Pantech Pursuit P9020 Review

Introduction and Design

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

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