Pantech Swift Review

Pantech Swift Review
Introduction:

Pantech Swift Review
If there’s one company to count on when it comes to producing feature phones in this day and age, you don’t need to look any further than Pantech, as they’ve been consistent with their offerings. Coming to the plate with the Pantech Swift, it’s a QWERTY sliding messaging phone that aims to appease those who can live without the complexities of a smartphone. However, it’ll surely need to kick it up a notch in order to stay afloat – especially at $69.99 with a 2-year contract.


Design:

Hardly flaunting anything spectacular, the design of the Pantech Swift is all too predictable amongst the trove of QWERTY messaging phones on the market. Compact and light enough to comfortably hold in the hand, its build quality is decent enough to warrant peace of mind when it comes to normal wear and tear. Still, as much as we like the subtle soft touch feel of its rear cover, there's nothing particularly exciting about this conventional looking phone.

The Pantech Swift is compact and light enough to comfortably hold in the hand - Pantech Swift Review
The Pantech Swift is compact and light enough to comfortably hold in the hand - Pantech Swift Review
The Pantech Swift is compact and light enough to comfortably hold in the hand - Pantech Swift Review

The Pantech Swift is compact and light enough to comfortably hold in the hand


Pantech Swift Review

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Below the display, there’s a physical home button that’s raised and easily pressed – whereas, its dedicated power button and volume keys are more flat feeling. In addition, we find a microUSB port for charging/data connectivity and a 3.5mm headphone jack around the sides of the phone.

The sides of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review

Volume rocker (left)

3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review

3.5mm jack (top)

Power key and microUSB port (right) - The sides of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review

Power key and microUSB port (right)

Bottom - The sides of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review

Bottom

The sides of the Pantech Swift


Flipping it around to the rear, it features a 2-megapixel camera sans flash – while the handset’s speaker grill is found close by. Prying off the rear plastic cover, we gain access to its SIM slot, 1,000 mAh battery, and microSD card slot.

Back - Pantech Swift Review

Back

Camera - Pantech Swift Review

Camera

Battery compartment - Pantech Swift Review

Battery compartment


Exposing the physical landscape keyboard is accomplished by pushing the display up when held in landscape, which snaps firmly into place without much force. With its 4-row keyboard layout, buttons are nearly flush to the surface – thus, making it difficult to feel them out. Although we’re accepting of its reasonable response, we would’ve preferred seeing numbers incorporated into the top row of buttons. Far from being the best QWERTY we’ve seen on a messaging phone, it’s effective enough for most case uses, but don’t expect to jot down paragraphs of text with it.

The physical landscape keyboard of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review
The physical landscape keyboard of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review
The physical landscape keyboard of the Pantech Swift - Pantech Swift Review

The physical landscape keyboard of the Pantech Swift



Display:

We know there isn’t going to be much love found with the Swift’s keyboard, and rightfully so, our suspicions are confirmed after checking out its 2.8” QVGA (240 x 320) capacitive display. Obviously, it’s lacking detail, but even worse, it washes out very easily under the gaze of the sun. It’s difficult to say if it’s the touchscreen, software, processor, or a combination of the three, but it feels very lax and unresponsive when it comes to tracking our finger.



The 2.8” QVGA display - Pantech Swift Review
The 2.8” QVGA display - Pantech Swift Review

The 2.8” QVGA display



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6 Comments

1. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Who buys feature phones these days?

2. sportsinger75

Posts: 71; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

People who really don't want to pay for a data plan (older folks and very young teenagers).

5. cupacke1749

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

@ sportsinger75 thank you very much, i have a smartphone i pay for a data plan, but i hate my smartphone and I want the Pantech Swift. So not all people buy featured phones for that reason. That is your opinion not a fact of this world.

3. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Heres why. Most of the feature phones sports trendy and cool designs, Examples? the Samsung Nori F and the LG Lollipop. Some wants greater customizations. some wants..... you know, special features... and most importantly, don't want data plans and some think smartphones look boring and dull.

4. bansidhar

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

why are you review this phone it is completely low end

6. tepo1

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

Unfortunately I have this phone. It always drops incoming calls. I always have to call the person back because it drops the calls. And when someone sends you a picture via text, the picture is so small, you can hardly see it. Completely a low end phone, so sorry I got it.
Swift
  • Display 2.8" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.18 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1000 mAh

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