Pantech Marauder Review
voices on our end sounded a bit “digital” and “choppy” at times, instead of sounding full and natural. People that we called also reported this on their end and could easily tell we were using a cell phone.
The included 1680 mAh battery is rated at 8 hours of talk time or 22 days of standby time. In our testing, we were able to get 7.5 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, or about 2 days of mixed usage (which includes some talk, email, internet, app usage and standby).
When we recently reviewed Verizon’s BlackBerry Curve 9310, we mentioned that for the same price of $49 on-contract, there are better options. The Pantech Marauder is one of them. Not only does it have the advantage of running Android ICS, but also can use Verizon’s 4G LTE data network. Overall, the Pantech Marauder fits in the $49 price category just fine, but keep in mind that some of its features, such as the display and camera, can’t compete with devices costing $200+. Our only real let-down with the Marauder is with its QWERTY keyboard. It had the potential of being really good, but with its flat keys that have very little spacing between them, anything more than a short email or message will be a challenge to type without pressing a wrong key. For the same price, the Samsung Stratosphere has a better designed keyboard and a 4” Super AMOLED display, so keep that in mind.
Software on tested device:
Baseband version: S910LVWC647F.D1
Build number: IML74K
- Starter Mode for beginners
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich
- Poorly designed keyboard
- Video recording is limited to 19 FPS
- Not the fastest 4G speeds
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.