Pantech Breakout Review
Pantech Breakout is now the fifth Android smartphone to be released by Verizon Wireless that runs on the carrier’s 4G LTE data network. But unlike the higher-end HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Droid Charge, LG Revolution, and Motorola DROID BIONIC, the new Pantech Breakout is not bucking for 1st place when it comes to speed and features, but rather to be a more moderate-priced option for those not looking to break the bank as it carries a price of $99.99 after rebate with a 2-year contract.
Included in the retail package is the Pantech Breakout ADR8995 phone, 1500mAh battery, 8GB microSDHC memory card, wall charger with microUSB cable, and user guides.
Even though the Pantech Breakout is currently the least expensive 4G smartphone for Verizon, its construction feels well made, though its all-black color is a bit boring. We like that it is thin, at only 0.47” thick, and not too heavy, which makes it easier to carry around or slip into your pocket. In fact, we like the overall feel of the Pantech Breakout more in our hand than the Samsung Droid Charge, as the Breakout has a texture on the back that gives it a secure feeling in your hand, while the Droid Charge is very slippery. Still, the Motorola DROID BIONIC has the best fit and finish out of the group.
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On the front of the Breakout you’ll find the 4” WVGA (480x800) display, which is 3/10th of an inch smaller than Verizon’s other 4G smartphones. When placed next to the DROID BIONIC, you can clearly see the difference in size, as well as the resolution, but since the Breakout is $200 less, we’re not complaining. Actually, the display on the Breakout is quite good considering its price, showing crisp text and accurate colors, though it does become a challenge to view outside in the sunlight.
Located above it is a standard VGA camera for self portraits or for use with video chat, and at the bottom are four physical buttons for the menu, home, back, and search. Unfortunately, these bottom function buttons are odd-shaped and dimly lit, which makes them feel uncomfortable to use. Along the sides of the device are the power/lock button, volume rocker, and camera key, all of which are easy to find as they stick out from the surrounding plastic.