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Pantech Impact P7000 Review

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Thanks to the detailed screen, the software running on the Pantech Impact looks much better than the one found on the Reveal. Navigating through the phone is a simple procedure thanks to the basic layout of icons on the main menu – there’s a smooth transition effect when going from the home screen to the main menu. It’s quick, straightforward, and just about anyone can move around the phone without much aid. There’s a decent mix of personalization options to give it a different look like the homescreen layout, menu type, color theme, and font style. With the external OLED display, you can only choose a handful of different clocks with minimal functions to navigate on the phone.

Home screen - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Main menu - Pantech Impact P7000 Review

Home screen

Main menu

External OLED display - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
External OLED display - Pantech Impact P7000 Review

External OLED display



Sending a text message will pose no problem for the Pantech Impact – it’s basically the same way we’ve seen recently on other AT&T phones. On top of composing a message with the QWERTY, you can close it up and rely on the touch sensitive numeric keypad for a traditional way of texting. Instant messaging friends can easily be accomplished by using either AIM, Windows Live Messenger, or Yahoo! Messenger. Exiting back to the home screen will still keep you logged into the service. Finally, the email application included allows for just about any provider to be used on the Impact. Other than selecting one from the available list, you simply input your email address and password to get your mail on the phone. Depending on your provider, it may require you to place additional information like the server addresses before it is completely set up. We’re happy to see the Impact make such a splash when it comes to its messaging experience.

Messaging - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Instant messaging - Pantech Impact P7000 Review

Messaging

Instant messaging

Email - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Email - Pantech Impact P7000 Review

Email


 
Third party software support is the same on the Pantech Impact – some useful while others you may never use. Some of these include Mobile Banking, MobiTV, My-Cast Weather, Yellow Pages mobile, and Loopt to name a few. For people on the go, AT&T Navigator is loaded for location based services and get you to a destination in a timely manner. As usual, standard tools like the calculator, world clock, timer, stopwatch, and alarms are all available for your disposal.

Yellow Pages mobile - Third party software on the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
AT&T Navigator - Third party software on the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
My-Cast Weather - Third party software on the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
MobiTV - Third party software on the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review

Yellow Pages mobile

AT&T Navigator

My-Cast Weather

MobiTV

Third party software on the Pantech Impact



We weren’t hoping for a lot out of the 2-megapixel camera, but it did manage to produce sharp images with decent detail. You really couldn’t overlook the overcast tones in color – making it appear darker in all lighting conditions. Upon pressing the dedicated camera button to launch the application, which can only be done when the QWERTY is exposed, we found the placement of the lens to be awkward because your hand had a tendency of covering it. The interface is uncluttered and offers a decent mix of options for taking photos. It doesn’t produce the best quality, but it’s more than tolerable to look at.

Camera interface - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Camera interface - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Camera interface - Pantech Impact P7000 Review

Camera interface


Samples shot with the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Samples shot with the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Samples shot with the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Samples shot with the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Samples shot with the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Samples shot with the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Samples shot with the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review

Samples shot with the Pantech Impact


Strong light - Indoor samples - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Pantech Impact P7000 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples



Shooting videos on the Impact is best reserved for MMS use primarily due to its choppy capture when set to the maximum resolution of 320 x 240. There’s a noticeable amount of blurring when there are fast moving objects being recorded – plus the jerky movements that occur make it difficult to make things out. Colors would gradually change tones depending on the lighting conditions you record at. Sound from the recorded video had a decent tone to it – which was more than audible to make out words. As a whole, the Impact doesn’t do justice when it comes to recording videos on the handset.

We’re treated to the same updated music player that we saw on the Pantech Reveal – although it still looks a bit ordinary by our standards. It’ll display the album cover, album name, artist, song title, and estimated time. The navigational pad is associated to the on-screen controls to pause/play, reverse, and forward a song. Sound from the speaker phone produced some rich tones; making it extremely clear and audible without any crackling. Sadly, Pantech hasn't included headphones in the box (or at least an adapter to convert the proprietary port to 3.5mm), which we consider rather inappropriate. Rummaging through the options, you can discover tailored equalizer settings to best suit your genre of music. When exiting back to the home screen, the mini player will be displayed – allowing you continuous playback without a pause.

The Pantech Impact delivers a good video watching experience thanks to its quality internal display. We were able to play two movie trailers, coded in MPEG-4 at 320 x 240 and H.264 at 320 x 136, without any hiccups in speed. The video flowed seamlessly through its entirety with a steady frame rate and no slowdown. With the aid of the vibrant speaker phone, sound from the video was reproduced meticulously without any lapse in quality. We’re glad to see the Impact provides a decent video watching experience that’s sure to please most movie buffs.

Music player - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
Music player - Pantech Impact P7000 Review

Music player

Video playback - Pantech Impact P7000 Review

Video playback



Taking the handset to other countries for voice calls won't be an issue with it's quad-band GSM capability (850/900/18000/1900 Mhz). For data use, the dual-band UMTS support (850/1900 Mhz) is sufficient enough to get good connections here domestically.

There is roughly 80MB of shared memory available if you plan on saving media directly on the device. To support that, it can accept microSD cards up to 16GB in capacity.

If we continue to see Opera Mini serving as the web browser of choice on feature phones like the Impact, there will be no doubt about the outcome. Complex sites likes ours loaded hastily under 30 seconds to a zoomed out view. When you do zoom in, text and pictures are rendered closely to what you see on a desktop computer. Scrolling was steady and we find the overall experience satisfying on the Impact.



The Opera Mini browserof the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
The Opera Mini browserof the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
The Opera Mini browserof the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review
The Opera Mini browserof the Pantech Impact - Pantech Impact P7000 Review

The Opera Mini browser
of the Pantech Impact




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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


Why are most of AT&T's phones made out of cheap, tacky colored plastic? This would be a cool phone if it didnt look like a cheap toy. But good review.

posted on 26 Aug 2010, 10:51

2. denise nelson (unregistered)


M y ringtones have faded off my phone how can i get them back on there.

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Display2.6 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (179 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.19 x 2.04 x 0.70 inches
(106 x 52 x 18 mm)
4.49 oz  (127 g)
Battery930 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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