Pantech Link II
An easy to use new smartphone
The majority of cellphone carriers in the US usually sell 3 types of such devices, such as: the all-in-one (see the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Wildfire S and so on), the basic ones and, finally, the feature ones. The last category – where the Pantech Link II enters – includes smartphones that are made for users who want something in between the first and middle type. The device has pros as well as cons, as we found out in our tests. See whether this product is a good buy or not from our review below.
2.4 inch display
As weird as it may sound, the Pantech Link II has a body that looks somewhat like what BlackBerry would create. Especially when you see its curved bottom and keyboard. But that’s where similarities end, because this smartphone is made of a plastic skin that makes it appear cheap. That’s to be expected, though, considering its price. The 4.5″ x 2.5″ x 0.39″ and 93.55g made the device, during our checking phase, really comfortable to hold and easy to move from pocket to pocket. On the front of this product you’ll find a 2.4 inch screen. Its 320 x 240 pixels and support for 262.000 colors don’t assure greatness, but they are enough to bring about good graphics and colors.
If you want a clean and basic UI, you will surely find it on the display of the Pantech Link II. Navigation through the list-based internal menus, the icon-based main menu and other such possibilities provided us, thanks to the user interface, with a delightful experience. Under the display right in the middle sits a square toggle with a central button for the OK option; then you have the standard 2 soft keys, a dedicated speakerphone control, other 2 soft keys, a back button and finally the Talk and End/Power buttons. All of them are large and thus easy and comfortable to use. As for the keyboard experience, despite the tiniest sense of cramped space, we weren’t disappointed: the buttons were raised and that made for great typing.
No Wi-Fi available
The Link II phone sports all the usual features of a smartphone: phonebook, calculator, a 2MP camera, text and multimedia messaging, USB mass storage, Bluetooth 2.1, a WAP browser, media player and many others; sadly there’s no Wi-Fi. The camera is able to snap pictures in 4 resolutions and ships with all sorts of editing options and settings. Even so, image quality lacks greatness in both indoors and outdoors conditions. The videos also looked rather bad. If you want a smartphone that can take pictures and shoot content like a pro, don’t buy this model. The media player didn’t offer a good performance either, simply because sound quality was terrible.The WAP browser will be a frustration, because it is not a full HTML one.
Good quality of the sound
In terms of applications, the Link II has a good selection of both them and games, so you won’t get bored too quickly. There’s Maps, WikiMobile, Scrabble and so on. Should you want more, you can use the AppCenter at any time.
As for performance, the call quality of the Pantech Link II was astounding; we didn’t hear, during our tests, interferences, volume was great and we got signals at every step of the way (unlike what we’d experience if we were using other smartphones). Battery life made the device have a talk time of 3 hours.
As final words of this review, the Pantech Link II is a basic smartphone with really good call quality and extremely easy to use. If you need a good phone, this model can be a good choice.
|* External Design:||Candy Bar|
|* Screen size:||2.4 inch|
|* Internet Browser:||Yes|
|* Wireless Interface:||Bluetooth 2.1|
|* Camera resolution:||2 Megapixel|
|* Available networks:||GSM / 3G|
|* External dimensions||* Width: 2.4 in|
|* Height: 4.5 in|
|* Depth: 0.39 in|
|* Estimated Talk Time:||Up to 180 min|
|* Estimated Standby Time:||Up to 10.4 days|
|* Total weight:||3.3 oz|
|* Available Colors:||Dark blue|