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Review: Pantech Ocean 2

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Screen

The O2's display is nice and big, and looks good to boot. Icons and menu items are sharp and easy to read. The display was plenty bright and readable outdoors, even on sunny days. Direct sunshine combined with smudges made it less readable, but that's something that's easily worked around. Graphic-intensive web sites look fantastic, and using the display as a viewfinder for the camera is great. In all, a very good display.

Signal

As with other phones that use the Sprint network, the O2 didn't fare so great where I live. It was able to pick up only one or two bars of coverage. This didn't seem to impede the O2's ability to make phone calls or surf the web, though. I had no problems completing calls with even one bar of coverage, but our NJ "vault test" (a Shop-Rite that's a relative dead zone for most carriers) proved too much for the O2. It went totally dead in there and couldn't make/receive calls. Nor could it establish a data connection. In my signal trials around the metro NYC area, it did well for the most part. I only lost signal bars in Manhattan a couple of times when deep in the urban canyons. Signal bars or not, the NJ vault was the only place I was unable to do anything with the phone.

Sound

If you're a jerk, and turn the volume of your O2's ringer all the way up, you're really going to annoy people. It's loud and piercing. You're not going to miss calls because you didn't hear the O2. You'll even hear it over the complaints of "shut that thing up" if you forget to silence it at a restaurant. Volume in the earpiece was reasonable. I didn't have any problems hearing callers through the phone at all. Call quality was disappointing. It sounded as if you were listening through a sock. Voices were a bit muffled and muddied, though still understandable. I had several complaints from those with whom I spoke about the quality of my voice, too.

Battery

We've had the O2 less than a week. In the time we've had it, we only had to charge it once. Surfing the web, listening to music, sending messages and emails didn't seem to burden the battery too much. Turning on the Bluetooth started to sap it faster.

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