am having is the battery does not last long. Working with it loading photos and go online the battery went down twice.
This is not good and I am on another two year contract which I really did not want to do but, my husband felt it was a good idea so that I can stay in contact with my children.
16. wolfcub36 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
This phone is absolutely wonderful, no doubt about it. This phone is perhaps the most durable phone I've ever used. I am usually rough on phones and they die on me faster than they should, but this phone withstands anything and everything. one night I lost it and it rained over night and the next morning I found it sitting on the middle of a dirt road still shining brightly. I have also dropped it off a roof and the time that it showed most durability was when I was at a Summer camp. I went swimming in a lake with it in my pocket for over thirty minutes and then i took a shower and washed out my swim shorts when i noticed it still glowing. The best part is, the only way the Pantech Ease was effected was the water cleaned my phone and made it slide better.
This phones is also very easy to use in advanced and easy mode. It has a fantastic touch screen that hasn't cracked or anything in the 8 months I have owned it. In addition it has a very spaced out easy to use keyboard and a great messaging system. In fact the only complaint I could make about this phone is that when your making a call and try to end the call the phone will stay black so you cant hang up. After about 10 seconds it will usually let you end the call.
17. BLDP1127 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
I have recently purchased a Pantech Ease and I am slightly unsatisfied. Not with the performance of the phone, because I do rather like the phone. The issue I am having is the phone turns off sometimes when I slide it closed. I purchased the phone on the 3rd of December. On Dec 4th while using the phone it turned off on it own several times when I slid it shut. This problem went on over the weekend and Dec 6th, the monday I went in to exchange it for a replacement, thinking it was just a fluke. Once I got the new phone home and charged I began going through settings and setting it up as I like. After a few hours once again when I would slide the phone closed it would turn off. I contacted the at&t store where I purchased it and am now gonna have to pay a $35 restocking fee because the product has a malfunction. Unless I get another Pantech Ease, which I do not want because I've already had two of these phones and both have the same problem.
19. dimak (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
BLDP1127, have you ever resolved your issue with Pantech Ease? We are having the same "turned off" problem. My wife likes the phone but "tirned off" issue is not acceptble. Please let us know.
18. HYPERDRIVE0095 (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
I just purchased a Pantech Ease today, as an early upgrade from my Pantech Laser which broke. Since I loved my Laser so much, I tried to get a replacement that was as close to it as I could find!
So as of today I think this is a very good phone. The design is sleek and modern, the touch screen is timely and responsive, and the browser is really nice.
Although. Call me a wad, but I do just wish the graphics were a bit better. I like to make graphic art and store it on my phone and make wallpapers and screens for it, but a lot of my pictures the phone will not display! It gets on my nerves a bit because I always have to lower my image quality by a lot before I can put the images on my phone.
But don't let that stop you from getting it! It is really good! I would indeed recommend this phone to anyone!