Pantech Pursuit II Review

Pantech Pursuit II Review
Introduction:

These days touchscreens and QWERTY keyboards have made their way into every phone segment, and Pantech helped bring them to mid-tier devices with last year’s Pursuit. This summer they have followed it up with the Pursuit II, which makes a few important changes but largely remains the same. Key features include a 2.8” QVGA touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, 2.0 megapixel camera and Bluetooth. Included with the Pantech Pursuit II you’ll find a microUSB cable and AC adapter.

Design:

When closed the Pantech Pursuit II looks pretty similar to the original Pursuit, retaining the oblong shape and good sized screen. The 2.8” resistive touchscreen display features 262k colors and is plenty bright and vivid, but does not hold up particularly well to direct sunlight. Pantech has made the change from resistive to capacitive on the Pursuit II, which greatly helps the responsiveness. The Pursuit II is quite a bit taller than the original, but overall dimensions remain the same.



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Despite being offered in Kermet green and pink, the colors on the Pursuit II are used to accent the mostly black body and the phone has a more mature look than the rather loud Pursuit. It is tastefully done, with enough color to give the phone some personality but not enough to make the phone unusable to anyone over the age of 23.

The feel of the phone is good as well; the slider mechanism is solid and even though Pantech did not use soft touch for the battery cover, the phone is not slippery in the hands. We appreciate that Pantech ditched the touch buttons on the Pursuit for physical ones on the follow-up, quite frankly they didn’t work very well the first time around. This time they’re nice and large with a cool green or pink accent trim.


The main difference between the two Pursuits is that the original was a side-slider, whereas the latest is a portrait slide. This obviously makes the keyboard smaller, but the keys remain large enough and we were able to type without issues right out of the box. The spacebar size is our only complaint, but we’d imagine this phone will mostly find itself in the smaller hands of teenagers.


Pantech has done a nice job with the Pursuit II. It improves on many elements of the original Pursuit while retaining a quality build. Pantech strikes a good balance between youth and maturity with the less flamboyant design and we appreciate the move to a capacitive touchscreen.




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