Pantech Flex Review
Running Pantech’s customized experience on top of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, it lacks the cohesiveness and comprehensive features found with rival experiences. To be more explicit, it’s rather elementary. Yet, it offers all the features attached with the Android experience to get us by – like its rich personalization and useful widgets. However, differentiating itself from the crop, Pantech offers an “Easy Experience” mode that dumbs down the interface. In this mode, it makes the Android experience uncomplicated, as we’re given some barebones functions – such as having a single homescreen and only the most pertinent of apps. From the looks of it, the “Easy Experience” specifically caters to those who aren’t technologically savvy.
Even with its modest sized 4.3” display, the layout of its keyboard can still be require some adjusting, since buttons are on the tiny side with the stock ICS keyboard – albeit, its responsiveness is pretty good. If the stock option doesn’t fit your needs, the Flex also boasts the SwiftKey and Swype keyboards as well.
Checking out the usual arsenal of core organizer apps, it doesn’t surprise us that Pantech didn’t decide to optimize them in any way. Moreover, the email experience is soundly effective in keeping us productive throughout the day.
Talk about being loaded with a ton of third party apps! Naturally, some prove to be more useful than others, but the full listing consists of Amazon Kindle, Key Ring, Net Media, Pill Reminder, Pulse, Qik Lite, Social Gallery, Social World, and YPmobile. Not surprisingly, AT&T’s presence is in full force as well, seeing that we find apps like AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Locker, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, AT&T Smart Wi-Fi, A&T Live TV, and myAT&T.
Processor and Memory:
Don’t think for a moment that its inexpensive price point means that the Pantech Flex is going to be packing some lame processor – that’s so not the case here. Impressively, it’s actually carrying on aboard a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. With that in tow, there’s no worry with the handset’s performance, as it’s able to execute most operations with plenty of finesse – though, occasional hiccups still happen every now and then. Nevertheless, we’re soundly impressed by the processing power with this little guy. And oh yeah, its benchmarks scores prove it!
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Samsung Galaxy S III||4520||6111||59,4|
|HTC One X AT&T||4958||6863||57,7|
Out of the box, the smartphone is packing a measly 5.46GB of internal storage, which isn’t sufficient in this day and age. Luckily though, you can supplement that capacity by throwing a microSD card of your choice into it.
Internet and Connectivity:
Again, it’s almost hard to fathom that this small bundle of joy is packing 4G LTE connectivity – even more when it’s a delightful offering for a $50 on-contract device. More than adequate enough to give us a pleasant web browsing experience, its smooth navigational controls prove that reality. Additionally, there’s a huge emphasis with social networking integration, as a hidden menu bar on the bottom of the browser gives us access to some sharing functions. However, its performance stutters a bit when it’s faced with heavy Adobe Flash content on-screen. Still, when you add in 4G LTE connectivity to the mix combined with its decent performance, it’s suitable enough in our books.
Traveling abroad? Well, if you plan on doing that, the Pantech Flex is more than capable of being used with various GSM-based carriers throughout the world, but domestically, it’s only able to receive LTE connections with AT&T. Meanwhile, it’s outfitted with the usual suspect of connectivity features we’d expect to find – such as aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot. Sorry people, there’s no NFC with this one!
1. Mercenary (Posts: 60; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Please phone arena..let John v. do the video reviews for the upcoming flagship phones.
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.
3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2951; 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??
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.
5. Captain_Doug (Posts: 727; 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.