Pantech Slate ReviewPantech Slate 7
The Slate performed well when using it for voice phone calls. We were able to listen to a caller fine without having to set the volume on the highest setting while voices had a neutral tone. Callers said that our voice was clear without any static and able to fully comprehend what was spoken. There was some background interference accompanied with muffled sound when listening to a caller using the speaker phone. People on the other line said that our voices had an almost static sound to it.
For such a thin device, we were impressed by the amount of juice we managed to get out of the battery. The device is rated for 3 hours of talk time with 240 hours of stand-by time. We easily got over 3 hours of talk on a single charge. After recharging the device, we found it at 50% capacity after 5 days of normal use.
So the Pantech Slate may not win the award for best looking device but we have to say that it is functional and gets the job done in terms of messaging. Although there are a lot of features that may seem lacking, or even missing, it’s quite a functional device at its core without all the fancy bells and whistles. Sure it’s missing some “standard” stuff such as 3G and microSD support that you’ll see on other similar devices. But if you’re looking for something lightweight with a QWERTY keyboard, then the Slate is for you. Just remember that its strengths lies in those areas only with a lack luster experience to almost everything else.
- Lightweight and thin
- QWERTY keyboard
- Great battery life
- The email client supports only some servers
- Column view web browsing
- Limited storage capacity
- Unappealing design
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.