Pantech Marauder Review
One thing that Pantech hopes to accomplish with the Marauder is to make it easy-to-use for beginners that haven’t used an Android smartphone before by introducing a Starter Mode. When using this, you have a basic 5 home screen layout with large text and big icons. The app drawer is also laid out in specific groups. For example, “Tools” lists the alarm, calculator, calendar, clocks, and voice recorder, and “Media” lists the doc viewer, gallery, music player and video player. We found the Starter Mode very simplistic for someone that may have never used a smartphone before, and is nice touch. Once you are more comfortable with using the device, or are experienced with Android, you can change over to the Standard Mode. It comes with 7 home screens (with normal sized text and icons) and the app drawer also lists everything alphabetically instead of placing them into groups. Regardless of which mode you are using, you will see nothing of the stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich interface, as Pantech has placed their layer over top, but we’re still glad ICS is on board.
There also comes along a basic selection of Widgets, such as different clocks, weather, calendar, music, and friend feeds. Missing are the four themes that are on the Pantech Breakout, which is similar to what HTC does with its Sense UI, but we feel that this was left out as to have the Starter and Standard Mode.
Processor and Memory:
The Pantech Marauder features a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor and has 1GB of RAM, which is excellent hardware for the price.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Samsung Galaxy S III||5022||6369||58,7|
|Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX||2895||6178||36,7|
As you can see from the numbers, the Marauder does well with benchmarking, even slightly beating the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III with AnTuTu. But despite this, the Marauder does feel a bit slow and lagging at times, mostly when using the User Interface, as there is some delay when moving between the home screens and when opening apps, while the Galaxy S III feels much faster with its UI and opening apps.
The Marauder comes with 4GB of internal memory, but since it is used by apps, files, and the OS, you are left with only about 1.5GB free. Thankfully, there is a microSD memory card slot that can accommodate cards up to 32GB.
Internet and Connectivity:
Despite its low price, we’re glad to see that the Pantech Marauder can make use of Verizon’s 4G LTE data network. Even though using the 3.8” display can feel a bit cramped at times when viewing large web sites, pages are still properly rendered and are easy to navigate.
When using the SpeedTest.net app, we were able to get download speeds of 5.07 Mbps and uploads of 4.27 Mbps. This is not as fast as what we’ve seen with most other Verizon 4G smartphones, but still good enough for most web sites. Naturally, you can connect to Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n as well.
1. Astro551 (Posts: 46; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
whenever i see this i think "pantech murderer"
3. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
lol... it ''Murders'' a lot of smartphone with its beastly high benchmark and speed. No wonder u think its murderer aaahahs
4. CypherCross (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)
i don't have a problem using the physical keyboard. the keys are flat but you can still distinguish the difference from the surrounding plastic because it has a rubbery feel to it. also it's spaced enough for me. I'd give this phone a 8/10 considering it has a dual core processor, 1GB ram and android ICS for $49. That's like a steal. The only thing i don't like is the overall design. Samsung Stratosphere may have a better design and better physical keyboard but it's only a single core processor and old android 2.3, so people might want to consider that as well. if i have a choice between this phone and the Samsung Stratosphere, I would go with the Pantech Marauder because of the stronger processor/RAM and newer android software.
6. scragtopgal (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
CypherCross, I wish I had never gotten my Stratosphere. I got it in either February or March. I have been different kinds of problems with it starting around May or June, Fianlly got to where it was happening pretty frequently. E-mailed customer support about it a few weeks ago. Got my first certified phone on Sept 7, 2012. There were other problems with it starting the day I got it. Then the same problems with in 24 hours. I emailed again on Sept 10 or 11. They shipped me another certified phone. I got everything set on it, and guess what. It only worked properly for about 24 hours. Talked to them today and they are suppose to be sending me a Pantech Marauder. Hope this one owrks better than what I have now.