Pantech Jest Review
The interface on the Jest has been slightly improved upon and has three themes: white, ocean delight, and log cabin. Between these, the “ocean delight” theme is the most colorful, and you can change any of their layouts between tab, list, and grid view, as well as the font type, clock format and color. The only issue we had when using the menus was in regards to the optical d-pad, as it is troublesome and doesn’t always recognize finger movements.
The phonebook on the Pantech Jest allows up to 1000 contacts to be saved with multiple numbers and email addresses, picture and ringtone, IM screen name, and street address. Unfortunately, the Jest still only allows up to 500 speed dial entries, whereas most other phones allow up to 999.
Composing a text, picture, or video message can be done by sliding the phone open and using the QWERTY keyboard. Other messaging options include Mobile Email, which will allow you to send and receive email through your standard POP or IMAP accounts, and Mobile IM for connecting to people in your AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo! buddy lists. Also included on the Pantech Jest is a new program called Social Beat, that we also saw on the Samsung Intensity II, which allows you to connect your accounts for Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google Talk, and GMail, as well as RSS. We tried it with Facebook and were able to view our feed, wall, inbox, and friend’s list. You can also post your current status and even upload a mobile photo. Just be prepared to wait….and wait…and wait, as it takes up to 3 minutes just to sign in and view recent posts. Several times, it just stopped working all together, just like we experienced with the Intensity II, and we had to click on Refresh a few times to get things to load. We’re not sure if this is a problem with the program, or since the phone uses the slower 1x data network. At this point, we wouldn’t even fool with using it, as it is problematic to load and takes too long.
The camera on the Jest has been updated from 1.3MP to 2MP, but its quality remains lacking, as images taken outside still have poor detail and soft edges, as well as inaccurate color representation, as there is a constant purple hue, similar to what we experienced when using the Blitz. Images taken inside did better with their color, but not with the details, as there was still a lot of grain that could be seen. There is also no flash, so forget about taking pictures in low-light conditions. The Jest can also record videos, but is limited to a maximum resolution of 320x240 and only at 7fps. Because of this, video quality is quite poor and not even worth using.
Pantech Jest sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution.
The music player on the Pantech Jest is a scaled-down version of what we saw on the Razzle last year, but it still has some good features. However, when we started, the Jest wouldn’t see our MP3 files, but we then saw that the phone creates a directory on the microSD card called “root” and it contains sub-folders, one of which is for music albums. So we had to take the time and copy all our MP3s to that folder. Once that was done, the player could access the files, and was able to show them by song, playlists, artists, genres, and albums. There are 6 sound effects (normal, rock, jazz, classic, pop, and bass) that you can choose from, as well as selecting a red, violet, or yellow skin for the player background. Music quality was pretty good through the mono speaker on the back, and we also like that the Jest supports multitasking, so we could listen to music why typing a text message at the same time. Naturally, you can also listen to music through 2.5mm earbuds or via Bluetooth stereo.
Most other software features on the Pantech Jest remain unchanged from the Razzle, such as the appointment calendar where you can save alerts, Mobile Web 2.0 browser, VZ Navigator for GPS guided driving directions, and the ability to download other ringtones and games. Since the Jest still only supports the slower 1X network instead of the faster EVDO network, data speeds are slow and there is no support for VCast Video streaming or VCast Music downloads. One new feature that is included is the Microsoft Bing search, where you can perform searches on the Web, Business Directory, or VZW Media. If you do just a standard search, it will search the Web for results, where the Business Directory search is good for restaurants, shopping, hotels, and other local places, while the VZW Media search will look for matching Verizon ringtones, wallpapers, games, and programs to download.
The Jest comes with 975MB of internal memory, which can be used for downloading apps, syncing music to your PC, or saving pictures and videos, which is nice to have if you don’t have a memory card installed.
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