Pantech Perception is the most up to date addition to the lineup of this cell phone producer. Smartphones from this business are populared with their mid array equipment and the fairly budget pleasant price tag at which they are delivered to the marketplace.
Perception has actually been upgraded with a larger 4.8″ Super AMOLED screen, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and an 8MP camera, while preserving a 2-year agreement price of $99.99. While this is an excellent price-point for consumers, various other higher-end phones that appeared in 2012 can now be purchased for around the very same price, such as the Samsung Galaxy S III ($99.99) and the Motorola DROID RAZR HD ($49.99), which makes the cost of the Pantech Understanding appear not as desirable.
Included in the retail package deal is the Pantech Understanding smartphone, 2020mAh battery, wall charger with microUSB wire, and user quick guides.
Although the Pantech Perception is slightly bigger total compared to the Samsung Galaxy S III, its edges and edges are more square and not as spherical, making it really feel less comfy in the hand when held for long periods of time. However, the overall look of the products made use of on the Understanding provides the tool an eye-catching look, and we appreciate that the back battery cover is matte and a little textured, instead of being lustrous and slippery.
Above the display is a standard 2MP cam, while on the left side is the volume rocker, and on the right is the power/lock primary, which are simple to locate considering that they are elevated and slightly rounded from the surrounding edges. Up on top is a 3.5 mm headset jack and an out-of-place microUSB harbor, as we believe having it near the bottom of the device would certainly make additional feeling. Around on the back is the 8MP autofocus cam with LED flash, and eliminating the battery cover will certainly permit accessibility to the microSD memory card slot and 4G SIM slot.
We are grateful to see that the Understanding comes with a wonderful sized 4.8″ Super AMOLED show with a resolution of 720×1280. Concerning be expected with Super AMOLD displays, shades are totally filled with black-levels being pure. Text is additionally sharp and clear. Yet when used in direct sunshine, we found the display is quite hard and challenging to check out.
One point to be cautious of is that because the Understanding does not have capacitive control buttons under the display, it utilizes on-screen soft importants, like the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, which does eliminate several of the screen’s realty (concerning 0.30″). Some individuals prefer the on-screen keys, while others like specialized capacitive buttons– as it boils down to personal preference.
Our primary disappointment with the Pantech Understanding is that it comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. That would have been great a year or two ago, yet in 2013 there actually is no reason for it not to have Android Jelly Bean, as also the LG Lucid 2 has Jelly Grain. Ideally we will certainly see this on a future software update.
With that said in thoughts, the Pantech Perception uses a layered skin over Android, similar to exactly what we saw last year on the Pantech Marauder. There is both a common mode and a starter method, depending on exactly how comfortable you are using the device, as the starter mode has larger icons and text and quick pointers to walk you via different attributes. The application compartment could also be changed to see your applications by various groups, alphabetically, or by downloads. There is also a wonderful option of gizmos, such faster ways, calendars, clocks, photo albums, and weather condition.
Missing are any type of sort of styles, which we often see on LG and HTC devices, yet you can choose 3 various shades (white, green, or black) for usage with the phone’s dialpad.
Normally, the Pantech Understanding flourishes with the included Android core apps, such as Email and Gmail, contacts, and calendar. A couple of various other apps consisted of are Color for Facebook, Document Viewer, IMDb, NFL mobile, Genuine Competing 2, Shark Dashboard, Shirker, Verizon Tones, VZ Navigator, and Zappos.
P.rocessor and Memory:
Running things on the Pantech Perception is a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor with 1GB of RAM. This allows the device to be plenty quick when opening apps, and there is no noticeable lag when moving between the home screens.
As you can see from the benchmark tests, the Perception does well compared to other dual-core phones, such as the LG Lucid 2, Motorola DROID RAZR M, and Samsung Galaxy S III.
We are glad to see that the Perception comes with 16GB of internal memory, though only 9.6GB is left available for use out of the box. But if you happen to need more room, you can always install a microSD memory card up to 32GB.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Perception comes equipped with a standard web browser, though you can install Chrome or Dolphin if you desire. It renders pages just fine, with kinetic scrolling and pinch-to-zoom working without a hitch.
Since the device makes use of Verizon’s 4G LTE data network, we used the Speedtest.net app and were able to get 15 Mbps downloads and 5 Mbps uploads, with a signal reception of -102dBm. Naturally, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 is supported. We were also glad to see that the Perception comes with Global Roaming capabilities, for use with GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 MHz while overseas.
As most of you know, more megapixels don’t always translate to a better quality picture, and this is the case with the Pantech Perception. Even though it comes equipped with an 8MP autofocus camera, every image that we took regardless of light level looked soft, grainy, and almost blurry at times. We made sure the lens was clean, and that the tap-to-focus was working. But as you can see, the results aren’t anything great, and even color reproduction is dull and lifeless.
For video recording, the Perception is capable of Full HD 1920×1080 at 30 frames per second. But again, the video looks hazy instead of sharp and crisp, and colors are lacking. Needless to say, we are quite disappointed when it comes to the camera on the device.
The music player is easy to use with tabs across the top for accessing songs, albums, artists, genres, folders, playlists, ratings, and most played. The sound produced through the rear speaker is loud enough, and the different equalizer and bass boost options do help some, though using wired earbuds are the way to go.
Playing videos on the 4.8” Super AMOLED screen look great, with eye catching color and plenty of contrast. We were able to play MP4, H.264/263, DivX and Xvid files up to 1080p resolution without any issue.
The voice quality while using the Pantech Perception is a mixed bag. Even though voices on our end were plenty loud, they sounded “sharp and digital” instead of sounding natural. People that we called also said that we sounded more digital on their end, and they could easily tell we were using a cell phone. The 1X signal was a bit below average with only -98dBm of signal reception showing.
Even though the 2020mAh battery on the Pantech Perception is larger in capacity than the one that came with the Pantech Breakout and Marauder, it is still a bit less than we would like to see. The specs says it can provide up to 11 hours of usage time or 11 days of standby time, but during our testing we were only able to get 8.5 hours of continuous talk time, or about 1 day of mixed usage on a full charge – meaning you’ll have to charge the device nightly.
If we were back in January, the Pantech Perception would be a halfway decent mid-level smartphone for the price. But as we mentioned earlier, with higher end devices from last year being discounted down to under $100 on-contract, it is really a tough sell for the Perception. Even though we like its 4.8” 720p Super AMOLED display, overall styling, and ease of use, the poor camera quality and digital-sounding call quality is holding it back – not to mention it comes running Android Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Jelly Bean. At this point, the Samsung Galaxy S III or Motorola DROID RAZR HD can be purchased for the same or less than the Perception, yet offer a higher quality device and experience.