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Pantech Pocket Review

Pantech Pocket

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Interface and Functionality:

Rather than finding the more glitzy looking custom interface running on the Pantech Breakout, the Pocket resorts to using the same one used by the aging Pantech Crossfire. In all honesty, it reminds us of a watered down version of HTC Sense, since it employs a very similar lock screens and widgets. It’s decent looking, but clearly lacks the polish of HTC’s premier UI.

The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
The interface of the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review

Even though it pack a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, it struggles to maintain a reasonable performance when live wallpapers are activated. Clearly sluggish with most tasks, it’s rather frustrating in navigating across the platform.

Using the stock on-screen keyboard, its layout is very easy on the thumbs, but we’re not digging its unresponsiveness. Fortunately, the Swype keyboard option doesn’t stutter with its movement – making it the preferred choice between the two.

Stock keyboard - On-screen keyboards - Pantech Pocket Review
On-screen keyboards - Pantech Pocket Review
On-screen keyboards - Pantech Pocket Review
Swype - On-screen keyboards - Pantech Pocket Review

Stock keyboard

  

Swype



Internet and Connectivity:

Thanks to its HSPA+ connection, the Pocket gets complex pages like ours to fully load in no time at all. Unfortunately, its execution with pinch zooming and kinetic scrolling is on the choppy side – and it doesn’t help when things lag extensively when Flash content is present.

Web browser - Pantech Pocket Review
Web browser - Pantech Pocket Review
Web browser - Pantech Pocket Review
Web browser - Pantech Pocket Review


Camera:

Plagued by over-exposure, muddy details, and inaccurate colors, there is nothing pretty to find with photos taken by the handset’s 5-megapixel auto-focus camera – and it doesn’t help that it takes close to 5 seconds to snap an image!

Camera interface - Pantech Pocket Review
Camera interface - Pantech Pocket Review
Camera interface - Pantech Pocket Review
Camera interface - Pantech Pocket Review

Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review
Samples made with the Pantech Pocket - Pantech Pocket Review

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

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Medium

Low light


Abysmal! That’s the one word that sums up the so-called 720p video recording of the Pantech Pocket. Honestly, there’s nothing high-def with this one seeing that it’s in 3GP format, which results in a ton of artifacting, extremely soft details, screechy audio recording, and plenty of pixilation.

Pantech Pocket Sample Video:




Multimedia:

Interestingly, the music player receives a slight visual tweak that displays a scrollable listing of songs when something is playing. Moreover, it features an eclectic mix of equalizer settings to fine tune its neutral volume output, which doesn’t strain at the loudest setting.

Music player - Pantech Pocket Review
Music player - Pantech Pocket Review
Music player - Pantech Pocket Review

With our test video that’s encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution, it plays smoothly with no issues at all – though, it stretches it by default.

Video playback - Pantech Pocket Review
Video playback - Pantech Pocket Review


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PhoneArena rating:
5.5Average
Display4.0 inches, 600 x 800 pixels (250 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz
Size4.52 x 3.07 x 0.44 inches
(114.7 x 78 x 11.3 mm)
4.66 oz  (132 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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