Pantech Slate Review
Just as we suspected, the interface is the same as we’ve seen on other similar devices currently available on AT&T. You will find it relatively easy to navigate through the grid style main menu and scroll through the list view. The phone runs pretty swiftly in almost everything you do. There are some minor personalization options you can modify through the settings options if you have the itch to keep it fresh.
It’s obvious that the device was created in mind for the heavy text messaging users out there. As we stated before, the device is a breeze when it comes to typing up messages. If you’re big on instant messaging, you’ll be happy to know that you can choose from three different IM clients (AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger). Luckily you’ll still be able to receive messages even after you’ve gone back to the main menu as it will run in the background. The Slate does offer to an extent some e-mail options but only specific providers on the phone can be used. Some of the big names that are supported are Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, Comcast, and Juno. It may be a little surprising to find Gmail not offered. You’re out of luck and won’t find the software useful if you don’t find yours on the list.
up to 600 contacts. The amount of information you can add to a contact has been limited to three phone numbers, two e-mail addresses, adding to a group, associating a photo or ringtone, and a small note.
Bear in mind that the phone has only 20MB of internal memory to store files. Some might scratch their heads or dissemble the phone trying to look for a microSD card slot. Unfortunately, memory is very tight and with no possible way to expand it.
We were a little skeptical about fathoming the photo quality from a text message oriented phone would turn out. Running the camera application, we were greeted to an interface that wasn’t too cluttered with icons. There are a total of six different image sizes you can use for photos, ranging from 220x176 to the maximum 1280x960. Photos were of mediocre quality with images taken in good lighting coming out the best. There was a lot of blurriness produced in images taken in low lit areas.
Videos can be taken as well, but memory limitations will make you think twice of taking longer scenes. You can take videos in either 176x144 or 128x96 resolutions; both best situated for MMS use. Captured videos had steady frame rates with choppy audio making it almost indistinguishable.
Playing songs on the device is pretty simple thanks to the barebones interface. It’ll display the artist, song name, and the playback functions in the interface while running an animated lights show on screen as the music plays. You’ll hear an occasional crackling when you place the sound on the highest setting, but no other problems than that. We were unable to test the device for video play due to the fact that we could not load any files into memory that would fit. It should support MPEG4 video playback.
Using the device abroad for voice calls will pose no issues with its quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) capability. Similar to other phones, you’ll be able to pair up a variety of Bluetooth devices from headsets to laptops with no issues.
The web browser is a simple one that optimizes pages to a column view only so there is no horizontal scrolling. The only issue with this is that some photos and text will get cut off in different sections. On top of that, pages took an extreme long time to load due to the lack of 3G support.
1. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)
After handling it, I couldn't get past the cheap-ness of the device. But for people looking for a low-budget texting phone, this will do, for now. When the Samsung Magnet comes out though, it will dominate this thing.
2. mlyssa971 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Apr 2008)
I have both the Slate and the Magnet....and I prefer the Slate. The magnet turned out to be more hype than a good phone. Its a waste of money to buy it.