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Pantech Pursuit II Review

Pantech Pursuit II

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On the surface, the Pantech Pursuit II UI looks pretty similar to what we found on the Pursuit, but there are some differences. The most major is that the Pursuit II runs on the Brew Mobile Platform, which makes it more app friendly.  Of course we’re not talking iPhone or Android quality apps here. The platform runs generally smooth on the 230MHz Qualcomm processor, but as you might imagine it chokes up at times. Keep in mind that “quick” is also relative here.

There is slightly more customization with the Pursuit II as well, such as rearranging the menu items. There are three homescreens and you can also add shortcuts to left one, such as your camera or a picture, and oddly enough a shortcut to a single song or calendar event but not the music player or calendar themselves.

There are three homescreens on the Pantech Pursuit II - Pantech Pursuit II Review
There are three homescreens on the Pantech Pursuit II - Pantech Pursuit II Review
There are three homescreens on the Pantech Pursuit II - Pantech Pursuit II Review

You can rearrange the menu items - Pantech Pursuit II Review
You can rearrange the menu items - Pantech Pursuit II Review

The phonebook is pretty straight forward and barebones. Messaging is also pretty standard with SMS and MMS support. AT&T’s Mobile Email client is installed which makes it easy to set up your IMAP or POP mail and has preconfigured settings for popular providers. One feature we do appreciate is the ability to use an onscreen T9-style keyboard if the phone is closed.

The phonebook is pretty straight forward and barebones - Pantech Pursuit II Review
The phonebook is pretty straight forward and barebones - Pantech Pursuit II Review
The phonebook is pretty straight forward and barebones - Pantech Pursuit II Review
The Email client - The phonebook is pretty straight forward and barebones - Pantech Pursuit II Review
   

The Email client


The included apps are pretty standard AT&T offerings: IM (AIM, Yahoo and MSN), YPmobile, AT&T GPS, Social Net and My AT&T. The AppCenter is used for buying more content. Unfortunately, there is nothing that is truly free available, and in general, the content is pretty lacking. Facebook, Twitter and MySpace (seriously?) all have their own menu shortcuts, but they simply launch the respective mobile sites.

The browser itself is what you would expect from a non-smartphone. It handles mobile sites just fine, if not slowly, but trying to load a complex page like PhoneArena pretty much kills it. The Pursuit II runs on AT&T’s 3G bands, but quite simply the browser is not capable of utilizing those speeds. Despite having a capacitive display there is no multitouch or double tapping on the Pursuit II.

Instant Messaging - Pantech Pursuit II Review
Facebook - Pantech Pursuit II Review
Web browser - Pantech Pursuit II Review

Instant Messaging

Facebook

Web browser


The Pursuit II has Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR and supports the HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, OPP, FTP, PBA, DUN, A2DP and AVRC, which is good because there is not headset jack for hands-free calling.


Camera and Multimedia:

The Pantech Pursuit II’s 2.0MP camera took respectable pictures. We weren’t expecting too much from it and indeed details could be a bit fuzzy, images were overexposed in bright light and grain and blur were issues in dark light, but the pictures turned out plenty well for digital sharing. The camcorder was unfortunately worthless with the worst quality of any phone that we can recall.

Camera interface - Pantech Pursuit II Review

Camera samples taken with the Pantech Pursuit II - Pantech Pursuit II Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Pursuit II - Pantech Pursuit II Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Pursuit II - Pantech Pursuit II Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Pursuit II - Pantech Pursuit II Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Pursuit II - Pantech Pursuit II Review

Strong - Indoor samples - Pantech Pursuit II Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Pantech Pursuit II Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Pantech Pursuit II Review

Strong

Medium

Low light


The music player isn’t awful, and lets you play your tracks in the background. The downside is that many tasks, such as viewing pictures, require the music player to be stopped. When it is running, a widget appears on the main homescreen below the clock. The video player wasn’t capable of playing any of our DivX, XviD, H.264 or MPEG-4 videos.

The music player of Pantech Pursuit II - Pantech Pursuit II Review
The music player of Pantech Pursuit II - Pantech Pursuit II Review
The music player of Pantech Pursuit II - Pantech Pursuit II Review


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Pantech Pursuit II

Pantech Pursuit II

OS: Brew Mobile Platform (Brew MP)
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PhoneArena rating:
4Poor
Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi)
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 230 MHz, QSC 6270 ARM9 processor
Size3.98 x 2.40 x 0.59 inches
(101 x 61 x 15 mm)
4.48 oz  (127 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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