Pantech Swift Review
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.
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.
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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.
Volume rocker (left)
3.5mm jack (top)
Power key and microUSB port (right)
The sides of the Pantech Swift
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
4. bansidhar (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)
why are you review this phone it is completely low end
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.