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Pantech Pocket Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Rather than finding the more glitzy looking custom interface running on the Pantech Breakout, the Pocket resorts to using the same one used by the aging Pantech Crossfire. In all honesty, it reminds us of a watered down version of HTC Sense, since it employs a very similar lock screens and widgets. It’s decent looking, but clearly lacks the polish of HTC’s premier UI.

The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review

The interface of the Pantech Pocket


Even though it pack a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, it struggles to maintain a reasonable performance when live wallpapers are activated. Clearly sluggish with most tasks, it’s rather frustrating in navigating across the platform.

Using the stock on-screen keyboard, its layout is very easy on the thumbs, but we’re not digging its unresponsiveness. Fortunately, the Swype keyboard option doesn’t stutter with its movement – making it the preferred choice between the two.

Stock keyboard - On-screen keyboards - Pantech Pocket Review
On-screen keyboards - Pantech Pocket Review
On-screen keyboards - Pantech Pocket Review
Swype - On-screen keyboards - Pantech Pocket Review

Stock keyboard

  

Swype

On-screen keyboards



Internet and Connectivity:

Thanks to its HSPA+ connection, the Pocket gets complex pages like ours to fully load in no time at all. Unfortunately, its execution with pinch zooming and kinetic scrolling is on the choppy side – and it doesn’t help when things lag extensively when Flash content is present.

Web browser - Pantech Pocket Review
Web browser - Pantech Pocket Review
Web browser - Pantech Pocket Review
Web browser - Pantech Pocket Review

Web browser



Camera:

Plagued by over-exposure, muddy details, and inaccurate colors, there is nothing pretty to find with photos taken by the handset’s 5-megapixel auto-focus camera – and it doesn’t help that it takes close to 5 seconds to snap an image!

Camera interface - Pantech Pocket Review
Camera interface - Pantech Pocket Review
Camera interface - Pantech Pocket Review
Camera interface - Pantech Pocket Review

Camera interface


Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review

Samples made with the Pantech Pocket


Strong - Indoor samples - Pantech Pocket Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Pantech Pocket Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Pantech Pocket Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Indoor samples


Abysmal! That’s the one word that sums up the so-called 720p video recording of the Pantech Pocket. Honestly, there’s nothing high-def with this one seeing that it’s in 3GP format, which results in a ton of artifacting, extremely soft details, screechy audio recording, and plenty of pixilation.

Pantech Pocket Sample Video:




Multimedia:

Interestingly, the music player receives a slight visual tweak that displays a scrollable listing of songs when something is playing. Moreover, it features an eclectic mix of equalizer settings to fine tune its neutral volume output, which doesn’t strain at the loudest setting.

Music player - Pantech Pocket Review
Music player - Pantech Pocket Review
Music player - Pantech Pocket Review

Music player


With our test video that’s encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution, it plays smoothly with no issues at all – though, it stretches it by default.

Video playback - Pantech Pocket Review
Video playback - Pantech Pocket Review

Video playback



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posted on 28 Nov 2011, 08:32 2

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


No pressure and not desperate...

But I really am dying to read the Galaxy Nexus Review. :D

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 11:14

2. Netolic (Posts: 139; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


What a waste. Is this pantechs first android phone? I had the first pantech phone, which is the ocean from helio

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 17:24

4. blaze456 (Posts: 51; Member since: 06 Oct 2010)


this is a good phone for midrange..and no they have the crossover for at&t and the breakout 4g for verizon

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 11:54

3. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Too bad. This is a neat form factor. I would have liked to see it be a hit, just due to it being different.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 14:08

5. DAVE1963 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


phone part is reall bad makes my third replacement because when i make a call people cant hear me .would not recamend this phone

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:18

6. LadyB (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Dislike this phone. It crashes completely on me at least twice a day requiring a hard battery pull. It also freezes as I am dialing. Took it to the ATT store and they reset all the defaults ad told me to bring it back if it keeps doing it. Taking it back tomorrow. Too bad.

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 22:06

7. sandrapa (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


I have this phone i do like it but i am having problems with not being heard by my callers and the screen freee the phone has been hard set several time only had it for a month I am going to the att store at the gardens mall tomorrow.

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Display4.0 inches, 600 x 800 pixels (250 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz
Size4.52 x 3.07 x 0.44 inches
(114.7 x 78 x 11.3 mm)
4.66 oz  (132 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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