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Review: Pantech Link

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AT&T has polished their basic feature phone menu a bit for the current generation of devices, but it still sticks to the basic icon grid, or icon list formula. There are still redundancies, and it still takes too many clicks to jump to some of the most popular features, but for the most part you can get where you're going in a hurry. E-mail, Instant Messaging and an all-encompassing Messaging option are top level menu options. You can get to the AT&T GPS Navigator app in only a couple clicks; ditto the music player, though both apps are hidden under redundant submenus called AT&T GPS and AT&T Music.

There's a sort of generic "My Stuff" selection that's really more of a file browser, and AT&T's new Online Locker, which lets you store and send pictures from AT&T's own cloud servers, is right up top. That Online Locker costs an extra monthly fee, as does AT&T's e-mail app, which is a shame because these services usually come free on a smarter phone. AT&T makes it difficult to discern from the phone's interface exactly how much these will cost, but I can tell you that the Online Locker will run you $10 monthly, and AT&T e-mail will cost another $5. That's on top of your data plan and monthly minutes. For an inexpensive Quick Messaging phone, AT&T sure knows how to milk the most out the experience.

The only customizable option for the Pantech Link's interface is the basic Shortcuts menu, accessible via the left button near the screen. You can arrange and assign up to a dozen shortcuts to that screen, then jump quickly into them using the numeric keys.

 

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