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Pantech Flex Review

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Calling Quality and Battery:

Pantech Flex Review
Calling quality could’ve fared better, but for the most part, the crackle evidenced with voices through the earpiece and speakerphone softens its quality. Thankfully, our callers experienced better on their end of the line, seeing that they’re presented with audible voices with almost no instance of distortion.

Having a steady connection to the network, we didn’t experience any major fluctuation with its signal strength or dropped phone calls during our testing in the greater Philadelphia area.

Using the Pantech Flex strictly with AT&T’s HSPA+ network, as opposed to LTE since it’s not available in our area just yet, we’re content with the average battery life we’re able to get out. Specifically, it’s a solid one day with normal usage – while heavy usage still gets us by through a work day. However, there’s no question that being on 4G LTE will drain its battery faster.


Conclusion:

Factoring all of its features, hardware, and price point, it’s very hard to not like the Pantech Flex. No doubt, it really flexes its muscles enough to make it a fine offering in many ways, and without question, this is the most soundly premium smartphone we’ve seen come out of Pantech. Indeed, it’s still missing the mark in a few key areas, like its camera performance and platform experience, but regardless of that, it offers a ton of value and features at $50 on-contract. Therefore, if you’re not looking to unload a whole lot of money on an Android smartphone, there’s plenty of good reason to check the Pantech Flex out.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 4.0.4
Kernel Version: 3.08
Build Number: IMM76D

Pantech Flex Video Review:



Pros

  • Solid industrial design for a Pantech device
  • Inexpensive $50 price point
  • Good balance of hardware & performance

Cons

  • Slow shutter speed
  • Dull platform experience
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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: 3013; 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: 759; 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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