Pantech Jest Review
Pantech Jest TXT8040 from Verizon Wireless follows in the line of the preceding Razzle TXT8030 and Blitz TXT8010 models, as it is a messaging phone with a full QWERTY keyboard. But since this concept has been around for years now, does the Pantech Jest bring anything new to the table, or is it just a rehash of what we’ve seen before?
Included in the retail package is the Pantech Jest TXT8040 phone, 920mAh battery, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user guide.
The overall design of the Pantech Jest is similar to the Blitz, as both have a sliding QWERTY keyboard, whereas the Razzle has a 180 degree rotating one. Even though the device remains constructed out of plastic and is all-black in color, the device feels sturdy and it fits well in the hand and pocket thanks to the rounded edges and slim profile.
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Located on the front is a nice sized 2.6” 320x320 pixel TFT display, capable of 262K colors. This is a welcome improvement from the Razzle and Blitz, as both have a smaller 2.2” 220x176 pixel display. Images and text on the Jest looks quite good and there are no jagged edges. Below it is an optical d-pad that senses movement up/down and left/right, but you do have to physically press it in to make menu selections. The optical d-pad is a novel idea, but in practice it doesn’t work that well. Even though we changed the sensitivity level from the default setting of medium to high, it still had trouble picking up our thumb movements, and most of the time we have to move our thumb 4-5 times in the same direction for it to register. After a while, this became quite annoying, and we would have preferred a more traditional d-pad like what is used by the Razzle and Blitz. The left and right softkeys are also touch-sensitive, but those worked well, despite not being backlit. The rest are traditional push-buttons for send, send, music, and clear. Around the sides are the volume rocker, speakerphone key, 2.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, camera key, shortcuts key, and microSDHC memory card slot that supports up to 16GB cards.
Sliding open the Pantech Jest reveals the hidden QWERTY keyboard, as it is laid out nearly identical to the Blitz. There are four rows that are slightly curved up to the sides, but the numbers still share real-estate with the letters. Unfortunately, the keys remain rather small and there is almost no space between them. When using the Jest to type messages, we found it a slightly better experience than when using the Samsung Intensity II, as the keys are raised slightly, thus providing a more tactile feel with your thumbs, but due to their small size it is still best suited for people who don’t have large hands. We still prefer the keyboard on the LG Cosmos, as thy keys are larger and have some space between them.
1. Avery (unregistered)
THIS IS A HORRIBLE PHONE!! It freezes up all the time and is sooo slow. It never sends messages and makes calls even when there's signal. do. not. buy.
7. jcyesitsme (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)
I love my Razzle and Verison let me use it as a prepay phone..
2. I have Avery! (unregistered)
Avery shut up, maybe its where you live thats making the phone slow so be quiet and stop being so picky FOOL
3. El Pachuco (unregistered)
Yeah Avery, shut up and do as your mother teels you foo!
4. SmileyGurl (unregistered)
I got this phone and i would say it is pretty nice. I love the keyboard and design of it. My only complaints is that the OK button sucks because its a touch slider kind of button. It is hard to use sometimes. Another thing is it is a boring black color. Wish it could have some jazzy color. But thats just my personal opinion. When it comes to how it works, It works great! i never had a problem with it. I say buy it! or buy the Pantech Jest 2 that is now out because it doesn't have the lame Ok touch button.
5. JamesisthebestEVR (unregistered)
THIS PHONE SUCKS ASS, ITS STAYS LOCKED< NO CODES AVAILEBLE, GOOD LUCK GETTIN ANOTHER CARRIER TO EVEN LOOK AT THIS PHONE
6. etmillion (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Yesterday, my phone slipped out of my hands and bounced off of two rocks and into the water. I reached in to get my phone and it wasn't working like expected. However after a little bit of drying out over a fan and a little time it is back to working order and is completely fine except for a little water under the screen. This phone is definitely sturdy and a good phone for those who are accident prone. The only draw back is it's not as advanced as many other smart phones
8. HannibalTheCannibal (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
I've had this phone for awhile now and I don't see anything wrong with it except the camera quality kind of gets bad after awhile but it works well for me and if there is something wrong with the touch part then just change it to a more sensitive touch :P But yeah