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Pantech Flex Review

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Pantech Flex Review
Introduction:

Being Pantech and all, they have this reputation in the mobile industry as being a value based manufacturer, which is rightfully so considering the unprecedented amount of inexpensive devices they bring to the market. As we’ve witnessed, they tried desperately to make a splash in the Android scene, but thus far, they haven’t been able to bring to market a true competitor. Bogged down for so long, we might finally have a worthwhile competitor, as the $50 on-contract Pantech Flex aims to flaunt its muscles with its sharp industrial design and contemporary hardware specs.

Pantech Flex Review
The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Start Guide
  • Safety and Warranty Information

Design:

Whoa! It’s really difficult for us to believe that the Flex is a Pantech-made device – mainly because it’s sporting one rock solid industrial design. Unlike the cheap feeling stuff they’ve put out in the past, the Pantech Flex is easily by far their best-made device to date. Although it’s still comprised out of mostly gunmetal colored plastics, which is of the sturdy variety, the soft touch surface and metallic plate in the rear adds some sense of durability. Furthermore, it’s sleek (0.32” thick), sufficiently weighted, and still easy on the hands to grasp. Combining all of the elements in play, we’re astounded with the look of the Flex.

Pantech Flex Review

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Keeping things to a minimum, Pantech decided to omit Android capacitive buttons with this one, which is what we’d expect to find on an Ice Cream Sandwich packing device. Meanwhile, the earpiece and front-facing 2-mgeapixel camera are found in their typical spots above the display.

Front - Pantech Flex Review
Android buttons - Pantech Flex Review
Front camera - Pantech Flex Review

Front

Android buttons

Front camera


Rigid to say the least, we’re able to feel out both the volume control and power button, but with the latter, it’s less pronounced – still, they exhibit decent tactile responses when pressed. Also around the sides of the handset, we find its 3.5mm headset jack and microUSB port for charging/data connectivity.

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review

Volume rocker (left)

3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port and power key (right) - The sides of the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Bottom edge - The sides of the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review

microUSB port and power key (right)

Bottom edge

The sides of the Pantech Flex


Flipping it over, there’s a healthy sized 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash perched near the upper left corner, which has the ability to capture videos in 1080p. Not too far away from it, there’s a large notch nearby that houses its internal speaker. And lastly, prying off the rear casing gives us access to its microSIM slot, 1,830 mAh battery, and microSD card slot.

Back - Pantech Flex Review
Rear camera - Pantech Flex Review
Battery compartment - Pantech Flex Review

Back

Rear camera

Battery compartment



Display:

Complementing its premium look and feel, the Pantech Flex features a 4.3” qHD (540 x 960) Super AMOLED display, which upon closer inspection, employs the PenTile Matrix arrangement. Since it’s an AMOLED display on here, it boasts all of the attractive elements that make it sight to behold – like as its over-saturated color production. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to see outdoors with the sun present, as the display washes out – plus, it doesn’t help when it offers some weak viewing angles too. Despite that, we’re comforted to see something pleasant looking on the Pantech Flex.

Viewing angles - Pantech Flex Review
Viewing angles - Pantech Flex Review
Viewing angles - Pantech Flex Review

Viewing angles



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posted on 27 Sep 2012, 03:38 4

1. Mercenary (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Please phone arena..let John v. do the video reviews for the upcoming flagship phones.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:18 2

2. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


I am glad Pantech is making budget friendly phones. This phone is perfect for the customers that aren't willing to give up a bunch of dough. This has decent look, sturdy, nice camera's and screen and has a good proccessor.
What more could you get for $50, or possible FREE in a month or two.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:56

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


"Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to see outdoors with the sun present, as the display washes out"...these set of words already made the decision for me. Outdoor visibility is very important for me, as i don't want my other hand to hover around when i'm typing away.
And wow, the lock screen is just so...ugly??

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 19:28

4. poohbah75 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


I have had this phone for about a month now. I am very impressed with the battery life. The phone has very good Volumes and great antenna. I have not lost a call yet on this phone. I have had no issues using this phone outside though any touch screen smart phone could easily face issues is sunlight. One thing really great is the speed in which it powers up. The Flex is a 4 star customer friendly phone in my book. There has been no issue with this phone and it out performs in it's class. Though the I Phone may be the rage, but this phone is much more user friendly. Better battery, better Volumes, and better Antenna. This is my experience with this phone and I'd buy it again.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 17:01

5. Captain_Doug (Posts: 747; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Would love to see greater things come from Pantech. If they have the hardware part down, then the rest is easy. Don't mess with android and get a better camera. I love that it has on screen keys but pentile? NO! qHD can pass on an LCD display but not amoled. I really wish they take this phone, make the screen a 4.7" 720P, minimize the bezels, make the battery a little bigger. I'm a sucker for hardware I guess.

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Pantech Flex

Pantech Flex

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.11 x 2.64 x 0.31 inches
(129.9 x 67 x 7.95 mm)
4.66 oz  (132 g)
Battery1830 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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