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Pantech Perception Review

Pantech Perception

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Pantech Perception Review
The voice quality while using the Pantech Perception is a mixed bag. Even though voices on our end were plenty loud, they sounded “sharp and digital” instead of sounding natural. People that we called also said that we sounded more digital on their end, and they could easily tell we were using a cell phone. The 1X signal was a bit below average with only -98dBm of signal reception showing.


Even though the 2020mAh battery on the Pantech Perception is larger in capacity than the one that came with the Pantech Breakout and Marauder, it is still a bit less than we would like to see. The specs says it can provide up to 11 hours of usage time or 11 days of standby time, but during our testing we were only able to get 8.5 hours of continuous talk time, or about 1 day of mixed usage on a full charge – meaning you’ll have to charge the device nightly.


If we were back in January, the Pantech Perception would be a halfway decent mid-level smartphone for the price. But as we mentioned earlier, with higher end devices from last year being discounted down to under $100 on-contract, it is really a tough sell for the Perception. Even though we like its 4.8” 720p Super AMOLED display, overall styling, and ease of use, the poor camera quality and digital-sounding call quality is holding it back – not to mention it comes running Android Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Jelly Bean. At this point, the Samsung Galaxy S III or Motorola DROID RAZR HD can be purchased for the same or less than the Perception, yet offer a higher quality device and experience.

Software version on the reviewed unit:
Android: 4.0.4
Kernel version: 3.0.8
Software version: S930LVWCB12F.1C

Pantech Perception Video Review:


  • Attractive appearance
  • 4.8” 720p Super AMOLED display
  • Global Roaming capable


  • Outdated Android Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Calls sound too digital and unnatural
  • Poor camera and video recording quality
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Pantech Perception

Pantech Perception

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0
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Display4.8 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (306 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
Size5.23 x 2.7 x 0.35 inches
(133 x 69 x 9 mm)
4.83 oz  (137 g)

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