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Pantech Ease Review

Pantech Ease

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If you haven't checked out our Pantech Breeze II review, we'd recommend looking at it as the interface on the Ease follows to it similarly with its advanced and easy modes. When setting it to the latter, the handset will have a straightforward appearance with its large sized fonts, contrasting colors, and simplified main menu to get you into all of the core functions of the phone. Pressing on the dedicated quick contacts button will allow you to assign up to three contacts to quickly call or text at any time. Additionally there are tools like the pill reminder or pedometer that play to the needs of some of the older users out there. On the other hand, the advanced mode is more fitting for those who are well established in phone usage – plus the interface is a bit more animated and in-depth like the Pantech Breeze. You can even customize the three home screens with various favorite items, shortcuts, and clock types – which does go a long way in making it look a tad more personalized.

Home screen - Easy mode - Pantech Ease Review
Main menu - Easy mode - Pantech Ease Review
Pill reminder - Easy mode - Pantech Ease Review
Pedometer - Easy mode - Pantech Ease Review

Home screen

Main menu

Pill reminder

Pedometer


You can customize the three home screens in Advanced modeThe interface on the Pantech Ease offers two modes - advanced and easy - Pantech Ease Review
You can customize the three home screens in Advanced modeThe interface on the Pantech Ease offers two modes - advanced and easy - Pantech Ease Review
You can customize the three home screens in Advanced modeThe interface on the Pantech Ease offers two modes - advanced and easy - Pantech Ease Review
You can customize the three home screens in Advanced modeThe interface on the Pantech Ease offers two modes - advanced and easy - Pantech Ease Review

Even though it focuses on the needs for the older population, there are still some elements that make the Pantech Ease just like other contemporary handsets – such as text messaging, email, instant messaging, and PIM functions. Sending text messages can be accomplished either by using the portrait style on-screen keypad or simply opening up the phone to use the QWERTY. Email setup is a breeze as it's no different from other AT&T handsets by simply providing your email address and password. Finally, there are a decent amount of the standard AT&T applications preloaded on the device such as AT&T Navigator, MobiTV, AT&T Social Net, and My-Cast Weather to keep you busy.
 
Messaging - Pantech Ease Review
Messaging - Pantech Ease Review
Messaging - Pantech Ease Review
Messaging - Pantech Ease Review

Email - Preloaded AT&T applications - Pantech Ease Review
Preloaded AT&T applications - Pantech Ease Review
Preloaded AT&T applications - Pantech Ease Review
Preloaded AT&T applications - Pantech Ease Review

Email

   


Multimedia:

Coming in with a below average 2-megapixel shooter, images produced by the Ease tend to look a  bit over-exposed in outdoor condition with good lighting. Conversely, photos lacked detail and had plenty of noise when taken in low lit areas – which made them look somewhat muddy. In the advanced mode, there are a bunch of icons on-screen to provide you some options, but switching to easy mode will present you with a barren interface. Evidently it's clear that taking photos isn't one of the strong points of the Pantech Ease.

Camera interface - advanced mode - Pantech Ease Review
Camera interface - advanced mode - Pantech Ease Review
Camera interface - easy mode - Pantech Ease Review
Camera interface - easy mode - Pantech Ease Review


Gallery - Pantech Ease Review
Gallery - Pantech Ease Review


Samples shot with the Pantech Ease - Pantech Ease Review
Samples shot with the Pantech Ease - Pantech Ease Review
Samples shot with the Pantech Ease - Pantech Ease Review
Samples shot with the Pantech Ease - Pantech Ease Review
Samples shot with the Pantech Ease - Pantech Ease Review
Samples shot with the Pantech Ease - Pantech Ease Review
Samples shot with the Pantech Ease - Pantech Ease Review
Samples shot with the Pantech Ease - Pantech Ease Review

Strong light - Indoor samples - Pantech Ease Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - Pantech Ease Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Pantech Ease Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light


By no means is the QVGA video capture of the Pantech Ease pleasing to the eyes when it lacks any solid detail and fine colors to make it passable. To make matters worse, things look even more jerky with its 14fps shooting rate.

Pantech Ease sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution.

Sporting the same music player from the Pursuit, the Pantech Ease is more than capable of playing some tunes, but unfortunately the sound from the speaker phone was more relaxed to our liking. Although it may seem ample to some, tones had a sharp tone to them when placing the volume to the loudest setting – still, it didn't seem as too vibrant to our liking.

Music player - Pantech Ease Review
Music player - Pantech Ease Review

Thanks to the ample display, watching videos is pleasant on the phone as we were able to play videos coded in H.263 320x144 and H.264 320x136 with no instances of stalling.

Watching videos - Pantech Ease Review
Watching videos - Pantech Ease Review
Watching videos - Pantech Ease Review
Watching videos - Pantech Ease Review

Media buffs will want to purchase a microSD card seeing that the handset only has 55MB of internal storage out of the box.


Data/Connectivity:

You'll be able to chat away in almost any part of the globe with this quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) phone, but for data usage, the dual-band UMTS (850/1900 MHz) radio will only provide 3G speeds domestically.

Since the Pantech Ease packs on Opera Mini, the web browsing experience is a little bit tolerable, but we still find scrolling to be a monotonous process on the phone – it just isn't as fluid as we'd like. And just like the video playback experience, the app will only work in landscape mode. Despite this, the overall experience is passable when you consider its ability to load pages quickly and render everything almost exactly like what you see on a desktop.

The Pantech Ease packs on Opera Mini - Pantech Ease Review
The Pantech Ease packs on Opera Mini - Pantech Ease Review
The Pantech Ease packs on Opera Mini - Pantech Ease Review
The Pantech Ease packs on Opera Mini - Pantech Ease Review


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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display3.2 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (146 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.48 x 2.28 x 0.56 inches
(114 x 58 x 14 mm)
4.86 oz  (138 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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