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Pantech Swift Review

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Pantech Swift Review
Introduction:

Pantech Swift Review
If there’s one company to count on when it comes to producing feature phones in this day and age, you don’t need to look any further than Pantech, as they’ve been consistent with their offerings. Coming to the plate with the Pantech Swift, it’s a QWERTY sliding messaging phone that aims to appease those who can live without the complexities of a smartphone. However, it’ll surely need to kick it up a notch in order to stay afloat – especially at $69.99 with a 2-year contract.


Design:

Hardly flaunting anything spectacular, the design of the Pantech Swift is all too predictable amongst the trove of QWERTY messaging phones on the market. Compact and light enough to comfortably hold in the hand, its build quality is decent enough to warrant peace of mind when it comes to normal wear and tear. Still, as much as we like the subtle soft touch feel of its rear cover, there's nothing particularly exciting about this conventional looking phone.

The Pantech Swift is compact and light enough to comfortably hold in the hand - Pantech Swift Review
The Pantech Swift is compact and light enough to comfortably hold in the hand - Pantech Swift Review
The Pantech Swift is compact and light enough to comfortably hold in the hand - Pantech Swift Review

The Pantech Swift is compact and light enough to comfortably hold in the hand


Pantech Swift Review

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Below the display, there’s a physical home button that’s raised and easily pressed – whereas, its dedicated power button and volume keys are more flat feeling. In addition, we find a microUSB port for charging/data connectivity and a 3.5mm headphone jack around the sides of the phone.

The sides of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review
 

Volume rocker (left)

3.5mm jack (top)

Power key and microUSB port (right) - The sides of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review
Bottom - The sides of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review

Power key and microUSB port (right)

Bottom

The sides of the Pantech Swift


Flipping it around to the rear, it features a 2-megapixel camera sans flash – while the handset’s speaker grill is found close by. Prying off the rear plastic cover, we gain access to its SIM slot, 1,000 mAh battery, and microSD card slot.

Back - Pantech Swift Review
Camera - Pantech Swift Review
Battery compartment - Pantech Swift Review

Back

Camera

Battery compartment


Exposing the physical landscape keyboard is accomplished by pushing the display up when held in landscape, which snaps firmly into place without much force. With its 4-row keyboard layout, buttons are nearly flush to the surface – thus, making it difficult to feel them out. Although we’re accepting of its reasonable response, we would’ve preferred seeing numbers incorporated into the top row of buttons. Far from being the best QWERTY we’ve seen on a messaging phone, it’s effective enough for most case uses, but don’t expect to jot down paragraphs of text with it.

The physical landscape keyboard of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review
The physical landscape keyboard of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review
The physical landscape keyboard of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review

The physical landscape keyboard of the Pantech Swift



Display:

We know there isn’t going to be much love found with the Swift’s keyboard, and rightfully so, our suspicions are confirmed after checking out its 2.8” QVGA (240 x 320) capacitive display. Obviously, it’s lacking detail, but even worse, it washes out very easily under the gaze of the sun. It’s difficult to say if it’s the touchscreen, software, processor, or a combination of the three, but it feels very lax and unresponsive when it comes to tracking our finger.



The 2.8” QVGA display - Pantech Swift Review
The 2.8” QVGA display - Pantech Swift Review

The 2.8” QVGA display



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posted on 13 Jun 2012, 08:31 1

1. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Who buys feature phones these days?

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 17:55 2

2. sportsinger75 (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


People who really don't want to pay for a data plan (older folks and very young teenagers).

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 10:05

5. cupacke1749 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


@ sportsinger75 thank you very much, i have a smartphone i pay for a data plan, but i hate my smartphone and I want the Pantech Swift. So not all people buy featured phones for that reason. That is your opinion not a fact of this world.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 08:19 1

3. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Heres why. Most of the feature phones sports trendy and cool designs, Examples? the Samsung Nori F and the LG Lollipop. Some wants greater customizations. some wants..... you know, special features... and most importantly, don't want data plans and some think smartphones look boring and dull.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 10:57

4. bansidhar (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


why are you review this phone it is completely low end

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 17:05

6. tepo1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)


Unfortunately I have this phone. It always drops incoming calls. I always have to call the person back because it drops the calls. And when someone sends you a picture via text, the picture is so small, you can hardly see it. Completely a low end phone, so sorry I got it.

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Pantech Swift

Pantech Swift

OS: Brew Mobile Platform (Brew MP)
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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.29 x 2.22 x 0.58 inches
(109 x 56 x 15 mm)
6.26 oz  (178 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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