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sevomanposted on Nov 30, 2012, 12:06 PM Posts: 0; Member since: Jan 04, 2012
Excellent Phone - Quality with all features.
sevoman has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I returned my iphone 5 due to small screen. AT&T was taking for ever to reverse my upgrade option, so I purchased this phone brand new for $200 from a 3rd party. Having owned a SG2 (international version), an iP5, and recently a lumia 820, I can tell you that this phone hits the sweet spot and trumps all the other phones as a daily user.
Feels and looks like a super expensive phone. I get comments all the time "wow, what phone is that?". Super sleek, NO creaking, no cheap plastic. Has a metal and rubber back, prevents is from slipping off smooth srufaces. Screen as better PPI than the sg2 and the amoled even at its lowest setting is SHARP.
No dropped calls on ATT. Has LTE, and in non LTE areas goes to HSPA+. Call quality is on par with any phone, sharp and loud. No problems.
Browser is fast, data loading fast on all apps. Honestly, cant tell difference in actual usage and experience from the IP5. Has same chip as sg3 without the giant screen, so very very fast and smooth performance.
External speaker is pretty much same as any other phone, nothing to rave about. Located on the back. Screen is excellent.
Camera is NOT as good as sg3 adn iphone, especially in low light. For a daily, random shooter, is is absolutely FINE. In good light the picture's colors are spot on and you can appreciate the 8mp resolution. Sometimes the camera app is a little slow to start, and by slow i mean 2 seconds. However, with my iphone, at times I would hit the camera button and you would see the closed shutter on the screen and there would be a long pause before opening. Most phones will pause now and then when b
Comes with swype and swift key preloaded. i prefer the stock android keyboard. sometimes i switch to swype. a nice feature is when you are typing anything, it automatically puts keyboard settings into your notification bar. if you are typing on or in ANY app and you feel like you want to change the keyboard, you just pull down the bar and change your preference right there. no going to settings. auto correct is fast and typing is not a problem.
i like amoled over ips/lcd. if you like amoled then you will have no issues with this screen. over-saturated colors look good for icons and pictures. its more pleasant to look at than an lcd screen.
with average usage for me: wifi on all day, blue tooth on for about 2 hours per day making 2-3 5 minute phone calls, 5 gmail accounts syncing, twitter on auto sync, and browsing flipboard most of the time, i get about 20 hours before a recharge is needed.
screen size. not too small, not too big. perfect.
slim and solid. excellent quality
long battery (20 hours)
price, $19 on contract, $200 without contract.
rubber backing prevents slipping off table (a'la nexus 4)
pantech ICS overlay not bad. nice features.
power/screen sleep button on right SIDE = easy acces (vs. on top right a'la ip5 and htc one x/s)
easy access to all parts of screen with thumb. good size.
camera not as good as higher end models
comes with ICS with heavy pantech skin. no JB announced
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