Pantech Pursuit II Review
On the surface, the Pantech Pursuit II UI looks pretty similar to what we found on the Pursuit, but there are some differences. The most major is that the Pursuit II runs on the Brew Mobile Platform, which makes it more app friendly. Of course we’re not talking iPhone or Android quality apps here. The platform runs generally smooth on the 230MHz Qualcomm processor, but as you might imagine it chokes up at times. Keep in mind that “quick” is also relative here.
There is slightly more customization with the Pursuit II as well, such as rearranging the menu items. There are three homescreens and you can also add shortcuts to left one, such as your camera or a picture, and oddly enough a shortcut to a single song or calendar event but not the music player or calendar themselves.
The phonebook is pretty straight forward and barebones. Messaging is also pretty standard with SMS and MMS support. AT&T’s Mobile Email client is installed which makes it easy to set up your IMAP or POP mail and has preconfigured settings for popular providers. One feature we do appreciate is the ability to use an onscreen T9-style keyboard if the phone is closed.
The included apps are pretty standard AT&T offerings: IM (AIM, Yahoo and MSN), YPmobile, AT&T GPS, Social Net and My AT&T. The AppCenter is used for buying more content. Unfortunately, there is nothing that is truly free available, and in general, the content is pretty lacking. Facebook, Twitter and MySpace (seriously?) all have their own menu shortcuts, but they simply launch the respective mobile sites.
The browser itself is what you would expect from a non-smartphone. It handles mobile sites just fine, if not slowly, but trying to load a complex page like PhoneArena pretty much kills it. The Pursuit II runs on AT&T’s 3G bands, but quite simply the browser is not capable of utilizing those speeds. Despite having a capacitive display there is no multitouch or double tapping on the Pursuit II.
Camera and Multimedia:
The Pantech Pursuit II’s 2.0MP camera took respectable pictures. We weren’t expecting too much from it and indeed details could be a bit fuzzy, images were overexposed in bright light and grain and blur were issues in dark light, but the pictures turned out plenty well for digital sharing. The camcorder was unfortunately worthless with the worst quality of any phone that we can recall.
music player isn’t awful, and lets you play your tracks in the background. The downside is that many tasks, such as viewing pictures, require the music player to be stopped. When it is running, a widget appears on the main homescreen below the clock. The video player wasn’t capable of playing any of our DivX, XviD, H.264 or MPEG-4 videos.
1. Doctor Strange (unregistered)
I was looking forward to buying this for my 7th grader, mainly because I had heard that Brew MP is supposed to be a pretty advanced OS for feature phones (I have no desire to pay for yet another data plan, so dumbphones are the only option). Unfortunately, I cannot find any detailed information about Brew MP. Since the majority of cell phone users are still on dumbphones, I would appreciate if someone did a thorough comparison of the OS options. Love my android, but the reality cannot be ignored.
2. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)
That's a good idea. PhoneArena should compare all the mobile operating systems. There aren't many, but it would make a good article.
Brew MP, BREW (what Verizon uses), and Java could be compared.
3. rex0422 (Posts: 30; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
I really prefer the Samsung Strive! It's one of the better phones out there. Decent battery life, that's important to me. This Pursuit II is not so charming, from my point of view.
5. Tony (unregistered)
Hopefully this iteration improved over the original.
I've had the original Pantech Pursuit for a bit over a year now. Luckily, I had the 'insurance' for it. The design and construction was so bad in the past year I've returned no less than five of them (my current is my sixth.), displaying a consistent two to three month lifespan. Amongst the problems were: Internal antenna failure (twice), screen failure (once, video only, however the screen still displayed flickers of image, leading me to assume it was a very loose connection or something of the like), and mic failure (twice). Through all of this, I was refused a different model.
I work at Best Buy and noticed this little bit of plastic on display during my shift today. I will comment on the efficiency of this new model once I feel I've played with it enough. But for now, let this be a warning to all: The original Pursuit (and the second gen blue version) is complete crap, and with the minor updating Pantech has done, expect this phone to be much the same.
Oh, and the battery life (thank you Rex.) is about a day of LIGHT use. Again, no reason to expect the second version will be any better.
12. technopath93 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
I agree and dissagree. I have had the Pursuit I for about a year and a half, and this is the first time I have had a problem with it. Last year I dropped it in the pool, multiple times it fell out of my purse on the tile floor, It has a long lanyard on it that I like to swing around, and on numerous occasions I have accidentally flung it into a wall.
I am an 18 year old girl and do not take care of my phone at all, and yet, the only reason I called the insurance on it is because the 'send' button tends to be unresponsive on the messaging screen, and It tends to call the wrong person from shortcuts. The phone is not the best, but it lasted for me.
6. Tony (unregistered)
As an aside, I also maintain my hardware very well. So no big drops, spilled liquid, or anything like that contributed. Sad.
7. att wireless user (unregistered)
I have had the phone for just over a week. I , overall love this phone. I love the shape,both key board and touch screen - which ever you feel like using is great.
It is up to date, but not so fancy that I could not figure out how to run it on my own.
I like that I could update my samsung strive and not have to add to my pay plan in order to have this phone like a lot of phones you have to do such. The only downfall is the battery life so I have both car and home charger which is necessary.
8. amy (unregistered)
ive had this phone for about two months. i have the pink one. its pretty cool. i love the touchscreen and the cool design. the whole reason i got this phone is because it looked so pretty. the only thing i dislike about this phone is how the screen gets scratched up SO easily! every time i accidentally drop it there are a lot more scratches.there isnt a mm of space without a scratch on it on my phone! still, if you dont mind scratches, this phone is a thumbs up!
9. floridian (unregistered)
I love the phone, but the battery life is the pits, I wish Pantech or some other company would come up with an after market better battery.
10. Catfixer (unregistered)
I was sent this phone and it was awful. Nothing worked right and I liked the phone. I returned it for the same phone and it is great now that i have one that functions properly. I love the slider.You can use either keyboard or touch screen. Love its size and shape.
11. JJenkins3 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
I had this phone 31 days and the touch screen doesn't work any more. I LOVED the phone when it worked, but now I am super irritated. Because without the touch screen you have no access to contacts, text messages etc!
13. stasha5891 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
I have the Pantech Pursuit 2, and by far, it has been a Wonderful little phone, other than the fact, that i got a case for it, yet it STILL manages to get scratches on the Entire thing, rather it be the Screen, Camera Lens, or ANY part of it! I have recently started having problems with this phone! I have only had it for 3 months now! I have an insurance policy, but it won't let me sign up on AT&T for an Online account, because i'm not the Initial Contract owner! My name is on the account to where i can buy things, and do my own stuff without the Contract owner being present because he added me as an Account holder, but my problem is, i NEVER have time to go to the actual AT&T store! I know for sure, all of us that are on the account, have Insurance, but my question is, can anybody tell me, what the insurance covers for this phone? And if i would be eligible to get another phone? I have problems (not every time, just randomly), when calling people, and the screen is getting to where it doesn't work as well... I just need someone to tell me if i can get a different phone, by Insurance, without having to spend ALOT of money to get a New phone, seeing as how I just upgraded 3 months ago!
14. tvser (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)
I have had my Pantech Pursuit II only two weeks and it is the worst cell phone I have ever owned!
1- It cuts itself off without me touching it.
2- Incoming calls will ring once and go to voicemail.
3-Contact screen appears and starts dialing at random.
4- Screen that shows volume level appears at random.
5- Sound quality is lousy.
Cute little phone but absolutely no good. Advise anyone do not buy it.
Taking this one back to seller.