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Pantech Perception Review

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Our main disappointment with the Pantech Perception is that it comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. That would have been fine a year or two ago, but in 2013 there really is no excuse for it not to have Android Jelly Bean, as even the LG Lucid 2 comes with Jelly Bean. Hopefully we will see this on a future software update.

With that in mind, the Pantech Perception uses a layered skin over Android, similar to what we saw last year on the Pantech Marauder. There is both a standard mode and a starter mode, depending on how comfortable you are using the device, as the starter mode has larger icons and text and quick tips to walk you through different features. The app drawer can also be changed to view your apps by different groups, alphabetically, or by downloads. There is also a nice selection of widgets, such shortcuts, calendars, clocks, photo albums, and weather.

The Pantech Perception comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Pantech Perception Review
The Pantech Perception comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Pantech Perception Review
The Pantech Perception comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Pantech Perception Review
The Pantech Perception comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Pantech Perception Review
The Pantech Perception comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Pantech Perception Review
The Pantech Perception comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Pantech Perception Review
The Pantech Perception comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Pantech Perception Review
The Pantech Perception comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Pantech Perception Review

The Pantech Perception comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich


Missing are any type of themes, which we usually see on LG and HTC devices, but you can select 3 different colors (white, green, or black) for use with the phone’s dialpad.

You can select 3 different colors of the dialpad - Pantech Perception Review
You can select 3 different colors of the dialpad - Pantech Perception Review

You can select 3 different colors of the dialpad


Naturally, the Pantech Perception does well with the included Android core apps, such as E-Mail and Gmail, contacts, and calendar. A few other apps included are Color for Facebook, Document Viewer, IMDb, NFL mobile, Real Racing 2, Shark Dash, Slacker, Verizon Tones, VZ Navigator, and Zappos.

Android core apps - Pantech Perception Review
Android core apps - Pantech Perception Review
Android core apps - Pantech Perception Review
Android core apps - Pantech Perception Review

Android core apps



Processor and Memory:

Running things on the Pantech Perception is a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor with 1GB of RAM. This allows the device to be plenty quick when opening apps, and there is no noticeable lag when moving between the home screens.

As you can see from the benchmark tests, the Perception does well compared to other dual-core phones, such as the LG Lucid 2, Motorola DROID RAZR M, and Samsung Galaxy S III.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Pantech Perception 5552 9694 2579 1649 / 611
LG Lucid 2 5774 11800 2794 1636 / 602
Motorola DROID RAZR M 4864 11471

Samsung Galaxy S III 4520 10915


We are glad to see that the Perception comes with 16GB of internal memory, though only 9.6GB is left available for use out of the box. But if you happen to need more room, you can always install a microSD memory card up to 32GB.


Internet and Connectivity:

The Perception comes equipped with a standard web browser, though you can install Chrome or Dolphin if you desire. It renders pages just fine, with kinetic scrolling and pinch-to-zoom working without a hitch.

Web browsing with the Pantech Perception - Pantech Perception Review
Web browsing with the Pantech Perception - Pantech Perception Review
Web browsing with the Pantech Perception - Pantech Perception Review

Web browsing with the Pantech Perception


Since the device makes use of Verizon’s 4G LTE data network, we used the Speedtest.net app and were able to get 15 Mbps downloads and 5 Mbps uploads, with a signal reception of -102dBm. Naturally, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 is supported. We were also glad to see that the Perception comes with Global Roaming capabilities, for use with GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 MHz while overseas.

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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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