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Pantech Perception Review

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Pantech Perception Review
Introduction:

Pantech Perception Review
Pantech is well known for its mid-level and budget friendly smartphones; one of the newest being the Pantech Perception, which is currently available from Verizon Wireless. But unlike the Pantech Breakout and Marauder before it, the Perception has been updated with a larger 4.8” Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and an 8MP camera, while maintaining a 2-year contract price of $99.99. While this is a good price-point for consumers, other higher-end phones that came out last year can now be purchased for around the same price, such as the Samsung Galaxy S III ($99.99) and the Motorola DROID RAZR HD ($49.99), which makes the price of the Pantech Perception appear not as attractive.

Included in the retail package is the Pantech Perception smartphone, 2020mAh battery, wall charger with microUSB cable, and user guides.


Design:

Even though the Pantech Perception is slightly larger overall than the Samsung Galaxy S III, its corners and edges are more square and not as rounded, making it feel less comfortable in the hand when held for long periods of time. However, the overall appearance of the materials used on the Perception gives the device an attractive look, and we appreciate that the rear battery cover is matte and slightly textured, instead of being glossy and slippery.

The Pantech Perception has an attractive look - Pantech Perception Review
The Pantech Perception has an attractive look - Pantech Perception Review
The Pantech Perception has an attractive look - Pantech Perception Review

The Pantech Perception has an attractive look


Pantech Perception
5.23 x 2.7 x 0.35 inches
133 x 69 x 9 mm
4.83 oz (137 g)

Pantech Perception

LG Lucid 2
4.82 x 2.51 x 0.39 inches
122 x 64 x 10 mm
4.55 oz (129 g)

LG Lucid 2

Motorola DROID RAZR HD
5.19 x 2.67 x 0.33 inches
131.9 x 67.9 x 8.4 mm
5.15 oz (146 g)

Motorola DROID RAZR HD

Samsung Galaxy S III Verizon
5.39 x 2.8 x 0.34 inches
137 x 71 x 8.6 mm
4.70 oz (133 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III Verizon

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


The Pantech Perception (left) is slightly larger overall than the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Pantech Perception Review
The Pantech Perception (left) is slightly larger overall than the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Pantech Perception Review
The Pantech Perception (left) is slightly larger overall than the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Pantech Perception Review

The Pantech Perception (left) is slightly larger overall than the Samsung Galaxy S III (right)


Above the display is a standard 2MP camera, while on the left side is the volume rocker, and on the right is the power/lock key, which are easy to find since they are raised and slightly rounded from the surrounding edges. Up on top is a 3.5mm headset jack and an out-of-place microUSB port, as we believe having it near the bottom of the device would make more sense. Around on the back is the 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash, and removing the battery cover will allow access to the microSD memory card slot and 4G SIM slot.

The sides of the Pantech Perception - Pantech Perception Review
Front camera - The sides of the Pantech Perception - Pantech Perception Review
Capacitive Android keys - The sides of the Pantech Perception - Pantech Perception Review
 

Front camera

Capacitive Android keys

Back - The sides of the Pantech Perception - Pantech Perception Review
Rear camera and speaker grill - The sides of the Pantech Perception - Pantech Perception Review
Battery compartment - The sides of the Pantech Perception - Pantech Perception Review

Back

Rear camera and speaker grill

Battery compartment

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Pantech Perception - Pantech Perception Review
microUSB port and 3.5mm jack - The sides of the Pantech Perception - Pantech Perception Review
Power key (right) - The sides of the Pantech Perception - Pantech Perception Review

Volume rocker (left)

microUSB port and 3.5mm jack

Power key (right)

The sides of the Pantech Perception



Display:

We are glad to see that the Perception comes with a nice sized 4.8” Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720x1280. As to be expected with Super AMOLD screens, colors are fully saturated with black-levels being pure. Text is also sharp and clear. But when used in direct sunlight, we found the screen is quite dark and hard to view.

One thing to be mindful of is that since the Perception lacks capacitive control buttons under the display, it uses on-screen soft keys, similar to the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, which does take away some of the display’s real estate (about 0.30”). Some people prefer the on-screen keys, while others like dedicated capacitive buttons – as it comes down to personal preference.



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posted on 07 May 2013, 08:35 1

1. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


phonearena why dont u review lenovo k900 ?????

posted on 08 May 2013, 10:06 1

2. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Verizon should have just picked up the Pantech Discover, and keep it at the $50.00 price point it's at with At&t.

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Pantech Perception

Pantech Perception

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0
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Display4.8 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (306 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual core, 1500 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size5.23 x 2.7 x 0.35 inches
(133 x 69 x 9 mm)
4.83 oz  (137 g)

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