Pantech Marauder Review

Call Quality:

The overall call quality on the Pantech Marauder was adequate, as there was no background noise or static, and we didn’t drop any calls, but voices on our end sounded a bit “digital” and “choppy” at times, instead of sounding full and natural. People that we called also reported this on their end and could easily tell we were using a cell phone.


Battery:

The included 1680 mAh battery is rated at 8 hours of talk time or 22 days of standby time. In our testing, we were able to get 7.5 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, or about 2 days of mixed usage (which includes some talk, email, internet, app usage and standby).


Conclusion:

When we recently reviewed Verizon’s BlackBerry Curve 9310, we mentioned that for the same price of $49 on-contract, there are better options. The Pantech Marauder is one of them. Not only does it have the advantage of running Android ICS, but also can use Verizon’s 4G LTE data network. Overall, the Pantech Marauder fits in the $49 price category just fine, but keep in mind that some of its features, such as the display and camera, can’t compete with devices costing $200+. Our only real let-down with the Marauder is with its QWERTY keyboard. It had the potential of being really good, but with its flat keys that have very little spacing between them, anything more than a short email or message will be a challenge to type without pressing a wrong key. For the same price, the Samsung Stratosphere has a better designed keyboard and a 4” Super AMOLED display, so keep that in mind.

Software on tested device:
Android: 4.0.3
Baseband version: S910LVWC647F.D1
Build number: IML74K



Pros

  • Affordable
  • Starter Mode for beginners
  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Cons

  • Poorly designed keyboard
  • Video recording is limited to 19 FPS
  • Not the fastest 4G speeds

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

User Rating:

3.0
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