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Pantech Pursuit P9020 Review

Pantech Pursuit P9020

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Pantech Pursuit P9020 Review

Calling quality was pretty good as background noise and static were kept to a minimum. On the other hand though, our callers stated that our voice sounded a bit hollow on their end, but it didn't prove to be too distracting. The sound volume out of the regular speaker was surely blasting which made even the weakest voices sound distinct. Switching to the speaker phone, voices tended to sound a little bit garbled and sharp when it was placed on the loudest setting. However, our callers did say that our voice using the speaker phone sounded shallow.

The Pantech Pursuit P9020 handled well when it came to holding a proper signal strength as we tested it out in the greater Philadelphia area – it managed to retain the same amount of bars as other AT&T phones like the iPhone.

Pantech has the phone rated for 4.8 hours of talk and 290 hours of standby time.


It was no doubt that we would eventually see Pantech pursue AT&T with a touchscreen offering. Valiant may be an understatement for the Pantech Pursuit P9020, but it definitely manages to get the job done in terms of messaging – thanks partly to its fantastic QWERTY keyboard. It may not be the best looking messaging device inside and out, but the Pantech Pursuit easily continues to be a halfway decent touchscreen offering that's sure to please anyone in the messaging crowd. However, it still lacks the polish in terms of presentation when you compare it to other similar offerings – especially in the web browsing department where touchscreen enabled phones are known to excel in.

Pantech Pursuit P9020 Video Review:


  • Responsive QWERTY keyboard
  • Some personalization options
  • Social networking integration


  • Tiny physical buttons
  • Sluggish web browsing
  • Bulky
  • Poor photo quality
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 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.

posted on 22 Jul 2010, 19:08

2. Coach George (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jul 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.

posted on 16 Nov 2010, 14:59

4. a reader (unregistered)

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

posted on 16 Nov 2010, 14:57

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!

posted on 22 Jan 2011, 18:47

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.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 18:52

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?

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 19:00

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

posted on 04 Mar 2011, 09:48

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.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 17:00

9. Isabella (unregistered)

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

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 00:13

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

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 15:43

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!

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 17:20

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!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 00:16

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

can anyone tell me how i can put a signature on it?!?!

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 15:44

20. casiddy (unregistered)

you cant put a signature!

posted on 26 Mar 2011, 16:07

13. mizzougal4ever (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Mar 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.

posted on 26 Mar 2011, 19:17

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...................

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 19:28

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 that......im buying it.

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 11:51

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...(:

posted on 13 Jul 2011, 12:44

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!

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 15:26

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!!! :(

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 15:55

21. Angloe (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Nov 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

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 22:10

22. cariamber (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Oct 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.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 00:38

23. ebkm1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 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!

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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.67 x 2.51 x 0.58 inches
(93 x 64 x 15 mm)
4.58 oz  (130 g)
Battery930 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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