Pantech Marauder Review
The included 5MP camera is easy to operate using the on-screen icons, and there are also a variety of scene modes and effect that you can add. The tap-to-focus is a bit slow, taking 3-4 seconds, and then another 2 seconds to capture the picture. Images that we took outside look OK – just OK – as they aren’t very sharp, and occasionally had issues with the auto white balance, which can cause colors to not look their best. There also isn’t an LED flash, so low-light images are tough to take. Videos can be recorded at 1280x720p resolution, but the real issue is that it’s limited to only 19 frames per second. When playing back the video, not only are the detail and colors poor, but anything moving has a stutter due to the low FPS. Even though the price of the phone is low, and the camera isn’t high-end, we’d still like to see 30 FPS for recording video.
Pantech Marauder Sample Video:
As with any smartphone, there is a music player, and the layout of the one on the Marauder is pretty basic to keep things simple, but does come with a nice selection of settings for the Equalizer, Bass Boost, Virtualizer, and Reverb. The music quality through the rear speaker isn’t that great, but with a good set of earbuds connected, it sounds just fine.
The standard Android Gallery will show all of your pictures and videos categorized into folders for easy viewing. We were able to playback all of our MP4 H.264/263videos from 320x240 to 1280x720 resolution without any problems, but DivX and XviD videos could not be played with the default player.
1. Astro551 (Posts: 42; 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.