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Review: Pantech Flex for AT&T

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Really? Tell me which one of the 10 devices is better.

Romans724

Oct 2, 2012, 3:59 PM
You lost your credibility with this review when you wrote:

"There are at least 10 devices in the $50 price range at AT&T that offer better performance than -- if not the svelte good looks of -- the Flex."

Really?...tell me which phone in this price range is running ICS with a dual core 1.5 ghz S4 chip and 1GB ram with an 8 mp back cam and 2 mp front cam? Did you bother to run any real performance tests? Nope, you didn't...hint, other sites that did, ranked its performance as comparable to the Samsung Galaxy III and the HTC One (which not surprisingly run the same chipset). So which ones have performance "better than" that are close to $50 on contract? Lets not talk refurbished prices here. Actually, we should be looking at off contrac...
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MadFatMan

Oct 2, 2012, 8:46 PM
Kudos to you for ACTUALLY doing some comparison shopping!

But the problem with sales floor is that most phones seem attractive in the store particularly when you are comparing price points a few hours in the store or even the 14 day trial is not enough time to get a true feel for the phone.

What you are grading is initial quality. MOST MANUFACTURERS can overcome this hurdle and dupe a consumer into believing that the off brand will hold up as well as the higher end brands and they simply do not,

Common issues with lesser phones include but are not limited to, battery and charging issues, screen failure, overheating, crashing, freezing up and locking and lack of support from the manufacturer.

In reality its NOT a "$50" phone it...
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Romans724

Oct 2, 2012, 9:28 PM
I respectfully disagree with your premise and your choices. I am not interested in a two year ball and chain at ridiculous monthly service costs, hence my reference to the off contract price. I will pay $45 for unlimited everything with Straight Talk, thank you very much. Works great in my area and we don't have LTE service here....yet, but its nice to know I have it on this phone.

I have had a Pantech phone in the distant past and they held up just as well as as the big name suppliers. They all source their chips, screens and almost all internals from the same manufacturers, so its really an assembly and QA matter, which Pantech has done well with their higher end SKY Asian market products and with their lower end North American produc...
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MadFatMan

Oct 3, 2012, 8:05 AM
That has got to be the most polite and concise reponse / shutdown that I have even gotten in this forum...

I can only speak from my experience as a wireless industry business data analyst and from my perspective as a consumer.

Yes, you are correct! All companies outsource their components to one extent or another but those components are built to that company's specifications and more importantly built to that company's budget and anticipated price point for the unit(s) that the component(s) are intended for.

IMHO , The FLEX by Pantech will only stay at the $50 price point for its inaugural launch then will be reduced to free with contract by indirect sales channels if wirefly.com hasn't already done so.

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Romans724

Oct 3, 2012, 2:37 PM
Thank you for your courteous surreply. I am amused because your industry connection might indicate an axe to grind, whereas my connection is non-existent. I am an attorney by trade and an audiophile reviewer/writer by avocation. I have nothing to do with the cell phone business other than being technically savvy and a research fanatic.

I feel your pain about the 2+ year commitment...personally, I just can't do it. Cell phone development and technology is advancing at an alarming rate - like a geometric progression, so 2 years is a ridiculously long time. That's why I appreciate being able to pick up this phone off contract for a great price (which I just did, by the way), enjoy it for a six months to a year, sell it, and move on when so...
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Riot_Act

Oct 12, 2012, 9:52 PM
I've used this reviewed phone.
It is fast fast fast, as the other guy said.
The problem with the camera and the crashy user interface is just showing us how few pantech worked on the software half of this device. (ICS is a good OS and the camera sensor doesn't seem to be bad)

Just imagine the poor customer support that you will get from this manufacturer if your phone's software is messed up.

I don't really think that the phone will show hardware problems in the future though, since I own some older pantech devices and they are generally well built (I can't say the same of huawei or utstarcom, which hardware I already know to have a poor lifespan, old ZTE device are also weak)

This phone could have been a lot better if they had ju...
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