Pantech Impact P7000 Review


Thanks to the detailed screen, the software running on the Pantech Impact looks much better than the one found on the Reveal. Navigating through the phone is a simple procedure thanks to the basic layout of icons on the main menu – there’s a smooth transition effect when going from the home screen to the main menu. It’s quick, straightforward, and just about anyone can move around the phone without much aid. There’s a decent mix of personalization options to give it a different look like the homescreen layout, menu type, color theme, and font style. With the external OLED display, you can only choose a handful of different clocks with minimal functions to navigate on the phone.

Sending a text message will pose no problem for the Pantech Impact – it’s basically the same way we’ve seen recently on other AT&T phones. On top of composing a message with the QWERTY, you can close it up and rely on the touch sensitive numeric keypad for a traditional way of texting. Instant messaging friends can easily be accomplished by using either AIM, Windows Live Messenger, or Yahoo! Messenger. Exiting back to the home screen will still keep you logged into the service. Finally, the email application included allows for just about any provider to be used on the Impact. Other than selecting one from the available list, you simply input your email address and password to get your mail on the phone. Depending on your provider, it may require you to place additional information like the server addresses before it is completely set up. We’re happy to see the Impact make such a splash when it comes to its messaging experience.

Third party software support is the same on the Pantech Impact – some useful while others you may never use. Some of these include Mobile Banking, MobiTV, My-Cast Weather, Yellow Pages mobile, and Loopt to name a few. For people on the go, AT&T Navigator is loaded for location based services and get you to a destination in a timely manner. As usual, standard tools like the calculator, world clock, timer, stopwatch, and alarms are all available for your disposal.

We weren’t hoping for a lot out of the 2-megapixel camera, but it did manage to produce sharp images with decent detail. You really couldn’t overlook the overcast tones in color – making it appear darker in all lighting conditions. Upon pressing the dedicated camera button to launch the application, which can only be done when the QWERTY is exposed, we found the placement of the lens to be awkward because your hand had a tendency of covering it. The interface is uncluttered and offers a decent mix of options for taking photos. It doesn’t produce the best quality, but it’s more than tolerable to look at.

Shooting videos on the Impact is best reserved for MMS use primarily due to its choppy capture when set to the maximum resolution of 320 x 240. There’s a noticeable amount of blurring when there are fast moving objects being recorded – plus the jerky movements that occur make it difficult to make things out. Colors would gradually change tones depending on the lighting conditions you record at. Sound from the recorded video had a decent tone to it – which was more than audible to make out words. As a whole, the Impact doesn’t do justice when it comes to recording videos on the handset.

We’re treated to the same updated music player that we saw on the Pantech Reveal – although it still looks a bit ordinary by our standards. It’ll display the album cover, album name, artist, song title, and estimated time. The navigational pad is associated to the on-screen controls to pause/play, reverse, and forward a song. Sound from the speaker phone produced some rich tones; making it extremely clear and audible without any crackling. Sadly, Pantech hasn't included headphones in the box (or at least an adapter to convert the proprietary port to 3.5mm), which we consider rather inappropriate. Rummaging through the options, you can discover tailored equalizer settings to best suit your genre of music. When exiting back to the home screen, the mini player will be displayed – allowing you continuous playback without a pause.

The Pantech Impact delivers a good video watching experience thanks to its quality internal display. We were able to play two movie trailers, coded in MPEG-4 at 320 x 240 and H.264 at 320 x 136, without any hiccups in speed. The video flowed seamlessly through its entirety with a steady frame rate and no slowdown. With the aid of the vibrant speaker phone, sound from the video was reproduced meticulously without any lapse in quality. We’re glad to see the Impact provides a decent video watching experience that’s sure to please most movie buffs.

Taking the handset to other countries for voice calls won't be an issue with it's quad-band GSM capability (850/900/18000/1900 Mhz). For data use, the dual-band UMTS support (850/1900 Mhz) is sufficient enough to get good connections here domestically.

There is roughly 80MB of shared memory available if you plan on saving media directly on the device. To support that, it can accept microSD cards up to 16GB in capacity.

If we continue to see Opera Mini serving as the web browser of choice on feature phones like the Impact, there will be no doubt about the outcome. Complex sites likes ours loaded hastily under 30 seconds to a zoomed out view. When you do zoom in, text and pictures are rendered closely to what you see on a desktop computer. Scrolling was steady and we find the overall experience satisfying on the Impact.



1. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Why are most of AT&T's phones made out of cheap, tacky colored plastic? This would be a cool phone if it didnt look like a cheap toy. But good review.

2. denise nelson unregistered

M y ringtones have faded off my phone how can i get them back on there.
  • Display 2.6" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.08 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 930 mAh(5.00h talk time)

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