Pantech Breakout Rated 3.5 out of 5 by Wireless and Mobile News' Review of Reviews
The Pantech Breakout was called the most affordable 4G LTE smartphone on Verizon Wireless. For $49.99, the Pantech Breakout is packed with many features and if you buy one, you can get on free. Along with the double data deal running, it makes for a very reasonable price for a reasonably good smartphone. Verizon Wireless has sweetened the deal evern further, when you use the exclusive code:PRCODEVZW. and wwitch to Verizon, you can get a FREE 4G Pantech Breakout or $50 off select deevices.
We've had the pleasure of using a Pantech Breakout over the holidays, it kept its pace with other smartphones, we have tested. The Pantech Breakout is good solid smartphone. Many reviewers called it mid-level. Mid-level today was top of the line a few months ago.
When buying a smartphone, you can decide what you really need and don't need. The front-facing camera was not well-rated, however, you may never need it or make video conferences. The size is easy to hold. The speakers for playing music or using as speaker phone are good. The added Pantech user-interface simplifies Android.
Some of the benchmark tests on the Pantech Breakout were a little better than the Droid Bionic. The screen is clear and the buttons are either the left or right side. The curved shape and textured back make it easy to hold.
The Pantech Breakout ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1GHz processor, 4"(480x800) touchscreen, mobile hotspots (up to 10), 5MP camera, front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 8GB preinstalled microSD and 1500mAh batter. It has added Pantech widgets that allow it to be connected to the DLNA devices such as TVs via DLNA.
The best feature of the Pantech Breakout is the very fast 4G LTE data speed. Currently,VerizonWireless offers ten models of 4G LTE handsets which makes a buying choice very difficult. As the menu of smartphones increase, you may just have to taste a few different models before you decide on what you want.
Jessica Dolcourt at CNET rated the Pantech Breakout 3.5 out 5 liked the fast 4G LTE data speeds, custom UI and good call quality. She didn't like the lack of flash, poor front camera, jerky video and shutter lag. The case is fingerprint resistant, plain and middle of the road smartphone. For safety emergency contacts can be accessed when locked. Preloaded apps include Amazon Kindle, CityID, NFL Mobile, Rhapsody, Slacker Radio, Tune Wiki and Nuance Voice Control. Speaker phone was pleasantly surprising.
PCMAG rated the Pantech Breakout 3.5 out 5 as budget midrange smartphone, The link to the review links to a missing page.
Lisa Gade at Mobile Tech Review rated the Pantech Breakout 3.5 out of 5. She noted that it was responsive with data speed slower than other Verizon smartphones. Recorded video looked great. The battery will need recharging after heavy 4G LTE video use. She pointed out that although you save upfront on the phone, the service costs the same. You have to live with the phone for two years. Therefore she thinks that you might as well get the fastest model available