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Pantech Flex Review

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Camera:

Although it’s a definite improvement over other Pantech smartphones we’ve checked out, the photo quality produced by the 8-megapixel snapper of the Flex still pales in comparison to most things out there. Specifically, its results are muddied by soft details, washed out colors, and prevalent bouts of over-exposure. Naturally, things don’t get any better with shots in low lighting, as its quality is diminished further. Worst yet, images tend to blur because of its slow shutter speed.

Camera interface - Pantech Flex Review
Camera interface - Pantech Flex Review
Camera interface - Pantech Flex Review
Camera interface - Pantech Flex Review
Camera interface - Pantech Flex Review
Camera interface - Pantech Flex Review
Camera interface - Pantech Flex Review
Camera interface - Pantech Flex Review

Camera interface


Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review

Camera samples taken with the Pantech Flex


Strong - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Pantech Flex Review
Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Pantech Flex Review
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Pantech Flex Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

3ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Pantech Flex Review
5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Pantech Flex Review
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Pantech Flex Review

3ft

5ft

7ft

Darkness with flash
Indoor samples


Strangely, its 1080p video recording quality fares much better with its overall look. For the most part, it’s quite usable as it exhibits some pleasant details and a smooth capture of 30 frames per second. However, its audio recording is filled with a noticeable amount of distortion. Regardless, the overall package is much more tolerable than its snap shot results.

Pantech Flex Sample Video:




Multimedia:

In addition to the usual Google Play Music app, Pantech’s very own music player is on board as well – though, it’s on the boring side with its presentation. Despite that, it’s more than functional in playing our tunes. Listening to its audio output, there’s a presence of screechiness with its tone at the loudest setting. However, turning on its Dolby mobile option, it enhances the treble for better and deeper results.

Google Play Music app - Pantech Flex Review
Google Play Music app - Pantech Flex Review
Google Play Music app - Pantech Flex Review

Google Play Music app


Pantech’s very own music player - Pantech Flex Review
On the lockscreen - Pantech’s very own music player - Pantech Flex Review
In the notification bar - Pantech’s very own music player - Pantech Flex Review
 

On the lockscreen

In the notification bar

Pantech’s very own music player


Well, there’s a lot to like about the video watching experience on the Pantech Flex. For starters, it offers a wide support for different codecs, like DivX, H.264, MPEG-4, and XviD, to give us enough variety in what to watch. Moreover, its Super AMOLED display is sharp enough to please our eyes, as it’s able to play our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Video watching on the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Video watching on the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review
Video watching on the Pantech Flex - Pantech Flex Review

Video watching on the Pantech Flex



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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: 3023; 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: 784; 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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