Pantech Breakout Review
Quadrant Benchmark app, which gave a score of 1191. This is slightly ahead of the Samsung Droid Charge’s score of 939, but is still much lower than the Motorola DROID BIONIC (2465), LG Revolution (2122), and HTC ThunderBolt (1703). Next we used the AnTuTu benchmark app, and got a mark of 2765 on the Breakout, which is about equal to the HTC ThunderBolt and LG Revolution. Despite its average scores, we never felt that the Breakout was sluggish or that it was slow when using it day-to-day.
Call quality through the earpiece speaker was good, as it produced pleasing tones and lacked any background noise or static. But turning the volume all the way to high would cause some distortion in the speaker. People that we called also said that we sounded good on their end as well. Signal reception was also adequate, as we would average 2-3 bars in our area and didn’t drop any calls. We also didn’t experience any 4G data drops, which can happen often with the Samsung Droid Charge.
The included 1500mAh battery is rated to provide up to 5.7 hours of talk time or 12.6 days of standby time. In our testing, we were able to get up to 5 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, or about 8-10 hours of mixed usage. These times are about equal to what we got while using the LG Revolution, but are less than the other Verizon 4G phones.
When it comes right down to it, the Pantech Breakout is clearly for someone who wants a Verizon 4G smartphone, but without spending a few hundred bucks on one. We like that it’s thin and lightweight, and feels comfortable in the hand, through the 4 function buttons on the front are a bit awkward to use. The 4” display is a bit smaller than its competition, but this also allows for the phone to be smaller too, which some people prefer. We were pleased by the interface that Pantech uses and that it comes with a nice selection of widgets, as well as the good call quality and signal reception. Though we were a bit disappointed by the lacking camera quality, limited room for storing apps, and less than average battery times. Since the Pantech Breakout is currently $99.99 after rebate with a 2-year contract, it is the most affordable 4G phone from Verizon, but occasionally you can snag one of other 4G devices (such as the ThunderBolt) from different on-line resellers for less than what Verizon sells it directly for. In doing so, you would get a better-spec'd phone overall.
Software version on the reviewed unit:
Build number: GRI40
Kernel version: 184.108.40.206-perf
Pantech Breakout Video Review:
- Good 4G data speeds
- Thin and easy to carry
- Low cost
- Camera isn’t that great
- Limited 150MB for app storage
- Below average battery times
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- Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
- Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
- Storage 0.39 GB + microSDHC
- Battery 1500 mAh(5.78h talk time)