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Review: Pantech Link

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Screen

Considering the Pantech Link uses a 2.4-inch, QVGA display, the screen actually did a fine job showing off AT&T's refreshed icon grid menu system. There were still some jagged edges and stuttering animated icons, but overall the picture was bright and colorful. Text looked good in the Link's Web browser, but images left something to be desired. As with the main interface, pictures were bright and colorful, but also a bit jagged around the egde. The phone definitely suffers for its low resolution display. Outdoors, the Pantech Link was easy to read, with no real trouble from glare or direct sunlight.

Sound

Sound quality on the Pantech Link was better than average, but not exceptional. With the earpiece, I had no trouble hearing my callers' every word, but they did sound a bit muffled, as if there was some light cloth between the phone and my ear. On their end, callers reported a bit of static hiss, but nothing too troubling. I tried the Link with the automated phone system for my bank and it had no trouble understanding my account numbers and other spoken information.

The ringtones on the Link are plenty loud. I could hear them from across my house, within my pocket, wherever I happened to leave the phone. Too bad the speakerphone could not get in on this action. While the ringer could be abusively loud, I couldn't get the speaker up to a volume that would be useful over loud car noise, or from across a room.

Signal

The Pantech Link always held around 3 bars of service, about average for 3G AT&T phones in my area. Sometimes, data transmissions seemed to stall and lag a bit, but I never had trouble with calls dropping out while I was talking, or never reaching me in the first place.

Battery

The Pantech Link did a fine job slurping from the battery instead of gulping. In a basic talk test, I got a few minutes more than five hours of talking time out of the Link. In mixed use, the phone had no trouble holding a charge through more than a day's use. You could probably go a few days without charging this phone, if you stay away from GPS navigation and other battery hogging features.

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