Pantech Crux Review

Introduction and Design

Pantech hasn’t been a major player for Verizon Wireless, usually releasing just one or two phones per year, of which most have been texting devices, such as the Pantech Jest, Razzle, and Blitz. Now that touchscreen phones have become all the rage, Pantech’s answer is the new Crux, a thin and lightweight feature-phone with a 3” touchscreen, coming in at a low price. But does the Pantech Crux have what it takes to become the next big thing in the feature-phone mainstream arena?

Included in the retail package is the Pantech Crux phone, pre-installed 1GB microSD memory card, 1100mAh battery, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.


The look of the Pantech Crux is very minimalistic with an all black plastic construction and chrome accents around the sides, though we found the rear of the phone to feel a bit cheap and flimsy with the battery cover. The device is quite thin at only 0.50” and comes in at just 4.3oz, making it easy to hold for long phone conversations or tucked away in skinny jeans.

You can compare the Pantech Crux with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

On the front of the Crux is the 3” 240x400 pixel resolution capacitive touchscreen, which responds to the slightest touch, unlike the LG Cosmos Touch that uses a pressure resistive screen. But due to its low resolution, text and images aren’t going to be nice and sharp, but instead look a bit jagged and pixelated around the edges. You have to lock and unlock the device by sliding the screen up or down, and our concern here is if the internal mechanism may break over time. Under the display is a touch home key that will take you back to the home screen regardless of which task you are currently in. Pressing it while you are already in the home screen will show an overview of all three home screens that you can move through (more on that later). Around the sides of the phone are the volume rocker, microUSB port, dedicated music playback keys, 3.5mm headset jack, camera, voice command, and power keys, and the microSDHC memory card slot (32GB supported). On the back is the 3MP camera and external speaker.

Pantech Crux 360-degree View:

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