Review: Pantech Pursuit
There are plenty of phones that attempt half the fun tricks that the Pantech Pursuit pulls off, and they usually fail miserably. I was ready to lower my expectations for the touchscreen, the music player, even the sound quality, but the Pantech Pursuit actually came through and surprised me with great performance in all these areas. There's room for improvement, but for a quick messaging device, the Pantech Pursuit comes out ahead of the pack, and it's one of my favorites in its class.
The phone is adorable. It's fun to pick up and use, and it makes people smile when they see it, but in a fun way, not in a pretentious "oh, is that the new iPhone?" way. My biggest complaints are more with AT&T, not with Pantech's device. I hate that AT&T tries to milk its feature phone customers with a load of apps that only work with a $5+ subscription. Sure, it's not much, but it all adds up, and you could easily add $20 or more to your monthly bill if you use the Pursuit to its full potential. That's wrong, especially when most smartphones offer all of these features for free. AT&T should realize that people looking to buy the Pursuit are looking for a simple, fun experience, both in the phone and in their monthly bill.
That said, if you can avoid email and navigation, among other features, there's still a lot to like in the Pursuit. It's limited in Web browsing and camera work, but it comes through in almost every other way. Plus, it's got a nice style and a few cool gimmicks thrown in that are actually fun and useful. This is definitely an easy phone to recommend.
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