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Pantech Jest Review

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Pantech Jest Review
It is unfortunate that the Pantech Jest doesn’t fare any better with its signal reception than the Razzle and Blitz, as it only had on average 1 bar showing in strong signal areas, and occasionally would show 0 bars, though it didn’t drop any calls. The call quality was also a disappointment, as there was noticeable distortion and buzzing in the earpiece, even when the volume was turned down, which we also encountered when using the Razzle and Blitz.

The Jest comes with a 920mAh battery, just like the Razzle and Blitz, which is rated to provide it up to 4.6 hours of talk time or 15 days of standby time on a full charge. Our testing revealed 4 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, which is the same as the previous two models.


Based on our usage of the Pantech Jest, we feel that it is an OK messaging device that has a nice 2.6” display and comes in at a low price, but the poor call quality and signal reception has us concerned, as this still hasn’t been fixed since we reviewed the Razzle and Blitz. We can only hope that Pantech will get this right the next time around. At this point, we would suggest the LG Cosmos VN250 instead, as it not only offers better call quality and signal reception, but a better designed QWERTY keyboard as well.

Software on tested phone: D8040VWA532G.147

Pantech Jest Video Review:


  • Compact design with sliding keyboard
  • 2.6” display
  • Music can be played in the background
  • 975MB of internal memory


  • Poor call quality and signal reception
  • Videos and pictures look mediocre
  • Optical d-pad is finicky
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posted on 27 Jun 2011, 20:42

1. Avery (unregistered)

THIS IS A HORRIBLE PHONE!! It freezes up all the time and is sooo slow. It never sends messages and makes calls even when there's signal. do. not. buy.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 20:14

7. jcyesitsme (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)

I love my Razzle and Verison let me use it as a prepay phone..

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 16:31

2. I have Avery! (unregistered)

Avery shut up, maybe its where you live thats making the phone slow so be quiet and stop being so picky FOOL

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 12:27

3. El Pachuco (unregistered)

Yeah Avery, shut up and do as your mother teels you foo!

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 17:40

4. SmileyGurl (unregistered)

I got this phone and i would say it is pretty nice. I love the keyboard and design of it. My only complaints is that the OK button sucks because its a touch slider kind of button. It is hard to use sometimes. Another thing is it is a boring black color. Wish it could have some jazzy color. But thats just my personal opinion. When it comes to how it works, It works great! i never had a problem with it. I say buy it! or buy the Pantech Jest 2 that is now out because it doesn't have the lame Ok touch button.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 09:32

5. JamesisthebestEVR (unregistered)


posted on 21 Apr 2012, 12:31

6. etmillion (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Yesterday, my phone slipped out of my hands and bounced off of two rocks and into the water. I reached in to get my phone and it wasn't working like expected. However after a little bit of drying out over a fan and a little time it is back to working order and is completely fine except for a little water under the screen. This phone is definitely sturdy and a good phone for those who are accident prone. The only draw back is it's not as advanced as many other smart phones

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 22:51

8. HannibalTheCannibal (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

I've had this phone for awhile now and I don't see anything wrong with it except the camera quality kind of gets bad after awhile but it works well for me and if there is something wrong with the touch part then just change it to a more sensitive touch :P But yeah

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Display2.6 inches, 320 x 320 pixels (174 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.70 x 2.50 x 0.60 inches
(94 x 64 x 15 mm)
4.10 oz  (116 g)
Battery920 mAh, 4.6 hours talk time

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