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Review: Pantech Pursuit

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Screen

The Pantech Pursuit uses a 2.8-inch screen driving 320 by 240 pixels. It's a little large for a QVGA display, so you'll notice some blockiness or jagged edges from time to time, but nothing that was distracting. Indoors, the screen was bright and colorful. Outside, in bright sunlight, it was much more difficult to read, but not impossible like some OLED screens I've tried.

Sound

Calls on the Pantech Pursuit sounded pretty good. There was a bit of static and hiss on some of my calls, but with a strong signal, callers sounded nice and clean. On their end, my callers said I sounded fine, though some occasionally reported a slightly distant sound. The speakerphone sounds even better, but can't quite reach the volume I'd like. Music and calls were drowned out by louder ambient noises in the car and a loud office space. Ringtones also sounded good, but they could have been a bit louder to catch my attention.

Signal

The Pursuit uses AT&T's 3G network. I had no trouble finding a signal, and the Pursuit usually hovered around 3 bars of service. Its reception was comparable to other AT&T phones I have on hand, including my iPhone 3GS. When reception dipped, I did notice some sound problems during calls, but when reception was stronger the sound improved. I experienced a couple dropped calls, notably during my long talking tests, but this wasn't a serious problem. Data speeds were surprisingly good on the Pursuit. The Web browser is a simpler mobile browser, but pages still loaded quickly without any stalling or trouble.


Battery

I got about 6 hours of talk time out of the Pantech Pursuit in my calling tests. The phone will easily make it through a couple full days of use. Again, I wish there was a more compatible way to charge the phone, rather than relying on Pantech's proprietary charger.

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