Review: Pantech Link
The Pantech Link had no trouble reading my music files off the microSD card. The player is simple, yet effective. You can keep the music playing in the background as you perform other tasks, and I listened to tunes while browsing the Web. There is an equalizer on board to boost the sound based on a few preset options, but you can't customize it yourself. Playlist creation was fast and easy.
There wasn't much I could do with the music player on the Pantech Link without a wired pair of headphones, and none of my cans worked with the phone since it uses a proprietary port for audio. Still, the Link connected easily to my stereo Bluetooth speakers, and music actually sounded clear on the built-in speaker, though it lacked bass, as I'd expect from a small speaker.
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