Pantech PN-820 Review
Not targeted as multimedia device, the PN-820 has a 1.3 mega pixel camera does not have autofocus but only an LED flash. It is situated at the top of the front lid. It starts comparatively fast (4 – 5 sec) after holding the shortcut key on the right side. The main settings are very easily adjusted as they are accessed via keys 1 to 6, while the navigation-pad is used to control the software zoom and brightness.
In the respective menu you can choose the white balance and colour effects as well as execute various settings, including resolution and compression. It takes the picture about 2 – 3 sec after pushing the button even though there is no automatic focus and you need one more second to get ready for the next picture – thus the interval between two pictures is approximately 4 seconds.
The camera photos are hardly of any worth – they have a very weak detail, are very blurry with unreal colours. Usually such cameras are even worse indoors, but the PN-820 showed satisfactory results for 1.3-mega pixel camera.
playing music and going through video files the phone has a built-in Windows Media Player: it is very similar to the one for PPC devices) and in it you can look at the songs’ performer / album/ genre provided that this information is available in the ID3 song tags. During playback small buttons (back, pause, forward) are visualized on the whole screen and the file name and its quality can be viewed at the top. Fortunately, here you can use fast forward and rewind functions in contrast to the buttons of the external screen. This is achieved by holding one of the directions of the d-pad.
The loudspeaker is pretty much useless as its volume and quality is very low. You will need to purchase separate headphones for realistic music experience; the ones from the set of our smartphone offered the same low quality and volume as the loudspeaker. However the Bluetooth is readily available for connecting to wireless ones if you have any.
The transfer rate was about .34 Mb/sec when we used USB 2.0 card reader, the same card achieved a 3.5 MB/s transfer rate or 10 times faster.
Even though the processor PN-820 utilizes is one of the fastest, still video playback skips some frames and is slightly choppy. Like other Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphones, the PN-820 video playback does not support the H.264 standard for even better video playback.
The phone features a 64 MB built-in memory and the same amount of RAM. The available memory can be increased by using mini-SD cards which are hot-swappable.
The PN-820 does have pre-installed office viewers. Separate software such as ClearVue Office package could be purchased separately for $19.95. It allows viewing (not editing) of Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.
The phone is supplied with two games, standard for Windows Mobile –Solitaire and Bubble Breaker. Additional games and software can easily be added.