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Pantech Laser Review

Pantech Laser

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When so many AT&T feature phones rely on the same looking interfaces out there, it's so refreshing to see that Pantech decided to use something different with the Laser. Although there are similarities with the Pursuit, especially when it basically employs the same three panel homescreen layout, the 3D cube like effect when switching panels complements its overall uniqueness. Moreover, there is a good deal of personalization with its homescreen interface – like the fair amount of animated clock options available. When you get to the main menu, it of course resorts to the usual grid-like view, but it's enticing since scrolling between the three panels is so swiftly executed. Undeniably it is these kinds of small touches that make the Pantech Laser so impressive in its class.

The homescreen interface of the Pantech Laser - Pantech Laser Review
The homescreen interface of the Pantech Laser - Pantech Laser Review
The homescreen interface of the Pantech Laser - Pantech Laser Review
The homescreen interface of the Pantech Laser - Pantech Laser Review

The main menu of the Pantech Laser has a grid-like view - Pantech Laser Review
The main menu of the Pantech Laser has a grid-like view - Pantech Laser Review


With a maximum capacity of 1,000 contacts, it should prove to be more than adequate for most people. Moreover, there is a decent amount of information that can be associated with each contact – like phone numbers, email addresses, birthdays, and notes.

Pantech Laser Review
Pantech Laser Review


For those who just prefer to input text the customary way, you'll be happy to find the option of using the touch keypad to be fitting. In addition, you can use the hand writing recognition method if you're daring and have some patience. There is no landscape on-screen option, so that means you'll have to use the physical keyboard at that point – which undoubtedly provides the best experience. And just like other AT&T handsets, it comes included with AT&T's Mobile Email app that makes setting up generic email clients a breeze. As an alternative, it also provides access to some common instant messaging services – like AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger.

AT&T's Mobile Email app - Pantech Laser Review
Pantech Laser Review
Instant messaging - Pantech Laser Review

AT&T's Mobile Email app

 

Instant messaging



If that's not enough for you, you've also got AT&T's Social Net app which will provide you a centralized area for all your social networking needs as it aggregates your accounts all into one app. It's worth noting that there are icons in the main menu for Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, but they simply launch the web browser and present you the mobile web versions of their respective sites.

AT&T's Social Net app provides  a centralized area for all your social networking needs - Pantech Laser Review
AT&T's Social Net app provides  a centralized area for all your social networking needs - Pantech Laser Review


In following closely to other AT&T handsets, you'll find specific apps like AT&T Music, AT&T Maps, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, and AT&T Radio. As for third party options, it'll naturally be accompanied with the usual suspects of apps – like Where, AllSport GPS, YPmobile, Mobile Banking, MobiTV, MobiVJ, My-Cast Weather, PicDial, and Star Tweets.

Finally, there are a decent amount of AT&T apps preloaded with the phone – such as AT&T Navigator, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Music, and AT&T Radio. In addition to them, you'll also find other third party apps like Where, AllSportGPS, Loopt, MusicID2, YPmobile, MobiTV, Mobile Banking, PicDial, and FunScreenz.

The Pantech Laser comes preloaded with a decent amount of AT&T apps - Pantech Laser Review
AT&T Navigator app - The Pantech Laser comes preloaded with a decent amount of AT&T apps - Pantech Laser Review
The Pantech Laser comes preloaded with a decent amount of AT&T apps - Pantech Laser Review
The Pantech Laser comes preloaded with a decent amount of AT&T apps - Pantech Laser Review
 

AT&T Navigator app

  


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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display3.1 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (301 ppi) AMOLED
Camera3 megapixels
Size4.45 x 2.28 x 0.39 inches
(113 x 58 x 10 mm)
4.06 oz  (115 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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