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Review: Pantech Breakout for Verizon Wireless

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Apps

As Verizon is wont to do, it has loaded the Pantech Breakout with plenty of bloatware. There are no fewer than six Verizon-branded applications, as well as an odd assortment of games, sports, news, and weather applications. Of course, the Android Market is always available if the stock apps aren't of your ilk.

Bluetooth

The Pantech Breakout's Bluetooth powers work as expected. I was able to pair it with multiple devices, including mono and stereo headsets, PCs, and other phones. Phone calls routed through Bluetooth headsets were not that good. There was a lot of noise. Music sent to Bluetooth headphones sounded good, but dropped in and out far too often to be enjoyable. Passing files to other devices was not a problem.

Clock

The Breakout's lock screen offers a white digital clock tucked into a brightly colored circle. This makes the time hard to read (one light color on top of another light color), especially when outdoors. It would be easier to read the time quickly if it was on a black background.

GPS

The Breakout ships with Google Maps and VZNavigator. Google Maps gains new features almost weekly, and at this point it rivals the software from long-time GPS giants such as Garmin, TeleNav, and Navteq. Paired with the GPS receiver in the Breakout, I found Google Maps to perform excellently. VZNavigator is also a very solid performer, and is perhaps more robust in its feature set than Google Maps (at least for now). It's a shame that the app costs $10 per month to use.

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