Pantech Pursuit P9020 Review

Pantech Pursuit P9020 Review

In the past year, we've seen plenty of Pantech handsets for AT&T that focused mainly on the text messaging crowd, but we have yet to experience a full touchscreen offering for AT&T. Naturally one can find a host of useful blessings that accompany a touchscreen phone – for example, it just makes the navigating experience just a tad easier on the fingers. However, as Pantech has now delved into the touchscreen game with the Pursuit P9020, it means it's also going to face some tough competition in the form of other touch-friendly handsets like the Samsung Sunburst, so let's see how does it perform.

The package contains:
Pantech Pursuit
Interactive Tutorial CD
Quick Start Guide


The Pantech Pursuit actually shares a number of design elements with the Pantech Impact. Short and stout would best describe the handset as it opts for the QWERTY landscape slider form factor. Following in the Impact's footsteps, the Pursuit is predominantly constructed out of this blue plastic that's akin for the younger generation – it actually has the same patterned design that outlines the border on the Impact. We're not particularly fond of the materials used for the handset because it does make it feel cheap overall – it was made more evident as scratches started to appear on the touchscreen after placing it in our pocket. Finally, the Pantech Pursuit definitely is packing on some weight (4.59 oz), which clearly makes it feel a bit bulky in the hand.

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We were a tad disappointed with the Pursuit's display as we found the 2.8” QVGA resistive touchscreen with support for 262k colors to be lacking in quality versus the one found on the Impact. There was noticeably less detail as the Pantech Pursuit offers more real estate than the Impact, however, its resolution remained at a meager 240x320 versus the Impact's 240x400 resolution. Fortunately we were able to view the handset in even the most brightest conditions as it also provided for some decent viewing angles. For the most part, it's pretty responsive when we touched the screen, but there are other times when we noticed it taking a couple of presses to initiate.

Becoming ever more prominent among touchscreen handsets, there are touch sensitive buttons found below the display, which were responsive to the touch – you've got the send, end, and back/clear keys. The left portion of the phone houses the microSD card slot and volume rocker that's easy to press, but we would've preferred for it to be located towards the top versus squarely in the middle. The right edge is littered with many items – it includes the proprietary USB/charging port, quick menu, lock/unlock, and camera. We thought that it was rather cramped as we found ourselves fumbling to feel out the lock/unlock key.  Turning to the rear of the phone, you'll be greeted to the 2-megapixel camera with speakerphone next to it, while removing the back cover gives you access to the battery and SIM card slot.

We've never had any qualms when it came to the sliding mechanism seen on other Pantech phones for AT&T and the Pursuit continues with that trend. One of the biggest surprises was how useful and responsive we found the 4-row QWERTY keyboard. Although there's no spacing in between the rectangular buttons, they have this rounded feeling to make it easy to distinguish them. We were happy to find the typing experience to be effortless as each press is accompanied with an appropriate tactile feel.

Pantech Pursuit 9020 360 Degrees View



23. ebkm1

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

has anyone maybe thought that they make to where the dot turns pink easy purposely? So that way they are not required to service the phone or cover it under the warranty or anything? This also would make the customer have to buy a new phone so that would also make them more money. So they are saving money by not servicing and making money by dummies like the girl up a few comments who said she will "buy a 3rd" buying phones to replace the one that screws up with a pink dot, To compound it they make the phone cheap and the dot turns easy! They are getting over on everyone ! I would not ever give them a penny they couldnt pay me to take this phone on principal!

22. cariamber

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

This phone was my first phone. After a year, I upgraded to the Crossover, but I still have my old phone. I'm short and travel-sized so I have no issues with the keyboard (aside from the slightly awkward layout compared to other phones) and I've never had "water damage" for the two years that I've had this phone. The screen is scratched up from extended use (a screen protector after getting this phone would have solved that easily) and the only issue I had with it was the speaker going out on me. I could hear people just fine when they called but they couldn't hear me.The camera isn't the best, but for a beginner, I'd say this phone is perfect.

21. Angloe

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

I have 2 dots by my battery. One big one small. The small one has been pink since day one! When I started having problems with this phone and took it in thats when they said it had water damage! Like everyone else here (with the exception of the immature arguing ones who is calling everyone else liars & their phones work great) my phone has not been near water. AT&T won't take care of it and neither will the warranty dept.! Besides the water issue there is the freezing up issue, difficult to open text messages issues (touch the text, it highlights, then doesn't open), can't scroll thru all of text messages, only the ones visible on screen, despite have the lock/unlock feature turned off phone will still lock on its own. While trying to make calls or while trying to retrieve voice mails screen goes blank and am unable to press numbers for options. Because of shape it's not comfortable to use for phone calls. The only good thing I can say I like about it is the querty keyboard

18. Angry >:( unregistered

Oh my god. So my phone got likee one drop of water on it and the phone screen decides to not work!!! I can use the side buttons and I can turn it on and off, but when I touch the screen... Nothingg!!! I looked at the water damage thing and it's perfectly white!!! Sooo I have no idea what happened to it!!! :(

17. Megan unregistered

I have this phone right now and Coach George is not lying. I love this phone and even got a replacement for it when it got "water damaged" the first time. but now the sticker is red again! I have never dropped it in any water. i have read, however, that i guess it's where the water damage stickers are actually located that make it easier for them to become red. I think humidity will do it. but i love this phone so much that i might just get a third one even if the speaker stopped working after one year and the water damage stickers get red to easily!

16. CaityLynn7198 unregistered

This phone is so cute!! And I think the color is really pretty too!!! I wish the camera quality was a little better, Im really into taking pictures, but whatever. The keyboard seems pretty easy to use, cause of the rectangular buttons, and I am addicted to texting to thats good. Seems like a great phone...(:

15. LA1995 unregistered

OMG! i want this phone so bad, i think that its perfect for me! its nice and small and i can get away with it in class. but it does seem like a phone that you have to be careful with and keep your eye on it at all times. other then buying it.

14. sarah548 unregistered

Had the phone a few weeks.... started acting weird..... water damage indicator red.... and it was no where near WATER. Yes, I know what water is... and yes, I will say it again.... no where near WATER. RIP OFF.......... I wonder why they put the indicator so close to the edge of the battery compartment..... These are not LIES.... this is a MAJOR problem. . . . and now need to buy replacement........ I'll say it again..... RIP OFFFFFFFFFF...................

13. mizzougal4ever

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 26, 2011

Mine deleted all of my pictures. Yup, all 1 grand. Let me just tell you I was pretttttty mad. It was on my memory card, and I had it in my pocket. I have NO idea how it happened, not lying. Also, there is no signature capabilty on it. You would have to go to drafts and at the end of each message insert the draft. Yeah, i'd rather just not have a signature. AT&T phones don't usually have the signature capabiltity on it. The camera isn't too bad, wish video was better though. Also, I hate the battery life. I am an avid texter/facebooker so the battery sucks. I charge it 2 times a day. It is pretty durable though, I've dropped it on tile, cement, and wood many times from at least 3 feet up and only a few scratches and paint chips are on it. Anyway, I would not recommend this to a friend because of the picture erasing.

12. ?!?!?!?!;) unregistered


20. casiddy unregistered

you cant put a signature!

10. pantech pursuit unregistered

this phone seems great, i have heard several negitive reviews and to be honest grown ups are going to complain about the small keys and the poor camera. but thats cause its not made for grown ups!!! duh!!!! its for teenagers and grown kids and the keys on the keyboard and the cmera and stuff is just fine for a teenager. and it is ganna seem small to the adult cause they have big hands and stuff and agian its not made 4 adults!!! this phone is perectly fine with me. its going to be my first phone. and whats with all the negitive commets about it??? i went to the at&t store to find out for my self if rather its a good fone or not. and i played on it and fooled around with it for 1 hour while my dad talked to the at&tpeople about phones and stuff. this phones touchscreen is not as crappy as everyone says it is. i will admit it may seem a touch fussy, but nothing to not be able to get over of! and the camera colors are not as sharp as a smartphone and stuff but for a feature phone the camera color is just fine but it does take btter picutres outdoors.... although its not bad at all inside!!!! i think that people should stop raining on pantechs parade. and be thankfull that there is now a phone that evry kid dreams of!!!!!!!!!!

9. Isabella unregistered

how can i put a signature in my phone???

11. :) unregistered

ohmg i so wannah know tht too ive been tryin to figure out how to put a signature and i just cant figure out how

19. casiddy unregistered

ive had my phone for a while and ive even taken left it in thebathroom while takinga hottt shower! my sticker is still white! all of yall are liars! its a good phone but it gets boring after a while!

8. not happy unregistered

This water sensor thing is an issue. I have a pantech P7000 that has the indicator right on the crack for the batter cover. The LEAST bit of water exposure will turn it pink. YEs, a humid environment. Mine has been pink for months, never exposed.

7. Cool Cat unregistered

UR A LIAR! on every websight that i go on has ur little SPEECH and im still gunna get it. Im getting bored of reading the same thing OVER and OVER again. I see it on best buy, at&t, Phonedog, and a bunch of other sights. So, coach george, I gotta tell u a little secret. . . I STILL WANT IT!!! HA HA

6. I WANT IT! unregistered

I SOOOOOO want this phone. I think it would be a good phone for beginners. Everyone else says it does. Does anyone know if this phone is good for beginners?

5. researching pantech unregistered

I actually have read alot of reviews on Pantech phones this one included and the moisture indicator thing is an HUGE issue. almost everyone who reviews it mentions that without it actually having gotten wet the indicator changes, just in humid conditions.

3. a reader unregistered

sounds good...kinda & coach geroge is lying...u probbbaly put it in water cuz u thought it was girly & thought u could get away with this. LOL u got cought!

2. Coach George

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2010

Too Delicate for the real world After just 2.5 weeks, the phone stopped working. I took it to the ATT store. The person immediately opened the battery compartment and noticed the blue dot. Sorry, it has water damage and can't be returned. Baloney. The phone wasn't any place near water, soda a toilet or beer etc. The only thing I can think of is: 1-Perspiration leaked into the phone. 2-Very humid air circulated inside the phone and condensed when I entered an AC room. Regardless, Pantech wants nothing to do with it. They offered me their repair center who wants prox. $30.00 non refundable just to look at the phone. More Baloney. The phone is only a couple of weeks old. Back to my old Samsung or perhaps a touch screen phone from a company that has been making them for a while. This phone is just too Delicate for real world use.

4. a reader unregistered

lyer! not 2 be rude but seriously...did u put it in water!?

1. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Why doesn't AT&T get phones that are gender neutral? Now only girls would get this phone which cuts the amount of possible consumers in half. Plus most of the phones AT&T gets look cheap. AT&T would die without the iPhone keeping them afloat.
Pursuit P9020
  • Display 2.8 inches
    320 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP (Single camera)
  • Storage 0.05GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 930 mAh

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