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Pantech Link Review

Pantech Link

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Following suit to what we've already witnessed on both the Pantech Reveal C790 and Impact P7000, the Link utilizes the same AT&T interface that has a much more modern look than the one on the Slate. Navigating as a whole is a simple and straightforward experience that is accompanied with no lag to ruin the experience. Personalization is few and between because the phone offers a limited amount of options to modify – such as the wallpaper, main menu layout, color scheme, and font style.

We're digging that AT&T is now on the bandwagon of offering a free sync service for address books on some of their feature phones. The Pantech Link allows you to sign into your account and have all of your contacts automatically synced – so it beats having to manually input each one by hand and becomes beneficial in some instances like losing a phone.

The interface of the Pantech Link - Pantech Link Review
The interface of the Pantech Link - Pantech Link Review
Phone book - Pantech Link Review
Phone book - Pantech Link Review

As we've seen already with the Samsung Strive A687, the Pantech Link also offers AT&T Mobile Share which essentially gives owners the ability to save media content online or share them via MMS or social networking web sites. It makes for a decent solution for those who prefer not having to worry about managing or losing their precious media, but there is a $10/month cost for 50 media transfers or $0.35/transfer.

There are actually two web browsers loaded on the phone – Opera Mini as the default and the Media Net browser which can be accessed through the Applications folder. You don't even want to bother with the latter as we experienced extremely long load times and laborious scrolling. Thankfully Opera Mini does provide for a supreme experience on the handset due to its quick page loads and automatic text fitting that adjusts to the width of the display. One thing we found annoying was the need to go back to AT&T's home page to type in a web address – there just isn't an option for it in the menu.

Web browsing with the Pantech Link - Pantech Link Review
Web browsing with the Pantech Link - Pantech Link Review
Web browsing with the Pantech Link - Pantech Link Review


Messaging and Multimedia:

Not missing a beat, the messaging experience doesn't stray far from the path that other devices before it have followed. Composing text messages is a breeze now that they are displayed in a threaded view; there's no confusion anymore as to who you're talking to now. The email application offers a handful of popular providers which simply requires your email address and password for setup. In addition, you can manually put in some specific pieces of information regarding your provider if it isn't found on the list. Lastly, you'll have your choice of either AIM, Windows Live Messenger, or Yahoo Messenger as your instant messaging client. All in all, the messaging experience is typical as the QWERTY keyboard allowed us to quickly respond to emails or compose a text without any problems.

Messaging - Pantech Link Review
Messaging - Pantech Link Review
Messaging - Pantech Link Review
Messaging - Pantech Link Review

Photos produced with the 1.3-megapixel camera were definitely better than what most other similar sensors can produce. Of course, they are definitely not the sharpest out there, but it's warranted for a device like this. Images taken outdoors in perfectly lit conditions resulted in colors sometimes coming out a bit on the bland side while indoor shots taken with spotty lighting lacked fine details and looked muddy. The need to wait for the camera shutter animation to finish whenever you take a shot was a bit annoying, because if you move the phone slightly before the animation completes, you'll be greeted with a blurry image.


Outdoor samples shot with the Pantech Link - Pantech Link Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Pantech Link - Pantech Link Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Pantech Link - Pantech Link Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Pantech Link - Pantech Link Review

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

Strong light

Medium light

Low light


Allowing only a maximum video capture resolution of 320x240, recordings looked pixelated and colors were bland. The frame rate looked steady enough, but we can't think of it being used for anything serious. Finally, the Link is enabled for video share with other compatible handsets – but we were unable to test this feature out.

There is nothing new with the music player as it's the same exact one featured on the Reveal and Impact. It's quite basic at its core and displays common items such as the album cover, artist, song, and some on-screen functions. Hitting the end button will bring you to the home screen where the mini-player will continue to run and play music. Sound from the speaker phone lacked any serious power which made it sound strained at times; especially on the loudest volume setting.

Thankfully playing videos on the handset was no problem as we loaded a movie trailer coded in MPEG-4 at 320x240 resolution. There was little slowdown during playback and the overall experience was decent enough, but watching videos on the 2.4” display made it difficult on the eyes over time.

Audio player - Pantech Link Review
Pantech Link Review
Video playback - Pantech Link Review

Audio player

 

Video playback



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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.54 x 2.40 x 0.39 inches
(115.2 x 60.9 x 9.9 mm )
3.21 oz  (91 g)
Battery930 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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