Review: Pantech Laser
If you press the physical Send key on the front of the Laser, it opens the recent calls list. This can be sorted, thanks to software tabs at the top, into: all, missed, received, dialed, and favorites. Press on a call log and it provides detailed information about that call. Press the number, and it dials. It's pretty straight forward. There are also options on the call info page to send a text message to the number instead.
Need to dial a new number? Press the software Dial key on the home screen. That brings up a software dial pad on the screen. The Laser was very responsive when I dialed numbers quickly. The dial pad also provides access to recent calls, contacts, and speed dial.
In-call options allow you to switch on the speakerphone, mute the line, put the line on hold, or record the call. The controls for these tools are simple and easy to use.
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The Laser's contact app is fairly basic. I was able to add a total of four phone numbers, two email addresses, as well as assign ringtones and add contacts to groups. There are no fields for street addresses, birthdays, notes, web sites, etc. Just phone numbers and email addresses. That's kind of weak.
From the main contact screen, pressing a key will jump to names starting with that particular letter. For example, if I type just a "B", both Rich Brome and Philip Berne show up.
Each contact has a green call button so you can place a call from the main contact screen without opening the full contact details. I'd prefer to see an option to send a text message, especially when the Laser is held sideways with the keyboard open.
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